The Way We Spend Our Power

On Sunday, I attended our local church for the Remembrance Day service on the Centenary of the Armistice.  Remembering and honouring those who made this sacrifice is poignant and moving – no matter what your religious persuasion. During the course of the service, the congregation sang a hymn by Ally Barrett – ‘Hope For The …

Growing, Growing…. Gone!

On Sunday, I sat glued to the edge of my seat as I watched Lewis Hamilton win his 5th Formula 1 World Championship.  It wasn’t pretty.  It was a hard fought victory seeing the world champ finish fourth.  Two places behind his biggest rival, Vettel.  It’s ok.  Hamilton was well within the margin of what …

Really?

One of the most powerful and challenging questions I have ever been asked was actually just a single word. Really? It was asked, not in an incredulous, ‘yeah right, I-don’t-believe-a-word-you-are-saying’ kind of way, but in an earnest, curious way and from a position of respectful challenge.  It was early on in my career and my …

Leadership TOWIE Style

I have a confession to make:  I have been glued to Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island recently!  I find it a fascinating snap-shot of human nature and spirit put to the test in some quite extreme circumstances.  For a coach and leadership development specialist it’s manna from heaven – an extreme developmental team away day (or …

Designing Corporate Culture

Investing time and energy in articulating the purpose, core values and direction of your business is never a wasted exercise. It’s not uncommon for companies which are very clear on the WHAT (products and services, financial strategy, supply chains), the WHERE (market place, logistics) and the WHO (client base, suppliers, leadership and workforce) of their …

The Truth Is In There

In my past life, the notions of privacy, confidentiality and trust loomed large. Little did I know how central it would be to my life as a coach and trainer. One of the first things I tell a new or prospective client is that our conversations are confidential. I am bound by the codes of …

New Managers – Your Management Style

Found yourself in a management position with little or no background in leading and managing people? Follow my suggestions below for ways to define your management style – and remember that time and experience are the best sources of natural confidence, so don’t worry if you’re not ‘feeling it’ now. Be sensitive Your approach needs to be …

September’s Song

September is a wonderful month. It’s a time of new beginnings. Of getting ‘back to school’; of professional and personal fresh starts after a holiday or break away from the office. Almost more than at any other time of year – perhaps even including the post-Christmas period of New Year’s Resolutions or the all-consuming financial year …