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Inspiring Quotes – Some of My Favourites


Sometimes we need a bit of inspiration or motivation.  These are some of my favourite Quotes that do just that, particularly when I need to readjust my perspective!   I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. —Maya Angelou Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right. —Henry Ford Do or do not. There is no try. —Yoda Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbour, catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore, Dream, Discover. —Mark Twain When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it. —Henry Ford A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new.——Albert Einstein If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. —Booker T. Washington If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on. —Sheryl Sandberg How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. —Anne Frank When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down “happy”. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life. —John Lennon Everything you’ve ever wanted is on the other side of fear. —George Addair Nothing will work unless you do. —Maya...

Are Social Media Faux Pas Sabotaging Your Career Prospects


It’s no secret that social media networking has become a primary tool for career trailblazing, and if you’re planning a career move or looking for progression, you’re probably well aware of the need to network, both in the physical and online sense. Of course physical networking has its limitations, whereas networking through social media offers unlimited scope for making new connections and showcasing your talents. At the same time though, the accessibility of your online profile (and those of your network contacts) can be a curse as much as a blessing—more so in fact, as time goes on.   Rob’s Tips to Stay Squeaky Clean on Social Media Rob O’Byrne has a passion for helping people succeed, whether they are business-owners or career professionals. Rob also has plenty of experience in managing an online presence. He is active on many social media platforms, both in promotion of his consulting, education, and business service companies, and as a business authority with a desire to help others.   One of the things that Rob is very aware of, is the need to represent his brands professionally in all his social media activities.   Of course, Rob has a lot of business brands to look after, but even if the only brand you currently have is yourself, the way in which you represent it on social media can make or break your chances of a successful career. Indeed, if you have an online presence on social media and you care about career progress, you better make sure that presence is a positive one, because everyone’s looking—and your current and prospective employers may well be looking in more depth than most.   Avoid These Career-damning Social Media Mistakes The reason for these words of warning is simple. We’re all aware of the kind of blatantly dumb things you just shouldn’t do on social...

Revealed: The Best First Steps to Improve Your Business


If you’re the proud leader of a fledgling enterprise, there will doubtless come a time when you want to improve your business. In case you’re already reaching that point and wondering where to start, I’d like to share some tips that will help you take the first steps, with an emphasis on planning—probably the most influential factor in business improvement. Over the many years that I’ve been involved in founding, leading, and managing companies, as well as helping my consulting clients, I’ve had plenty of practice in the art of business improvement. Much of what I know today though, came at some point as revelations that I wished had arrived sooner.   Improve Your Business By Design Like many first-time business owners, I initially learned as I went along. I took guidance from others wiser than me. I also endured that timeless and sometimes painful process of trial and error. Over time I came to realise that the more effectively I planned, the less I had to endure the pain of learning from mistakes. The best planning in the world can’t prevent the need to feel your way forward to some extent—that’s an occupational hazard of being a business leader. But still, if you follow the basic guidance contained in this post, you shouldn’t find it too difficult to get things moving in the right direction and see your business start to improve and grow.   First: Know Where You Are Preparing to improve your business is the much the same as preparing for any other journey. The only difference is that initially, you might not know exactly where you are starting from. The first step therefore, is to make sure you know what shape your business is in, especially in relation to your competitors.   It’s a great idea to begin with a SWOT analysis, which is a...

3 Simple Tips for Efficient Decision-making


Decision-making has been a necessary part of my role for many years, both in running my own businesses and in my consulting work, where I’ve helped many other leaders to make important decisions about their own businesses. Does that make me a good decision-maker? I’d like to think so, but I’m also aware that there is always room for improvement. Have I ever struggled with decision-making, made a bad one, or procrastinated in the false hope that an issue would just go away? Yes, more than a few times if I’m honest, and so will you, both in your professional and personal life.   Make Better Business and Personal Decisions: 3 Tips to Help You In fact I’m sure you’re already experienced in the trials and tribulations of decision-making, as most of us are. However, it’s always possible to improve your approach to making decisions, if you wish to.  Anyone can benefit from the tips I’m about to share, but they are especially relevant if you’re in a business leadership role, or you plan to be. The following three suggestions come courtesy of my own experience, mistakes, and successes in decision-making, along with those of my business colleagues and peers. They are focused on business decisions, which really require an efficient balance between speed and thorough calculation, but of course you can apply them to personal decisions too, especially those which appear daunting to make.   1) Don’t Be Afraid to Leap  If you wait for every last piece of information that will support your decision, you’ll wait forever …  or at least for far longer than is acceptable. If you are always afraid of making the wrong decision because you lack information, you’ll hold up the progress of your business. Even the best decision-makers take the wrong path sometimes, and that’s OK. If you gather as much information...

Walk Your Way to Fitness and Professional Success


As you may be aware, Rob O’Byrne recently returned from his second walking odyssey along the Spanish Camino de Santiago. Now that’s a long walk and regardless of what Rob would have you believe, it’s my bet that he spent at least some of that time in work mode … even if imperceptibly so. Why do I say this? Well, as Rob rightly points out, a good walk is a great way to take time out, but it’s also a great physical accompaniment to professional activities … such as thinking. In fact, if you are a busy professional—one of those who has “no time” to think about exercise and fitness—walking is the answer.   Walking in Work Mode When you take a walk, you can not only think about staying healthy, you can actually do it, without losing an ounce of productivity—that is, if you really can’t bring yourself to switch off for a while (which you absolutely should do, but that’s a topic for a future post). To reinforce the point and hopefully inspire you to get your walking shoes on at least a couple of times a week, here are a few ways you can enjoy walking and working at the same time. Some of them can even be instrumental in improving your professional performance as well as taking care of your cardio needs.   Take Learning Steps Podcasts, audio-books, MP3 language courses … today’s technologies make it easy to improve your knowledge without tying up all your cognitive functions. What better way to aurally absorb some fresh knowledge than to do so while out for a walk in the fresh air? My guess is that you probably wouldn’t think twice about picking up a call on your mobile phone while walking to your next meeting. Picking up your smart phone and going for a walk is...

Oops, I did it again!


That could be a song title couldn’t it? Well, what I actually ‘did again’ was to take time out.  ‘Proper’ time out. I think this is really important at all levels in your career but it becomes harder and probably more important the older and more senior you get. It’s all too easy to take on the problems of the World and forget to make time for yourself, to recharge your batteries and think about the future.  It took me decades to learn this lesson.  I hope you are not falling into the same trap! So; having said I would never do it again.  I did!   I walked the Camino de Santiago last month, this time with my wife Pat.  I’m told walking the Camino is a bit like childbirth………   After a few months you forget all the pain and want to do it again 🙂 These were my reflections after the walk last year, and I’m not sure I could say it any better second time around.  In this short (7 minute) video I reflect on aspects and some ‘business’ related lessons such as: Establishing Priorities. Achieving big goals, and Balancing Career and ‘Life’ Reflections on rather a Long Walk     And Yes……..we’ll probably do it again 🙂   I hope you can get some quality ‘unplugged’ time away from work too…….   Best Regards Rob O’Byrne   Many thanks to David, Chau, Steven, Paul, Jam and the rest of the LB team for keeping the wheels turning whilst I was away.  ...
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