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James Sale
www.motivationalmaps.com
motivation and mentoring guru, creator of Motivational Maps
Interests: yoga, shakespeare, poetry, motivation, mythology
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“The organisations that are really going to thrive out of this are the ones that recognise there are certain people who can work remotely, and there are certain people who can’t. It’s all about energy. If I haven’t got it, if I’m sat at home with low motivation, I’m not going to be able to operate effectively. It just underlines what a massive opportunity this is.” Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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“Often when we go into companies, managers will say: we need to get them to do this, and get them thinking about change more, and be more positive, and be more optimistic. All these things they come up with. Look at things from a different viewpoint. Not let things get on top of them! And all of these things, when we talk about up-skilling, are about changing behaviours. If you want to teach someone Sales skills, then they have to pick up the phone, communicate differently. They need to build rapport, build trust. You’re asking them to change the way they do things, change their behaviour. But of course that’s not easy. To be able to change behaviour, the way you do things, you’ve got to change the way you think. Well, now you’re in a minefield!” Continue reading
Posted May 1, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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Change management is still the order of the day. Though we dress it up in different terms, such as organisational adaptability or agility or flexibility, the reality is the same: we need to help people in organisations cope with change. And there is more change coming our way now than ever before with the potential of automation, new technologies, and shifting economies and industries. But how do we really know how people feel and how their motivators contribute to or block change? Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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Teams are a vital part of any organisation, yet few organisations really cultivate and nurture teams. In fact, it can be difficult even to define what the difference between a group or department and a team is. However, there is a difference, and a significant one at that. Teams, especially high-level teams, become the sum of far more than their component parts. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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When it comes to performance, most managers and business leaders prioritise strategy and skills, neglecting the all-important third crucial ingredient: performance. You can have direction and strategy, and you can have all the skills and knowledge in the world, but without motivation, it isn’t going to go very far. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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Becoming a Business Practitioner is a big step, but the rewards are also tremendous. We wanted to speak with our BPs and get a sense of what they felt the biggest challenges and rewards of being a BP were, as well as foreground the amazing work they do. This interview with Paul Ward is our eighth instalment, revealing the secrets of life as a BP and the incredible difference they make in the Maps community and beyond. Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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In our last blog, we covered what motivation is, why it’s important, and how it is often invisible to us. In this article, we’ll be covering the second aspect of motivation: the quality it brings to our lives. Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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The intention of these articles is to provide you with five key aspects of motivation that will help you, and perhaps your team too, understand what motivating people is really all about. Each article will tackle a new aspect in five-part series. Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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The “workplace” is often fraught with unspoken, or sometimes very loudly spoken, tension. It’s rare – and precious – that one finds a cohesive team environment, with good leadership, that is at once productive and fun to be in. However, we can resolve this tension by looking more closely at the deeper blue systems we all harbour. Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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‘The Map really was telling me my story as I was living it then.’ Another way to word this might be it was reflecting her real story and journey, which is what therapists naturally do with their clients in order to help them grasp their narrative. Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2020 at Motivational Memos
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BP stands for "Business Practitioner". Join us as we interview inspiring BPs about their journey to becoming leaders, coaches, and mentors. Today, we feature Christopher Lawrence, a Motivational Maps Business Practitioner, Life Leadership Coach, Entrepreneur, Change Coach, Certified Master Coach Practitioner (CMCP) and trainer, and founder of Change My Life coaching. Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Welcome to the last instalment of the "law of three". In part 1, we examined what the "law of three" is on a macro-logical level and looked at affirmation, denial, and reconciliation. In part 2, we drilled down into how this applies to business and the Self Concept. In this final part we will be looking at the way fear interacts with motivation! Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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How can we more effectively use the “law of three” when it comes to leadership, management, coaching, and business? We might start by examining the “law of three” in action when we view the Self Concept. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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These three principles, or “forces” as I like to view them, run through all matter and living things. To understand these three forces, what they mean, and how to harness has become a mission of mine, and I want to share some of that understanding with you. Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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BP stands for "Business Practitioner". Join us as we interview inspiring BPs about their journey to becoming leaders, coaches, and mentors. Today, we feature Mark Terrell, a Motivational Maps Business Practitioner, leadership coach and trainer, and creator of The Reluctant Leader. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Working with organisations trying to motivate and level-up their teams, I would often ask the all important question: “Are you a group or are you a team?” I’m often met with a question in return: “What do you mean?” or “What’s the difference?” The difference could not be more profound. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Today, I want to look at planning, and I want to give you some useful tools for planning and visioning. In my article the five key aspects of leadership from a motivational perspective, I identified “vision for those you lead” as one of those key aspects. Therefore, a vital role for a leader is to have a vision for their company and teams, and a plan of how to get there. All vision and no practical plan makes for simply ‘dreaming’ without action. Of course, dreaming, or to use a more business-like term ‘envisioning’, is important too – nothing can happen without first seeing it in the ‘mind’s eye’, to quote Hamlet. But for real change to occur, there has to be a plan of how to make this happen. Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Leadership in the UK, and indeed in many other parts of the world, is in crisis. Whatever your political allegiances, it is clear to all sides that no one really seems to know what they are doing, or how to do it. Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Over the years, I have been asked many times about leadership: what is a leader, following that what constitutes a good leader, and how can we improve our leadership skills. This has led to me authoring an entire book on the subject with my colleague Jane Thomas. The question of leadership pervades. So, here are what I believe to be the 5 key aspects of leadership from a motivational perspective. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Being a BP is about leadership, which is an ever-increasingly important topic in today’s age, where leaders are coming under closer and closer scrutiny (often with very good reason). Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Leadership is becoming an ever more prevalent concern for the modern world. And is it any wonder? With the problematic appointment of the current US President Donald Trump, and controversial if widely anticipated appointment of Boris Johnson in the UK, there is quite evidently a crisis in leadership and a crisis of trust and faith in leaders in the West. Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Leadership is one of the key issues of the modern world, and yet it is rarely understood. For the most part, modern organisations tend to think of leaders as souped-up managers, roles made onerous by the weight of attending to minutiae. The reality is that leadership is not the same as management, at least not in my view. In fact, leadership is primarily about motivation. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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For many, the Maps are a journey of individual discovery, but for Zsuzsa, it’s as much about teams as one-to-one: ‘When I left my corporate position, one of my things was that I wanted to help people be happy. I didn’t know how at the time, but now I realise that motivation is big part of that.’ Continue reading
Posted Jul 4, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Being a BP has allowed Marie room to fuel and fulfil her motivators, which has led to independent creation. Marie has a number of exciting projects underway, such as introducing the Maps into the academic sphere and education environments by creating a course / modules that will be available to HR, Business Management, Coaches and Counsellors at Australian educational institutions. Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2019 at Motivational Memos
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Becoming a Business Practitioner is a big step, but the rewards are also tremendous. We wanted to speak with our BPs and get a sense of what they felt the biggest challenges and rewards of being a BP were, as well as foreground the amazing work they do. This interview with Judit Abri von Bartheld is the first of many interviews which will be lifting the lid on Motivational Maps, life as a Business Practitioner, and the difference these individuals make. Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2019 at Motivational Memos