February 21, 2014

Overworked? Less is more!

Imagine this scenario: business is good, enquiries are flowing in, you are running a business (unit) that is experiencing a growth spurt, and all is well in your world, or at least it should be. The reality however is often quite different. Take my client Adam: he loves the business […]
February 14, 2014

Expecting the Unexpected…

Running through my local park on Wednesday we saw a stunning sunrise and took a photo. It was a picture of serenity and calm albeit the clouds did look like they were brewing up a storm. Whilst driving down to Northants for a meeting I could feel that the wind […]
February 7, 2014

This is Business! What has Love got to do with it?

In a recent interview I read with George Clooney, he said “Anyone would be lying if they said they didn’t get lonely at times. I’ve been infinitely more alone in a bad relationship; there’s nothing more isolating.” He was talking about personal relationships and I think the same can be […]
January 31, 2014

Welcome to The White Room…

For those of you who know me well, you’ll be aware that I run a small Psychotherapy Practice alongside Robertson Fox’s main service offerings. I’m not sure why it’s called a ‘practice’ but it does fit with my philosophy of continuous improvement! Always intriguing are the varying reactions I get […]
January 24, 2014

Giving New Meaning to a Cold Shower…

Ice cold showers are all I have had this week; not because I’m a supreme athlete who needs to relieve muscle pain but because my boiler is on the blink. The heating engineer has made 3 visits to date and each has cost me a call out fee and a […]
January 17, 2014

Not a Technophobe. I am Techno-Selective!

Chatting with a client this week who works in Higher Education, we got onto the subject of Social Media. He was commenting on how easy it is for people to get themselves into hot water when putting information out into the public domain. It prompted me to think about my […]
January 11, 2014

No Need to Force it. Go with the Flow!

Have you ever pushed really hard for something to find that what you want continues to allude you? That the more you push the greater the distance between your current position and the goal you are chasing? I’ve had plenty of times like that and I know it can be […]
January 3, 2014

All Froth, No Cappuccino!

A phrase often used by one of my trainers in reference to people who talk a good talk and who fail to back it up with any substance. As someone who enjoys a good latte, I skip the froth altogether as it makes the coffee a much shorter drink which […]
December 28, 2013

Forward Planning a Promise? Listen to the Ghost of Christmas Future!

The Ghost of Christmas Future shows Scrooge the final consequences of his actions. That is one year into the future. He is mortified to see that his final legacy is a cheap tombstone in an unkempt graveyard. This is the final wake-up call that leads to him changing his ways. […]
December 21, 2013

Want to Make a Change? Learn From the Ghost of Christmas Present!

The Ghost of Christmas Present transports Ebenezer Scrooge around the city. He shows him scenes of festivity. And he shows him scenes of deprivation. Both are happening simultaneously. So, in order to see the need for change, we must recognise the reality. Some people are struck by the low points. […]
December 15, 2013

Work-Obsessed? Heed the Ghost of Christmas Past!

The Ghost of Christmas Past took Ebenezer Scrooge on an unwanted journey of repentance. It showed him how his work-obsessed personality traits would eventually compel Scrooge’s fiancée to leave him. Now I’ve put in excessive hours at work over the years. And no-one has left my employ because of it. […]
December 7, 2013

Want to Make Progress? Ring the Bells of Change!

Without doubt, change is happening constantly. If you want to make progress as a business owner, then you need to be change-ready. Only then can you respond appropriately to the evolving needs of your stakeholders. And of course, the fluid environment we’re operating within. To do that you need to […]
November 29, 2013

Putting Our Best Foot Forward…

We needed more office space and as part of the resulting expansion the Executive Board members moved to an upper mezzanine floor. These offices were made of glass. Not only could people see what the Board members were up to – simply by walking along the corridor – you could […]
November 22, 2013

We’re Perfection in Progress. Pursue Excellence Instead!

Running two businesses and remaining relevant to both client groups requires continued effort. Adopting the view that I’m perfection in progress has been my salvation. Knowing when and from whom I inherited a perfectionist mindset helps. And knowing isn’t enough. We have to take action to adopt a new attitude. […]
November 16, 2013

Seeking Feedback Scary? There are Benefits too!

We have many opportunities for seeking feedback. Some present in the spur of the moment. At other times it may be the result of conscious effort. Whether we then take on board what we hear is a different matter. Our long-standing Christmas tradition is a case in point. Every family […]