Edward Lamont - Next Action Associates
Shirt Happens

Shirt Happens

The shirt had been white. It mostly still was, but the crisp pressed cotton now had a fan-like pattern of tomato guts sprayed across the front. Perfect if I had been heading off to film the climax of a horror movie, but my meetings that morning called for something...
There’s No Such Thing As An E-Lunch

There’s No Such Thing As An E-Lunch

“Not that way.” At the end of a brief meeting with a potential coaching client, I’d stood up to go for lunch with them, and headed for the door I’d been let in through. My error, apparently. “I thought we were going to lunch,” I said. “We are. I just don’t want to go...
How GTD® Can Help in a Business Turnaround

How GTD® Can Help in a Business Turnaround

When a business is in a cash crunch, collecting overdue invoices is one of the things you’d expect to be a top priority in the organisation. Strange as it might sound, that is not always the case. One leadership team I heard about recently was so busy fighting...
Magical Shrinking

Magical Shrinking

Fasten your seatbelts. We are almost a quarter of the way into the year, and so far it looks like another odd one. Global pandemics and political shenanigans aside, the first months of a new year have always offered an opportunity for making long-desired changes. Or...
20/20 (re)Vision

20/20 (re)Vision

2020 was a great year! 2020 was a terrible year! It was both, of course, depending on what I’m choosing to look at in the year. For me it felt like a very challenging year as we went through it. Endless uncertainty, non-stop reports of human tragedy, and inconsistent,...
Get Therapy, or a Project List?

Get Therapy, or a Project List?

“I think I might need to go back into therapy.” Close to tears, my friend was clearly in a bad place. “I’ve been having huge problems at work, and I feel like something really bad is about to happen.” She’d called me out of the blue, close to the end of her tether....
A Rested Development

A Rested Development

Consider this: over the course of the last one hundred years, we have moved from being a largely rural population that was incredibly active, day in and day out, to being mostly urban and sedentary. It is generally understood that this has been better for our wealth...
A Comprehensive Approach to Enabling a Team with GTD

A Comprehensive Approach to Enabling a Team with GTD

In the dream, the client has deep pockets. Deep conviction too. They are a long-term GTD® user who has leveraged their practice of GTD into a promotion, and wants their new team to get the same benefits they have personally experienced from using the approach: more...
Flow, flow, flow your boat…

Flow, flow, flow your boat…

Again? Can’t be. We stopped paddling to allow ourselves to focus. Sure enough, there they were: an older couple, drifting along in their inflatable canoe. Ahead of us, again. My canoeing partner and I exchanged minor expletives under our breath. We were about 90...
Culture and the Cigar-Smoking Triathlete

Culture and the Cigar-Smoking Triathlete

In my thirties I was an amateur triathlete. I wasn’t good at it, but I showed up for the training and finished a few events per year. At the same time, I was also a 5-a-day smoker of cigars. Big ones. In this, I excelled. Even at the time, I was aware that training my...
Healthy High Performance Culture on a Team

Healthy High Performance Culture on a Team

There was a time when discipline and willpower were seen as the keys to making the consistent behavioural changes that would lead to success. Implicit in that belief was the idea that success was linked to your inner strength – your ability to get yourself to do...
How I Lost 31kg With GTD

How I Lost 31kg With GTD

I’d like to tell you it was virtue, but it wasn’t. At a certain point, I just couldn’t take it anymore. The desire for change came slowly, then suddenly. I can pinpoint the moment. It was when I saw a picture of myself with a seriously overweight dog on my lap. Lucy...
A Blizzard of Odd

A Blizzard of Odd

The lines in the centre of the road had become the key to survival. Somehow, within a matter of minutes, my life had been reduced to a series of yellow lines on the highway. Why? A blizzard that became a whiteout. If you’ve ever driven in one, you’ll know it’s...
Dealing With the Digital Riptide

Dealing With the Digital Riptide

“I’m trying to get you the same result, but with less effort.” I was surprised to hear this from someone other than myself, but I wasn’t the one coaching this time. It was Youness, my surf coach. Under normal circumstances I’d have had a fair amount to contribute to...
Don’t Sprain Your Brain

Don’t Sprain Your Brain

Have you noticed just how much your performance varies from day to day? Some days you do the work of three people as if it were nothing, and other days it is a stretch to get dressed for work. You may have gotten used to that, but actually it is kind of a strange...
Productivity and Self-Obsession

Productivity and Self-Obsession

It is in the morning that we are most vulnerable. Barely awake, the thoughts start coming. Sometimes positive, but often not so much. The reason for that negative start-of-the-day slant I’ll leave to others more qualified, but after 30 years of coaching and mentoring...
GTD on the Planet of the Apes

GTD on the Planet of the Apes

I’m not a fan of fitness. What’s to like? Basically it hurts while I’m doing it, again the next day, and then – go figure – it’s worse again on the day after that. Seemingly not a lot of upside in all of that, but by day three after a workout I’m feeling great and...
Lack Of A-tent-ion

Lack Of A-tent-ion

“I thought you said we didn’t need my tent!” I had been happily setting up what I thought was my tent for the evening, but this snippet of conversation from the other side of the clearing dragged me out of my wilderness reverie. We were 18km into a four-day canoe...
Superhuman?

Superhuman?

When we started the business 10 years ago, ‘inbox zero’ was a bit of a holy grail for our clients. If we let slip in conversation that we had a means of attaining and sustaining that standard, ears pricked up all Spock-like. A decade later, most still like the sound...
Internal Affairs

Internal Affairs

“Hell is other people.” – Jean-Paul Sartre Have you ever wished ‘they’ would get GTD®? Ever thought that it would all be so much easier if your colleagues would finally pull up their socks and start being a bit more like your very fine and virtuous self? If so,...