“Thinking is the hardest thing of all..."

...– that’s why so few choose to do it”. Henry Ford

The speed of life and complexity of challenges we face require us to think fast, make great decisions and respond quickly in our business and personal life. Never before has there been a greater need to stop and think. 

We are accessible 24/7 and we forget to turn off the ON button, to create time and space to think. This has consequences, not only for our businesses, but on our health and our relationships. 


I believe you need to agitate (examine) your thinking, observe where thoughts take you and decide what needs to change to get the outcome you want. Too few do this and drift along, ending up with a slightly better version or worse, a lesser version of their best self with mediocre results.

Great leaders, entrepreneurs, people whose lives make a difference don’t do that. They choose to protect thinking time, to reflect on their behaviours and actions, enabling better thinking and choices, taking conscious action while holding themselves accountable. They take the road less taken. Will you? 




Wardrobe Out of Control!

As I get ready for another week I realise my wardrobe is out of control!

Too much stuff, not wrong just too much

Some things now not right for this season but taking space front and centre

Messy, Not simple, not clear and ordered, just messy

Decisions take longer and its too busy!

Not enough space

It occurs to me this might not just be happening in my wardrobe

Time for a life and mind clear out!

Have a great week

Kate Marshall, Award Winning Speaker and Coach

If you would like to find clarity, contact Kate at






Aim for Significance


I have been working with leaders for over 20 years. Many have become materially and professionally very successful. Many live happy, purposeful lives and truly add value to their business, family and community. However I also often come across some who have not always focused on the right things. As I get older I realise that success without meaning and purpose and the love of people who really care feels hollow.  My goal in life is to add value to others and live a life of significance. These are the last words of Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs’ Last Words - "I reached the pinnacle of success in the business world. In others’ eyes, my life is an epitome of success. However, aside from work, I have little joy. In the end, wealth is only a fact of life that I am accustomed to. At this moment, lying on the sick bed and recalling my whole life, I realize that all the recognition and wealth that I took so much pride in, have paled and become meaningless in the face of impending death. In the darkness, I look at the green lights from the life supporting machines and hear the humming mechanical sounds, I can feel the breath of god of death drawing closer… Now I know, when we have accumulated sufficient wealth to last our lifetime, we should pursue other matters that are unrelated to wealth… Should be something that is more important: Perhaps relationships, perhaps art, perhaps a dream from younger days ...Non-stop pursuing of wealth will only turn a person into a twisted being, just like me.God gave us the senses to let us feel the love in everyone’s heart, not the illusions brought about by wealth. The wealth I have won in my life I cannot bring with me. What I can bring is only the memories precipitated by love. That’s the true riches which will follow you, accompany you, giving you strength and light to go on. Love can travel a thousand miles. Life has no limit. Go where you want to go. Reach the height you want to reach. It is all in your heart and in your hands.What is the most expensive bed in the world? - "Sick bed" … You can employ someone to drive the car for you, make money for you but you cannot have someone to bear the sickness for you. Material things lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it is lost – "Life". When a person goes into the operating room, he will realize that there is one book that he has yet to finish reading – "Book of Healthy Life". Whichever stage in life we are at right now, with time, we will face the day when the curtain comes down. Treasure love for your family, love for your spouse, love for your friends..Treat yourself well. Cherish others"

So set goals not just to achieve results - aim for Significance.


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My three words.

Faith hope love.

Taking a taxi ride from the airport to my hotel in Atlanta this week I noticed a huge truck, American style, with a very tough looking driver. Then I glanced to the side of his truck it said on the passenger door Faith, Hope, Love. 


Those three words changed immediately how I thought about the driver and the truck. While the words resonated with me from my personal faith perspective, it got me thinking about those words in my business and life generally. 


I would want to inspire faith, faith in making the right decision, taking leaps of faith, faith in that person, faith in their ability to make right choices in all circumstances. 


I want to be a hope carrier. To take people to new possibilities through their thinking and changing perspective. Without hope we are just surviving or worse, we struggle to see reason to go on. Hope changes all situations and gives us energy to continue.


Above all else I want to work and live from a place of abundant love. Unconditional love for my family and friends, those I work with or connect with no matter how brief. My personal leadership mantra is from King Solomon. Above all else, guard your heart - it's your greatest leadership tool, whether that's leading yourself, your family or your business. What are your three words? 


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How saying "I am Fabulous" can help grow our economy!


How saying "I am Fabulous" can help grow our economy!

I spoke at a women's event last week where i asked the women in the room say to one another " I am Fabulous" some really struggled and could not get the words out of their mouth. Others thew their heads up and laughed and giggled but said it. Last night I watched a Ted Talk by Meeghan Ramsey call “Am I ugly”. The information and statistics she provided was painful listening.



London calling

I was asked in November to speak to around 60 women on the importance of Focus. Great session and with ages ranging from early 20's to 80's I was delighted with the response. Here is the feedback from the organiser.

"What an amazing morning you gave us. I have rarely had such a uniform response of appreciation from all who were there. Everything, the inspiring ideas, consideration of how we think about, and perceive the world around us, the sense that we could do it and get our lives in control and the moving stories made for a superb and practical experience, One participant said she had been to similar sessions at her work place but had never attended anything so practical and relevant. A very big thank you from all of us" 18th November 2014



Client Feedback

Feedback from a recent event I ran, if it resonates, get in touch

12 March 2014 


Scores of 96% for content and 96% for delivery.


Comments from the members included –

·         Great speaker. Really made me think about myself and what I want out of life! Lots of actions to implement.

·         The session was very thought provoking.

·         Best speaker yet!

·         Really stimulating. Lots to think about.

·         What a fantastic, thought provoking session! Kate stuns with her delivery.

·         This was an exceptional speaker session and assisted greatly in focussing my own issues. Very thought provoking.

·         Brilliant! Life changing stuff.




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