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Never in Your Wildest #Dreams!! #BestSeller #Book – Read on For An #Awesome #Opportunity to Reach For The STARS!

October 29, 2018

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Never in Your Wildest #Dreams!! Read on For An #Awesome #Opportunity

Do you enjoy a good book? Like a spellbinding story that really sucks you into its story? If you do, then this bestselling book by Natalie Ledwell is for you! FREE for a short time only!

Natalie is the co-founder of the successful personal growth company Mind Movies, and in her book “Never In Your Wildest Dreams” you’ll find an extraordinary story filled with her best-kept prosperity secrets that, if you’re anything like me, will keep your eyes glued to the page.

The real twist here is the interesting format: It’s an interactive multi-sensory experience 

Which means it also comes with an exclusive Inside The Chapter Video Series’ that you’ll be able to access as you finish each chapter via a secret link in the book. So, you’ll not only go on an amazing journey with the main character, but you’ll also get practical, life-changing tips on how to implement the ‘life lessons’ into your own life.

Caution: this is the kind of page-turner that will have you reading “one last chapter” until 2:00 a.m. It’s that goooood!

Download your free copy of Natalie Ledwell’s bestselling book while it’s 100% free.

Enjoy,
Valerie

P.S. Important Once you download Never In Your Wildest Dreams, you’ll also get a free spot at Natalie’s acclaimed online workshop with personal growth icon Mary Morrissey!  Its optional, but seriously? I highly suggest you tune in!

You’ll discover a quick and easy way to erase your limiting beliefs –
And replace them with empowering beliefs that lift you up instead of drag you down.
All in just five simple steps.

This workshop is the perfect complement to your interactive book.

Don’t miss it: Download your book and get your free spot at Natalie’s online workshop – and discover the quickest, easiest way to get rid of your limiting beliefs for good!

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We Are Always Just A Hair’s Breadth From #Success..Opportunities Disguised As Challenges….Keep Going! Never, Ever Give Up On Your #Dream…How?

August 29, 2018

#Vision #Believe #Achieve

We're Always Just A Hair's Breadth from Success

So How do You make Your Breakthrough?

Prepare to be Vulnerable.

Breakthroughs do not come from Strength and Power. You need the #Mindset #Belief #Attitude and #Trust to step forward out of your #ComfortZone

The best process for lasting transformation that opens up your Creativity as it recalibrates your Inner Vision Compass™ while it connects your Heart, Mind, Body and Spirit is to:

  • Clear Your Mind Clutter™
  • Create Your #Vital Vision™ Blueprint – Design the Life You Will Now Live
  • Switch on Your #SuccessSATNAV™
  • Stormproof Your #SuccessStrategies

And this all happens very quickly because the myriad of solutions and opportunities you seek are all around you but you do not yet see them – or know which are the right ones for you…after this transformation all becomes Carity, Focus and Direction – taking you straight to your destiny…

Find out more here… www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk

Don’t take my work for it – click on the videos of #entrepreneurs who’ve had their own breakthroughs… and find out more….

Book a Discovery Strategy call with me – and never look back….

 

 

Why Get A #Mentor Who Has… Been There, Done That AND GOT SEVERAL T-shirts? No need to Reinvent The Wheel!

August 24, 2018

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Simon Procter with Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel – www.simonprocter.com

Why Get A #Mentor Who Has… Been There, Done That AND GOT SEVERAL T-shirts? No need to reinvent the wheel! As a VIP Private Client Mentor and SUCCESS Coach- currently also a VIP Mentor with global Entrepreneur’s Institute GeniusU – Valerie Dwyer contributed 10 Glorious years with The Prince’s Trust helping clarify the #Vision for young #Entrepreneurs like www.simonprocter.com

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Simon Procter was born in Lancashire, Northern England. He was raised in Royston a small mining village in  South Yorkshire. He studied Fine Art for many years specializing in painting and sculpture.

He is an influential photographer producing advertising for a wide range of high level clients including :Chanel, Dior, Nike, Reebok, Speedo, Adidas, Nokia, Hastens, Marriott, Mont Blanc, Falke.

Since his debut exhibition in Miami Basel in 2008 Simon Procter has become one of the most collectable photographers of his generation. His artwork is held in prestigious collections and museums worldwide.

In 2015 Simon founded  Orcadia Film, a cinema production company.

Simon lives between Paris, New York and a farmhouse in northern France

Why Get A #Mentor Who Has… Been There, Done That AND GOT SEVERAL T-shirts? No need to reinvent the wheel! As a VIP Private Client Mentor and SUCCESS Coach- currently also a VIP Mentor with global Entrepreneur’s Institute GeniusU – and 10 Glorious years with The Prince’s Trust helping clarify the #Vision for young #Entrepreneurs like www.simonprocter.com

I share my passion and experience from creating, promoting, building and selling not one business – but 10…. in the process of helping thousands of other entrepreneurs to their own success.

No matter how long you have been an #entrepreneur or in business or leading any organisation I’ll show you the Power of Vision to Create the World You REALLY Want!

I’ll show you How to get from Stuck to SuperSUCCESS using my proven 3 Key Steps to SUCCESS.

I’ll show you How to find and value and capitalise on the Golden Nuggets in your life and your business that you are overlooking every day.

AND the Major Key to this system – I’ll not only show you How to Switch On Your Success Satnav! we will Activate it together….

Connect with me to find out more… that’s part of your challenge! Want real and lasting change? Want Success at last? Then come find me….

If not you, who?

If not now, when?

 

#Changeyourlife with The Destination Me™ 5 Steps to Success System

August 8, 2018

template-6-36228421506412134-largeFor a Limited Time Get FREE Access – (New BETA Programme) – To The Destination Me 5 Steps to SUCCESS System to Change Your Life – from My Wonderful Life Coach™ Valerie Dwyer SUCCESS Coach and Mentor

Step #1 Clear Your Mind Clutter (and sort out that physical mess too!)

Go here and join us to get your digital copy for Step #1 and to receive the follow on steps, videos and materials and join our online community

https://www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk

Remember – COURAGE! CHANGE is the ONLY way to Be, Do, Have More….

COURAGE CHANGE Tiger

 

How To… Create and Start Living The Life You Love, Beginning Today, Using the Powerful Proven 3 Key Steps to Success of Destination Me™ – “Everything Is ‘Possible’, But First You Must Clearly “See” What You Want With Your Heart, Mind, Body And Spirit” Valerie Dwyer My Wonderful Life Coach™ #quote

July 12, 2018

How To… Create and Start Living The Life You Love, Beginning Today, Using the Powerful Proven 3 Key Steps to Success of Destination Me

“Everything Is ‘Possible’, But First You Must Clearly “See” What You Want With Your Heart, Mind, Body And Spirit” 

Valerie Dwyer My Wonderful Life Coach™ #quote

COURAGE CHANGE Tiger

You Have Known Success….But Now You Are Stuck or Ready for Change

If you have reached the point where you are FINALLY READY to have the life you REALLY, TRULY WANT AND DESIRE….and are prepared to MAKE CHANGES read on now…..

How would it be if you had a SUBCONSCIOUS SUCCESS SATNAV™ AND an INNER VISION COMPASS™ – to set your life’s Purpose(Why) and Destination then help guide you on your journey? Well here’s the Good News! YOU ALREADY HAVE! And if you are not there yet then you need someone with special secret knowledge to show how you switch them on!

Everything begins with #Vision….. How on earth do you think that mankind managed the extraordinary feat of putting a man on the moon? Come to that, what about the mobile phone in your pocket? Both these achievements began with the idea of one person having a Dream, a Vision that gradually became a series of Goals then Shared Goals, Targets and Deadlines – where everyone knew what they were working towards together…

On a different scale, everything around you that has been manufactured began in a similar way, with one person or a small team having an idea for something new, an innovation, but before you can make anything you need to know what it looks like in the greatest detail so that it is made right.

Take this further and you know that Vision is not only about ‘things’ but also very much about people.  People generate ideas or have dreams for everything: businesses, organisations, schools, systems, processes and movements. Charismatic leaders and entrepreneurs with a Vision they firmly believe in will achieve the seemingly impossible.

Over 20 years I have helped thousands of entrepreneurs, leaders and businesses to achieve the thriving and abundant life and business of their own desire and design through working these following 3 Key Steps to Success in the right order and it worked EVERY SINGLE TIME.

Spin offs from Clients reconnecting with their Inner Vision Compass and True Purpose through my holistic transformational programme have included major confidence and business boosts leading to new businesses launched; Best Selling books written AND published within 30 days; target busting national Charities launched; Global launches across the world of existing projects and products that had SO much more potential; Client major Awards Wins, invitations to present programmes on Television and to speak on global stages at major conferences. Client videos are testimony to the success of the Powerful Proven 3 Key Steps to Success of Destination Me

Which comes first? The How, Who, Why, What, Where or When?

No doubt at all it is the What! Before we can discover the rest we need to know the What. What is your Vision? Once you have this, and the Clarity, Focus and Direction it brings, the rest slips into place, beginning with your Purpose – your Why. However, before you can even begin to work on your Vision, there’s a major step to take.

Step #1 Clear Your Mind Clutter

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Before you can connect or reconnect with your Vision, you need space. Space to imagine, space to Dream, space to Move. Just as ancient Chinese wisdom says that you cannot pour more into a cup that is already full, you also cannot create or reconnect with your Vision while you have a Cluttered Mind. There is work that you need to do first, on both yourself and your environment also if that is cluttered too!

I wholeheartedly recommend that you learn to meditate if you do not yet. Changing your state from busy Beta to slower paced Alpha or Theta is essential for this whole sequence of work that will open up your mind, clear space, enable you to access your Creative Right Brain to create your Vital Vision™ Blueprint and embed it impactfully then Stormproof Your Success Strategies

The ebook of the same name takes you fully through your ‘Clear Your Mind Clutter’™ process which you do at your own pace. Guidelines are included for preparing the right environment in readiness for Step #2

 

Step #2 Create Your Vital Vision™ Blueprint

The impactful Holistic Vital Vision™ Blueprint is at the Core of this life changing programme, where transformation takes place, dreams materialise, lightbulb moments happen, energy and vibrations raise and shifts take place. Side effects include a noticeable increase in Courage and Confidence as you discover the elusive Clarity, Focus and Direction you have been seeking for your life.

You step out of your comfort zone just for a while, the ONLY way true change can happen, but you are in safe hands. Thousands of entrepreneurs have been here before you and are now living their own ‘Wonderful Life’

Values are critical to the success of achieving your Vital Vision™ Blueprint and in the programme I explain why and how to overcome potential sabotage, one reason why so many attempts by people using vision boards tends to fail.

In this key step I have devised tactics to close down your Inner Critic and move you out of your head and left brain logic to empower your creative right brain to deliver your vision as you unite your heart, mind, body and spirit.

As you reconnect with your Inner Vision Compass™ you will Experience Your Vision, Nourish Your Spirit, Waken Your Soul and Speak Your Truth

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With your Subconscious Success SATNAV™ now switched on and working for you 24/7 on getting your Vital Vision™ Blueprint fulfilled there will be no stopping you on your journey to living the life YOU have designed….

Step #3 Stormproof Your Success Strategies™

Step #3 takes your vision towards Action – Right Action to be correct. Instead of continually reacting to what life or others throw at you, you are now in control and proactive.  Not only do you have a clear destination but also we S.W.O.T. out your Topline Success Strategies as we ‘Name and Shame Your Obstacles’ and ‘Befriend Your Resources’ then align your focus and priorities, bringing in the How, Who, Where and When to give you your Next Steps Forward from this session! Clients have gone away from this final step with their new Business and Marketing Strategies already laid out and achieved many of their objectives within the first 90 days, some even sooner!

 Find Your Level Live in Flow

 

What’s Next?

While writing this article I am part way through an experiment to develop an online programme to help many thousands more entrepreneurs across the world so much sooner.

This experiment, my Visioneering Self-Discovery Adventure Groups have had new materials developed as well as proven existing resources and materials updated. Having always resisted taking this programme online I was delighted to have the breakthrough that this does work online as powerfully and successfully as live sessions.

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Someone thousands of miles away on a small Caribbean island has successfully learned to meditate in a short one week course to prepare her for the programme and then gone through her 3 Key Steps to Success of Destination Me resulting in some ‘Lightbulb Moments’; a clear vision, a revelation that one of her major threats was in fact a huge opportunity – and I will shortly be able to publish the results! I Love my work!

 

The book, featuring more detail of the process, Case Studies and access to online community and resources is evolving and more to follow about that.

Like to know more? Connect with me on Twitter, Like and Follow on Facebook, Click to Follow my Blog.

Want help? Visit www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk and book a 30 minute Strategy/Discovery Session. You will need to answer a few short questions in order to qualify

Hope that you gain some useful insight from this article. Feel free to comment and connect. Have a #Wonderful Life!

Seeking The Missing Key To Unlimited #Opportunity?? #Your Success Clock Is Ticking!! So Take this Quick Quiz! And Get Results Fast…

May 7, 2018

Seeking The Missing Key To Unlimited #Opportunity?? #Success Clock Is Ticking!!  So Take this Quick Quiz! And Get Results Fast…

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TAKE THE QUIZ NOW

There are unconscious patterns sabotaging your success…

Would you like to discover them right now?

Would you like to learn how patterns you created in childhood are shaping your current level of success, personally and professionally?

If so, this 30-second quiz will reveal it to you…
(I hope you’re sitting down):

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30 second quiz: discover how your childhood is influencing your #business #career #finances and #success

I can’t wait for you to discover this!

To Your Emerging Freedom & Success!

Derek

P.S. Pay extra close attention to the short personalized
results video
right after you take the 30 second quiz

It’ll show you how to rewire your brain for success and abundance on autopilot – no matter what your past looks like.

 To Your Success

Valerie

 

UPDATE & Solution WARNING!! For 10 Reasons Why You May Not Be Achieving Your #Vision

February 16, 2018

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UPDATE & Solution Warning!! For 10 Reasons Why You May Not Be Achieving Your #Vision

WARNING: READ THIS CAREFULLY Before you read on to where I reveal The Solution –

The Solution – for 10 Reasons Why You May Not Be Achieving Your #Vision  – is a POWERFUL #Live, interactive and life changing immersive experience using a tried, tested and proven unique combination of modalities You MAY be taken out of your Comfort Zone (this is the ONLY way true change and the creation of something entirely NEW can happen) however you will be in a safe environment. There will be a raising of your #Vibration and exchanges of #Energy. What you discover will be yours for your lifetime, embedded in your subconscious, with tools and techniques to revisit wherever and whenever you choose as your life and business move on!

Because the Solution and its potential are so Powerful, this is not for everyone. In fact, there is a stringent vetting process.

Earlier I said “When achieving your #Vision is a struggle the fault may well lie in the process you used to create it, especially since there is a proven and powerful method that always works!

Here are 10 Reasons to get you thinking about taking a different approach. Remember, do things the way you’ve always done and you’ll get the results you always got. CHANGE is the only way to Be, Do and Have MORE…..

#1  Visualising on its own is NOT enough

#2  Vision boards alone are not enough

#3  Affirmations alone, or with vision boards, or visualising, are not enough

#4  Isolated #vision for a specific purpose but without the bigger #Holistic picture may not fit your true life’s purpose

#5  The method by which you created your #vision is not the Real Deal and did NOT emerge from your Inner Spirit, Soul, Heart and Purpose Connections

#6  You have not set your #vision to work for you in your subconscious by turning on your  #SuccessSatNAV™ to attract the exact opportunities, people and resources you need to succeed

#7  You did not do the essential pre-vision Creative Preparation Process (ebook cover)

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#8  You haven’t put in place the Destination Me™ 3 Magic Steps To Success that make success inevitable

#9  You are not making yourself accountable to anyone

#10 Your vision is not aligned to your values so you have left open the door to self-sabotage and sabotage by others

Finally, you were not aware that your #VisionCompass™ is the Central Core of the Vital Vision Destination Me™ Programme  designed, developed, tested, perfected by Valerie Dwyer, My Wonderful Life Coach™ and proven globally with thousands of entrepreneurs and businesses over 20 years.

This is what Roger James Hamilton, Founder of the global Entrepreneurs Institute said:

“Hands up whoever heard of this idea of creating a vision board.  Okay why is it that it often doesn’t work at the level we think it would work?

Well, Valerie has figured it out!  And she actually has a proven product called Destination Me™ which has at the heart of it something which is called her Vision Compass™.  Powerful because the Vision Compass gives you are really, really clear direction way beyond the picture of your vision itself.

And if you think that a Compass, it kind of looks like this and it’s got a big arrow and the first thing she does is she ..

The first step in the process is – Nourish your Spirit

And what this means is she’ll put you into an environment where you have music, movement, colour; where you have images but also inputs so you get inspired.  Spirit means Breath, so you are actually in a meditative state, tapping into where it is you are going.  Most people don’t get into that that state but we have got all these tools and once you allow this to happen you actually get into that space.

Step Two – Experience Your Vision

When this is where you go into this whole experience of where you’re sharing it, to yourself first of all, where you’re putting yourself in a really beautiful place, a Beach Club, a Retreat, but you can do it in your own home, creating this beautiful place where you internalise, then externalise, writing down, seeing what you’re feeling.  You’re seeing why you love this, more than this, at the same time, you are Wakening Your Soul

Step Three – Wakening Your Soul

You’re shutting down your mind and your Inner Critic so you are not allowed to speak, not allowed to be thinking things through from a logical point of view and saying why can’t happen, not listening to your small voice inside-so there are techniques we use so you can be apart of from that.  So you are shutting down your thoughts in a way that your Soul is actually opening and wakens so you’ve experienced your vision, wakened your Soul and that’s when the Power then comes in.  You then get to Speak Your Truth.

Step Four – Speak Your Truth

Speak your truth and you are speaking your truth to others who have already gone through the same process so they are already open to that as well, and then you co-create a future that is your future and their future as well”.

And you remember this because the N for Nourish your Spirit and the E for Experience your Vision and the S for Speak Your Truth and the W for Wakening Your Soul give you your Compass – which then allows you to know your place, where you are heading and find your True North.

Find out more by connecting with Valerie through https://www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk where you will find her Blog or email  valerie@mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk

Find Valerie on Linked In: http://www.linkedin.com/in/valeriedwyer Twitter: @valeriedwyer

FB: valeriedwyerA1

As I said at the beginning -The Solution Comes With A Warning!!

This is NOT a Course! This is NOT an Education Programme! This is NOT something you can decide to do on a whim and then don’t take Action!

WARNING:

This is a POWERFUL #Live, interactive and life changing immersive experience using a tried, tested and proven unique combination of modalities You MAY be taken out of your Comfort Zone (this is the ONLY way true change and the creation of something entirely NEW can happen) however you will be in a safe environment. There will be a raising of your #Vibration and exchanges of #Energy. What you discover will be yours for your lifetime, embedded in your subconscious, with tools and techniques to revisit wherever and whenever you choose as your life and business move on!

Among the many comments Clients have said:

  • “WoW! That’s added Rocketfuel!”
  • Incredible! I can’t believe how quickly things began to change for me”
  • Amazed at the speed with which new opportunities presented themselves to me”
  • Was stuck and blocked but you are the Angel sent to get me out of here!!”
  • “I’ve had so many lightbulb moments!”
  • “At last, I can see exactly where I am going!”

 

 

10 Reasons Why You May Not Be Achieving Your #Vision

February 15, 2018

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10 Reasons Why You May Not Be Achieving Your #Vision

When achieving your #Vision is a struggle the fault may well lie in the process you used to create it, especially since there is a proven and powerful method that always works!

Here are 10 Reasons to get you thinking about taking a different approach. Remember, do things the way you’ve always done and you’ll get the results you always got. CHANGE is the only way to Be, Do and Have MORE…..

#1  Visualising on its own is NOT enough

#2  Vision boards alone are not enough

#3  Affirmations alone, or with vision boards, or visualising, are not enough

#4  Isolated #vision for a specific purpose but without the bigger #Holistic picture may not fit your life’s purpose

#5  The method by which you created your #vision is not the Real Deal and did NOT emerge from your Inner Spirit, Soul, Heart and Purpose Connections

#6  You have not set your #vision to work for you in your subconscious by turning on your brain’s #SuccessSatNAV to attract the exact opportunities, people and resources you need

#7  You did not do the essential pre-vision Creative Preparation Process

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#8  You haven’t put in place the 3 Magic Steps To Success that make success inevitable

#9  You are not making yourself accountable to anyone

#10 Your vision is not aligned to your values so you have left open the door to self-sabotage and sabotage by others

Finally, you were not aware that your #VisionCompass™ is the Central Core of the Vital Vision Destination Me™ Programme  designed, developed, tested, perfected by Valerie Dwyer, My Wonderful Life Coach™ and proven globally with thousands of entrepreneurs and businesses over 20 years.

This is what Roger James Hamilton, Founder of the global Entrepreneurs Institute said:

Hands up whoever heard of this idea of creating a vision board.  Okay why is it that it often doesn’t work at the level we think it would work?

Well, Valerie has figured it out!  And she actually has a proven product called Destination Me™ which has at the heart of it something which is called her Vision Compass™.  Powerful because the Vision Compass gives you are really, really clear direction way beyond the picture of your vision itself.

And if you think that a Compass, it kind of looks like this and it’s got a big arrow and the first thing she does is she ..

The first step in the process is – Nourish your Spirit

And what this means is she’ll put you into an environment where you have music, movement, colour; where you have images but also inputs so you get inspired.  Spirit means Breath, so you are actually in a meditative state, tapping into where it is you are going.  Most people don’t get into that that state but we have got all these tools and once you allow this to happen you actually get into that space.

Step Two – Experience Your Vision

When this is where you go into this whole experience of where you’re sharing it, to yourself first of all, where you’re putting yourself in a really beautiful place, a Beach Club, a Retreat, but you can do it in your own home, creating this beautiful place where you internalise, then externalise, writing down, seeing what you’re feeling.  You’re seeing why you love this, more than this, at the same time, you are Wakening Your Soul

Step Three – Wakening Your Soul

You’re shutting down your mind and your Inner Critic so you are not allowed to speak, not allowed to be thinking things through from a logical point of view and saying why can’t happen, not listening to your small voice inside-so there are techniques we use so you can be apart of from that.  So you are shutting down your thoughts in a way that your Soul is actually opening and wakens so you’ve experienced your vision, wakened your Soul and that’s when the Power then comes in.  You then get to Speak Your Truth.

Step Four – Speak Your Truth

Speak your truth and you are speaking your truth to others who have already gone through the same process so they are already open to that as well, and then you co-create a future that is your future and their future as well.

And you remember this because the N for Nourish your Spirit and the E for Experience your Vision and the S for Speak Your Truth and the W for Wakening Your Soul give you your Compass – which then allows you to know your place, where you are heading and find your True North.

Find Out How To Get the Power of The Law of Attraction, The Secret and Cosmic Ordering Working for You in One Neat Package!

https://www.mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk where you will find Valerie’s Blog

email:  valerie@mywonderfullifecoach.co.uk

Find Valerie on Linked In: www.linkedin.com/in/valeriedwyer Twitter: @valeriedwyer

FB: valeriedwyerA1

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Are You Running To Catch Up With Grandma! Sage Lessons for Management, Business and Life! In Pursuit of Effective Management!

February 9, 2018

Running To Catch Up With Grandma! Sage Lessons for Management, Business and Life!

Recently I rediscovered a copy of this speech which I heard when I was one of the first female Chairmen of a Branch of the British Institute of Management. It was delivered by Kevan Hunt, the then Director of Employee Reations at British Coal, and I remember thinking how many of the qualities of that particular ‘Grandma’ were reflected in my own extremely entrepreneurial ancestor….

Kevan told us:

“We live in a heavily populated country and a heavily populated world and, with many people there are many opinions.  There ARE common reference points but there are many points of difference.  BE it politics, religion, social cultures and behaviour.

You don’t need to look to other continents to see the differences.  They are here and we – Management – contribute to them.  There is, however, one national, international, endurable, constant, common currency and she is called Grandma.

To my mind grandmas everywhere are without doubt and by general consent judged to be totally reliable, highly productive and are seen as having all systems AND processes fully under control.

They are a most excellent role model.  Consequently, the message I have to deliver, especially to my gender, is Gentlemen! – Management everywhere would be much more effective if they only took more notice of Grandma!!

Indeed, those who have a responsibility for any form of management training and development would do well to draw up a checklist of the qualities of Grandma – they should then form the benchmark for assessing the quality of you and your management- let me just identify a few.

Time Management

Time is precious.  Fortunately, grandmas know this.  The workaday pattern of their lives demands a practical understanding of the time the management and critical path analysis.

Between early morning wash day blues and throwing the cat out last thing at night she prioritises activities so that events flow in a seemingly natural way, yet, she can always find time for a cuddle when it is needed.

Moreover, despite all the tasks to be accomplished she almost always does what she says she will do.  To the young and inexperienced she is a rock of reliability in a sea of uncertainties.

Guiding/Mentoring

She is a guide, she is a mentor.  Greek mythology may not be her strong suit so in the role of mentor she may know little of Odysseus’s wise and trusted Counsellor.  However, mythological she is not!!  She’s real, she has substance.

She knows that as guide, mentor, adviser, she’s helping to establish a framework of knowledge, skills and standards.  She herself deploys a wide range of skills, including the art of persuasion; but in practicing persuasion she understands the dangers!!

Persuasion

Whenever we try to persuade people, we are entering the privacy of their minds.  Therefore, we shouldn’t seek to persuade for personal benefit.  Indeed, persuasion is only justifiable if it is for anybody’s benefit other than the persuader.

Grandma knows that persuasion is not a contest but an information service.  That you don’t try to change people but learn to live with them.

Resource Management

Grandma’s know all about resource management and stock control.  They can compete with any sort of inventory system man cares to devise.  The you know about the problems of scarce capital availability and stretched revenues.

Grant last budget had to live within their means and put a bit to one side to cater for the rainy day that they know always comes along.  Grandma knew had to about D.C.F. before man – or was it a woman who went on to become a Grandma – invented it!!  And they knew where the first to indulge in creative accountancy- but in their case such creativity was not to short change the Stockholders or the Tax Collector.

In my experience, in industry, business and commerce generally there has been and indeed continues to be a woeful lack of understanding of money management.

As I said earlier, despite all the clever accountancy techniques man seeks to employ -we’re still running to catch up with Grandma on purse string management.

Individual Needs/Team Building

Grandma knows about looking after the needs of the individual and about team building.  She knows all the various characteristics and personality traits that make members of the family what they are.

Her assessment centre has a wide range of support systems.  Most importantly, her process of personal assessment begins with a soft lap, a warm heart and an open mind.

Soft lap apart, there is nothing unique in her range of support systems.  Whilst they have a place in the selection process, in my view assessment centres would benefit from a bit more of the Grandma touch alongside the psychological tests.

Grandma knows who works best with whom.  She knows how to blend for different occasions to get the best mix.  She knows when to compromise when to hold out.

She knows absolutely that the collective qualities of the family group can be greater than the sum of the individuals in it.  She constantly works at it to achieve that end.

In the long run the best team will always win.  Grandma asserts that as a fact and it is not open to debate.  Individual skills and talents are important- but team blend and collective performance provide the cohesive strength that almost always secures the goal.

What Grandma already knows, we should ensure management learn!!  That is: that people are not just another resource: they are our greatest asset-management are people-it is management who provide the driving force in any business and on them rests all!!

Total Quality Management

Grandmas practice total quality management.  To them it’s a natural action that, regrettably, we in management have seemingly failed to recognise or indeed appreciate the importance of.

Remember! – Grandmas make sure that their whites are whiter, their apple pie tastier, their bottled preserves in greater demand – that is the pursuit of Total Quality.

Grandma knows it is more important and cost effective to maintain quality and standards than trying to recreate them -why don’t we!!

In the pursuit of our management goals we often lose sight of the basic tenets that so obviously contribute to the wellbeing of family life.  We constantly hear it said that total quality management requires a Cultural change.

I fundamentally disagree!!  What we need to recognise is that the values and personal standards that contribute to the maintenance of normal, happy, family life are readily transferable to the workplace situation.

We don’t need a new culture.  We need to resurrect and reaffirm the intrinsic values of the old!!

Communications

Grandmas know great deal about communicating.  They sometimes sit there just saying nothing -they do that because they know that listening is the other half of the conversation-if people stop listening there is no point in going on talking.

As speakers we needed to make ourselves “easy to listen to”, if I am not achieving that end, I should spend more time with Grandma!  And as listeners we need to be more like you are this evening, that is: we need to listen and be seen to be listening.  Moreover, and despite all the distractions, we need to concentrate on what is being said.  Most of us don’t do that, we ponder on what we think ought to be said or more likely, what we are going to say when the speaker stops talking.

So, Grandma says, stop pondering on what you are going to say and hear the speaker out!  Relax!  Try to understand the speaker, not to win the argument.

Similarly, Grandma knows that language, and other systems of symbols, are the somewhat imprecise tools we use to assess our world, to communicate our assessment to others and to discover their assessments.  When we succeed we help each other to control ourselves and our working environment more effectively.  When we fail we can usually measure the cost on the bottom line!

No two people see exactly the same the world and so we can communicate with each other only to the extent that our separate worlds overlap.  Furthermore, no two situations are exactly the same and no one situation ever stays the same.  Therefore, the meaning of our words changes as the situation changes.  Now that can, and often does, create doubts and suspicions.  But Grandma never said that communications were easy!

Consequently, before we can communicate with each other in words we have to be able to agree on what identifiable things, situations or actions we are jointly referring to.  We have to establish and agree on, our “Referents”.  Words are not things.  They are labels for things.  When there is no common referent then the meaning of the speaker cannot pass to the listener.

So, Grandma says ask “What is the referent?” Think and speak in pictures.  She also says “Don’t just listen to what I say – listen to what I mean”

Empathy

She has empathy -she puts herself in the other person’s place.  She knows that by doing so she’ll better understand the other person’s point of view.

So, what we should be teaching in management is the ability for one to say not:

“Why doesn’t the other person see things my way” but asking instead “Why does the other person think and feel the way they do?”

Grandma does that – why don’t we?!

Conclusions

Grandma is the Chairman of the company called “Family”.  She is also Chief Executive and the principal shareholder of the assets.  She knows that adding value will sustain the strength and cohesiveness of the family.  She knows that short term expediencies seldom benefit the long-term interests of those around her.  As I said earlier, she knows that you conserve resources during the bad times in order to enjoy the fruit of the good.

Grandma has one other essential quality that no member of management should be without. She has sustainable enthusiasm and, moreover, in others she can spot the difference between the enthusiast and the ambitious.

She knows who is willing to draw water from the well and who wants to be first to drink it.  She knows that enthusiasm is there to be nurtured, to be recognized and to be rewarded for jobs will done.  She also knows that ambition has to be guided, occasionally restrained, but never stifled.

Grandma understands that compassion and humility are not weaknesses but strengths.  That wanting to be fair is a greater gain than wanting to be right.  She knows that morality and integrity are not tradeable, that they can be lost but not restored.

I know these things because I’m married to a Grandma.  She runs our family company, she is totally reliable, highly productive and she has all systems and processes fully under control.

Me – I just help to run British Coal – but frankly, I’m like my alternative theme –

“I am running to catch up with Grandma!!”


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