The Blog

Horses, Water and Personal Growth

It can be tough motivating people to attend training. But then why would people be interested if they don’t value their own development?

Helping employees to understand why personal growth is important may be a route to better take-up.

How do You Feel About Public Speaking?

I had the ‘privilege’ of watching a sad and uninspiring talk yesterday. Despite my best intentions to watch and learn, my inner critic took over half way through the first PowerPoint slide. Committing all the usual sins of overloading the slides with illegible (from the back of the room) detail, reading the slides instead of addressing […]

How Compassion Can Work for Social Good

“As levels of wealth increase, feelings of compassion and empathy go down, and their feelings of self-interest and the ideology of entitlement increases.” In this entertaining but sobering talk, social psychologist Paul Piff shares his research into how people behave when they feel wealthy. (Hint: badly.) But while the problem of inequality is a complex […]

Rudeness is Infectious

If you’ve ever worked in an unhappy office you’ll know what a downer it can be. In my work I have often spoken about organisational responsibility for a healthy workplace culture, but though some well intentioned individuals are committed to it, most organisations do very little about actively fostering a positive culture. They do even less about […]

Appreciation is the Best Motivation

Appreciation is an even better motivator than money, but it’s still rare to find gratitude around the workplace.

Online Courses for Personal Development

If your mission in life is self-discovery then you are going to be regaled and delighted; if you are turned on by new ideas and ways of applying them then look no further.

If you couldn’t give a fig for your inner life and self-improvement, we have thought of you too so come along and see.

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I’ve Been Working, Honest!

People who fake working hard can actually be as productive as those nose-to-the-grindwheel types. But it’s an art.

The thing is, keeping up appearances at work, as long as you still get the job done, works. It is an effective strategy that allows people to ‘manage’ themselves, and though they might neglect some of their workload appearance can count more than output (so the researchers say).

Read this article by Oliver Burkeman.

Email is Not the Problem, We Are

I often hear complaints from people with demanding jobs that they are inundated with email it can become unmanageable. Thats because they don’t manage it, the problem is not email, it is that we allow it to assume such importance.

Employers are often to blame, but we are complicit in many of our habits.

Unhappy at work? Try Mindfulness

Studies increasingly show the benefits of integrating simple mindfulness ideas into working routines, but people are still unclear about how that can be done. This study has also shown that being in a happy and welcoming atmosphere is the most important aspect in peoples’ lives, with 40% of them saying that their work environment is more significant than financial benefits such as pay and a pensions.

Conflict – Join My Online Masterclass

26th March 19:00 hrs GMT Conflict is a regular part of life.`In fact it’s so common, and such a cause of strife, stress and sleeplessness that you’d think that defusing and managing conflict would be on every school curriculum. Join me for my online Masterclass But it isn’t, and for the want of a few […]

The Ingredients of Confidence, With Your Help

I’d love it if you could attend the first of my free monthly webinars on 11th February.

Partly because I want to reach as many people as possible with these ideas. Mostly though, because I’d really value your feedback after the event. It’ll be easy to send me your reactions because I use a short, web based survey to collect the information from you.

There are still some places left, so please sign up.

Personal Consulting

Maybe a change is something you wished for, or perhaps it was thrust upon you and you resent it. Either way, you can seize the moment and use it as a starting point for creating the life we want. It’s easier than you think.

If you want to improve any aspect of your life it helps to work with someone who knows how to do it. Contact me for ideas, guidance and support.

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UK Based – Worldwide Reach

I am based in the South of England, but that need not stop us from working together if you live or work somewhere else.

Training and coaching via the internet are convenient and effective, and have real advantages over conventional, face-to-face interactions.

If you have something you’d like help with, contact me and we can discuss what I can offer.


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NEW – Online Learning

My online learning platform is being redeveloped. Go to OneMinuteIdeas to see how.

OneMinuteIdeas is a new platform devoted to online learning and personal development. This is personal and professional development made easy. Learn and develop yourself and your thinking with instant courses and resources.

Clear concise LifeHacks that you can digest in minutes, self-coaching WorkOuts, or a more in depth E-Course.

Designed so you’ll get a better handle on yourself and life in general.

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Staff Training

What do you want staff training to do? It’s all very well using words like ‘inspire’, ‘motivate’ and ‘engage’, but these don’t say what attendees should be able to do differently, or better, as a result of training.

A title can whet the appetite, and a programme gives flavour, but if training is to nourish people’s minds it needs to connect with their experience so that they can see the value of what they are being taught.

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