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July 5, 2021
Be careful what you wish for with maverick spend

Caroline Myss, one of my favourite authors, tells us “each word is a universe”, or perhaps easier to get our head around “words have power”. That is, every word we use has power to help us find a solution, or to keep us firmly stuck in a ground hog day-esque “not this again” cycle. Every […]

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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 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 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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February 25, 2021
Thinking about your thinking

"Your posts always make me stop and think" is a wonderful testimonial to what my work is about. It's not just my posts that I hope make people think though. My poems, vlogs, workshops, speaking, facilitation, and coaching all aim to assist you in uncovering how your thinking may be contributing to the current situation, […]

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January 22, 2021
What is normal?

A poem that arose from my frustration of the judgement expressed in social media about how others should, must or ought to be reacting to the lockdown and these unprecedented times. My normal isn’t your normal - yours isn’t mine.It isn’t today, never was, and will never be.What was my normal has changed, will change […]

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December 16, 2020
Are you making mountains out of molehills?

When I'm working with clients to overcome their challenges to get back on track it's useful to listen to the language they use. Our language gives a clue to the internal representation we have about situation in our lives. A representation that negatively and positively impacts the beliefs we have about our ability to solve the situation and/or get out […]

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December 13, 2020
Are your assumptions correct?

I remember very clearly a series of conversations with clients and colleagues where I had been told that the strategy they were suggesting we use was what the client/ stakeholder/ team member needed - ie it was tailored to suit the other person's preferences. The interesting thing, to me anyway, was that often different people […]

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December 8, 2020
Juggling too many balls?

I'm never one to pass by a metaphor in a clients language. Not least because they're a quick and easy means of exploring a situation, and finding a wide range of potential solutions. For example, if someone were to say they felt like they were juggling balls I'd be more inclined to explore the balls, […]

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December 3, 2020
Soft skills toolkit

Dear Human Being, The solutions to many of the challenges you face are just like the iceberg in the above postcard - underneath the surface. They're hidden in your subconscious, not yet known but wanting and waiting to be seen and understood. To help enable you to bring the very solutions you're searching for into […]

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