April 8, 2016

Leadership is About Relationship Management – True or False?

This was a question I asked a group of final year and post graduate students when running a session on Inspirational Leadership. Whilst the majority recognised this statement as true; a few saw it differently. They felt that if leadership is about relationship management, then that’s too much to think […]
April 1, 2016

Simple Advice for Getting Ahead

Watching a tennis player applauded off court by the world’s number one is not something I’ve seen before. Novak Djokovic was clearly impressed with the way Kyle Edmund – one of our rising British tennis players – performed against him. No surprise that Edmund was beaten. Everyone expected him to […]
March 25, 2016

Mindfulness or Mindlessness? They are two Sides of the Same Coin!

Does anyone remember Doodle Art? I had a fabulous one with a Greek Mythology theme when I was growing up. It was huge and took up half my bedroom wall. I used to love colouring in the different mythological creatures – often when I should have been revising – and […]
March 18, 2016

Clear About the Company Culture? As MD You’re Under the Microscope!

Having worked for numerous CEOs and MDs in the past, I learned never to underestimate their role in shaping organisational culture; not least because people will fill in the blanks when left to their own devices. I witnessed the immense impact that a heart-felt congratulatory message could have on employee […]
March 10, 2016

Easy Like Sunday Morning? Then You’re Doing What Comes Naturally

We all hit roadblocks from time to time; particularly if we choose to take the scenic route. How you work around them is also a matter of choice. Here are three possible approaches for removing these obstacles: MINIMISE THE LEVERAGE: What you don’t consciously want; but are compelled to do […]
March 3, 2016

Have an Elephant Goal in Mind? You Need to Know the Point!

Once upon a time, I met a guy called Daniel. He worked for a railway service provider and aspired to have a PhD. In fact, what he really wanted was to be known as Dr Dan! PhDs are impressive; at least the people who acquire them are. Can you imagine […]
February 26, 2016

Saving Time With a Second-Hand Read

Reading is good; it feeds the soul. I’ve determined to do way more of it this year; I even compiled a book list. This incurred no expense whatsoever; I have to hand a vast array of books that had once fuelled enough interest for me to purchase them. Through a […]
February 19, 2016

When you CAN Have Your Cake and eat it…

Just because I have no aspirations to appear on ‘The Great British Bake off’ doesn’t mean I can’t make a perfectly good cake! Everyone will sit down and enjoy a slice and say ‘that was a lovely cake’… …An extract from a discussion about outside interests. My version of that […]
February 11, 2016

How Romance at Work can Promote Employee Engagement!

We spend the majority of our waking hours on the job. So we don’t want simply to earn a good wage; we’re also looking for employee engagement. That’s right. Just because we occupy a senior position in the organisation doesn’t negate our need to make a recognised contribution. Here are […]
February 5, 2016

Have a lot of Open-ended Projects? Time to Close the Circle!

Developing a product or service, or simply starting something new requires a lot of our time and energy. There are deadlines to be met (self-imposed or otherwise) and most everything else ends up on the back burner. What typically happens is that we work flat out to complete the assignment […]
January 29, 2016

Affected by Outside Influences? It’s all Between the Ears!

It’s exciting to see more young British talent coming through the ranks and now regularly qualifying for the major tennis tournaments. Even more impressive is Johanna Konta’s success at the Australian Open making it all the way to the semi-final before losing to the world #7. Much has been made […]
January 23, 2016

Prefer to go it Alone? Don’t Underestimate the Importance of Teamwork!

I usually avoid watching animal programmes because they have a habit of making me cry! Nevertheless, I felt compelled to watch a documentary about the first nine months in the life of a baby penguin living in the Antarctic. Despite the harsh conditions, Emperor penguins spend their entire lives on […]
January 15, 2016

A Prophet is Never Recognised in Their own Country!

We make far too many assumptions about how our conversations are received (and processed); and we take it for granted that people ‘get the message’ when the reality is most people don’t – or they take away one we hadn’t intended. For example, if our customers don’t know the full […]
January 7, 2016

Started the New Year in Overwhelm? Time for Some Creative Planning!

How can it be that so many people start the first working day of the first working week of a brand-new year feeling overwhelmed? Planning is the culprit; it’s both helpful and necessary for progress and it also alerts us to exactly how much we have to do (or aspire […]
December 31, 2015

Career Landscape Less Than Ideal? It is What it is so Make it Work for You!

This habit of blaming everyone else for current circumstances has been playing out in the Premier League of late and I’ve been following it with interest over recent weeks. You may be aware that José Mourinho, Chelsea’s high profile manager has been sacked and there seems to be a split […]