Hope IS A Strategy

I used to argue that ‘hope was not a strategy’; this was a classic piece of most business training, encouraging participants to be strategic. But in these days, HOPE is a strategy. In fact, without hope and faith, it’s easy to become very low. I’ve spent the last 10 days mainly on Zoom and Teams, coaching; helping people and organisations (of […][...]

People are amazing

I’m forever amazed by how extraordinary people are. And right now, 90% of the world seem to be proving my theory. Almost all of our speaking events have been postponed.  Not cancelled, postponed. The majority are looking for new dates and can’t wait for us train their staff, speak at their events and create exciting programmes. […][...]

Same Old Path?

Arne Naess lived in a solitary cabin directly under the Hallingskarvet mountain range at Tvergastein. He vowed to take an alternative route each time he walked to his cabin -and did this for many years.  This was also something all visitors had to do. Arne was determined that no one single path should lead up to […][...]

20 ways to make 2020 your best year ever – LIVE

But not just yet… I like writing. But love presenting. In the past I’ve created lots of ‘ways to’ newsletters. This year I’m doing something a little different. Rather than write, I’m going to present my 20 ways… in a live webinar. It will last for 59 minutes, take place at 6pm on Thursday January […][...]

David Bellamy

I had the privilege of meeting David Bellamy three times, mainly through being a member of the Boys’ Brigade and via my amazing art teacher, Sheila Mackie. Obviously, David Bellamy’s enthusiasm was completely contagious and after watching his TV programmes, like many young people, I became fascinated by creepy crawlies and plants – and undoubtedly he was my first […][...]

Is this the best letter to Santa

My wonderful Godson Jack is bang in the middle of a most magical age.  Young enough to really believe, old enough to know what he wants. His mum and dad shared his letter to Santa, or as Jack calls him (as it’s a formal letter) St Nicholas.  I think it’s brilliant. Here you go:   To St Nicholas Please may […][...]

Lessons learned walking the Wall

Last week Christine and I walked the Hadrian’s Wall Path.  Reviewing my journal, I’d learned a few lessons. Many can be linked to business, relationships, love and many other areas of life.  Here’s my top 10. 1) Signs lie.  At the start (in Wallsend) the sign says ‘Bowness on Solway 85 miles’.  It’s closer to 100. It’s […][...]


‘I’m nervcited’. I heard this yesterday when I was sharing tools on how to instantly turn being nervous to being excited. It’s new word created by the daughter of one my clients as she was about to start her first term at ‘big school’. I think it’s lovely. When exploring your state, there’s not much difference […][...]

I didn’t know – but it had already killed

We’re lucky enough to be the custodians of an almost 200 year old house. There’s always something to do and a few weeks ago it was tackling ivy. I went at it with gusto, filling several dumpy bags and making numerous trips to the tip. ‘Yep, me again’. Whilst hacking for Britain, I noticed there was an […][...]

Pavlov’s iPhone

I did it. I actually did it. This summer I achieved a… drum roll… digital detox! And it was like coming off crack. In August, we shared a week of our summer break with friends. We had a great time; mainly lying on beaches, eating amazing food and drinking G&T. One night, the conversation turned […][...]

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