Blog & Insight

April 5, 2021
There are three versions of any story

Which of these images is a true reflection of reality? This isn’t as strange a question as you might think when you consider we’re looking at the world every day, making a choice about our reality, and then acting as if we’re right. These images were taken to demonstrate a few of the different perspectives […]

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April 3, 2021
We're not out of the woods yet

“We’re not out of the woods yet” said Dr. Yvonne Doyle at the #DowningStreetBriefing earlier this week. Using the metaphor contained within her language, and merging it with another saying I'm much more familiar with, then I might suggest that how to get out of the wood depends whether you can see it for the trees or […]

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March 25, 2021
Are you noticing the patterns that accelerate and/or inhibit your growth?

The patterns the sand made as the wind blew across the beach at St Andrews, Fife, Scotland were mesmerizing yesterday and, as I look at them here, very calming too. Pattern recognition allows you to reduce the overwhelm in your life. Instead of noticing every single detail instead you notice the patterns before you. Pattern […]

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March 18, 2021
Open for (more) work

“Are you still doing consultancy - you seem so busy” asked someone with a gorgeous opportunity. I thought, therefore, that I’d better clarify in case there’s other gorgeous opportunities I’m missing, that I’d be a perfect fit for, and you’re not reaching out because you think I’m too busy. Yes - I am open for […]

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March 14, 2021
The Earth cried the day the mist set in

The challenge back in 2015 was set by Visual Verse and was to use one picture, and to write less than 500 words in less than an hour. On Mothering Sunday here in the UK here's what I wrote then about mother earth using a collage I'd recently developed as its inspiration. The Earth cried the day […]

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March 10, 2021
How to keep on track in a pandemic

What do you need to do to keep on track in this pandemic? With much uncertainty about life and business post lockdown what do you need to do to keep centred? What do you need to do to ensure that at the end of lockdown your business is thriving, and you're still passionate about what […]

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March 9, 2021
Are you ready for personal transformation?

I've had more coaching clients opt for the, not for the feint hearted, 3 hour Transformation Game so far in 2021 than I have for the last five years! So here's an archive post from 2009! If you're familiar with the game and would just like insight from a game about work life balance then […]

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March 8, 2021
The link between mindset and metaphor

There are numerous books on the subject of mindset and yet ultimately it comes down to: thinking and language that supports you achieving your goals* thinking and language that hinders you achieving your goals* (* however you define those goals e.g outcomes, results, mental or physical health, success, surviving, thriving, growth, or simply living your […]

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March 5, 2021
How do I get a seat at the table?

I'm a firm believer that the words you use to describe a problem often have the solution hidden with them too. For example, if you're describing a situation as not being able to see the wood for the trees, what solution would you have in a real wood with real trees (and yes I've taken […]

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March 2, 2021
I just don't have enough time

If I asked you to tell me logically what you could do to make more efficient and effective use of your time I'm sure you could come up with a long list. A very long list. A long list - followed by lots of reasons why not one of these solutions would work for you […]

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