To be a top performer, manage your energy not your time

Margaret Beaton

The common stereotype of senior executives working 60 hour weeks, not taking holidays, and enduring unhealthy levels of stress is well founded. Those fuelling this stereotype do indeed invest huge and unrelenting hours in being top performers. If you recognise yourself in this caricature, the personal price you are paying is very high. Executive life … [Read More]

 

You are no longer a person; you are a brand

Margaret Beaton

When I first heard ‘You are no longer a person; you are a brand.’ I was struck by the pith and pathos of the expression, which Tom Peters attributes in his very useful book the brand you50 to Martha Stewart. Rhetorically saying to someone ‘You are no longer a person; you are a brand’ certainly … [Read More]

 

Trust your gut and make better decisions

Margaret Beaton

How often has someone said to you ‘Trust your gut’? Do you? Or do you go though a logical analysis of the pros and cons of every major decision you make? Being urged to trust your gut is the same as being urged to listen to your inner voice, act on your hunch, let your … [Read More]

 

Will you live your last 20 summers to the full?

Margaret Beaton

Working with a client in his late-50s I asked, “James will you live your last 20 summers to the full?” I wasn’t suggesting I was prescient about the actuarial probability of his lifespan. But I was wanting to give him a wake-up call. James had it all wrong in my opinion. I use ‘your last … [Read More]

 

Replace your musts and shoulds with wants and wishes

Margaret Beaton

For leaders, it is important to replace your musts and shoulds with wants and wishes. Every truly effective leader senses this, yet too few recognise that this simple formula empowers them to respond and act in an emotionally intelligent way to stressful situations. When you replace your musts and shoulds with wants and wishes you … [Read More]

 

Are you ready, willing and able to change?

Margaret Beaton

Are you ready, willing and able to change? is a question everyone should ask themselves about their career. Whether you are letting go to move on or stepping up into a new role, you need to be ready, willing and able to change. Here’s why. We all now understand nobody can or should expect to … [Read More]

 

How you can make better choices about your life and career

Margaret Beaton

Do you make the mistake of jumping too quickly to conclusions about your life and career because you give too much emphasis to the information in front of you? Do you fail to search for new information that might change your views or disprove your beliefs? I am sure all too often, the answer is … [Read More]

 

Does your network bind (and blind) you?

Margaret Beaton

Your networks are an important source of information and intelligence? Right. Family connections, friends, school and university mates and business associates are the most productive places to network? Not necessarily. Here’s why. The relationships you have built with others over the years reflect your current identity; they characterise who you are and what you do. … [Read More]

 

Do you have a personal feedback system?

Margaret Beaton

High performing leaders regularly give themselves feedback. What’s really exciting about this is that we can all learn to use their methods. Whether they are sportspeople, artists, academics, or businesspeople, high performing leaders observe themselves closely, continuously and honestly. They are adept at looking from the outside at their own behaviour, analysing their thoughts and … [Read More]

 

Executive presence

Margaret Beaton

Harvard’s Amy Cuddy has written a book on presence showing how to bring your boldest self to your biggest challenges. It is full of wisdom and ideas relevant to executives, so I have written this post to share some of these with you. The nature of executive presence Your knowledge and command of your content … [Read More]