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You have bad breath

If you had halitosis, would you want to know? Easy answer. But would you want to be told? You may think yes. The truth is a little more complex. I had to inform a regular driver he had chronic halitosis. It had reached the point where our hearts would drop when we got in his […]

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How to wipe out negativity

The best way to wipe out negativity is to starve it. Negativity can’t survive without fuel. But removing it? That’s hard. Because like a fire needs oxygen, negativity needs unhelpful thoughts. And the fuel for these thoughts is everywhere. There is a better way… To fight a fire, a CO2 extinguisher replaces the oxygen with […]

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22 Ways To Make Your 2022 a Brill One

I know lists to start your year could be seen as clichéd, but I enjoy writing them and, from previous years, it looks like you enjoy reading them. Here we go: 1 Mend Something. Repairing rather than replacing is rewarding and makes you appreciate what you have. This applies to items and relationships. 2 Read […]

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Merry Christmas

This is my last message of this year. It’s simply to wish you a Merry Christmas and a peaceful time with family and friends over the coming days. If you must work – I salute you If you’re on your own – in spirit, I’m with you If you’re worried – it’s going to be alright If still haven’t found what to buy your wife for Christmas – I feel you😉 If could […]

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Time for a reshuffle?

When political parties and governments decide to have a reshuffle, it always makes the news. Who’s out, who’s in? It should bring fresh ideas to the table and give those who weren’t performing an ‘opportunity to focus on new projects’. That’s the positive spin. What would you reshuffle? What can you remove? Who can you bring in? And who can you move out? The most controversial part of my book, Flip It – how […]

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Is Comparison the Thief of Joy?

Of course, it’s true… By comparing yourself with others there will always be those who Appear happier Are taller Move faster Look thinner Are better looking Seem younger Have more time Are more successful You can feel the joy being sapped just reading this list! But is it true? Is comparison really the thief of joy? Last weekend, a couple of brilliant members of TEAM17 hosted a ‘How to Winter Well’ virtual retreat. In […]

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What Will Did

I’m currently reading (actually listening to) Will Smith’s autobiography and it is absolutely amazing. Something that has really impressed me is the methodology he uses and his attitude to achieving goals. After the first season of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, he set a huge goal… To become the biggest movie star in the world. To do this, he began by studying (with his manager) the top 100 grossing movies […]

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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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