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Why Windmills Work

Wednesday is Ella Day. Which is when Christine and I get to be grandparents to a beautiful, clever, full-of-fun 20-month-old. It’s exhausting and completely delightful. Yesterday, Christine thought we should make windmills. Pens, paper, crayons, glue, straws etc. filled the table and we created world class paper windmills. Last night, I was hosting one of my regular TEAM17 group coaching sessions and ended up showing off my windmill creation (it was brilliant!). Something struck me.  The blessing, ‘May the wind be at your […]

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Embracing Bored

Last Friday, my brilliant wife gave me a very clear instruction: ‘You need a weekend doing nothing.’ Doing nothing is alien to me; I’m always on the go.  But Christine is very good at making sure Michael doesn’t have a meltdown.  So, I listened. After an hour of me doing very little, she asked how I was doing. I claimed to feel… a little bored. What she said next was brilliant, ‘Embrace […]

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It’s all about you

Who said it’s not about you? Of course it is. It’s all about you. It’s never been more about you. Everyone you connect with is looking for your human touch. A bit of YOU. Therefor, your fingerprints need to be over everything you do. I received an Amazon order; the driver knocked, stepped back and when I opened the door, he announced with a massive […]

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Why You Can

‘Can’t is a lazy fella.’ That’s what my Grandma would say when I was whining. She was right. Grandmas frequently are. The challenge with a phrase like that is that it’s easy to say, but not so easy to turn around. It takes a second to say ‘can’t’ and that’s it, you’re done. It also takes a second to say ‘can’ but then you’re committed to the energy […]

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If Einstein Had Google

When you think genius, it’s difficult for Albert Einstein not to spring to mind. The more you read about him, the more you discover what a fascinating character he was. More failures than successes. Less recognition for the things he thought were most important and more recognition for the ones that were popularised. Some brilliant […]

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Nigel Pinner’s Enormous Ears

Yesterday was title day in my Write That Book Pop Up and Challenge. I’ve no idea who Nigel Pinner is but I’d definitely pick that book up to find out. Along with: Happy Silver People The Introvert That Could A Tractor in The Beer Garden A great title can make the difference between a good book that becomes […]

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What are excuses

What are excuses?

I didn’t receive the email*. I meant to, but I forgot. I thought ‘x’ was doing it. And while we’re going down this murky track… ‘The dog ate it Miss’. All excuses (*and btw, you did). Too harsh? Let’s re-title… Justifications? Still too hard? OK, how about… Explanations? That feels more palatable. The outcome’s the […]

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No Facebook

‘Did they switch it off and on again?’ ‘I survived the great Facebook outage of 2021’ And my favourite… ‘Were you affected by having no Instagram for six hours? You could be due compensation’ Yes Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and humankind went down for six hours on Monday night. Some people are still trying to recover. […]

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Just One Touch

Mrs H & I enjoyed a few days away to celebrate the completion of our most successful Write That Book Masterclass (more on that later). We spent our weekend in Cartmel, in the south Lake District and started with lunch at L’Enclume. This isn’t a foodie blog – it’s a people blog. Although L’Enclume totally deserve their […]

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It’s Easier With The Who

Most people know the importance of finding your ‘why’. If you put the ‘why’ first, the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ are easier. But there’s a missing piece of this jigsaw… the ‘who’. (Cue jokes about Roger Daltrey, Pete Townsend, et al). The ‘who’ are the people who can help you. Actually, those who WANT to help you. I’m amused by those who have 7,000 connections on LinkedIn […]

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