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Michael Nicholas teaches us how to ‘achieve optimal performance’ by Joe Adams

Michael Nicholas

Michael Nicholas

Michael Nicholas, a corporate trainer, coach and professional speaker spoke to my Academy for Chief Executives CEO Forum group (ACE11) recently. The subject, “Achieving Optimal Performance“.

Michael’s talk on Leadership had great takeaway value in that he brought a multi dimensional approach to this important leadership principle. He discussed leadership versus management at length and emphasised how the spatial skills are more inspirational than mere information. He is an extremely analytical author who gives a totally professional performance. One of the very best speakers on leadership in my eight and half years at the Academy. The takeaway value was very high.

Some key points were:

  1. More pictures and less information = great inspiration.
  2. Be more practical and summarise more.
  3. When you get irritated, look at yourself and ask why?
  4. Create happiness to get results.
  5. Trust your instincts.
  6. Happiness is an “inside” job.
  7. Stress can be a good thing (although this fights with the belief that stress is poorly handled pressure).
  8. Look at what you’re are doing in context with what works for others.

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Joe Adams

Joe Adams

Joe Adams, chairman of Academy for Chief Executives (ACE) Group 11, established his own management consultancy Adams & Associates in 1995. With a passion for helping others to be their best, Joe is an accredited coach for the Institute of Directors, as well as a mentor for the Prince’s Trust. Drawing on a wealth of experience as a successful businessman, coaching and motivating a sales force of 650, he has an NLP certificate from Sue Knight, in High Performance Coaching, and is a qualified NCFE life coach. He has been an ACE Chairman since 2002. Joe believes that we are all capable of more than we tend to achieve in life, and that coaching can be the key to realising that potential.

Joe has witnessed first hand the power of the Academy Community as ACE Chairman and a business mentor. ACE is dedicated to inspiring the leaders of businesses to change their thinking, challenge their views and help them with their decision making abilities. Leaders no longer need to feel isolated at the top. For more information visit

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