I Was Absolutely Useless

Yes, I was absolutely useless. But the worst thing? I thought I was good. I’ve been having a garage spring clean and came across a box of old MiniDiscs. For younger readers, MiniDisk was the technology after cassettes and before MP3 players. I popped one into the old garage hi-fi, hoping to find a disco […][...]

Dealing With Overwhelm

Last week I hosted the Business Excellence Forum and Awards. It’s a massive event with over 1,200 participants and a range of world-class speakers. Our rehearsal was scheduled for 4.30pm on the day before the event. Then it was moved, moved and moved again. The crew were having a technical nightmare with the set up. […][...]

The smart way to get a double espresso

Last week I had a few days writing in the sun. The hotel was very nice, the breakfast very average. Two days running, the early morning team managed to make the world’s worst double espresso. Weak, too much liquid, lukewarm. Yuck! I asked how they made them and they said it was just a button on the machine. […][...]

Time for a culling

It’s that time!  The big pre-spring garden tidy has begun. We’ve been pruning like crazy; I’m sure I’m chopping too much off. It feels brutal. I’m assured by Mrs H that if I follow the five D’s of pruning, all will be fine. Dead, Dying, Damaged, Diseased and Deformed. Cutting back what isn’t needed, is […][...]

What’s Worth Learning?

A x B = C   A = 4 and B = (SL + LE + FT) Find the value of C I could have thrown up when that week’s maths homework was presented to me. Of course, this wasn’t my maths homework, it was my daughter’s. It wasn’t too many years ago and I still […][...]

I have ETB

On Monday, I had the joy of a deep scale and polish at my dentists. As usual, the hygienist did a quick gum check; prodding, poking and saying random numbers to her assistant. ‘A one, two, two, a one, a two… etc’. Suddenly she stopped and said, ‘Patient has ETB’. What the…? I was in […][...]


Hentitled: Those who strut, clucking endlessly about why they should have what they think they deserve, without putting in effort and forgetting everyone else…  Often with an ‘I’ve paid, therefore…’ mind-set. Cluck, cluck, cluck. ‘I pay my rates, why can’t the council pick up this rubbish?’ Cluck ‘I pay my taxes for the NHS – I […][...]

Mania Vs Contentment ….

Are you manic? Have you ever been? It’s not the most helpful state – but it’s a common one. Running late. Hoping for the call back. Overwhelmed with what there is to do. Wishing the kids would just settle!   Mania is always looking …..  Hoping to find the fix.  Searching for solutions. While mania always […][...]

Why is it always the middle of the night when your smoke alarm beeps?

First of all, it’s great to be back.  We’ve rested for most of August and as usual, when it gets to September, I’m raring to go. Plus, conference season is starting and we’re going to be speaking to thousands of people over the next couple of months. Can’t wait. How was your summer? For half the […][...]

How to say no

YES! Yes, I’ll do it – Too easy. Sorry No – Too hard. If, like me, you are presented with a dozen or so opportunities a week (thank you LinkedIn) … If you have well-meaning souls aiming to make your life richer, more fulfilled, etc … If you feel like you don’t have enough time […][...]

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