Are you in the right job?

November 24th, 2005 by Rolf Erikson

Are you feeling dissatisfied at work? Have you outgrown your job or are your career prospects limited? Perhaps you have realised that it’s time for a change from your current job or career. A major component of most people’s lives is their career, and as such it’s worth investing some time in ensuring you’re in the right job at the right time. ….Read the rest of this entry &raquo

Europe is coming!

November 22nd, 2005 by Rolf Erikson

Some of the sceptics of Europe see the riots in France, the problems in Italy and Germans vote against economic reform as a signs that EU is not a good idea. We other were happy when we in the latest edition of The Economist could read:

At the very least, European economies are picking up speed. Figures published this week showed that the euro area’s GDP grew by 0.6% in the third quarter (2.6% at an annual rate), the fastest for a year and a half. ….Read the rest of this entry &raquo

What an Executive Coach Can Do for You

November 18th, 2005 by Rolf Erikson

That is a question I had to answer rather often. Here is a useful framework for thinking about the role of coaching, from Harvard Management Update descibed in their newsletter HBS Working Knowledge.

So, should you have a coach? And which managers in your sphere of responsibility might benefit from working with an outsider to help sharpen skills and overcome hurdles to better performance?

The right approach to answering these questions still varies a great deal depending on whom you ask, but input from several dozen coaches, and executives who have undergone coaching, does provide a useful framework for how to think about the role of coaching.

Keeping your promises

November 14th, 2005 by Rolf Erikson

Why do we struggle to keep the promises we make to ourselves? And why do we so often lose the struggle? Well, I’ve spent much of my thirty years as a psychologist trying to answer these questions says Steve Levinson. What I discovered is that the reason we fail to keep so many of the promises we make to ourselves is that the human mind isn’t really designed for follow through. You see, although the mind enables us to do fantastic job of figuring out what promises we should make to ourselves, the mind is also “wired” in a way that virtually guarantees that we will struggle – and usually fail – when we set out to keep our promises.

Steve Levinson, Ph.D., is a practicing clinical psychologist, inventor, author and teacher who has devoted much of his career to helping individuals and organizations follow through on their good intentions.

“This abstract is used by permission from Andy Kaufman’s free monthly newsletter ‘Horizon Time’ available at”

Take Action This Week

November 13th, 2005 by Rolf Erikson

Great ideas and great intentions will get you far but it’s action that really counts. You have to take responsibility for making your life work.
Success comes to those of us prepared to take action. To take action is far more important than talent.

Take this week is to identify what actions you need to take to move your life forward or improve it. Talk less. Do more. That is important!
Identify something that needs acting on and just do it.

Whats your problem?

November 7th, 2005 by Rolf Erikson

“My biggest problem is what to do about all the things I can’t do anything about.”

-Ashleigh Brilliant

Michael Neill skriver i sitt senaste nyhetsbrev; :

Here are two questions to help you dis-solve any problem, sometimes even before you’ve created it:

1. What’s happening right now?

When you ask yourself or someone else what’s happening right now, you are asking
about what’s going on in their experience. This includes things going on both
inside and outside of your body and mind.

So what’s happening right now? What’s happening that we could all verify if we
were watching your life on video? What’s happening for you on the inside?

How about now?

And now?

The more you ask, the more you will come into the present moment – a place where
there are no problems, only internal experiences and externally verifiable facts.

2. Could I let go of wanting to change that?

If I had to nominate a single question that could change your life for the
better, it would somewhat ironically be to ask yourself if you could let go of
wanting to change your life for the better and allow things to be exactly as they
are – for now.

While most people seem to initially resist this question, it’s magic is that it
shows us the ways in which we are resisting nearly everything else in our lives.

It’s also important to note that letting go of wanting to change something
doesn’t mean not changing it. There is a big difference between ‘wanting to go
to the airport’ and ‘going to the airport’. Going to the airport is not problem;
wanting to go (and not doing it) might be.

Here are some variations on the theme…

*Whatever’s happening right now, could I just be with that?

*If I could wave a magic wand and be any way at all (peaceful, happy, loving,
patient, etc.) in relation to what’s happening, how would I choose to be right

*Could I allow things to be exactly as they are? (as in ‘Could I allow myself to
be as unhappy as I am right now?’ or ‘Could I allow myself to be as happy as I am
right now?’)

Failure and Tempory Defeat

November 1st, 2005 by Rolf Erikson

I often get inspiration from Napoleon Hill, the man who wrote the famous “Think and Grow Rich”

There are also a Napoleon Hill Foundation where you can read a “Thought for the Day”. Their latest is:

There is no such thing as failure, unless it is accepted as such. Every defeat is temporary unless you give up and allow it to become permanent. In fact, temporary defeat often makes us stronger and more capable. Each time we try and fail, we learn something that helps prepare us for eventual success. Read more