Category Archives: Skills

The ability to learn new skills and adapt to the reality around you is an essential part of change.

Change your perspective. Change the problem

A good way to look at something differently is to change your perspective. Here is a cool 1977 video called “Powers of Ten” which is both mind expanding and mind blowing. It will take you to the edge of the … Continue reading

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A format for better critical thinking: Trivium

In a confusing world of alternative facts and shout-down-rhetoric, we all need a method to better think through an issue. I came across the Trivium a few years back and rediscovered this page with resources. Worth a look for tools … Continue reading

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One year of training comes down to one day of racing

Moving through fear towards a challenging goal Value of a big goal The Ironman Triathlon is one of sport’s most challenging races. It starts with a 3.8km swim, then a 180km bike ride followed by a 42km marathon. All completed … Continue reading

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UK Triathlon: Seaford in East Sussex, South Coast of England

Olympic distance: 1.5km swim, 40km bike, 10km run. Race was on South Coast of England between Brighton and Eastbourne. Up at 0500 to eat some porridge with blueberries and load up the car with gear. Drove down in around 2 … Continue reading

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8 weeks until Galway 70.3 Half Ironman

Theme of the week: Surviving the heat while continuing to string training sessions together. Monday: Blazing heat. Did 30km in early afternoon with 750ml of sports drink. RPE=4-5. Good workout in the heat. Sweating profusely during the cool down after … Continue reading

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Race Week for Olympic distance race in Fuzhou

Monday: Easy run, around 50 mins, RPE=1-2. Beautiful sunny morning looked like first hot day of the year. Tuesday: Long swim in the morning, 0700 in the pool. 3km, steady swims 3 x 1km with about 20 seconds rest in … Continue reading

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Two more weeks until first Olympic triathlon race of the season

Monday: Easy run, around 40 mins, RPE=2-3. Lovely fresh morning. Afternoon: Long swim. 3km. Steady RPE=4-6. Last 800m was tough. Tuesday: Tempo bike ride. Early start at 5am with small group. Headwinds. RPE=6-8. Around 30km, approx. 60 mins. Wednesday: Steady … Continue reading

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Getting ready for first Olympic Distance Race : 5 weeks to go

Monday: Back to the pool. 2km. steady swim. Jogged through the park to the metro on the way there. Tuesday: Morning, light jog in park, around 30 mins. RPE=2. Second run in afternoon, nice and sunny, hot almost. Ran about … Continue reading

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Final week before Singapore 70.3 (Half Ironman Race)

Taper Phase Weather brightens up in Shangai. Very hot and humid in Singapore. Monday; Rest day. Tuesday; Easy bike RPE = 4. 20km. Higher cadence. Low gear. Wednesday; Arrived Singapore, torrential rain. Day off. Thursday; Swim 2km in out door … Continue reading

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One more week to Singapore Half-Ironman

Taper Phase Still raining. Monday; I usually avoid cycling in the rain in Shanghai as it increases chance of accident ten-fold but after so long off the bike, had to get back on. Steady 40km, around 90 mins. Pouring rain … Continue reading

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Week 4: 20 week countdown to Singapore Half-Ironman

Base 3 Phase (Fourth week of four) Raining all week. Very windy. Good that I managed to keep going consistently through the week. The weather was ugly very cold and windy. Missed out on long runs and ride at weekend. … Continue reading

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Are you interested or commited?

I read a recent quote on Zig Ziglar’s newsletter: The late Mary Crowley frequently commented that one person with a conviction would do more than a hundred who only had an interest. Commitment is the key to staying the course … Continue reading

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Inspired by Thiagi: Warwick becomes a certified Thiagi facilitator

Dr. Sivasailam “Thiagi” Thiagarajan is a real guru in the interactive training and interactive learning field. I was fortunate to attend his workshop and train-the-trainer in Singapore in January 2011 to be certified as a certified facilitator for all our … Continue reading

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How To Stay Motivated: Make it easy to succeed

Athletic model from Crestock Stock Photos My one simple strategy for success is to make it easy to feel successful every single day. The way you do this is when starting out on a big goal make the steps small … Continue reading

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What is the wackiest or most unusual team-building activity you’ve ever heard of a firm participating in?

Companies tend to end the year with some form of teambuilding or company celebration. What are the more unusual ideas you have experienced? Some suggestions: * Team skydiving * A group Segway tour * Line dancing on the beach in … Continue reading

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Top 10 Time Tamers: Simple strategies that put you in control.

The pursuit of excellence is gratifying and healthy; the pursuit of perfection is frustrating, neurotic, and a terrible waste of time. – Anonymous How can you become more productive? Here are the most popular and powerful time tips, all in one … Continue reading

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Cutting through the Coaching Confusion in China with Warwick John Fahy

Understanding how to work with external coaches and develop your own internal coaching resources Not long ago, saying “I’ve hired a coach”, meant a bus ride with friends. Not any more. With the explosion of the coaching industry both globally … Continue reading

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The Change Catalyst: Symbol of the Week: Wisdom

I was fortunate to be in India last year for the Ganesh festival which was a great experience. The elephant is an important symbol for intelligence in India and other African cultures. Ganesh represents worldly wisdom and is the patron … Continue reading

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The Change Catalyst: Symbol of the Week: Learning

Blue is one of my favourite colours and it is also a symbol of knowledge and learning. The Chinese used blue to represent scholarship and in Buddhism conveys a wider meaning of spiritual knowledge. In Jungian psychology, blue is used … Continue reading

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What is Speakonomics?

Speakonomics! Ask @susangt about Write a Speech Now. Susan will send handy 2-page visual. Powerful Stuff! http://www.greatspeakingcoach.com Also, check out the latest in great speaking tips at The One Minute Presenter’s Blog.

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It’s official – I’m an Ironman!

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Building Mental Toughness

A big obstacle that holds many people back is a belief that certain skills or talents are inherited and cannot be learned. For example, many people say that they are not a natural sales person or public speaker. But, in … Continue reading

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Before you react use the “Full Force Five”

What do you do when someone does something to annoy you?  Often it will be your reaction to their “annoyance” that will cause more conflict that the original “offense”. If you are irritated by the environment or people around you, … Continue reading

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Learn a new word with The Change Catalyst : kaizen

Today’s word to explore is kaizen which is a Japanese word meaning continuous improvement. Originally the concept for kaizen came from an American – Dr Edward Deming who visited Japan in 1950 and helped instill quality control among many of … Continue reading

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People to Meet: Dan Smith, the founder of the Genius Project

One of my core beliefs is that our purpose in life is to be abundant. To share our unique talents with the world. So many of my friends are people who are : 1. Really cool people 2. Massively overachieving … Continue reading

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Warwick John Fahy Change Catalyst: Thought for the Day 17 Nov 2009

Authentic. It’s the ingredient that all top leaders and speakers have. How comfortable are you with the identity you project to others?  Do you know what identity you are projecting? Get comfortable with yourself. Are you dressing the way you … Continue reading

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Warwick John Fahy Change Catalyst: Thought for the Day 14 Nov 2009

Tolerance.  Isn’t this an essential fabric in binding human relationships?  Why do you see less and less in today’s world? Turn off your mind. Turn down your desires. Bring up your surrounding environment. Notice what’s going on around you.  If … Continue reading

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Warwick John Fahy Change Catalyst: Thought for the Day 4 Nov 2009

Are you in tune with the buzz of the times? Clean energy. Sustainability. Water security and purity. How is your life in balance? Where are you toxic? How can you reduce your dependence on chemicals in your food, water, pharmaceuticals? … Continue reading

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Warwick John Fahy Change Catalyst: Thought for the Day 30 Oct 2009

Have you ever been stuck in a rut in a relationship where you both find it increasingly more and more frustrating to communicate and talk to each other?  It may be time to chanage. Observe the lightness and joy of … Continue reading

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Warwick John Fahy Change Catalyst: Thought for the Day 26 Oct 2009

How much do you value “certainty” and “truth”? Does it get in the way of your development?  Have you ever been so right about something that nothing will change your mind or alter your position? But doesn’t that stunt your … Continue reading

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How do you self-publish a book?

Dan Poynter has published over 100 books include one that has sold 130,000 copies and is known around the world as the “Self Publishing Guru”. His “Self Publishing Manual” is the bible on how to run a self publishing business. … Continue reading

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Warwick John Fahy Change Catalyst: Thought for the Day 23 Oct 2009

Do you ever feel that life is frustrating, hopeless and there is no hope. Change your mindset. Turn off your TV. Stop reading newspapers. Instead of filling your mind with (negative) information, allow new thoughts, ideas and inspiration in. Read … Continue reading

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The Change Catalyst facilitated discussion in Shanghai

Toastmasters is a very positive organisation that provides a supportive learning environment for learning public speaking, communication and leadership skills in a low-risk format. The types of people who are attracted to join and stay in Toastmasters are very positive … Continue reading

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Develop self-awareness under pressure – Keep a clear head at all times

How self aware are you under pressure?  Have you noticed that you change when time is tight or things do not go according to plan?  Probably you have observed it in others.  A manager who raises his voice at a … Continue reading

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Know the rules – Some broken rules are going to ‘cost’ you

The English language is full of idioms on ‘bending rules’ and ‘breaking rules’. While American general Douglas McArthur said, ‘ You are remembered for the rules you break.’ While the rebel without a cause and the lone cowboy project strong … Continue reading

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Test the conditions – Experience the environment ahead of time

How to get yourself ready for peak performance?  Laying the groundwork, being consistent, and visualizing the perfect outcomes all help. However,  what you do in the last day or two have the biggest impact. This is when you need to … Continue reading

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Stress free preparation – Lay the groundwork for a good on-the-day performance

If you are reading this blog, then there is a good chance you are someone you likes to keep improving and strive for better and better performances.  While stress can be a strong motivator for many people to perform better, … Continue reading

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Consistency is the key to good preparation – Understand what it takes to succeed

Consistency is the single most important ingredient for success. It doesn’t matter how much you know, how good your strategy or tactics are or how big your resources are – if you cannot move forward consistently, you will always be … Continue reading

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Win the mind game – Prepare for the mental challenges ahead

According to the first noble truth of Buddhism, “life involves suffering.” Living in a consumer-driven society, many remedies are offered up: Cars, drugs, holidays, food, and entertainment are just some of the many ways we try to reduce the ‘suffering’. … Continue reading

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Setting the right targets to keep motivated

Targets are a great way to measure your improvements and steps to success.  Having a specific destination can keep your motivated and focused which are important attributes to succeed. I use two targets when I am racing: “bottom line” and … Continue reading

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Run a race of one – The only person you are competing against is yourself

The English phrase “Keeping up with the Joneses” sums up the tendency of spending too much time comparing ourselves with our peers.  While this can be good if we use it as a source of inspiration, it often tends to … Continue reading

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Enjoy it – Remember to look up and enjoy the process while it is unfolding

Have you ever been so focused on your goal or target that you forget to enjoy the process? It is easy to focus only on the task at hand, and to ignore what else is going on around you.  When … Continue reading

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Do your best – The only way to learn is to stretch yourself

The best way to learn is to stretch yourself. When I competed in my first triathlon race about 3 years ago, I just wanted to finish the race. At the time, that was a significant achievement as I had no … Continue reading

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11 Lessons from a triathlon race

I just completed a personal best time in the Gansu triathlon in Western China.  As I was going through the process of preparation and observing my team-mates from Shanghai Triathlon Club, I realised that there were many useful lessons in … Continue reading

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High Performance Tips: The Art of the Taper

We are all looking for ways to increase our performance given the resources given to us and the time we have in the day to dedicate to our given goal – whether that be work, play, family or community. A … Continue reading

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Stay on Track during Summer: Regular Review Your Goals

As temperatures rise, we start to think about the summer holidays.  I read once that people spend more time planning their vacation than they do planning their lives! How often do you review your plans for this year? Do you … Continue reading

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Take the kettle off before it boils: Take time to decompress

About three years ago, a trainer friend of mine passed away from a heart attack. He was over-weight, lived off fried food and did not do any exercise. He was multi-lingual, a warm friendly funny man in his 40s. I … Continue reading

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Three Heros of Change: The One Minute Presenter

I was recently invited to speak at the 10 year celebration of Toastmasters in China. The first club to charter in China put on a wonderful show with almost 300 attending. I shared some insights into life changes and leadership … Continue reading

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Three Heros of Change: The Bamboo Leader

I was recently invited to speak at the 10 year celebration of Toastmasters in China. The first club to charter in China put on a wonderful show with almost 300 attending. I shared some insights into life changes and leadership … Continue reading

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