Are you an overthinker?

You send a WhatsApp message to a friend, and you know they’ve read it (two blue ticks) but they haven’t responded. What’s wrong? Your boss gives you ‘feedback’. Obviously, they have it in for you and think you’re rubbish. Your partner is quiet and doesn’t want to talk. What are they up to? And the […][...]

Why some lists are bad

I love lists. But not all lists. Most lists are good. But some lists are bad.  Here’s my list of bad lists.   To-Do Lists   That contain too many items and equal cognitive overload.   Guest Lists   Especially if you’re not on. ‘If your name’s not down, you’re not getting in’.   Play […][...]

Still The Sage

Yesterday Gateshead’s brilliant music venue The Sage, changed its name to… wait for it… The Glasshouse International Centre for Music.  Rolls off the tongue… not.  I’m a positive person, but this rattled me.  Like when Marathon became Snickers. That was 32 years ago and I’m still not over it.   Do you think music lovers will […][...]

Good things come to those who…

Good things come to those who wait. Really? I think that needs a tweak. How about… Good things come to those who work. Change three letters = huge impact.   Waiting’s ok. I agree that patience is a virtue. But honestly, how long can you keep waiting for something to change when you know the […][...]

The Yawning Void of AI

Artificial Intelligence should be an exciting transformative force in a tech-driven world. Yet, a curious trend has emerged. Have you found that AI discussions have grown a little mundane? Dull? Repetitive? The use of AI isn’t new. The term was first used in 1956. Yet even washing machine manufacturers are proclaiming its apparent newness; declaring […][...]


I’ve lost two special friends over the last couple of weeks. Don’t worry, this message isn’t going to be morbid, but there is something I would like you to do. One dear friend, Jack, I saw just a few weeks ago. His health was deteriorating, but we still managed to have a wonderful evening, full […][...]

The cost of everything

The best things in life are free. Really? Nothing is free. Everything has a cost Financial. Is just a part of the equation. Add time, energy, values, deciding on one thing over another, etc.   Knowing this helps your choices. Claiming there are not enough hours in the day, but finding time for Tik-Tok* seems […][...]

How one word doubled profits

I don’t know if this is true or a conspiracy story… Up there with a flat earth and Area 51. But it’s a great tale. It’s the late 1950s and the posh offices of Procter & Gamble are about as cheery as a British Summer. The secret crystal ball predicts, shampoo sales plunging due to […][...]

Getting Back In The Saddle

There’s a method to quitting. As a coach, it’s fascinating to observe. We’ve all done it. It’s almost like going through the stages of grief. The Feeling This isn’t what I thought it would be. The Story The tales you begin to tell yourself of why you won’t be able to reach what you set […][...]

I’m blue

I could say I’m a procrastinator. Or Good things come to those who wait. Either way, I’m two years behind schedule with something important. BUT, I’ve fixed it. You see, almost three years ago I published a book called 17. It was a limited-edition hardback. Only 1,000 copies were printed and each one was numbered […][...]

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