In 1984, Richard Jackson and Barry Stiff were like-minded individuals who possessed a fascination with what made some people successful and others not – and what does success mean anyway? Both had experienced some personal and business challenges and initially they wanted to find the answer to their question mainly for their own benefit.
Having spent some time interviewing both famous and many not-so-many famous people who were successful in their own fields, there were some common traits and characteristics that emerged. They spoke with psychiatrists, neuroscientists and psychologists to ensure their information and research was firmly rooted in science and the two partners of Mancroft Training, as it was then called, codified all their research and distilled it into a personal development programme called The Winning Edge.
When Mancroft Training was first formed back in the 1980’s, personal development was a relatively new concept in the UK – it was seen as a more Americanised approach to training and was given a wide berth. Certainly, setting up a company in Norfolk, that focused on personal development was initially met with much derision – many thought it a crazy idea and that Norfolk was not exactly the ideal place to start a business talking about ‘attitood and mootivashun’.
However, Richard and Barry knew that The Winning Edge had its own USP – it explained how our thinking is the key to how we live our life – that the mindset we adopt and our attitude, are the cornerstones to our success – whatever that may mean to each individual.
That was 33 years ago this month and every May, it’s another entry in our Victory Log. The Winning Edge programme is now delivered throughout the UK and so far, delegates in 18 countries worldwide including China, UAE, Russia and the US have benefited from it (hence changing the name to Mancroft International).
The founders of The Winning Edge had a passion for something they strongly believed in and worked hard with self-belief and determination, weathering economic storms and overcoming numerous obstacles resulting in Mancroft International continuing to evolve and grow, three decades later. Richard’s MBE, awarded in March 2014 for services to Development and Corporate Training Services, was acknowledgement of the difference Mancroft’s work has made in both the corporate and third sector settings.
This blog isn’t meant to be self-congratulatory or a big public pat on the back – it’s about telling our story – of how if you truly believe you can make a success of something – then GO FOR IT! Don’t let anyone tell you can’t do it – try, try and try again. If you believe in something and have utter courage of your convictions, there is only one person who can stand in your way – you. Whatever your goal or challenge is, however big or small it might seem to you, work towards it and be the success story you deserve to be.
“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.” Steve Jobs
By Kirsty Perrin
About the Author: Having been immersed in the Winning Edge principles from an early age, Kirsty’s philosophy is to be the best you can be and to enjoy what you do in life.
Kirsty knows that personal development is a continuous journey and therefore has a genuine desire and enthusiasm to help people realise their full potential, to be a success in their life-whatever that may mean to them.
Kirsty’s thought-provoking blogs, prompt readers to think consciously about how their thinking has a huge impact on their life, it informs their emotions and therefore their behaviour. Living life consciously is the cornerstone to the themes of Kirsty’s blogs. You can contact Kirsty directly here