The Rhinocerous Principle – Charge like a RHINOCEROS at your goals and dreams

February 19, 2010

Today I was reminded of the Rhinocerous Principle of clearly knowing what your primary goal is and charging it down!

Rhinocerous Success by Scott Alexander, notes that the fundamental key to success is having a clear target and then going after it with all your might and energy. He recalls all the success principles were thrown out the window when he met an extremely successful “Rhino” whose main redeeming feature was his focus, energy and total detremination to charge down his goals.

At first glance,some people might think the principles in the book are quite silly, especially with a cartoon drawing of a rhinoceros on the cover. It certainly isnt the typical, small text professional looking leadership development book. However it does pose an interesting question – with enough focus, tenacity, power and determination – what is possible? Someone said to me this week – in business you either need to “go hard or go home”. There is no in between – not if you want to be a success. I call this the Rhinocerous Principle.


Two great questions for personal leadership – tips from effective governance

February 16, 2010

Through Springboard, a networking focused on growing young directors (45 and under), we had a fantastic speaker present to us last night. Kevin McKaffrey who had a wealth of experience in the area, spoke of the key principles of good governance.

Two brilliant questions he posed when becoming involved in governance were: What is the potential of the organisation and what is the personal ambition of the people working in the organisation?

I think these questions cut to the heart of assessing whether an impact can be made by our involvement and also what (if any) potential conflicts may exist around the others involved in the decision making.

Relating it back to us personally – what do you see as your potential and what is your personal ambition?

The answers to these two questions will dramatically impact how you see yourself and how others perceive what you are doing. In the process of unlocking potential with clients through coaching we become crystal clear on where the end point will be in the main areas of their life. Is it finding your dream career, starting a new business or creating a greater sense of work/life balance?

Great governance not only belongs in the boardroom but in running our lives as well. Challenge yourself today to look at what your potential can be – and then work out a plan to get there.

Executive Coaching Practices in New Zealand

October 14, 2009

I came across the attached article in International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring.

It covers some really interesting areas including accreditation, background, age and aslo whether coaching is actually a profession.

I was interested in the percentage of executive coaches under 40. An an under 40 coach myself, I thought about the potential benefits (not just disadvantages) one can provide coming from a fresher, newer, different perspective.

I also liked the discussion about accreditation. As a member of ICF I have had various discussions with a number people over ICF accreditation – value or non value. I think ICF accreditation is a valuable process as much from a personal growth process as it is in terms of becoming accredited. It gives a strong framework for development but of course is not without its issues.

An interesting question I would be interested in your views – does having ICF accreditation for a “younger” coach (no grey hairs) as opposed to an “older” coach?

I found it a very good and useful article. If you are keen to read it let me know. Regards Grant

Community based leadership – volunteering with intent

October 12, 2009

After the recent tsunami I called the Red Cross and discovered they needed volunteers to help with the clean-up. There seems no shortage of opportunities to give up our valuable resource – time. Opportunity or distraction?

As it turned out I had a great time. Met some wonderful people and felt like I made a difference. Sometimes we need to give to get.


September 26, 2009

Coaching creates a unique and amazing space where dreams can be created, crystallised and implemented. Chocolate

After taking part in the Results Intensive Coach Training I can now see that it can make a massive impact. But it is not for the fainthearted or those who want to stay the same.

Coaching adds something else. It creates a”mental space” that allows truly inspirational goals to be uncovered and developed. Coaching gives a clear structure, personalised feedback and a solution-focus that maximised the chance of meaningful goals being established.

So give it a go! But be warned – like chocolate, getting inspired by your dreams can be addictive. Email for further information. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!




Living life to the full…..replace fear with confidence through action

September 21, 2009

“It is not the critic who counts, not the one who points out how the strong man stumbled or how the doer of deeds might have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with sweat and blood and dust; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions and spends himself in a worthy cause and who, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat” Theodore RooseveltGetting it done

Kayaking on Outward Bound. We were doing an excercise where we had to paddle out into the river, turn the bow and then let the current do the rest. I remember vividly watching person after person doing the exercise from the safety of the side of the river. It was not till I got the courage myself to give it a go that I experienced the full sense of accomplishment.  Several years before I had almost drowned when i got stuck under a kayak in a shallow pond and could not get out.  

Life is definitely not a spectator sport. There is nothing better than replacing fear and uncertainty with confidence.

Dont wait any longer to make your dreams come true – take action now and get into it!

Getting comfortable in the discomfort zone – the key to effective learning

September 7, 2009

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Welcome to the Discomfort Zone. It sounds like a part of outer space or something off star wars!  Its neither – it is much, much more important than that! It is the space where our real growth and development occurs.

Can you recall when texting first arrived?  I remember thinking how inconvenient it was – sending bite sized snippets of information rather than actually speaking to the person, so I tried to ignore it.

Speaking to a lawyer in his 60s – he said the same thing about email. He couldn’t get his head around sending messages across cyberspace – he much preferred the feeling of having a “hard copy in his hands”. So he tried to ignore it.

However there is a point where you can no longer ignore it. That critical point where the benefits of making a change outweighs the pain of staying the same. Malcolm Gladwell calls these Tipping Points, “the levels at which the momentum for change becomes unstoppable”.

I have reached that point around blogging and using social media

Did you know?

  • Social networks and blogs are now the 4th most popular online activity ahead of personal email (Nielsen Online, March 2009)
  • 150 million people around the world are now actively using Facebook and almost half of them are using Facebook every day (Zuckerberg, Jan 2009)
  • “Worldwide visitors to Twitter approached 10 million in February 2009, up an 700+% vs. a year ago. (Comscore, April 2009)

With this in mind (and at the recommendation of my own social networking coach), I have had to LEAP FORWARD and create a Blog for the business. It is a big learning curve and feels exciting and uncomfortable at the same time.

Moving into the “DISCOMFORT ZONE” that occurs when stretch and learning takes place. Tim Brownson, a UK Life Coach sums it up nicely by saying – “you can’t get from where you are to where you want to be without passing through the discomfort zone”. I love that concept

So how do we get comfortable in that “discomfort zone”. Here’s a few thoughts

  • Realise that being uncomfortable is part of learning
  • Reflect on what you are telling yourself during the learning process – is it positive or negative language that you are telling yourself
  • Give yourself permission to make mistakes and just be average while learning
  • Reward yourself with little encouragements and milestones
  • Share your successes with those that matter

So have fun, enjoy and make Leap Forward towards your dreams.

 Wishing you all the best

Grant Verhoeven

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