Is it selfish to want more from your career?

Career development

Many of us spend more than one-third of our lives at work so it is important that your work makes you happy. However, discovering a career path that makes you feel satisfied and successful is difficult with today’s financial pressures, especially if you don’t know specifically what would make you feel satisfied and successful!

Many of us feel obliged to achieve things that would impress other people in our lives (our parents, teachers, partners, friends or our network of contacts on social media). The risk here is that we can continue along a career path we dislike simply because we want to be respected by others. We lose sight of what makes us happy, become restrained by routine and remain in our comfort zone until the weekend arrives again. 

Appreciating what makes you happy is the next step in making positive changes in your career, although if asked to write down what makes you happy, 99% of us would not know where to start! This is where we can help; If you need reminding about what makes you happy and how to harness your motivation, we will help by diagnosing your motivational profile and working through NLP exercises to clarify precisely what makes you tick, define exciting goals and reveal what is holding you back from a life of genuine satisfaction.

Contact us for a free consultation. We look forward to hearing from you!

How to motivate your team.

How to motivate employees

We are busy perfecting the formula for Liquid Motivation and look forward to its UK release in early 2020.

In the meantime, we all know how motivation is directly linked to wellbeing and productivity, but few of us have the appropriate tools to identify specifically what motivates each person in their team. Time is scarce to survey a large group of people. Feedback is not standardised in a common language. How will we know precisely how motivated someone is today and why?!

To solve this problem, Positive Development use Motivational Maps®, an ISO accredited tool, to quickly diagnoses people’s motivation and measure current levels of satisfaction. The origins of the Motivational Map are based on extensive research into human motivation using three primary sources; Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy Of NeedsEdgar Schein’s Career Anchorsand the personality profiling tool the Enneagram.

This clear information on what motivates you and your team, articulated in a standard format, is used as a foundation to enable better decision making, implement more effective communication and monitor the engagement of your team over time.

If you can’t wait for Liquid Motivation and are interested in seeing the results of your own Motivational Map, please get in contact and we will make arrangements.

Top 3 things to improve team performance

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Having an awareness of what motivates the people in your team will allow you to…

  1. Communicate effectively.

    • Articulate messages, propose ideas and assign actions in a language that resonates positively with those individuals.

  2. Give meaningful rewards

    • Create bespoke reward strategies, incentives and feedback that appeal to individuals and the wider team.

  3. Connect with your team

    • Choose optimal roles and responsibilities for people.

    • Tailor your management style to match their motivational preferences.

    • Develop individuals with personalised and fulfilling appraisals.

Everybody is unique and motivated by different things; freedom and independence, material wealth, a sense of purpose, control and influence, subject matter expertise, routine and consistency, recognition from their community, innovation and problem solving, and belonging to a group. 

The best way to quickly and accurately identify what motivates your team is to use the ISO accredited tool called Motivational Maps ®. This simple approach will give you visibility of how motivated your team is and what choices are available to increase wellbeing, motivation and performance! 

Positive Development are here to help you through the team development process and if you want to review your own Motivational Map ®, just get in contact with our Management Coach below and we will provide you one for free!

Management Coach: Guy Shackleton


Mobile: 07786 238564

Let go of limiting beliefs

Artwork by the talented  Kim Johnson

Artwork by the talented Kim Johnson

Our beliefs influence the choices we make every day. Their purpose is to protect us from pain (E.g. Fear, Hurt, Guilt).

The more we make of the same choices, the more our beliefs grow and become deep-rooted in our unconscious mind. However, as we live our lives, new goals emerge, and our beliefs may become incompatible with those goals. 

Being aware of your limiting beliefs, appreciating the purpose they served in your past and replacing them with enabling beliefs will allow you to let go of ancient fears and create a future that excites you!

Is it time to reveal what is holding you back? Make contact here and schedule a free consultation today!

Increase the motivation of your workforce

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Positive Development provides a unique Team Development service using Motivational Maps to provide insight of your team’s dominant motivators and give you choices on how to dramatically increase productivity! 

Unlike the dated Myers-Briggs tool, Motivational Maps offers a deep awareness of a person and what “makes them tick”. The results are incredibly accurate, easily identifying where resources and attention should be directed to make immediate and positive impact to your productivity. 

To arrange a free consultation, please contact Guy Shackleton on:

Mobile: 07786 238564

Life’s electricity

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Why do some people have vibrant and adventurous lives while others don’t?

Life’s energy operates in the same way as electricity. According to the law of electricity (Ohm’s Law), the amount of electrical current that will flow through a circuit will always be inversely proportional to the resistance in that circuit. I.e. the more resistance, the less current will flow; the less resistance, the more current will flow.

You are an instrument through which the energy of life will flow and resistance will limit that flow. There are many names for resistance - “fear”, “worry”, “guilt” - which significantly limit the flow of energy through you. We all have them, and these areas of resistance are often related to people, money or time.

Resistance is often caused by limiting beliefs that you hold onto E.g. “I’m not worthy”, “I won’t be successful”, “I don’t have enough time”. What would happen if you let go of your limiting beliefs and allowed 100% of life’s energy to flow through your life?

You’ve done incredibly well to get where you are today. Now give yourself permission to electrify your life!

How do we improve our performance as a team?

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The best leaders continually ask, “How do we improve our performance as a team?”.

 Having an awareness of what motivates your team as a whole, and what motivates individuals within that team provides fantastic opportunities to significantly improve their performance!

 By using Motivational Maps, you can measure the current motivation of your team, identify opportunities to implement positive changes and demonstrate increased of performance over time.

Get in contact for a free consultation and see how we can help your team thrive.

A team of individuals

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Your team is made up of unique individuals who are driven by a variety of motivators (E.g. making money, making a difference, making themselves an expert in their field).

  • What if you knew exactly what “makes them tick”?

  • What if you chose tailored reward strategies for individuals that invigorated them and increased their performance?

Positive Development coaching uses Motivational Maps ® to provide valuable insight of your team and monitors their motivation. Contact us for a free consultation and allow the individuals in your team to flourish.

What is holding you back?

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  • I don't know where to start

  • Other people can do it better than me

  • I failed before, so I'll fail again

  • I don’t have time

 If these thoughts are repeated often, you will believe them as true! Everybody has their own limiting beliefs which hold them back in some way. 

By talking about your goals and building an awareness of your limiting beliefs will unlock your potential to achieve great things.

Tap into your motivation, let go of limiting beliefs and grow beyond your wildest dreams!

You and your team

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Our ability to function effectively with others in a team is down to a number of factors, which include attitudes, behaviours and preferred roles.

One of the most important factors, often almost completely overlooked, is the motivational profile of the individual and of the individual compared with the team profile.

For teams to grow and thrive they need to be aware of each other’s motivational profile and be able to fuel the motivators of other team members. Motivational Maps will provide this unique insight and give you choices to improve team performance.

Build better performing teams with Motivational Maps® and Positive Development.

Explode out of the blocks


Be excited about the direction you’re heading in. Your life is short and you will spend a lot of it asleep, at work and watching Netflix.

Is work, and the stuff in between work and sleep, a thrilling adventure?! It can be if you appreciate what motivates you, harness that weapons-grade energy and accurately direct it towards a future that excites you!

Don’t set a path for yourself that satisfies what your parents wanted you to do or what your teachers made you feel capable of. Find out what makes you tick, plot a course for your happiness and explode out of the blocks towards it!

Measuring Motivation

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How are you Measuring the Motivation of your team?

Many organisations monitor KPIs to track the performance of their business. You will recognise some good practice KPIs as follows…

  • Sales

  • Revenue per employee

  • Customer retention

Team performance is a combination of 3 ingredients; SkillDirection and Motivation.

If you have a highly-skilled team and a clear direction, you have a good chance of success. However, being able to tap into your the Motivation of your people will give you Jedi-like confidence of success! Measuring the Motivation of the team over time will demonstrate the value added to them as individuals and to your bottom line.

Motivational Maps will provide valuable insight of your team and highlight what “makes them tick”, enabling you to harness their energy and accelerate your team’s performance!

Do you want to measure how motivated your team is right now?

Book a free consultation here.