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[Belfast, (16th March 2021)] — Mark Flynn, Founder and Managing Director of High-Performance Coaching Limited, has been accepted into the Forbes Business Council, the foremost growth and networking organization for successful business owners and leaders worldwide.
Mark was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of his experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honours.
“We are honoured to welcome Mark into the community,” said Scott Gerber, founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Business Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every...
Productivity is a topic that has fascinated me throughout my whole career. I've always wondered how some people seem to get so much done whilst others struggle to get by. We all have the same 24 hours in a day, right?
I've had a rollercoaster relationship with productivity. I've had periods of being extremely productive and then periods of where I'm flicking back and forth through my email trying to work out what I should be doing. Embarrassingly it still happens from time to time today!
So what makes some people more productive than others? Well, productivity is a high-performance habit and over the last few of months, I've been researching heavily into the topic for a group coaching session. My conclusions are below in what I call the Productivity Equation.
Productivity is equal to Clarity times Energy times Courage times Influence all to the power of Necessity divided by Distraction.
When we think of productivity, the most common activities that come to mind are...
How do you go about creating change in yourself or your organisation? It’s not easy right? Most things worth doing tend not to be. You're going to have to overcome obstacles. It’s going to be difficult. In some cases, it might be painful. In some cases, you might 'fail'.
In my experience, the rewards associated with implementing change largely outweigh the risks, but only those who choose to start can support this being the case. Getting started, or creating momentum, is always the hardest obstacle to overcome. So for most, they will 'fail' before even getting started.
"Struggling and suffering are the essence of a life worth living. If you’re not pushing yourself beyond the comfort zone, if you’re not demanding more from yourself – expanding and learning as you go – you’re choosing a numb existence. You’re denying yourself an extraordinary trip."
Dean Karnazes, Ultra Marathon Runner
So how do you go about overcoming inertia and...
I remember seeing Simon Sinek’s seminal TedX talk, Start with Why, back in early 2010 and thinking, “wow! that’s exactly what I need to do. Lead with my why and the rest will work itself out…” Brilliant. But how do you go about finding your why? How do you go about connecting with the things you were born to do? The person you were destined to become? It feels overwhelming just thinking about it.
Seeking clarity is a high-performance habit. Research shows that people operating at their highest level are constantly asking themselves “who they want to be”, “what they want to do with their lives”, “the quality of relationships they want in their lives” and “how they want to be remembered”.
These are big questions and it will take a while to get used to asking and answering these question on a depth that really creates an impact in your...
Despite having worked with remote teams for a significant part of my career, I’ve been surprised at the impact that spending hours and hours on Zoom has had to my overall energy, outlook and mood. Come most afternoons I feel like I’ve been chewed up and spat out of my digital world like Kevin Flynn in Tron.
Like most of you, I am having to spend more time on Zoom in an effort to remain connected to my post-COVID life. I’ve had Zoom dinner parties, Zoom pub-quizzes, Zoom conferences and Zoom workouts! Whatever will we think of next?
Let’s face it. Zoom (other video conferencing technologies are available) is here to stay. Even when we finally overcome this pandemic, the way we work has changed forever. With most people valuing the benefits of working from home over the normality of working from an office, it will be hard for employers to convince their workforce that returning to the office is a great idea.
So what can we do to more effectively manage...
The question that I am being asked most is “what exactly is high performance?” Well for me….
High Performance is a choice.
You can choose to be ordinary or you can choose to the extraordinary. The choice is yours. If you chose to be ordinary, great! congratulations and I wish you nothing but the best. But if you want to create a massive impact on the world, the lives of those you love and leaving a lasting legacy, then you want to be a high performer.
High Performance is not something reserved for the 1%
It’s not something that you have to be born with. It can be taught and achieved through the consistent application of behaviours which form habits that will last you a lifetime. In addition to the numerous scientific studies that prove this, I myself have been through the processes and can attest to its impact.
If you are a leader, High Performance is an obligation.
If you are responsible for others then it is your absolute duty to make sure you are...
As leaders, it’s important that we role model the way and set positive examples in everything that we say and do. As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to tighten its grip on the world and the impact of social distancing begins to take hold, these are some of the things that I am doing to build the resilience required to lead in these testing times.
1. I am doubling down on my daily gratitude practice
Every morning I am reminding myself about the things that I am grateful for. My family, my health, my friends and the opportunity that the future holds (even in these testing times). I think about those less fortunate than myself, particularly those severely impacted by this pandemic. I ask myself about what I can do to help and I pray that they will at some point find peace.
2. I remind myself that I’ve been here before
I was in America on 9/11 and just about to begin a software engineering degree when the dotcom bubble burst and the markets collapsed. I was a...
One of our fantastic graduate consultants caught me off guard this week by asking me to share with him some of the things I wish I had known when I started my consulting career some 15 years ago. Having not thought about this previously I answered poorly! so I wanted to follow up having thought through the answer to this question. I thought this was quite a good answer so wanted to share!
1. Nothing is EVER as bad as it seems
I cringe when I think about the amount of time I spent worrying about the ramifications of a mistake or a missed deadline. Sleepless nights. Mind racing 24x7. Nothing was ever as bad as it seemed at the time. Treat each failure as a learning opportunity and get over it! Others certainly will.
2. The HARD work is ABSOLUTELY worth it
I’ve always had a great work ethic and the extra effort has always served me well. I regret none of the late nights and weekends that I put into my career. If I was putting in extra hours I was generally doing something outside...