Monday, 21 December 2009

It Christmas Time!

It's my time of year. I mean, just look at my surname, Merry! How cool is that. I must confess, getting the Merry underlined on all of my Christmas cards was funny for the first couple of years, it has worn thin over the last 25 years or so! But I do love Christmas time - people are friendlier, everyone wishes everyone else the best and there is loads of gratitude around.

Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah (Chanukah), Chinese New Year, Festivus (the festival for the rest of us), Chrisnukkah (sort of a Christmas, Hannukah combo meal deal) or just use Christmas as an excuse to get together with family and friends to spread joy and love, it is a time of year for reflection. Now I don't just mean reflecting your face in the wrapping paper of the gifts!!! I mean reflection of the year that has passed and the year ahead. Reflecting on what is truly important in your life. Reflecting on how you will grow for the coming year.

But wouldn't be the festive season without present though!! So here is my present to you. Click this link to access it. The Regular Results Review is a simple two page sheet that will give you the opportunity to celebrate your achievements for 2009 and look forward to 2010. Enjoy with my best wishes.


If you want more.

If a Regular Review is not enough and you truly want to make 2010 one of your best years, then you need the Get More from 2010 package. Visit to find out all of the details. Simply put it is a 3 hour session with additional resources to ensure you Get More from 2010. Only a limited number of people will be accepted to make sure it is a focussed session. I would love for you to be there.

Regardless of whether you are there or not, have a fantastic festive season and a magic 2010. I look forward to being part of your team in the New Year!

Merry Christmas!

Warwick Merry

Thursday, 17 December 2009

Play with the Dog!

Wifey and I had a delightful extravagant meal of fish and chips on the beach during the week.  I am sure you don't care but I saw something that made me think.

A young woman took her dog to the beach for a walk and a play.  As she got to the beach I noticed she was on the mobile. 
The dog was running back and forth, sooooo excited to be at the beach, but she was on the mobile.
Running into the waves, the dog splashed and then ran back to its owner to share the excitement, but she was on the mobile.
She gave a token toss of a ball and the dog was off like a rocket, chasing and enjoying the evening to bring the ball (it's own little gift of love) back to the woman, but she was on the mobile.

Has that ever happened to you?  Have you ever been like the dog?  Maybe you were speaking to your manager or boss and they were on the phone or simply distracted and not listening.  Maybe you were recounting your day to your loved one and they were not listening but simply waiting to tell you about theirs.

It doesn't feel good does it?

Have you ever been like the woman, that is been physically there but not actually present?  Maybe your kids were playing but you were just instructing rather than down on the floor on your hands and knees playing FULL ON!  Maybe your team were telling you about some of their issues and you listened in a token manner but didn't hear what was truly happening for them.  Maybe your partner wanted to engage with you on a fun activity and you were just playing on the surface.

How do you think your kids, your team and your partner felt?

How much better would the dog have felt if the young woman left the phone at home and played FULL ON with the dog?  Was really present for the dog?  Also, how much better would the woman have felt if she truly connected with the dog and played FULL ON?

If you are going to do something (whether you want to do it or not), I believe you should do it FULL ON.  Not just because it is better for others but also because you will enjoy it more and Get More out of it.

Next time, play with the Dog!


Monday, 14 December 2009

What would Spiderman do?

I was speaking to a group last week about Spiderman. Yes, I know - it is not very "businessy" but it is very relevant.

Spiderman's uncle told him that "With great power comes great responsibility".

I believe that the opposite also holds true. That is, "With great responsibility comes great power".

Too often I see people dodging responsibility in an organisation. These same people are also complaining that "they can't change anything". I implore you to take responsibility, it really isn't that bad. Once you take responsibility for a change you wish to see or a situation you wish to change, you will find that you have power over that situation. You also have power over your own attitude about that situation.

Where do you need to take responsibility?