You’re Never Too Old and It’s Never Too Late

I’d been invited to be on a TV show in New Zealand – a show dedicated to innovators and entrepreneurs. I was shocked to be invited. My first thought was ‘I haven’t done anything extra-ordinary, why would people be interested in what I have to say?’ So I reflected on the very best message I could give in my interview … Read More

There was a crooked man who walked a crooked mile

Traditionally my newsletters have been about the broader topic of leadership, but I want to dedicate this newsletter purely to Donald Trump. As I witnessed the events of the last few days a funny old nursery rhyme started playing in my head – you may remember it: There was a crooked man, who walked a crooked mile He found a … Read More

Praise the Bridge That Carried You Over (George Colman)

I’ve always thought it strange that various things can be happening in our lives which seem totally unrelated, and then something happens which causes them all to flip and join together. The phrase ‘Praise the Bridge’ was my ‘flip’ moment for 2 major current events I’d been observing, and a third more slow burning situation I’d been vaguely aware of. … Read More

I Have One Nerve Left…

I have one nerve left, and you are getting on it. Following on from the theme of the article (I’m OK, you’re not so hot) which created lots of responses, I thought I would share my favourite fridge magnet with you. This ‘thought’ was on my fridge when when my two kids were teenagers. I have no idea how I acquired … Read More

When procrastination turns your entire life into a nightmare!

Procrastination is: ‘The act or habit of putting off or delaying something requiring immediate attention’  We all put things off that we don’t like doing. The problem is that the longer we put things off, the harder and/or more stressful they become when we finally have to get around to facing things. I’m going to share a real situation I was involved with (as a coach to the manager). This manager … Read More

7 Ways We Sabotage Our Own Business Success

None of us deliberately launches a business with the aim of having it fail. Most businesses start when someone wakes up with a great idea. That person will then passionately share the idea with their nearest and dearest and experience a whole raft of mixed reactions to their amazing idea. Anything from ‘great idea, go for it’ through to ‘oh … Read More

I’m OK – You’re not so hot

Given all the chaos and confusion that seems to be happening at the moment, I keep meeting people who are feeling seriously stressed, concerned about the future and even in some cases, feeling quite fragile. So I hope this week’s newsletter lifts your spirits and gets you back to believing in yourself. Years ago I read the book ‘I’m OK … Read More

Do women make better leaders than men?

Throughout the world, whether in business or in government, most of our leaders are men. Right now we have our fair share of despots, but throughout the ages there have always been despots. I’m not a man so I don’t know how ‘tough’ it is to be a man. I’m sure they have their stresses and grievances also, I’m sure … Read More

What type of leader are you?

Being a parent is probably the hardest job any of us will ever take on. No matter how many books we read or how many workshops we attend, our children defy all books and workshops; we have to learn how to parent them; to understand their personality types; their unique needs and wants. Becoming a leader is probably the second … Read More

Decision making in real time

Many years ago, I was working as a personnel manager for a company that introduced us to the concept of ‘four quadrant leadership’. I was so impressed with this very simple process, that it became something I taught to the hundreds of teams I worked with for over 30 years. At the business level of decision making, this simple formula … Read More