Karan Dennis

EMBRACE THE WINDS OF CHANGE

Embrace the Winds of Change I was out in the garden not too long ago, picking up the broken twigs and branches, left in the wake of Storm Doris. This got me thinking about the cycle of life. Again. It fascinates me to observe Mother Nature making change happen, in…

WHICH WORD WILL YOU GROW INTO IN 2017?

WHICH WORD WILL YOU GROW INTO IN 2017? It is almost the time for New Year’s resolutions but, as a sweeping generalisation, I don’t like them. Too often people make their resolutions flippantly, and without any genuine intent to fuel their successful implementation; so they are more likely doomed to…

NEVER ACCEPT THE GIFT OF TOXICITY

NEVER ACCEPT THE GIFT OF TOXICITY Oh bloody hell! The American elections are over and the divisive Donald Trump is President-Elect. We woke up in the not too distant past to news reports of anti-Trump protesters in the streets of New York, Nashville, Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle, proclaiming “Not…

STOP SAYING YOU’RE “FINE”

  STOP SAYING YOU’RE “FINE” There is a four letter F-word that’s holding you back, but it’s probably not the F-word you’re thinking of right now <chuckle>. The F-word I’m referring to is fine; think about it. In this context, the dictionary defines fine as something that is of a…

WHEN THE HORSE IS DEAD, IT’S TIME TO GET OFF!

WHEN THE HORSE IS DEAD, IT’S TIME TO GET OFF! When the horse is dead, it’s time to get off may seem like advice taken straight out of the Stating The Bleeding Obvious Handbook, but you’d be surprised how often I find myself encouraging mentees to do exactly this. Some…

Roll with life’s punches

Roll with life’s punches Life has an uncanny and infuriating habit of sucker punching us when we’re already down. How often have you ever looked skywards and pleaded “…could I please just catch a break?!” A case in point. My brother, Philip, was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin Lymphoma last…

DO YOU HAVE THE ENTREPRENEUR’S CHROMOSOME?

DO YOU HAVE THE ENTREPRENEUR’S CHROMOSOME? by Karan Dennis I had an interesting encounter recently, with a lady I will call Frieda. Frieda is a young, single mother, who started her own business towards the end of last year. Frieda is immensely talented doing her thing, but was beginning to…

YOU NEED A THINKING PARTNER, NOT AN ECHO CHAMBER

In a previous lifetime I was a Team Building Instructor, and had the pleasure of working with some of the great corporate behemoths of our time: ING Group, PriceWaterhouse and GlaxoSmithKline, to name but a few. Once deployed on a mission, we would organise theatrical “corporate kidnappings”, where the Grande…

ARE YOU (OVER-)THINKING IT OVER?

If you try to comprehend air before breathing it in, you will die ~ said a wise person (not me) once. As soon as I read this quote, it gave me pause. You see, I have been known to be a little over-analytical. That sound you can hear now, is…

LIVE TOO DEFENSIVELY & YOU WON’T LIVE AT ALL

A man raised a baby swan in a glass jar, but as the bird grew it became stuck in the jar. The man was caught now, for the only way to free the thing was to break the jar, killing the swan ~ Zen proverb We have probably all experienced,…

YOU CAN BE ANYONE, WHY NOT BE SOMEONE?

Close your eyes and visualise who you want to be, because the first step for getting what you want is to know what you want. Without knowing which direction you want to travel in, no wind is favourable; you must first chart your course, before you can set your sail….

Faith: Evidence of Things Unseen

Faith: Evidence of Things Unseen. What is faith if it doesn’t endure when we are tested the most? This is the question I asked a mentee of mine (Adam) earlier this week, whilst he was trying to persuade me a long-standing project should end, be terminated…should cease to be. Adam…

HOW TO MANAGE THE LAWNMOWER OF LIFE

How to Manage the Lawnmower of Life! Whilst preparing the garden before cutting the grass – having already cleared away the “product” of the entire cast of the neighbourhood’s Aristocats – I happened upon a snail. This snail, who I have named Nials, was minding his own business munching on…

Push vs Flow

PUSH vs FLOW   A mentee asked me the following question yesterday: “Don’t your messages to push on, march forth and then go with the flow contradict each other?” This is an excellent question, and I can understand why an apparent contradiction exists in the eyes of some. If this…

How to grow yourself up

HOW TO GROW YOURSELF UP By Karan Dennis Have you ever been knocked down in life? Beset by seemingly insurmountable problems, obstacles and perhaps even betrayal or heartbreak? Well, I believe it happens to us all, because it is through these trying and arduous experiences, that give us the chance…

Progress is a Process not an Event

Progress is a process, not an event: think about how many times your life has unfolded at exactly the right time, place and pace. If we go all the way back to the beginning of our being – in utero – we didn’t need lungs to breathe, or stomachs to digest,…

It pays to engage with charm

It Pays To Engage With Charm by Karan Dennis Charm is the power of delighting, attracting and fascinating others, and having the ability to influence benignly; so why wouldn’t you? Perhaps it’s just me, but I am becoming increasingly aware of the levels of aggression we’re encountering these days, as…

The Answer To Your Problems is to…

  Begin. That really is the simple solution towards many of our problems.   We ruminate, we over think, procrastinate; we second guess ourselves and doubt. We give latitude to the negative self-talk committee in our heads and before we know it, the negative self-talk committee has secured another victory…