Attitude and High Performance

Attitude and High Performance

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One of the core ideas in my recent book, The Magic of Monday, is the impact our attitude has on our day-to-day lives and, consequently, the results we experience personally and professionally.

This presentation by Dr Chris Shambrook highlights this link perfectly. If you’re serious about performance and maximising your potential then watch this video.

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Win A Free Book!

Win A Free Book!

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The Magic of Monday: A Fable about the Winning Formula for Career Success“ arms readers with ideas and strategies to unleash the greatness within them for success in and out of work. (Click here to read some of the reviews)

To celebrate the recent release of The Magic of Monday we are running a competition. WIN an ebook copy of The Magic of Monday*

*The ebook can be read on the following devices: Sony® eReader, Kobo eReader, NOOK™, iBooks (iPad, iPhone, iPod), Stanza, Bluefire (iOS and Android), all versions of the Amazon™ Kindle, and all versions of the Kindle Reading App.

To enter: Simply mention this competition post on Twitter, Facebook or your blog. It’s that easy. You can get more entries by posting on more than one site. THREE winners will be chosen at random. Entries close: Tuesday 18th December 2012 and winners will be announced on Thursday 20th December 2012. Make sure you come back and post a comment here to let me know you have entered – that way I can contact you if you win… Have a magical day and good luck!

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Top Habits of High Achievers

Top Habits of High Achievers

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What separates high achievers from average achievers? I’m not talking about flash-in-the-pan high fliers, but the ones who actually go the distance and excel in their career or business venture(s). Is it simply down to natural talent? Luck? Education? Clearly, all these things can and often do make a significant contribution to your achievements, but none of them seem to hold the golden key.

Speaker and author, Jim Rohn, once said, “Formal education will make you a living; self-education will make you a fortune.” So what is it that they don’t teach you in educational institutions that could make all the difference?

This was one of many questions I put to the 75 business leaders, entrepreneurs, and senior executives during the research for my book, The Magic of Monday: A Fable about the Winning Formula for Career Success. As expected, the interviewees came up with a variety of responses; however, there were three habits or traits that unequivocally topped the list.

3) Number three was – “Focus”

At first, this seems a bit out of place, but the ability to focus, interviewees said, is one of the key differences between being active and being productive. It is so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that activity equals productivity. High achievers have the ability to bring a tremendous amount of focus to whatever they are doing. They are focused on relentlessly executing the plans that will help them achieve their desired outcomes. They don’t just wish, they get out there and do!

2) Number two on the list was – “Engaging your passion”

You’ll struggle to find a high achiever, an enduring one, who isn’t passionate about what he or she does. There is a drive and a sense of purpose that keeps them hungry, energetic, and enthusiastic. Of course, we all have our bad days, but the difference between those who pick themselves up and then go on to perform at a high level and those who simply coast comes back to having a clear sense of purpose and passion.

1) Topping the list was – “Building Great Relationships”

This was much more than the ability to ‘get on’ with another person. It was about the ability to develop and maintain strong networks, the social dexterity to relate to people at all levels, the skills to communicate effectively, a gift for identifying and positioning unique talent around you, and the power to understand and know how to effectively and positively influence people.

Evidently, high achievers have a very clear understanding that they aren’t in a solo sport. Just consider Richard Branson, Bill Gates or Oprah Winfrey, all of whom are high achievers and yet excel at building great relationships at all levels. They realise that success is about people. As one interviewee put it, “You’ve got to be able to work with people. You can’t just get to the top because you’re great. If you can’t take people with you, you’re going nowhere.”

So, what separates high achievers from average achievers? In short, high achievers are in the habit of building and maintaining great relationships and networks; they engage their sense of passion and purpose; and they have a ruthless focus.

Whether this currently describes you or not, the great thing about habits is that they can be acquired. Learn them, embed them, and you’ll certainly reap the rewards!

Here’s to maximising your true potential!

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Avoid mistakes by taking action

Avoid mistakes by taking action

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The best thing about learning from the mistakes of others is that you can develop and practice techniques to avoid them.  This was something that I was fortunate enough to learn early on in my career – a piece of advice I received that I’ll never forget.

So, that’s why in the Motivation Series 101 report, we’ve not only discussed what the 7 mistakes people make at work that limits their motivation, performance and success but we’ve also discussed ways you can avoid falling victim to them.

I’m not saying that you’re never going to make mistakes because mistakes are actually a good way to learn but, in the report, we’re giving you a heads up on what to be aware of to minimise the impact of these mistakes.

For instance, one way to avoid some of the mistakes is to “invest in yourself”.

I’m a big reader and supporter of ongoing learning. When you look at some of the most successful people in the world today (who are most fulfilled in their lives) they are constantly reaching out for more information. This includes learning from others – through mentoring, coaching or reading biographies – but also includes seeking out knowledge through engaging with people in their surrounding community.

By investing in yourself you’ll constantly learn new ways of approaching challenging situations and understand that most successful people have been through their fair share of ups and downs along the way.

This is just one of the methods you can use to avoid some of the mistakes mentioned in the Motivation Series 101 report.  Hopefully you can use the 7 I’ve included to better your career and life day-to-day.

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New workplace guide promotes career growth

New workplace guide promotes career growth

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**FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE**

LONDON – Motivational speaker and consultant Obi Abuchi shows readers the keys to developing a winning attitude for career success in his informational new nonfiction, “The Magic of Monday: A Fable about the Winning Formula for Career Success” (published by iUniverse).

Abuchi explains the inspiration for his book:

“Far too many people go to work on a Monday anticipating the quick arrival of the weekend and miss out on the magical opportunity to see work as a place that enables them to develop, grow, and contribute to the world. On top of that, we’re at a
point in history when competition for jobs is fiercer than ever; unemployment levels are extremely worrying, even for those in employment; and the concept of a ‘job for life’ is no longer the norm. This reality is a challenge for millions of young people and
young professionals with a desire to secure work, advance their career, or simply rediscover their career ambitions and go on to achieve career success.”

“The Magic of Monday” sets out to change the mindset of workers everywhere. Abuchi interviewed 75 business leaders, senior executives and high performing managers from across the UK to glean lessons they had learned throughout their careers that could be passed on to others, particularly young professionals.

Taking the insights from his research and combining it with those from personal experiences, Abuchi pens a fable about “developing a winning attitude and unleashing the greatness within you for career success,” he explains. “It is an opportunity to learn vicariously from the experiences and wisdom of those who have gone before you.”

Readers are invited to follow and learn from the fictional adventures of Josh, a beleaguered young professional who is already feeling burned out and discouraged. His friend encourages him to find a mentor and it proves to be a life-changing experience that introduces Josh to new ways of thinking.

About the Author
Obi Abuchi founded Motivatem in 2008 as a consultancy to help organizations improve performance by effectively tapping into and releasing the full potential and motivation of their employees. He, his wife, Peju, and their three sons live in London.
iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported selfpublishing provider.

iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader’s Choice, Rising Star and Editor’s Choice designations—self-publishing’s only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or
to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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7 Mistakes – Raising ones awareness

7 Mistakes – Raising ones awareness

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Just when I started pulling together my thoughts, observations and findings for the Motivation Series 101 report, I realised that the first step in making a change for the better is all about raising ones awareness.

The report uncovered 7 mistakes people make at work that limits their motivation, performance and success but one of the elements that really structure me is that it takes that initial push or effort to take ownership for these mistakes in the first place.

One of the 7 mistakes is the whole concept of the “blame game”, blaming others for lack of performance.  In a work setting or even in our personal lives most of us can relate.  When something goes wrong, and something is always bound to now and again, as humans we often find it hard to actually take responsibility on how we contributed to that scenario. I can think of a number of times that I’ve done that myself.

In a working environment, when things aren’t meeting our expectations or we don’t feel fulfilled it is very easy to blame our environment or others for that. Although it may be partly true there is always something to making the best out a somewhat bad situation.  Raising our awareness to this fact and taking the control of the situation for our own happiness is important to day-to-day satisfaction, that’s for sure.

I’m really pleased that I’ve taken the time to compile this  report as I’m hoping it will make others realise (like it has with me) that we’re not all alone in these actions.   We are the majority however by raising one’s awareness to accept these facts as possible mistakes can help us to transform our futures for the better.

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Have your say – contribute to Motivation Series 102!

Have your say – contribute to Motivation Series 102!

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What’s the difference between a high performing employee and one who is struggling with his or her performance? Well, in our first Motivation Series report we discussed out the 7 biggest mistakes people make that limits their motivation, performance and success.

After his years of experience in helping others identify their strengths to enhance their professional lives, Motivatem’s Director Obi Abuchi, assembled this knowledge into the Motivation Series 101 report.

During this research he found that it isn’t intelligence, potential, background, size of network, or experience but that it often came down to one thing—motivation! With his expertise in this area, the report doesn’t just detail what these mistakes are but also describes techniques on how individuals can avoid making these mistakes.

The findings? Well, it was clear that many of these mistakes could easily be avoided. Individuals just needed to become aware of them and take action. To get a free copy of the report, simply join Motivatem’s Winning Attitude Club here.

After launching the report, Obi invested many hours in distributing the report out to the Motivatem community as well as highlighting his findings at a variety of events. The results of the report were welcomed with open arms. The report isn’t just insightful about the mistakes that are being made but also provides every reader with actions to take away so they can make a difference in their career and life.

The report was so well received that Obi is already starting to work on Motivation Series 102 that will focus on the role organisations and managers play to influencing motivation.

It only takes 5 minutes to take part in the research for Motivation Series Report 102. Visit the online questionnaire here and have your say today!

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Young Talent Network

Young Talent Network

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Date: TBC, Location: TBC

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CIPD’s Organisational Development Conference

CIPD’s Organisational Development Conference

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Obi Abuchi was honoured to Chair the event. The event was a great success!
Those that joined developed competencies as an OD practitioner and gained insight into current and emerging trends in OD.

Click here for more info.

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The Magic of Monday

The Magic of Monday

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A Fable about the Winning Formula for Career Success

Obi Abuchi’s book ‘The Magic of Monday’ is a fable for young professionals that turns the whole meaning of “Thank God it’s Friday!” on its head.

Here’s what Stephen Howard, CEO of Business in the Community, said about ‘The Magic of Monday’ in his foreword:

“To me this book is a great distillation of key skills and an array of accumulated business knowledge in a very accessible and engaging format. It will speak clearly to an audience of young people forming their professional behaviours and hopefully put them on the road to career success! I think it’s also for anyone with their feet on the lower rungs of the corporate ladder wondering how they’ll ever get to the top or those young professionals simply looking to develop their career prospects.

So much of what Josh learns in this book are lessons that I have learned myself in my years in business and would eagerly pass onto the younger generation – although my thoughts would no doubt lack the clarity that this format provides for the reader!”

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