November 18, 2017

Boost Your Inner Confidence With a Can-do Attitude!

CEOs and MDs know how to make decisions. Everyone looks to them for answers and that can be a constant stressor: having to ‘appear’ smart whilst ‘feeling’ dumb. Whilst the outward persona is one of certainty; inwardly the inner confidence is taking a knock. I’m not afraid to ask questions. […]
October 28, 2017

Dream big? Focus on the Wider Goal!

When we say that we want to have, be or do something – and it doesn’t happen; what does that mean? You were sure you wanted it. You’ve planned for it. Also, you know how attaining it contributes to the wider goal.  And yet you’re left empty-handed. You wouldn’t want […]
May 25, 2017

The art of Collaborative Engagement

Collaborative engagement was at its best following the recent terrorist attack in Manchester. On a personal level I witnessed its power. The number of friends, colleagues and acquaintances who made enquiries as to my well-being; and that of loved ones was mind-blowing. One individual I had met only once before! […]
March 18, 2017

The art and Science of Creative Employee Engagement

People are not all alike. We know this. So, creative employee engagement requires you to see your employees – really see them. And to learn what makes them tick. A manager told me recently that he often sees people flouting company rules as he walks around the office. Uncertain about […]
November 5, 2016

Why Business Leaders Must Keep on top of Pressure Problems

Some mental traumas play out in front of our very eyes. I’ve seen business leaders lose it on the ‘shop floor’, to everyone’s horror. And the individual concerned has been completely unaware of the impact of their behaviour on employees. Take the Australian tennis player, Nick Kyrgios, 21 who was […]
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 […]
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 […]
December 5, 2015

Adopted a Fixed Mindset? Time to Wipe the Slate Clean!

Have you noticed how easy it is to think you’ve nailed something down only to discover, further down the line that what you are doing is no longer relevant? I am mindful that successful outcomes are born out of routine; and the ability to repeat behaviours and activities that work, […]
October 18, 2015

Lessons in Change From a Personal Perspective

We’re always hearing ‘sound bites’ about the importance of focusing on what we want rather than what we don’t want. It’s an obvious message albeit perhaps not so easy to do. It’s natural to become distracted by the thoughts and actions of others; and the impact of this can be […]
November 13, 2014

Want to Know How to Fight The Recency Effect? Become an Optimist!

Driving up to Scotland for a business meeting last week I was struck by the number of Lorries on the motorway. Then it occurred to me there were probably no more than usual. My attention was drawn to them because it was raining heavily during periods of my journey and […]
July 31, 2014

When Compulsion Blowout is Just the Ticket!

 Before I set up Robertson Fox in 2006, I decided to take an NLP Practitioner course (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) as I’d heard that some of the concepts could be applied usefully in business. Some of the outcomes I went in with had radically morphed by the time I completed the programme; […]
June 28, 2014

Employ Talented Individuals with Suspect Behaviour? It May Come Back to Bite You!

Unbecoming of a high profile footballer, the behaviour Luis Suarez exhibited in Uruguay’s latest World Cup game has been the subject of much debate this week. What must have been going through his head when he decided to bite an opponent? You could argue nothing much, because his actions have […]
March 14, 2014

I’ve Started so I’ll Finish!

Have you ever bought a book on someone else’s recommend, only to find it wasn’t the great read you’d been told it would be? Even worse, did you force yourself to read that book from cover to cover because you convinced yourself it might get better? Or maybe you really […]
March 7, 2014

Perceived a Putdown? Look for the Compliment!

It took me quite a while to learn how to accept compliments gracefully. My instinctive response would go something like this: “Oh, this old thing, I’ve had it about 20 years” or “No need to thank me, it was nothing” or “Don’t mention it. Anyone could have done that” In […]
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 […]