Whenever I think of Leadership, images of power, single mindedness, determination come to mind. We seem to judge our leaders, political, business, military and otherwise by these standards when in fact effective leadership is so much more. Wikipedia describes leadership as ‘a research area and a practical skill encompassing the ability of an individual or … Continue reading Leadership is like Bambi on Ice!
The Festive Season featured frequently in Charles Dickens novels, from Christmas at Dingley Dell in Pickwick Papers to Pip’s Christmas Day encounter with Magwitch at the beginning of Great Expectations and of course the classic, A Christmas Carol. Dickens conceived A Christmas Carol in October 1843 in response to a government report he had read … Continue reading Here’s to the next decade?
From time to time, life just gets too busy and some things just don't get the attention they deserve. That's the case with my website. I have had a frantic few months, balancing some amazing work, but finding that I haven't had enough time or inspiration to write anything. It is something I enjoy immensely, … Continue reading Radio Silence
To be successful in business, you need to be mentally resilient, a trait that is often overlooked. Business leaders and entrepreneurs are bombarded with guidance on managing finances, building teams or making the most of their marketing and social media, but precious little time is devoted to looking after mental health and well-being. Yet, without … Continue reading Top tips for strong mental health at work
I was debating some issues with a friend recently, which was interesting as we both tend to view things from a variety of directions. We were going around in circles, examining things first from this perspective, then from that. ‘We’re a couple of 50p pieces’ she said. What she meant was that rather than being … Continue reading How is Brexit like a 50p piece?
I’m not a huge football fan, but there is something special about the World Cup, and try as I might, I can’t help being just a little bit interested! It certainly helps that this time around we have done rather better than expected. As I write this, I don’t know how far England will go, … Continue reading What makes a good leader?
I am not good at networking. I love meeting people and getting to know them, but I am usually so interested in what they do, their challenges and where their business is going, that I overlook the selling my services bit! Recently, I was invited to attend an event at which I knew very few … Continue reading A Passion for Sustainability
Last Saturday, I was privileged to hear from two dedicated individuals who are working to end homelessness in the UK - Jon Sparkes, CEO of Crisis and Steve Ellis, CEO of Cornish charity St Petrocs. I was struck at how, in the 21st Century, with all the benefits of social media, education and awareness, there … Continue reading Can we work together to end homelessness?
The Press is full of talk about the need for businesses to become more sustainable, but it's often hard to know where to start. Here are some top tips you can adopt. If you want to go further, give me a call or drop me an email for some more suggestions. Feel free to add … Continue reading Top tips to make your business sustainable
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed it’s the only thing that ever has.’ Margaret Mead I work a lot with charities and voluntary organisations, and it never fails to amaze me what they manage to achieve on limited resources and huge amounts of goodwill. Small, owner … Continue reading Three cheers for the change-makers and disruptors.