After the Storm

I’ve never experienced a hurricane.  A real hurricane.  But I know people who have, including people who live on a main hurricane route.  For them, every year there is a hurricane season. And there’s the “once in ten years” hurricane. And then there’s the “once in 50 years” hurricane.  Forecasting nowadays is pretty accurate so they know th...

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Coaching through a crisis

A crisis is, by definition, not business as usual.   It requires different ways of thinking, acting, and behaving.  Everyone knows this, but not everyone makes the necessary shift.  One of the most consistent things I’ve heard in recent days is how manic people are, how frantic everything is, and how hard they’re working.  It’s natural in the ...

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How should we react?

What is the proper way to react to the current situation?  Ought we try and make the best of it by carrying on regardless?  Should we panic or volunteer, write a novel or learn the piano? Is it ok to feel scared and must we blame others? And is work more important than family? And talking of family, is it ok to admit that one more week of being nice to each other ...

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Just keep dancing

There’s nothing like a good crisis to bring people together.  At times of catastrophe and urgency, it gladdens the heart to see society embracing its shared humanity as it fights for the last hand sanitiser in the supermarket. Self first, family second, and neighbours and everyone else third.  Seriously, if ever there was a time to listen to the advice of Corpor...

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Forget Purpose – just keep it simple

There are many things that I can be accused of but being a dedicated follower of fashion is not one of them.  My hairstyle, for instance, is essentially unchanged since the late 60s.  And recently I was going through some family photographs with my grown-up daughter when we came across a photograph of me taken 15 years ago. There I was wearing a blue shirt with a blue sleeveless jumper and beige ...

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The art of doing nothing

It is curious that nowadays when asked “how are you?”, the fashionable answers are “good” and “busy”. Variants include “good but busy”.  For the word good I think we can all blame Friends, but for busy we have to blame ourselves and, by extension, society at large. We have become a civilization of doers. We define ourselves by what we do and success is measured by activity...

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How to thrive in uncertainty with the Four Cs.

“May you live in interesting times”, says the famous curse.  The pace of social, political, technological and environmental change means that we live in a VUCA world.  Every sector of activity is facing disruption.  And added to these global challenges comes Brexit, a battle that is far from over. What many forget is that any outcome is the beginning, not the end of the process.  Years of t...

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It’s only money

How often do you think about money? Now I’ve raised it, many of you will start singing to yourself. Maybe it’ll be Money makes the world go round from Cabaret; or a bit of Pink Floyd, or Abba, or Dire Straits, or perhaps, like the CEO of Sainsbury’s when he thought he was off camera, you’ll sing We’re in the money from 42nd Street. Money is everywhere, and it’s on my mind for a number o...

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In praise of meandering

Every now and then you get an email that cheers you up. I had one recently from a mate which simply asked if I fancied joining him on a day out for a walk in the country. He hadn’t got any work that day and he thought a bit of a ramble would do the world of good. And so it turned out to be. A day gently strolling through fields and woods ending in a pub, and all because someone had the honesty to...

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