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Sticking to your New Year’s Resolutions? | Issue #228

Why your New Year’s Resolutions have already failed (for you and your business)

The Christmas and New Year break is always a reflective time. In amongst the festivities and fixtures, there’s a natural pause to take stock. This fresh perspective makes you wonder. Is your life turning out as you’d hoped? Is your business heading in the right direction? Do changes need to be made? So you set some resolutions and set off into January with a new sense of resolve.

Fast forward by a month, and this reflection is a distant memory. You’ve been swept into the maelstrom once again and are no further forward with your resolutions. Why does this always happen? From my own experience and that of my clients, here’s why I think New Year’s Resolutions fail.

From Professional Rugby Player to Innovation Consultant with Aidan McCullen

This week on The Melting Pot, we learned from the author of Undisruptible, and host of The Innovation Show, Aidan McCullen. Formerly a professional rugby player, Aidan now works as an Executive Coach and Innovation Consultant. 

In this episode, Aidan talked about his journey as a rugby player and how he shifted from that to a career in innovation, and became a podcast host and innovation consultant. He also explored the cultural differences between some of the teams he played with, and he dived into the Butterfly metaphor that he uses in his book Unsdisruptable to explain the life cycle and how it applies to businesses. 

Make sure to download and listen to this fascinating episode day.

Exponential Wisdom

Dan Sullivan discusses how exponential technologies are creating massive opportunities for entrepreneurs all over the world and the impact of hyperconnectivity on global innovation.

Toward Fairer Data-Driven Performance Management

Reliable, accurate, and bias-free measures of employees’ job performance are notoriously elusive. And while companies are awash with data about their employees, their ability to translate them into trustworthy markers of performance is at best a work in progress. Research shows that self-ratings and supervisory ratings of job performance overlap by merely 4%.

Make Your Employees Feel Psychologically Safe

To do their best work, people need to feel secure and safe in their workplace. In a book, Amy C. Edmondson details how companies can develop psychological safety.

How to Motivate a Top Performer — When You Can’t Promote Them

Organizations can’t promote everyone; there will always be high-performing employees who want to get promoted in situations where promotion isn’t possible or requires waiting. This creates a problem for managers and leaders who want to retain top talent, but don’t have flexibility in promotions. The solution is to develop interim strategies to help these employees get their underlying needs met.

What got you here won’t get you there by Marshall Goldsmith

Your hard work is paying off. You are doing well in your field. But something is standing between you and the next level of achievement. That something may just be one of your own annoying habits. Perhaps one small flaw – a behaviour you barely even recognise – is the only thing that’s keeping you from where you want to be. It may be that the very characteristic that you believe got you where you are – like the drive to win at all costs – is what’s holding you back. As this book explains, people often do well in spite of certain habits rather than because of them, and need a “to stop” list rather than one listing what “to do”. Marshall Goldsmith’s expertise is in helping global leaders overcome their unconscious annoying habits and become more successful. His one-on-one coaching comes with a six-figure price tag – but in this book you get his great advice for much less. Recently named as one of the world’s five most-respected executive coaches by Forbes, he has worked with over 100 major CEOs and their management teams at the world’s top businesses. His clients include corporations such as Goldman Sachs, Glaxo SmithKline, Johnson and Johnson and GE.

News From The Farm

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Goiko Llobet, CEO at GrowPro 

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Quote of the week

“Every action you take is a vote for the type of person you wish to become.”

James Clear

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Dominic offers business coaching and management development, strategy planning and organisational change, using tried and tested methods to launch your organisation onto an unparalleled growth trajectory. His programme is a function of his broad experience, his deep expertise and a proven process used by over 2,700 firms worldwide.

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