The Gift of Presence

Deborah Ogden As I write, Christmas is still a few weeks away yet already the stores are twinkling with their festive displays and the adverts on the television are attempting to brainwash us, and our children, that we truly cannot live without the latest robotic chimp or Nexo Knights Lego set.

As a nation, we spend a small fortune on the perfect present that will be opened in seconds and often discarded before the festive feeling has faded. Last year an advert from a well-known Swedish furniture store went viral. It featured an experiment where children were asked to write and tell their parents what they really wanted from them for Christmas. The list included ‘spend more time with me’, ‘listen a bit more’ and my personal favourite; ‘tickle me more’. The gift of our attention is one of the most powerful things we can share.
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You’re Fired! : The Reality of Player and Coach Pressures on Tour

Tennis Coach Adam Lownsbrough As the Tennis season draws to a close, tennis players on the Tour are not only looking forward to a short but well-earned rest before the preseason preparation for another year long grinding schedule but also who do they want as their coach – ‘The Hiring and Firing’ season.

Already this year coaching changes by players have been numerous, some unexpected or without apparent logic. Some players have reached for the ‘default’ button and resorted to their mother, father or brother or simply engaged a ‘hitter or sparring partner’ to travel with them.
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What can business learn from the Olympics?

Plan for success, work for success, achieve success.

In a two part series, Choix Consultant Adrian Rattenbury looks at what being a ‘Corporate Athlete’ can learn from the Olympics, what Business can learn from the Olympics and to be successful in business – play sport!

The Olympics once again demonstrated the ability of athletes to be able to peak at the right time to achieve the ultimate success – Olympic Gold, yet it is not only those who walked away with gold medals that walk away as being ultimately successful there were many athletes who produced PB’s (personal bests) which confirmed that they too managed to peak their personal performance at the right time.
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Why has the Rio Olympics struck a chord…?

My Choix colleagues would be the first to agree with me that I’m not the sporty type!

Helen Straw It’s a little known fact that when I was younger I was a gymnast and competed at regional level (and came away with a silver medal – once!) I like swimming and am quite good at it, but I don’t do it regularly. So, why have I got so caught up in the Rio Olympics?
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No Win: The Reality of Player and Coach Pressures on Tour

Tennis Coach Adam LownsbroughThe recent announcement of Andy Murray’s split from coach Amelie Mauresmo after two years stating that dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for Amelie has brought into focus one of the major commitments that affect both the players and coaches on the World Tour.

The relationship between a professional tennis player and his or her coach is definitely a unique one. While in team sports like football, rugby or cricket, the coach is employed by an organization that functions pretty much like a company, tennis coaches are hired directly by the players. This creates a sort of ironic situation, in which the coach, who supposedly is the boss and should have a commanding position, is in fact the employee in the relationship. At the end of the month, he or she picks up the pay from the player, and not from an organization or a company.
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Galling season for Van Gaal; Employment rights for Football’s top Managers

After being eliminated from both the Champions League and the Europa League, plus their recent failure to beat West Ham, Manchester United are on the cusp of failing to qualify for the Champions League after United’s destiny was taken out of their own hands. Louis van Gaal could yet face the humiliation of missing out on European football next season altogether. Calls for the United boss to be sacked are increasing. Rumours of a “Mourinho Manchester” are flooding the back pages; piling the pressure on the Dutchman. So what happens when a football manager is dismissed? Like employees in England and Wales, football managers’ sign contracts of employment and when they are dismissed prematurely they will demand compensation.
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First impressions … do your numbers add up?

You cannot avoid making a first impression, and recently published research emphasises why it is so important to get it right.

As Warren Buffett, the American business magnate once said: ‘It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that you’ll do things differently’.

The scientists can’t agree on just how many seconds it is, but in an instant someone has made a decision about you. In a blink of an eye we decide if someone is ‘friend’ or ‘foe’. It is what we are ‘hard-wired’ to do. For our cave-dwelling predecessors it could be the difference between life and death – today, in a business environment it may not be so extreme, but there remains a lot at stake.
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Game, Set and Batch of Injuries; Too many matches in a congested schedule for Tennis’ elite

With the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year days away, the world’s top-six ranked players, including Petra Kvitova, have all retired from warm-up events in Australia in the past week .Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska are the latest players to suffer setbacks before the Australian Open, with Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep and Garbine Muguruza – have also had injuries this week. French Open runner-up Lucie Safarova has joined the Australian Open casualty ward, withdrawing from the event as she continues to battle a bacterial infection.
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Foreign Owners and Transfer Windows – Saddle up…it ain’t Football

Equestrian sport’s version of the transfer window shut on the 15th January, but the results are only becoming apparent now.

Many people are not aware that few top riders own the horses they compete on. Instead they ride and train with a horse that is owned by someone else who is free to sell the horse to anyone they choose.
The Olympic transfer deadline usually falls on 31 December. This time it was 15 January, this was voted in at the 2013 FEI general assembly, the reason for changing the date to 15 January from 31 December was to take account of office closures over the Christmas and New Year period for all associated organisations
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