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Dec 16
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Goal Setting... A Slightly Different Approach

By Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class

 

I received a phone call recently from my cousin, Oliver. He is the Head of Learning & Development in a fast-growing, and highly-ambitious, business. They have been helping their people to set challenging goals and create a strategy to achieve them. To do this, they started by asking a very straight forward question…

 

“What do you want to achieve?”

Dec 9
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How To Control Momentum

Bu Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class.

Momentum shifts are a common phenomenon, not just in sport, but in life. They are often easy to see in sport. You’ll often see momentum swing when a player, or a team, accumulates a string of points in quick succession. Those famous sporting come-backs often hinge around a shift in momentum; like when Oracle Team USA came back from 1-8 down, to beat Emirates Team New Zealand 9-8 in the 2013 America’s Cup.

Apr 13
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Are we playing 'pass the parcel' with wisdom?

By Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class

 

What do you do, when you read a fantastic, inspiring, profound or motivational quote on social media?

Mar 29
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Talent ID or Character ID?

By Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class.

 

Talent Identification has been a hot topic in sport and business for many years. Every organisation is out to spot those who have what it takes to be highly successful. In sport, it often means analysing the requirements of the sport and then matching promising athletes, who seem to have the attributes required to succeed.

Mar 10
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How To Develop Courage

By Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class

 

Aristotle describes courage as ‘the first virtue’ because it underpins many others. For example, in order to develop honesty, we may need to take a hard look at ourselves in the mirror. Inevitably, this requires a healthy dose of courage.

So, how can we develop courage?

Feb 2
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Great Leaders Ask Great Questions

By Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class.

 

For the last few years, I’ve been working with and studying some of the best teams in the world; Red Arrows teams, SAS and US Navy SEAL units, Racing yacht crews, a Formula One pit crew, etc. I set out to study teamwork. In particular, I wanted to know how these teams have become world class. In the course of my studies, I identified six common characteristics, which differentiated these incredible teams.

Nov 23
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Teamwork Lessons from Premier League Football

By Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class

Oct 22
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What Lessons Can England Learn From The Rugby World Cup?

By Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class

 

England Rugby crashed out of their own World Cup during the group stage, after defeats to Wales and Australia. Of course, the media echoes the public’s disappointment. It is full of recriminations and keen to hunt down the culprits. Whilst that might vent some frustration, perhaps it is more valuable to look for the powerful lessons that accompany this experience.

Oct 13
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Skill, Luck or Character?

By Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class.

 

What separates the very best from the rest? What do truly successful people have that others don’t? What is it that allows them to be continually successful in whatever they do?

Is it their skills?

Are they more skilful than others? For example, are the most skilful sports people the ones that achieve long term success?

Is it their knowledge?

Do successful people simply know things that others don’t? Do they know more? Have they got crucial information that others are missing?

Oct 12
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Ditch The Target... Are You Mad?

By Simon Hartley, Founder of Be World Class.

 

Targets are a common feature of the modern landscape. Whether in business, sport, education, healthcare, or any other realm, most people are working to a target. Normally, the targets are accompanied by a raft of ‘Key Performance Indicators’ (KPIs). In fact, targets have become so ingrained within our psyche, that many people seem unable to imagine a world without them.

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