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The 5 Major Axes of Persuasion

In Dutton’s book Flipnosis: The Art of Split-Second Persuasion, there’s a full discussion of what he terms the 5 Major Axes of Persuasion 1. Simplicity 2. Perceived self-interest 3. Incongruity in the mapping of attention 4. Confidence 5. Empathy This can be remembered by the mnemonic devise SPICE 1. SIMPLICITY – We have discussed the…

When your client asks “How can I be more successful?”

Clients rarely seek out a coach to make their situation worse! Clients are generally looking to improve one (or more) areas of their life. You have a number of responses that you can use to answer this question including exploring the client’s idea of success, exploring the actions and behaviour…

Book Review:  Alan E Shelton – Awakened Leadership

Book Review: Alan E Shelton – Awakened Leadership

In a time when leadership is more important than ever, a book that helps you find the leader within yourself is essential reading. Awakened Leadership: Beyond Self-Mastery is one of those books. John Paul Satre in ‘Being and Nothingness’ noted that we have a ‘divided self’.  We behave differently when we…

Using Cognitive Behaviour Therapy in the Coaching Arena

Since its development by Aaron Beck in the 1970s, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) has been used to help therapists deal with distortions of individual thinking that lead to a selection of conditions such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), emotional trauma and phobias. These conditions are extremes of distortion in the…

Conscious Breathing for Energy and Health

What is conscious breathing? Conscious breathing is the act of  focusing on your breath while you take it deep into your lungs, properly extending the diaphragm. My first experience of this type of breathing after childhood (as we all do it naturally as children) sent so much oxygen to my…

Tips to be a Better Mentor

As a leader, you will often need to take time to develop those people around you; your peers and your team members. This can be called mentoring. A mentor is a trusted person that helps team members improve their performance. Unlike coaches,  mentors can be more guiding with direct advice…

Early Symptoms of a Potential Corporate Collapse

With the recent demise of several high profile organisations, it is prudent to look at how organisations move from strong healthy thriving ventures on to the slippery slope that leads to collapse. Some key behaviours that indicate potential management danger at board level include: Autocratic leadership with minimal consultation.  There…

Simplicity – An Expert’s View

In his book Simplicity, Edward de Bono, one of the World’s greatest experts on thinking, outlines his case for simplicity. He believes that complexity is always failed simplicity. Simplicity, he states,  is not always the natural state, you have to make it happen.  And that might require change. Just because…

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