Blog & Insight

May 11, 2021
9 things to do to weather the storm and pick up the pieces after a pandemic

We’ve never come out of a pandemic before. Yet we have picked up the pieces from many storms in our lives. The following post therefore uses weathering storms and picking up the pieces after them as a metaphor for what to do as we come out of the lockdown. Use of metaphor helps you to […]

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May 10, 2021
Chasing the tide

Chasing the tideNever aheadAlways behindEvery move forward I take - the tide moves forward tooI run, it runsNever bridging the gap between where I am and where I want to beThe tide always ahead in the distanceA vision of where I want to beA promise of what may beAnd yet never getting thereNever arrivingFruitless effort […]

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April 23, 2021
Is Procurement the bad cop?

Bad cop is an interesting role that Procurement is often given in an organisation. It's a role, however, that if we're not careful isn't just used in a negotiation. Over time bad cop is not just a role Procurement put on occasionally, but the name they go by - an identity that many even in […]

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April 21, 2021
I reclaim all my parts

I reclaim all of my partsThe parts I’ve lost along the wayThe parts whose existence I’ve deniedThe hidden partsThe unacknowledged and unappreciated partsThe forgotten partsThe parts I’ve found it hard to loveI reclaim all of my partsI give breath to all of my partsI love all of my partsAnd all of my parts love me […]

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April 9, 2021
Work's mental - the nature of workplace wellbeing

On 20th May I facilitated a workshop for Headtorch on the subject of “Paths & destinations – how to get from where you are to where you want to be for your wellbeing” using my poem paths and destinations as the basis for the exploration. You can find the recording of that session here. Here's what […]

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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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