Blog & Insight

October 8, 2020
Are you on the same page?

Explorations of the metaphors contained in your language can often uncover currently hidden perspectives or solutions. Today's exploration arose when a colleague recently said they weren't on the same page as someone they were working with, and didn't know how to improve the situation. Logically the idiom means finding common agreement about a situation or […]

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October 5, 2020
7 tools to manage the unexpected

For most of the year you'd usually expect to see a bee in the borders buzzing between the plants. In July however the bees are not where you'd expect them to be and are under foot as they feed on the flower clover in the grass. Which is why 10th July is don't step on […]

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October 2, 2020
Disrupting habitual thinking

In a disrupting habitual thinking session for the Scottish institute for business leaders session we explored the mindset that support you achieving your goals and those that block that progress. I positioned it in terms of: Zigs that inhibit growth Zags that accelerate growth The suggested zigs for discussion included: The suggested zags included: The […]

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October 1, 2020
Do something different every day

The quickest means I know of unlocking the blocks to progress is to try doing something different every day. It's as if each day you're expanding your comfort zone a little more. It's certainly a great challenge do undertake as a team. Here's a post from the archives about what I did differently every day […]

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September 25, 2020
Why do you ignore experts?

Post from the 2017 archives: Someone asked on LinkedIn "why are managers reluctant to ditch their bullet heavy dull slides." ie why do they ignore best practice? Why do people think they can do something better by themselves, and not need the support of those with expertise. As a PowerPoint surgeon and presentation coach the […]

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September 24, 2020
7 barriers to optimal performance

I often get asked about the return on investment for coaching, or any soft skills learning and development interventions I deliver. It's not a question I have a ready made answer for, as it very much depends where the individual is starting from. That said, there are some common outcomes that I explore in this […]

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September 17, 2020
10 things to remember when communicating

Post from the 2017 archives. I turned up at the garden centre yesterday to realise we hadn't agreed whereabouts in the garden centre we'd meet. I'd not met the person before, and whilst we both did have a LinkedIn profile picture to refer to, in a busy garden centre that wasn't going to be of […]

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September 16, 2020
How to motivate others

In recent posts from the archives I've looked at understanding your own values, how values can get too big for their boots, why values don't inherently drive right behaviour and why I think business values don't really exist. Which will certainly help you to understand what motivates you, how you can use values to motivate […]

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September 15, 2020
Do business values even exist?

Values are what drive all our behaviours. What values aren’t - are things we decide or even choose to have ie they’re not conscious they’re unconscious. See my previous post for more on personal values. The challenge is can we translate personal values into business values? In this post from the 2015 archives I explore […]

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September 15, 2020
Values don't inherently drive right behaviour

"Live your values" "make your values real" can be heard often in organisations and on LinkedIn posts. I don't disagree with the sentiment - because the sentiment assumes that acting with integrity and being authentic will ensure right doing rather than wrong doing. I fear however that the assumption is wrong - and here's why […]

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