July 31, 2019

Do we really have the right perspective on 'fear'? How do we befriend fear and succeed without it? With the focus on unacceptably high levels of mental ill-health and anxiety pervading our workplaces right now, we need to find better ways to work. Fear has too much power - enough to change our minds and our chemistry. But it doesn't need to...

July 23, 2019

'Here is John. See John run. Here is Betty. See Betty run. Here is Spot. See Spot run.' The John and Betty books I grew up with at school supposedly taught me to read and expand my language. But, given the topics, they didn't teach me much about life. Kids run, and so do dogs it seems.

How life-expanding is the learning in your organisation?...

July 10, 2019

These Millennials are causing a lot of conversation and some of it with consternation. They want to move fast, disrupt status quo, develop themselves deeply, broadly, widely, quickly, and have a flexible work-life balance that allows them to stay fit and embrace their lives away from work. At the same time they want to have positive social...

May 10, 2019

How do you answer a question like that?  I was recently asked my opinion on the state of learning and development globally. Not just a small question… and how do you answer it, in truth?

The reason most people leave their jobs, other than problems with their immediate manager, is lack of progression and development. Salary is always in the m...

April 1, 2019

Ever felt like you wished you hadn't got started? They just won't stop talking and pushing advice at you. Most of it is off-beam and nothing you haven't already thought about yourself.

Ever felt like you wished you could get started? They won't talk to you and you wonder what advice to give them. You doubt you can offer anything they haven't...

March 21, 2019

'I have lost myself,' people say to me, particularly in workplace coaching conversations. As they start to explore this and describe how it feels it becomes clear there is a disconnect - self from Self. The outer persona is out of synch with their inner being.

In yoga we talk about the Witness or the inner observer who is capable of making s...

March 13, 2019

None of us particularly like being the victim of someone else's ego. We mentally roll our eyes, feel the nipping sensation in our gut, feel the hackles rise. But what about our own ego? Those reactions we just had to someone else's inflated, or perhaps deflated, view of themselves were in fact our own ego coming into play. This little game...

June 6, 2017

The world of elite sport is traditionally one that pushes bodies and minds to the limit. Burnout is common. There is a view that it takes a psychopathic nature and a 'chimp brain' to win repeatedly. So it would be natural to conclude that it takes a similar approach to lead people into high-performance and sustained success.

What if it were...

October 31, 2015

 

The problem today for most businesses is the confusion, ambivalence and stress created by wanting to make enough money.

 CNN Money says one of the top three reasons people leave their jobs is minimal wage growth. And we also know a bad boss or poor job fit are high on the list. Values matter, and often conflict with our desire for profit an...

April 14, 2015

Not feeling very fulfilled lately and overwhelmed by my underwhelm, I sat down to contemplate the ‘real’ issue.

 

Why did feelings of disappointment, fogginess, lacklustre energy manage to dominate my feel-good emotions when it came to business - a business I usually thrived on? 

 

The biggest reason - for what boiled down to a core fear - was...

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