28.2 Million

A recent CIPD survey found stress to be the leading cause of long-term absence in non-manual workers. 28.2 million is the number of days lost due to ill health in this country in 2013/14 and work- related stress accounts for over a third of all new incidents of ill...

Networking for Beginners

Our story begins in a western suburb of London, it is a weekend and there is a public event about to take place. People have paid to attend and listen and learn from a well known expert in the field of human behaviour and they are all excited to be here. Well all...

Sink or Swim

Anxiety! What kind of anxiety? I have never met anyone who didn’t suffer from anxiety at some stage in their life, or who couldn’t relate to the concept from recent experience. It is a human condition and often quite a debilitating one, where the sufferer...

Wonderful

Many years ago I was listening to a Canadian speaker- the writer of Eat That Frog, Brian Tracey and he was talking about a delegate on his course who used an affirmation each day. It was strange to hear and yet it has stayed with me for all these years, as a way of...

What Do You Stand For?

This is an expression I have come across a lot and I am pausing for thought and sharing some stories and ideas which I hope may amuse, cause pause and even inspire. What do you stand for? I regularly ask this of groups of young leaders; they are soon to be called...

20 Things We Should Do But Still Don’t

20 things we should do but still don’t! When I started this blog, this was the title, but I realised it would get too long and maybe boring! So I have changed it to become an on-going challenge instead, but of course the list of 20 still exists and can be drawn...

Random Acts of Kindness

Random Acts of Kindness Some years ago I was being trained in NLP as a master as a matter of fact. One of the most powerful aspects of the training turned out to be the concept of doing random acts of kindness. In a way, it was apparently nothing to do with the...

A Damn Good Listening To

“A dammed good listening to” The alternative to a dammed good talking to, which we get all too often!! One of the key challenges anyone faces today in communication is getting listened to. Many people are just so wrapped up with their own environment, their own...

A Managers Main Job P=P-I

P = P – I A Managers Main Job Tim Gallwey, in his books The Inner Game, put forward the formula for performance as P = P – I, where P is Performance, being equal to Potential less (minus) Interference. This has inspired me for many years, as it seems so...

The Pursuit of Happiness and a Stress Free Life

I have just been reading an interview between Daniel Pink and Tom Rath (see below for ref.), both are well know authors and thought leaders and it stimulated me to express a thought of my own. Tom is quoted as saying “I’m increasingly convinced that the “pursuit of...