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  • British Media, British People – stop whinging, we’ve got plenty to be positive about!

    British Media, British People – stop whinging, we’ve got plenty to be positive about!

    After travelling three months to return to the UK from Australia in time for the Olympics, I arrived at Heathrow airport on Sunday 15th July 2012, and was welcomed by helpful and efficient staff who had been brought in to welcome international guests. As my Olympic excitement was building I was then rewarded with a […]

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  • How we achieve our results

    How we achieve our results

    If you’re in an office, look around you right now. They’ll be someone sitting not too far from you who makes their job look easy. If you’re in sales, they’ll be the person who always brings in more appointments, more call successes and ultimately more sales, than anyone else. I’m also sure, that when you’ve […]

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  • Are Leaders Born or Made – the on-going debate continues…

    Are Leaders Born or Made – the on-going debate continues…

    I’ve been following a recent debate on Linked IN with interest with regards to the Leaders – are they born or are they made. This debate always brings up a variety of opinions, many of them extremely strong in their perspective. I should also mention that at the time of writing this, 71% of the […]

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  • Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

    Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

    Dr. Peter H. Diamandis is an optimist; an individual who is full of energy, ideas and inspiration. He is someone who sees an incredible future ahead of us! Diamandis is the Founder and Chairman of the X Prize Foundation, an educational non-profit prize institute whose mission is to create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of […]

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  • Transcript: Jora Gill (CTO) – Making the right decisions in business (Max#41)

    Transcript: Jora Gill (CTO) – Making the right decisions in business (Max#41)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to Episode 41 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. On Episode 27 of the Podcast we interviewed […]

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  • Max#41: Jora Gill (CTO) – making the right decisions in business

    Max#41: Jora Gill (CTO) – making the right decisions in business

    On episode 27 of the Maximise Potential Podcast we interviewed Jora Gill, a globally renowned CTO, who provided us with an incredible insight into the approach he has taken to maximise his career and today, we are very pleased to join Jora once again. In today’s interview, we gain an exclusive insight into how Jora […]

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  • Grasp the moment – as you never know who’s taking notice

    Grasp the moment – as you never know who’s taking notice

    I was asked to be a judge in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ event at Kingston University last month. I went into the event with high expectations; final year undergraduate business degree students, pitching their ideas to a panel of experienced business people, plus knowing that that was a key proportion of their final year grading. Surely […]

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  • Influencing Skills: Do you know your value?

    Influencing Skills: Do you know your value?

    That expression ‘talk is cheap’ is a common one. The idea that words mean less than actions was the intention of this expression but in actual fact, talk can be expensive, it can be valuable, it can be discounted and it can also be cheap. It depends on the words you use and the value […]

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  • Who could ever beat Tiger Woods? Actually about 15 people in the last 15 Majors!

    Who could ever beat Tiger Woods? Actually about 15 people in the last 15 Majors!

    By winning the US Open Gold championship, Webb Simpson (who I hear you ask?) became the 15th different winner of the last 15 major golf championships. In that winning list there are names such as Lucas Glover, Yang Yong-eun, Keegan Bradley, Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel. Yet again, I can hear you all again saying […]

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  • “How failing, losing or looking foolish is often the fastest way to become good at something!” Here’s my experience…

    “How failing, losing or looking foolish is often the fastest way to become good at something!” Here’s my experience…

    I like to ski, I’m not exceptionally good and it’s not a pursuit that I do with great regularity, but I’ve attacked my share of slopes in the past and the lessons I’ve learnt from them seem very appropriate to share now… Best-selling authors such as Daniel Coyle (The Talent Code) and Matthew Syed (Bounce) […]

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  • Transcript: Roz Savage – record Breaking Ocean Rower (Max#40)

    Transcript: Roz Savage – record Breaking Ocean Rower (Max#40)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to episode 40 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. To those who looked in at the life […]

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  • Keep strong and carry on, by Anth

    Keep strong and carry on, by Anth

    The race I mentioned on Twitter was the Brooks Run Doncaster 10k 13th May 2012. Here is My Story…. I have listened to the Dean Macey podcast a number of times and have used it as a mental boost during training as well as the race. I’m not sure why I get drawn to that […]

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  • Max#40: Roz Savage – record-breaking ocean rower

    Max#40: Roz Savage – record-breaking ocean rower

    To those who looked in at the life of Roz Savage several years ago, they would have seen someone who appeared to have it all – the A grade graduate, the successful Management Consultant, living the central London lifestyle that goes with it. Yet, little did they know how out of place Roz felt in […]

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  • Why put people on the defensive? Avoid putting people on their back foot

    Why put people on the defensive? Avoid putting people on their back foot

    ‘Why’ is such a small and yet powerful word to notice, understand and be aware of as you use it. Really, why? Well, it does two things very quickly, immediately in fact. Two things you want to avoid. One, it sends people straight to the word “because” which is justifying their actions/decisions and Two, it […]

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  • So that’s what running a marathon is like, by Graham Carter

    So that’s what running a marathon is like, by Graham Carter

    On Sunday, I ran the London Marathon. This was my first attempt at running 26.2 miles, as I shared back in November 2011. I’ve been training for 4 months and actually found myself enjoying the long runs, using them as an opportunity to explore local sights in a way I never have before. How do […]

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  • London Marathon 2012: David Weir and Shelly Woods secure wheelchair double to spur Paralympic hopes

    London Marathon 2012: David Weir and Shelly Woods secure wheelchair double to spur Paralympic hopes

    There were great omens in Paralympic year as, for the first time in five years, British athletes claimed a double victory in both the men’s and women’s wheelchair races. On Sunday, it was David Weir and Shelly Woods, Britain’s leading two wheelchair racers on road and track, having first won the double in 2007. Remarkably, […]

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  • The Five Secrets To Success by Paralympic Cyclist Sarah Storey & Psychologist Dr Rob Yeung

    The Five Secrets To Success by Paralympic Cyclist Sarah Storey & Psychologist Dr Rob Yeung

    This was an interesting article on success, sent to me from Steve Davies (featured on episodes 4 and 6 of the Maximise Potential Podcast). The article focuses on the importance a support network can play in helping someone to maximise their potential….. Despite 37% of all UK adults thinking that their success is down to […]

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  • Congratulations to David Weir who wins his sixth London Marathon Wheelchair title

    Congratulations to David Weir who wins his sixth London Marathon Wheelchair title

    Great Britain’s David Weir (featured on episode 19 of the Maximise Potential Podcast) won the wheelchair race at the London Marathon for a record-equalling sixth time. The 32-year-old won a sprint finish to take the title in 1:32:26 and equal Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s record. “This is my favourite win ever because the field was so […]

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  • Transcript: Marc Koska – Inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe (Max#39)

    Transcript: Marc Koska – Inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe (Max#39)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to episode 39 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. At one time or another we have all […]

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  • British Record Holder David Weir aiming to match Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s London Marathon Record

    British Record Holder David Weir aiming to match Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson’s London Marathon Record

    The British record holder will be up against three former London champions, including the 54-year-old Frei, a London winner three times in the late 1990s, David Weir will defend his Virgin London Marathon title on Sunday 22 April against the strongest field ever assembled as he seeks to match the six London Marathons won by […]

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  • Max#39: Marc Koska – inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe

    Max#39: Marc Koska – inventor of the K1 auto-disable syringe

    At one time or another we have all been inspired by an article or television programme, which prompted us to say “I have to do something about that.” Yet, no matter how sincere we are with this statement, in the cold light of day and with our daily responsibilities firmly back in the forefront of […]

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  • 2 years and counting since the first Maximise Potential post!

    2 years and counting since the first Maximise Potential post!

    I was just flicking through the archives and realised that it was exactly two years ago (March 2010) that we posted our first articles on Maximise Potential. Incidentally, we hadn’t launched the podcast yet as that came a couple of months later. I’m constantly looking at what I want to achieve and very seldom time […]

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  • The War on Talent & the two Jim’s….

    The War on Talent & the two Jim’s….

    I came across a thought-provoking article on Linked IN, written by a recruitment professional based in Canada called Jim O’Sullivan (the first Jim), where he very eloquently highlights the work of Jim Collins (the second Jim) relating it to the topic known as ‘The War on Talent’…. Jim Collins, author of ‘Good to Great’, makes […]

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  • Roz Savage to undertake her ‘Olympic Atlantic Row’

    Roz Savage to undertake her ‘Olympic Atlantic Row’

    Roz Savage is the British Ocean Rower & National Geographic’s 2010 Adventurer of the Year. Roz holds four world records for ocean rowing, including first woman to row three oceans: the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian. She has rowed over 15,000 miles, taken around 5 million oarstrokes, and spent cumulatively over 500 days of her life […]

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  • David Weir wins the Silverstone Half Marathon in build up to London 2012

    David Weir wins the Silverstone Half Marathon in build up to London 2012

    David Weir, who gave an inspiring interview on episode 19 of The Maximise Potential Podcast, is now in the run-up to the most important event of his life – the 2012 London Olympics. The games will arguably be David’s last in the sport, and the man who has re-written all the record books is keen […]

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  • Transcript: Chris Brisley – Take  cahallenge (Max#38)

    Transcript: Chris Brisley – Take cahallenge (Max#38)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to episode 38 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. Have you ever taken the time to imagine […]

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  • Max#38: Chris Brisley – Take a Challenge

    Max#38: Chris Brisley – Take a Challenge

    Have you ever taken the time to imagine how you would react if your career prematurely ended, or your house and all your life savings were lost, or if your health was taken away. Having the strength of character to re-build your life from any one of those extreme examples is a virtue that none […]

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  • Tom Daley – prepared to sacrifice in the short term in order to gain in the long term

    Tom Daley – prepared to sacrifice in the short term in order to gain in the long term

    Tom Daley is one of Team GB’s greatest medal prospects for London 2012. I just read a very interesting article on him, probably paying more attention to it than I would have done before meeting Chris Brisley (@TakeaChallenge), who was one of the diving coaches in Plymouth, with Andy Banks, when Tom was a young […]

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  • Transcript: Planning for the unexpected in Business (Max#37)

    Transcript: Planning for the unexpected in Business (Max#37)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to episode 37 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. The question of what if is largely one […]

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  • Max#37: Planning for the unexpected in Business – Patrick O’Connor

    Max#37: Planning for the unexpected in Business – Patrick O’Connor

    The question of “What if” is largely one that we all try and sidestep within our businesses, as we all hope that the unexpected will never happen to us. Yet, when the unexpected does happen it is the companies that have dedicated the time and resource to answering that question, that feel the least disruption […]

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  • Jason Sissel – 158mi Marathon des Sables

    Jason Sissel – 158mi Marathon des Sables

    The 158 mile Marathon des Sables Sahara Desert Run, is noted for being one of the toughest endurance races in the world and is one of the ultimate tests of the body and mind. Jason Sissel, Founder of Endure to Cure, the charity / volunteer group that strives to raise funds for children with pediatric […]

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  • John Bishop – Paris London Triathlon for Sport Relief 2012

    John Bishop – Paris London Triathlon for Sport Relief 2012

    Comedian John Bishop is to undertake a gruelling triathlon for charity. Starting on February 27, he will attempt to cycle, row and run 290 miles from Paris to London in five days. He will start his BT Sport Relief Challenge by the Eiffel Tower in the French capital, and cycle 185 miles to the coast […]

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  • Good luck John Bishop – but I wish the Media would raise awareness for others

    Good luck John Bishop – but I wish the Media would raise awareness for others

    So, I’m listening to the news today and here that John Bishop is running, cycling and kayaking from Paris to London (290 miles in 5 days), all for charity. I think this is superb, yet you know there is a ‘but’ coming, right? The ‘but’ element is the fact that you have amazing individuals like […]

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  • My goals for 2012, by Vanessa King

    My goals for 2012, by Vanessa King

    First, a confession . . . . I’m afraid. I’m cripplingly afraid to dream. I don’t like to write down my goals, although a lot of people I know and respect do, because I’m afraid I’ll find them at the end of the year or whatever time period it might be and find that they […]

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  • 2012 is Set to be a Record Breaking Year

    2012 is Set to be a Record Breaking Year

    2012 is set to be a record-breaking year in the UK with the arrival of the Olympic and Paralympic Team GB Games. Here is a excellent article from Baroness Grey-Thompson, Great Britain’s 11-time Paralympic champion, on the Games… Although it is only one day and a training session or two closer to the Games, something […]

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  • Avoid being stuck in a conversation – how to move on when you’re ready

    Avoid being stuck in a conversation – how to move on when you’re ready

    We’ve all been there haven’t we? You’re at a social function, a networking event, a business conference and your intention is to circulate, meet new people, catch up with colleagues and friends and then you get stuck. What started off as an exchange of ideas can then turn into a one-way street where someone goes […]

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  • One Leadership Quality that will Make or Break You

    One Leadership Quality that will Make or Break You

    Philip Fanthom, Managing Director of Jenrick IT recently found this article about leadership skills which he really enjoyed reading and could relate to, so we at Maximise Potential would like to share it as well. One of the most often overlooked aspects of leadership is the need for pursuit. Great leaders are never satisfied with […]

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  • Bonita Norris shares her experience of Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris shares her experience of Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris, as featured on the Maximise Potential Podcast, recently achieved her latest adventure of reaching the summit of Ama Dablam. Here is her blog article as she shares her experience: Having had a few days back in the UK i’ve finally had some time to digest what has been an incredible expedition to Ama […]

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  • Bonita Norris – The Ice Queen

    Bonita Norris – The Ice Queen

    Bonita Norris, youngest british woman to climb Mount Everest has featured on the Maximise Potential Podcast, not once but twice! Here is an article we found recently regarding how she and other female explorers are setting a good example to young girls today: The arrival of Amelia Hempleman-Adams, 16, at the South Pole last week […]

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  • Transcript: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Transcript: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Okay welcome back to episode 36 of the Maximise Potential Podcast and the second instalment of our interview […]

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  • Transcript: Becoming a Triple Ironman – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Transcript: Becoming a Triple Ironman – Richard Hume (Max#36)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to Episode 35 of the Maximise Potential podcast. Being able to complete an ironman event is […]

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  • Max#36: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume

    Max#36: How I rowed the Atlantic – Richard Hume

    As well as being a triple ironman finisher, Richard Hume is also one a very select group of people to have completed the Atlantic Ocean Rowing Race. This gruelling 3,000 mile event, which can take over 80 days to complete, challenges competitors in ways not comparible to most other endurance events. Dealing with the isolation, […]

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  • Max#35: Becoming a triple ironman – Richard Hume

    Max#35: Becoming a triple ironman – Richard Hume

    Being able to complete an ironman event is said to be one of the most extreme tests of mental and physical endurance on the planet. Competing continuously for over 12 hours; swimming 2 ½ miles, then cycling for 112 miles before completing a 26 mile marathon, will push anyone to their absolute limits. However, now […]

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  • Why not me? By Sam Nobes

    Why not me? By Sam Nobes

    I’ve been studying and practicing photography for over 5 years. I have always been told to follow my dreams and to pursue a career that I would enjoy. It may seem like obvious advice and I didn’t think too much of it whilst I was younger, but when your dream is the same as thousands […]

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  • Former British Table Tennis number one Matthew Syed talks to SWHS pupils about effort

    Former British Table Tennis number one Matthew Syed talks to SWHS pupils about effort

    Matthew Syed, author of the best British Sports book 2011 BOUNCE and as featured on the Maximise Potential Podcast, talks to SWHS pupils about effort. FURTHER RESOURCES: Motivating interview: Click here to listen to a motivating interview with Matthew Syed Articles and Resources: Click here to view more articles on Matthew Syed

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  • Bonita Norris Summits Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris Summits Ama Dablam

    Bonita Norris, as featured on the Maximise Potential Podcast has added a third Himalayan peak to her tally. Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to have climbed Mount Everest, has now also successfully climbed Ama Dablam (6,856m) in the Nepalese Himalaya. Reaching the peak of Ama Dablam is a fantastic achievement for Bonita. She promised […]

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  • David Weir focusses soley on winning Gold at London 2012

    David Weir focusses soley on winning Gold at London 2012

    Double Paralympic gold medalist David Weir missed the New York Marathon earlier this month all in the name of London 2012 glory, writes Ben Baker. The 32-year-old wheelchair racer from Wallington had a 12 months to remember last season, with triple gold at the IPC World Championships in New Zealand over 800m, 1500m and 5000m […]

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  • Do you scare people off?

    Do you scare people off?

    We’ve all heard someone start off with “Well, the trouble is” or “What worries me is” haven’t we? Or what about the classic “Now, our first problem is” – talk about putting you on your back foot and priming you for ‘trouble ahead’. You know the thing that happens when we hear those sorts of […]

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  • Transcript: The New Rules of Selling – Gavin Ingham (Max#34)

    Transcript: The New Rules of Selling – Gavin Ingham (Max#34)

    Music Kevin: Welcome to Maximise Potential the podcast to educate and motivate through a range of original interviews designed to help you maximise your potential. Brought to you in association with the award winning recruitment group Jenrick. Welcome back to Episode 34 of the Maximise Potential podcast. No matter if you are responsible for a […]

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  • Max#34: The New Rules of Selling – Gavin Ingham

    Max#34: The New Rules of Selling – Gavin Ingham

    Welcome back to episode 34 of the Maximise Potential Podcast. No matter if you are responsible for a business or focusing on developing your career, the current environment is arguably the most competitive, uncertain and challenging that anyone has ever known. As a result we felt it was essential to invite an expert onto the […]

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