Why I hate travel luggage on wheels and why its...

I have been travelling by air a lot recently and everyone has travel luggage on wheels and its annoying me. For lots of reasons. If you are one of those people, here’s why: As you walk along in a busy airport or queue, you drag this obstacle behind you with no concessi0on for those of […]

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You can’t be angry and grateful at the same time

I have recently become a keen journal writer, not the Adrian Mole kind or the teenage angst stuff. What I mean is using a journal to process thoughts and make changes. To defragment my busy brain, to allow the dust and chaos of the day to settle more easily. There are many ways to use […]

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What happens when you listen?

When were you last listened to? I mean really heard. I don’t mean when someone exchanged points of view with you or ideas or argued a point but when someone, a work colleague or a boss really listened. Being really listened to is when you are fully focused on, when someone hears the words you […]

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What do you do when things go wrong?

Do you whine, complain, sigh, blame, moan, resign yourself to misery or open a bottle of your tipple of choice? Or do you say “Ok, let’s make a plan” “Bring it on!”, do you smile and make the best of it, rise to the challenge, ask what can you learn, step up and own the […]

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What’s your True North?

“I’m feeling lost” “I’m not sure where we’re going” “Where are we headed?” These are questions of navigation and navigation is just as important when travelling, walking, flying, driving etc as it is when working in our businesses and organizations. Navigation means knowing where you are trying to get to and understanding the steps needed […]

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“The way to get started is to quit talking and...

I read this quote today as I was preparing a hand out for a leadership course I am running. I want to use the quote to introduce the action-planning document the participants are going to use towards the end of module 1 so they can record their commitments and capture their learning. No doubt you […]

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The Problem with Small Talk

“I am fine with technical, important conversations I just can’t do small talk” This sentence was said by one of my clients today. I was struck by his tone and the almost disparaging way he phrased ‘small talk’. He made it sound small, unimportant, insignificant and almost irrelevant. There in lies the problem. If he […]

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What are you here for?

I have had a bit of an epiphany today. In my role as a coach/trainer/facilitator; I’ve been wrestling with the notion of values, ethics and principles. I’ve been exploring strengths as a way to help people define what they do and how they develop and I’ve used various psychometrics over the years to help people […]

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Play to Win – Choosing growth over fear by Wilson...

The modern leader needs purpose and direction for them selves to enable them to be the best they can be for their teams. This book helps you do that. The title suggests it’s all about winning BUT, what is your definition of winning? Its only once you know this that you can really play to […]

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Are we harming ourselves by the way we react to...

I used to work as a civil servant many years ago and there seemed to be so many problems. I’d walk into the office and a colleague would rush up to me and say “there’s a problem! Tony has phoned in sick and there’s nobody free to go to his meeting!” That seemed to set […]

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