Sacking The "Berlusconi Of The Brain"

Berlusconi no longer runs Italy. But is the “Berlusconi of the Brain” still in charge in your own world? According to Iain McGilchrist, the left hemisphere of the brain is like Berlusconi because it controls the media. It airbrushes reality, creating rational, linguistic arguments to generate an illusory perfect, mechanistic world. When you combine that…

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Sacking The “Berlusconi Of The Brain”

Berlusconi no longer runs Italy. But is the “Berlusconi of the Brain” still in charge in your own world? According to Iain McGilchrist, the left hemisphere of the brain is like Berlusconi because it controls the media. It airbrushes reality, creating rational, linguistic arguments to generate an illusory perfect, mechanistic world. When you combine that…

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Do You Know The Right Answer?

How often do you ask a question to which you don’t know the answer? “Never!” is apparently the answer trial lawyers would give. Makes sense – they dont want a witness embarrassing them on the stand with something unexpected. But the rule seems to spread beyond the courtroom. At the Clean Business Exchange on Friday,…

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Breakthrough Sessions

If you were to have a “breakthrough session”, what kind of “breakthrough” would yours be? My friend James Tripp and I were talking yesterday about how various coaches and therapists offer “breakthrough sessions” – and I must have subconsciously asked myself: “What kind of breakthrough?” because a personal story sprang to mind. (James pointed out…

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The Perfect Elevator Pitch?

How much can a label such as “coach” or “mentor” say about you? My recent blog Call Yourself A Coach? promoted some interesting discussions, online and off. The consensus? Of course a label can’t say everything about you – because there’s more to you than the label. But my point was that labels aren’t just…

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Are Second-Hand Metaphors Restricting Your Life?

Are you living your life according to your own metaphors? Or is your system being restricted by ill-fitting second-hand ideas, images and connections? As I’ve mentioned frequently in this blog, the metaphors you use in your thinking (including your subconscious processing) have a profound impact on your behaviour. It’s inevitable, because metaphor is the language…

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Influence: actions speak louder than words

Influential language is important. Questions, listening and metaphor are important. But there could be an even more important factor in influence: the purely “incidental” behaviour of the people around you. “Turns out your colleague’s husband’s sister can make you fat, even if you’ve never met. And a happy friend affects your happiness more than a…

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Is passive income damaging your health?

Could the myth of “passive income” be damaging your health – or at least your psychological well-being – as Daniel Priestley, author of Become a Key Person of Influence, ¬†proposed in a talk recently? He argued that the notion of “passive income” was founded on the idea of making money by doing something one didn’t…

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