This week I’ve launched my BUILDING YOUR INFLUENCE diagnostic tool, developed from a 2017 blog ‘Dialing Up Your Influence’.
There are a lot of elements involved in creating the personal brand presence that we all need to stand out professionally. A lot of people struggle with confidence or simply don’t know where to start. I wanted to create a…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on February 14, 2018 at 23:01 — No Comments
I was recently invited to sit on a panel at one of Sydney’s leading business schools to share my thoughts on how I had set up my successful consultancy practise. I was struck by the wide variety of people in the room. They ranged from twenty something students to folk in their 50s and 60s. Many had obviously dropped…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on February 7, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments
It wasn’t that long ago that you needed a downtown office to do business. A bricks and mortar presence was essential. Corporates traded with other corporates and the little guy could hope for little more than the occasional crumb. Work was done in offices. Meetings (lots of them) took place in meeting rooms.…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on January 31, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments
“Happy 2018 you magnificent Grand Final winning bastards. Pre season is almost upon us and need to know who is saddling up again for 2018”.
This is the text sent to me by the captain of the mighty Newport Rugby Club 3rd team. I am 53 in February. By any measure, that’s old to be playing rugby. It’s easy to give in to a prevailing narrative - “time to hang up your boots”, “most of those blokes could be your son”, “Mate, you’ll be the slowest bloke on the park”. In…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on January 25, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments
I was recently driving back from holidays with my wife, Nicki, listening to Russell Brand’s excellent podcast, ‘Under the skin’. His guest Pankaj Mishra, Indian essayist and author of ‘The Age of Anger’ said something that really resonated.
“Most lives end in disappointment”
Simple, profound, confronting. But true? We paused the podcast and debated the idea.
On balance, I suspect, sadly, he’s right. Mishra frames his argument in terms of a world in which many…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments
I’m a little tired. You probably are too. As we enter the stadium for the last lap, having run our personal marathon since January, the finishing line approaches. What kind of shape are you in? Are you coming home strong in front or a roaring crowd, or more limping across the line, unnoticed?
The New World of Work is tough
It’s natural to be tired of course. This ‘New World of Work’ is tough. The early breathless excitement about all the possibilities is being…
Added by Mark Hodgson on December 7, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments
You learn something new every day. I recently met with female leaders in two Australian banks who are very interested in my upcoming Building Your Influence Webinar and my book, ‘Time To Shine’. Intrigued, I asked them if there was a specific reason the thinking resonated. Both thought that women in particular are looking for help in standing out. The language of ‘Your Time To Shine’ is spot…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on November 23, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments
My wife, Nicki and I spent a decade moving home every year. From North London to South London (ne’er the twain!). From the UK to Hungary. Four more times within Budapest. Across the world to Sydney. Bondi (a DO NOT PASS GO visa imperative for incoming ‘Poms’), Eastern Suburbs, Northern Beaches (twice). Finally we were done!
Nine times in nine years, we went through the pain of packing. Occasionally we paid people to help. It sounds like a great idea, but never really worked. You…
Added by Mark Hodgson on October 30, 2017 at 21:13 — No Comments
Have you noticed how successful people have a knack for making their life look less bumpy than yours? They glide across everyday challenges, unfazed by the dramas that conspire to frustrate your progress. If your dream is to make a good living doing your own thing, this lightness of touch can seem both attractive and unattainable. It’s easy to become discouraged.
It’s not like in the movies
Would that we could live in the unreality of the silver screen. There’s a lot…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on August 11, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments
I love travelling. There’s no better way to create a new perspective. After three weeks overseas I’ve found myself reviewing my thoughts on Australia. I think we’ve lost the plot. As a strategist, mentor and consultant, I work with businesses and individuals to create…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on August 3, 2017 at 8:30 — No Comments
It’s that time of year when many of us head off overseas. Different country, different culture and different currency. I’ve recently returned from my native Britain. Fancying myself as something of a global traveler, I like to keep a bit of local currency in my wallet. (Not quite…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on July 27, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments
I recently heard a great presentation by Scott Ward of Digital Infusions. He introduced the notion of a 90/9/1 rule for industry, social and business network forums such as Linked In. According to Scott:
90% of people watch and do nothing
9% contribute with ‘likes’ and comments
Just 1% actually create the content around which everything revolves.
I love this observation. Most people are just watching the game rather than playing it. That’s right,…
Added by Mark Hodgson on June 30, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments
In these uncertain times it’s so easy to get stuck. In a recent PWC report, media expert Megan Brownlow, expressed her pessimism about the Australian sector outlook where businesses are reducing both spend and campaign ambition.
“We have to educate a raft of business leaders that behaving in…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on June 7, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments
I’ve always loved the Beatles. As I explored in ‘Bringing out the greatness in others’ the variety of their music was extraordinary. For me, it’s their quirky songs that stand out; none more so than…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on May 24, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments
As I build my consultancy helping experts to become confident and successful influencers and leaders, I’m struck by how many time wasters I meet.
Of course, these people are an irritation to me. But they’re also wasting their own time, resources and personal ‘energy’ as they flit from one free meeting, seminar or webinar to the next – picking up crumbs, but with no focus or strategy. These are not serious people. I doubt that many of them ever achieve the success they claim to…
Added by Mark Hodgson on May 20, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments
I recently returned from the World Masters Games in New Zealand. We came up empty in the hunt for surfboat rowing medal glory. Team ‘Crusty’ scored a creditable fifth, but sadly those Kiwis don’t play at sport! Hardened crews the lot of ‘em. No out-of-condition pub crews, or last-minute ring-ins…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on May 3, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments
I first wrote ‘the blog about my blog’ 2 years ago. I wanted to lift the bonnet on ‘Pinch of Thought’ to show how it actually works and why. My premise – that writing a blog is no longer a nice-to-do, but a business essential. The intervening 24 months have deepened this belief. You see…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on April 20, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments
It’s all sweet in the ‘Gig Economy’. These are the findings of a recent EY report, ‘Is the gig economy a fleeting fad, or an enduring legacy?’. Also known as ‘the contingent workforce’, the Gig Economy is where businesses contract talent on a short-term project or even a daily basis to…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on April 13, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments
I wrote recently about the power of connection. In an ironic twist, today my internet connection died – predictably at a supremely inconvenient moment. This created a farcical ‘signal quest’ as I frantically ran like an addict from café to café, “do you have wi-fi, do you have wi-fi?” Finally somewhere did.…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on April 5, 2017 at 9:00 — No Comments
I recently ran a leadership workshop where I showed Dr Brené Brown’s excellent Ted talk. I’ve watched it many times and usually concentrate on the section where she discusses vulnerability. But…Continue
Added by Mark Hodgson on March 29, 2017 at 9:30 — No Comments