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Accelerated Success

When you combine a passionate desire to succeed with hyper-logical thinking frameworks, success is all but guaranteed. This is what Nikk Hughes stressed, in this new edition of Momentum Talks.

Ths Inspire Tribe Co-Founder stresses that no challenge can withstand the constant onslaught of inspired thinking and so when you know how to create that type of thinking the world is your oyster. It really is a case of changing your thinking, change your life (both professionally and personally).

See the full transcript below.

Joshna: Hi, everyone. Thank you for taking a few minutes out to watch Momentum Talks. I'm Joshna Daya, Director and Co-Founder of Your Business Momentum. And today we have Nikk Hughes from Inspire Tribe. Welcome, Nikk.

Nikk: Thanks. Welcome. Hey Joshna, how are you?

Joshna: Good thanks. How are you going?

Nikk: Good, thank you.

Joshna: Before we get started, I thought I'd give you just a quick introduction of Nikk and who she is so Nikk Hughes is co founder of Inspire Tribe. She's a born leader and entrepreneur and is in demand as Australia's leading expert in scalable emotional intelligence frameworks. A hyper logical approach to emotional intelligence has led to groundbreaking insights and delightfully practical applications. She has created world leading EQ training programs that show leaders and their teams how to synergistically combine IQ and EQ in order to take themselves to extreme heights in both their business and personal lives. So welcome again, Nikk. And thank you for joining us.

Nikk: Thanks.

Joshna: So the purpose of momentum talks is really to share valuable content to business owners and to introduce specialists who can actually help overcome challenges, whether that be challenges in the business or personally, and we're really pleased to have you here today, Nikk.

Nikk: Pleasure being here. Thank you. Thanks for having me on.

Joshna: So Nikk, how we thought we might just kick off just with something a little bit different. So what might be a crazy or amazing statistics relevant to your industry that others might not know?

Nikk: I'm not sure about the crazy aspect or the amazing but it's an interesting one. How's that sound? So we when it comes to the work that we do, I like a Harvard, and Stanford stat that talks about the fact that 85 to 87% of success comes from emotional intelligence, personal skills, and then softer skills. So it's really driving home, the fact that we need to look at that aspect, but also the fact that we only spend 10% of our time so 85 to 87% of success from that space, but we're only focusing on 10% of the time.

Joshna: Wow, that's incredible, isn't it? It's sort of really helps put it in perspective, doesn't it?

Nikk: Yeah, that's the stuff that resonated with me, because I was definitely the 10% of time person. So I flicked myself there.

Joshna: So Nikk, it's probably a good sort of introduction to getting to understand a little bit about you and you know, what are the services you provide? And what are you known for?

Nikk: We're known for working in the emotional intelligence space, but we generally speaking term it mindset and the reason for that is a lot of people think that emotional intelligence it's over here in mindset it's over here and I'm not sure about the two. So we like to work with all types of individuals. But we also specialize in dealing with logical individuals, highly logical individuals. So they are more likely to go from mindset, generally speaking, as a general rule, rather than the emotional, intelligent aspect, because often, logical people can think they're emotionally intelligent, but not be quite as emotionally intelligent, as I realize. So we focus on sustainable accelerated success. What that means is helping a high IQ person or even a standard person is logical to go from understanding the thinking aspect down to the emotional aspect, such that they can really connect to themselves that leads to the individual themselves feeling like they've got a deep sense of success. And that leads to happier team members as well. So it was a work on the individual, but it resonates out to the team members and happy team members, obviously, accelerate the success of business.

Joshna: Sure. And Nikk, just a little bit more about that when you first start doing this work with individuals. You know how quickly do they grasp this sort of understand there is that need to ship?

Nikk: Well, can I save spit up over the last seven years? And the reason for that is because of my logical approach. We're very much focused on what helps individuals to connect what helps individuals to disconnect, what are their arguments going to be for disconnecting. So we've sort of got a system in a structure that helps people understand the basic principles. And so we basically go from A to Z, and make sure everyone understands every single letter and if you understand the first five letters, things start to speed up, when you understand the 10, they speed up even more. So it's a compounding effect so that it gets faster and faster.

Joshna: Okay, beautiful. So it sounds like you you've got quite a structured methodology in terms of how this might run and how you take that individual through that journey.

Nikk: It's literally hyper logical, so most coaching is quite, there's a fair bit of art and emotional intelligence on behalf of the coach and that is that here too, but we also add to that a hyper logical structure such that we can learn and grow and help people just slotting and connect to themselves much more quickly and efficiently. Systemic coaching can be quite long, protracted and emotionally painful. So we can eliminate all of that, but we can certainly fast track it and reduce the pain.

Joshna: So, okay, so Nikk, what might be, say that two to three major problems that arise for business owners? And you know, how do you sort of help them overcome that?

Nikk: I guess you can say there are three types of problems. There are the ones I have, I can't connect to my team and my clients or I don't know how to connect to inspire them and bring more of them in. And that's the outer layer, the next layer in can be disconnection at the upper levels of management or two directors, in particular, sort of having that conflict like deadlocks, and one partner is a bit more rigid than the other partner the partner wants to move forward and more rapid rate and I don't know how to bring the second partner alone wants to risk adverse, the others not risk averse enough, and then that all stand from the primary one, which is what we work on, which is an internal disconnect between thinking and feeling. So when we teach an individual how to get their own logic and their own connection to their own feelings, they can start to connect to other feelings quickly and remove deadlocks. And then that can take out to working with clients with team members too. So it's an internal thinking and feeling conflict or emotional intelligence and intellectual intelligence conflict.

Joshna: Okay, so Nikk, in line with that, you know, what might be a couple of actions that business owner that space with this sort of thing might be able to do to help them solve the problem?

Nikk: So the first thing is to consider thinking frameworks that work for them. And the reason why we like to talk about frameworks is because frameworks are generally diagrams that we have in our head, often the diagrams that we can look at, but even if there are more intellectual diagrams, when we have access to a diagram, we can start to think through different perspectives rather than always thinking the way we thought if we have a framework to look through, we start to look at a problem in a different way to what we would unconsciously look at it. And that can often help to free us up. So that's what we specialize in doing is creating frameworks and help people to see situations very quickly, very easily in different ways.

Joshna: Okay, so what I'm hearing from that Nikk, it sounds like it's understanding the framework to be able to understand what sort of creating those patterns of thinking and then how to shift that.

Nikk: Correct.

Joshna: Okay, beautiful. Nikk, I'm just sort of interested in you know, in your day to day, you know, what might be a valuable tool or system that you could share that could really change our business owners day?

Nikk: Well, it was to choose a tool I think I'd have to go back to and the reason for that is there are two distinct groups of people. It doesn't matter if It might have put themselves in in the group but there are thinkers and feelers and these people are not sure we put them in the thinkers category. And until then I'll use the feelings. Yeah. So the thinking tool, two squares, one is a black square and one is white. So the thing is, I need to realize that generally speaking, because they're strong thinkers, to the average person who's not a thinker, they appear very black and white, even if they're not actually black and white within themselves, does that make sense that they might feel quite right, but they can be black and white to others. So understanding that they can look black and white to others, and making sure that they're flexible. You know, if someone's on white, and they're on black, and white is not the smarter or most intelligent viewpoint, in their opinion, the quickest way that they can get the person to move from white to black is to let go of their own position and come and really understand this other person's position and understand it to such a degree that they feel like, oh, If I was you, I would think exactly the same way. And once you've done that, go into white to that degree, then you'll happily and easily help the other person to see your view and then you can work out is either view good or better than the other or should we both let go of our own views and move to a third view, which is where synergy occurs? You know what? One plus one equals three.

Joshna: Okay? So Nikk, it sounds like it's that concept of really getting out of your place and firmly imprinting yourself in someone else's shoes just through what they're going through.

Nikk: It is. So that's a concept that we know about when you think black and white squares though it takes it out of the intellectual concept and more into the art. I'm stuck on black, and they're on white, and then we can all of a sudden see I just need to let go black for a little while and see if I can understand white. So that those pictures help us to do that under pressure.

Joshna: Okay, beautiful. So black and white.

Nikk: So feel is it's red and green. The reason for go red and green, red is doing things that don't make us feel good and green is doing things that make us feel good is only two choices, does it feel like a red square which is something that doesn't make us feel good or green square something it does and every time we go to do something we just notice, are we stepping on a red square or a green square? A lot of people when we first asked that question, they look at their life and they go, my whole life is the same red squares. That's a good understanding starting point, your job is to now start to look for green squares. And if we're every single decision we're making, we start to look for green squares, and we refuse to step on red squares, and we do the thinking to avoid them, then our life starts from fruit quite rapidly.

Joshna: Okay, beautiful. Nikk, thank you for explaining it in that way. I guess the final question I have is, you know, what's the best piece of software that you use in your business? And what does it do for you?

Nikk: Notability is my favourite piece of software. It allows me to think and draw at the same time and to share my thoughts via drawings with people that we speak with and it just facilitates communication that allows the individual to talk to the drawing yourself themselves as well. So it's on my iPad, I think it goes on PC as well, but awesome.

Joshna: Okay, beautiful. Thank you, Nikk. So Nikk, thank you for that short interview. Really appreciate you taking the time today to be on Momentum Talks. I'm sure you can see the passion that Nikk has to what she does, and if you'd like to know more, please check out her website, which is at or connect directly on LinkedIn with Nikk Hughes. Please also take a few minutes to now subscribe if you are interested in momentum talks and would like to get this interview every time we do these. So again, thank you, Nikk, really appreciate your time today and the valuable insights that you provided about me and our audience today. Thank you.

Nikk: Thanks, Joshna. Appreciate it.


  • Nikk Hughes

    Nikk Hughes

    Nikk is a born leader and entrepreneur and is in demand as Australia’s leading expert in Scalable Emotional Intelligence Frameworks. Her hyper logical approach to emotional intelligence has led to ground breaking insights and delightfully practical applications.

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