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Effective Challenge - the podcast

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Podcast with observations and ideas to improve performance and results to achieve change
12 Episodes
Something a bit different in this cast - the first Effective Challenge in Conversation episode.  This is the first of what I hope will be a number of conversations with people from different settings.  The overriding topic of these conversations is exploring how people have achieved change to improve performance. Those of you who have listened to previous casts or engaged with other Effective Challenge material will know that getting basics in place and functioning well is a key element of sustained high performance.  The conversation is with Casper Chittingden and Richard Brockhurst – founders and owners of the 3 Aces Cross-fit gym, London. It's longer than previous episodes. This is deliberate to allow people to get a better feel for the Approached used by Caspar and Richard.In the conversation we cover a wide range of topics including:· The benefits of physical exercise and its impact to wellbeing outside of the gym environment· Working out how to get the best from people· Overcoming challenges through practical action and a mindset which encourages growth and learning. Whilst the conversation if biased towards exercise, the majority of approaches used by Casper and Richard are readily applicable to other settings.Slight health warning on this one.  The recording took place in the gym which is located under the arches of a train track.  From time to time you'll hear the trains going by. I really hope that doesn't detract too much from what I hope is a useful conversation.As always I’m interested in your feedback - please drop me a line damian@effectivechallenge.comIf you feel so inclined please subscribe to receive future episodes or leave a review on your podcast platform of choice. Thanks in advance.--- Send in a voice message:
ECP 009 Stuck in a State?

ECP 009 Stuck in a State?


In this episode I discuss my observations of the different states people can find themselves in as they look to make sustainable changes to their performance.  I draw on work by Swiss-American psychiatrist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross who made observations of the states people go through when receiving a terminal diagnosis.  This work has been adapted to help individuals and organisations manage change.  I have my own version of this which I have observed when leading change with individuals, teams and organisations. I encourage you to consider: The differences between enthusiasm and commitment. What emotional aspects might show up as you look to make change and balance these with the often more obvious tangible elements like goals and plans. Where possible doing this work up front to help you avoid the less helpful states towards the progress you want to see. If you are struggling to make sustainable change which of the seven states you could be in and what questions you could ask to help make the progress you desire. As always I'm interested in any questions and or feedback you have - please drop me a line to For more information about how Effective Challenge can help you make the progress you are looking to achieve, please drop me a line or have a look at the website.--- Send in a voice message:
In this episode I discuss some of the benefits of building a 90 day plan to pursue a particular goal or project.  This is relevant to both individuals and teams. I make the argument that being able to see a particular 90 day plan in the context of your other commitments and priorities increase the chances of success.I'm interested in your views about this topic, drop me a line at Send in a voice message:
Prompted by an incident at the 2019 Giro D'Italia, where two riders got themselves into an exchange of words that led to one giving an apology and the other gracefully accepting it, this episode looks at what we could learn from their situation in everyday life.  It considers:some of the indicators that might mean we are more likely to say or do the wrong thingthe need to resolve an issue you may have created through some emotionally fuelled behaviourletting go and allowing someone to apologisewhy accepting an apology doesn't make you a push overPreviously I'd written about the Giro issue on the Effective Challenge Blog.  You can see what the two riders actually said to each other here: --- Send in a voice message:
In this episode I discuss some of the challenges of trying to manage too many things inside your head and some options to consider to improve your performance in this area.  This includes getting better objectivity, getting better at prioritising thoughts and setting up your environment with appropriate thought capture tools.  I make reference during the cast to Brain Toss. This is an app I use for capturing thoughts I have whilst doing exercise. Here's a link: I imagine it's available on other platforms too. If you have alternative tools then please let me know.I'm always interested in any feedback you might have.  Please subscribe if you  enjoyed this and please share if you think you know others who might get some benefit from the podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
In this week’s cast I discuss careers and what it means to get your own definition of a career and how to pursue it. Considering:- The implications of being in a career rush or rut. - How to tackle overwhelm when you’re not sure what to do.- What you can practically do to build momentum in your career.As always, I’m interested in your thoughts and or observations about the cast and any topics you would like to see covered in future episodes. Drop me a line --- Send in a voice message:
Many organisation are setting up objectives for people to deliver. Of a standard approach is used for the wording of these objectives.  The SMART acronym is a common in example.  In this podcast I look at getting beyond the words and considering the relationship between the individuals delivery the objective.  Looking at challenge and support, the role each individual has to play and setting up a way of working which increases the chance of delivery success. The topics discussed are applicable in multiple settings not just business. --- Send in a voice message:
ECP 003 PRIME for success

ECP 003 PRIME for success


The latest episode of the Effective Challenge podcast where the foundations of personal success are highlighted. To do this I use the PRIME model, where PRIME stands for Physical, Rest, Intake Mind and Energy. In addition, I highlight the very good Joe Cross documentary Fat, Sick and Nearly dead. --- Send in a voice message:
In this episode I look at an approach to improve the quality of our expectations versus the realty we might face.--- Send in a voice message:
Introduction to Effective Challenge podcast. --- Send in a voice message:
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