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Steve Lyons

How To Inspire Peak Performance- At Any Age: A Lesson From Steve Lyons

I am thinking of Steve Lyons today. It’s 12 years ago this week that Peter and I held his hands as he passed away in Kuala Lumpur from cancer. I am recalling the most powerful and inspiring habit Steve had. It defined him. And stays with me today. Do you do this? If not- start now!
You don’t remember what someone said, or what they did, but you always remember the way they made you feel. And Steve Lyons was an absolutely master at making you feel incredible. Steve made you feel everything and anything was possible- was within your grasp. He lifted your spirits, ambition, drive. He made your heart beat faster. Scott- you know it. Alan- so do you. Eileen- I know you are with me. All who were touched by Steve know exactly what I mean.
And sitting here at Auckland Airport I have absolute clarity about what it was that Steve would do that was so inspiring. So simple. So powerful. Here it is. Steve, quite simply:

Steve Lyons

How To Achieve Your Goals – But Don’t Tell Anyone This Secret

I have let myself down badly- again. I look in the mirror and shake my head in dismay. How could you do this Chris? And then I read the answer… in the autobiography of a British Hollywood actor of old. It’s a wake up call, for me, and for you – perhaps. Here it is.

David Niven is long dead. His autobiography, “The Moon Is A Balloon,” was a gem to read en route to Los Angeles and with Hollywood to be explored. He tells about time spent with Winston Churchill during the gloomy early days of the Second World War. Churchill kept reassuring Niven about “…when the Americans join us…” Suddenly, Pearl Harbor happened, and the Americans joined the Allies in the war effort. “How did you know this would happen?” an incredulous Niven asked the great man. “Because, my boy, I am a great student of history.” Point is, Churchill knew reluctant bystanders usually get drawn in to the conflict. History predicted it.

And in that statement I suddenly realized why I keep failing, time and again, on some simple personal goals. Here’s why.

Achieve Your Goals Without Fail By Following This One Habit

My doctor just told me to lose 20 kgs. 20 kilograms!!! Do you know what I did? I immediately changed doctors. No- seriously- I bought a book by fitness guru Michelle Bridges. And almost immediately read a massive truth. Life changing. Here it is.

Burberry Australia MD Johnny Mutton told me this story. Australian cricket legend Steve Waugh was having his first ‘net’ practice session as a teenager with the Australian squad. Coach Bobby Simpson watched Waugh smashing the ball at every opportunity with youthful aggression.

“You’ll never make it as a top level Test batsmen playing like that,” he counseled a shocked Waugh. “But I wouldn’t bat like that during a real game,” replied Waugh. Simpson’s reply changed Waugh’s destiny. This is what he said:

The One Thing Facebook Gave Me Which Made A Real, Positive Difference

I am not really a Facebook user. I have a Possums Facebook page, and appreciate its role, but have yet to be convinced I need it more pervasively in my life. That was until I learnt this one fact about Facebook. It has changed me, and I use it every day. It is absolutely brilliant. Here it is, and here’s why.

I am a very private person (Possums is the exception and is about sharing, learning, and keeping ‘current’). I don’t enjoy others knowing about what I or my family are doing. I love my friends and extended family- but don’t have any need to regularly know too much about their daily lives either. If they need help- I am there. If we’re together, I am keenly present and enthused. But apart from that, I don’t need the regular communication or connection (apart from with my Mum of course).

So I have never really ‘got’ Facebook – for me. I ‘get’ why others embrace it, and respect that, but it leaves me cold. That was, until I learnt this one fact about Facebook. Now I use it every day.

How To Achieve Outstanding Results- On Time, Every Time

Tony Blair’s autobiography was a dull read. Then – suddenly- as he was detailing the process he drove to bring peace to Northern Ireland (pretty cool), he shared a tip so powerful that I immediately stole it, and now use every day to help myself, our businesses and people, achieve more. This is what he said.

Actually, I learnt a lot from Tony Blair’s autobiography, but only realized its impact some time after I finished it. For example, the power of taking breaks from the office with senior colleagues… of getting away from the pressure cooker, and calming things down so as to talk deeply and resolve – calmly- complex issues. At STW, CEO Mike, CFO Lukas and I call these our ‘Fresh Air Sessions.’

But it was the technique he used to drive complex negotiations around the Northern Ireland peace process that was his most valuable insight. It’s vital for business success, and to create sustainable momentum.

Vidal Sassoon Told Me This Key To Success- Have You Got It?

Hairdressing icon Vidal Sassoon died a couple of days ago. To hairdressers, he was quite simply a rock star. But it was something he told me almost 20 years ago that I want to share with you today. It startled me when he said it, and the truth of it resounds just as powerfully today. See if you agree.

Vidal Sassoon – self-made, highly driven and from a grindingly poor background – revolutionized the hairdressing craft. His obituary in The Sydney Morning Herald read: “ An astute businessman, he made a fortune from his salons and products, and became a household name.”

I was having lunch with him during a promotional tour we were coordinating in the mid-1990s. I asked him about his success and fame. And it was then that he told me a simple truth that not only underpins my approach to my career and life, but is something I have shared with as many people as I can. This is what Vidal told me.