October 14, 2015 | by Andrew Horsfield

Effort v impact

When a professional swimmer launches themselves into the water at the start of a race you rarely see them thrash about wildly. Despite the desire to go faster than their rival, the desire to touch the wall first and the desire to win in their event, you don't see them dive in and thrash their arms.

Instead they utilise their technique.

They focus on their stroke, kicking efficiency, breathing rates and turning technique to power themselves through the pool. That's because impact rather than effort creates great results. Moving your arms quickly doesn't make you a faster swimmer.

The same principal applies in accelerating your own success. More effort doesn't mean you care more or will get more done. It just means you work more. Productive work makes a difference, moves things forward and makes results happen. It's less about effort and more about impact.

Just like the professional swimmer you have to hone your technique.

If you can be productive, put your skills to work, get things done and get out of the door by 5pm, you're onto something. On the other hand, if you waste time at unwanted meetings, fail to confront things head on and share problems rather than solutions, you are missing the point.

The point is not about the effort you are making but the impact you are having.


September 3, 2015 | by Andrew Horsfield

The F word

I failed today. In fact I have been most of this week. Things I attempted to try didn't work. Ideas I tried to cultivate didn't eventuate. Despite some significant effort I have come up short.


July 29, 2015 | by Andrew Horsfield

Build your assets

High achievers continually evolve. They continually evolve by building new skills that augment existing capability. This matters because success takes the highest levels of personal leadership.


April 18, 2015 | by Andrew Horsfield

The fallacy of fear

Most of the valuable work we do involves fear. The brave, successful and admirable people who make things happen are not fearless. They lean into fear and learn how to manage their emotion.