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?
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’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
I have been working with a large organisation recently who are suffering from what I like to call as ‘Nose to the Grindstone Syndrome’. I was brought in as an ‘extra pair of hands’ to help in a crisis, but I have become ‘a pair of fresh eyes’ and Changemaker, providing a vision for the … Continue reading Could you use a Changemaker?
This is Mental Health Awareness week which many workplaces across the country will be marking in some way. There has been huge progress in the subject of mental health in recent years, enabling sufferers of anxiety, depression, stress and other debilitating conditions to be more open and receive adequate support. However, stigma relating to mental … Continue reading Top Tips for Mental Health Awareness Week
Being fortunate enough to live within walking distance of the North Cornwall coast, I am able to enjoy its stunning beauty with rugged cliffs, sandy beaches and windswept moorland on an almost daily basis. I know I am incredibly lucky, and regularly give thanks that early morning beach walks, not battling through commuter traffic or … Continue reading This Cornish cloud may have a silver lining