Scones…

I love scones. Must be a sign of my age. Relishing the idea of tea or coffee and a scone as an afternoon treat. Know what I mean? Yet it was one of those things that I have never got around to making at home. I have made my own bread, baked an assortment of cakes, but...

Choice…

I am developing an article on ‘Values’. I wonder if you can help me. Understanding your values is important in so many ways, so knowing what they are is useful. I’ll be writing a fuller article on this soon. When working with people I like to ask...

Curiosity

I had the pleasure of travelling to Switzerland last week to witness a machine being tested. The clients were from Turkey and it was the first time they had seen such technology. I was there as the ‘expert’, having had experience of operating and maintaining a similar...

Careers advice for school leavers

I believe that supporting young people of today holds the key to the future. In recent years I have worked extensively with the unemployed, training, coaching and mentoring young people to realise their potential and motivate them to not be part of the media’s ‘Lost...

Connection

I am a great fan of Ken Robinson. He simply talks sense, and is thought provoking. This latest talk is about connection. How well we connect with ourselves and how well we connect with others. Picking up the latter thread, I have the privilege of coaching leaders in...

It’s just a ride…

I came across this today after watching Chris Bliss on TED, when he mentioned Bill Hicks. So, with a few spare minutes to hand, I googled him and watched this video (transcript below). See what messages you get from it: The World is like a ride in an amusement park,...

ICF 2012 Survey

2012 ICF Coaching Survey (pdf document, 934KB) The International Coach Federation (ICF) asked me to get involved in their annual survey, and today I got the 2012 Executive Summary. The key points are: Coaching continues to grow, especially in Western economies, though...

Will to live, will to die?

We hear of many brave stories of those who demonstrate a strong will to live. What about having the will to die? My mum passed away last week. She was an extraordinary woman. One of her many qualities was her strong determination. Be it her desire to get something...

Doodling away…

Remember that time in the meeting when things were not as interesting as they should have been? You had that pad of paper in front of you and a pen in your hand, so you started to draw something. Probably not a masterpiece, certainly nothing you would want to share...