Would you like to be coached by Michael FREE for the next 90 days?

Why this will be your last newsletter

… until September. I love to take a break and deciding to take August off was one of our greatest decisions. Reading. Days out. Pottering in the garden. Tidying the garage. (Well actually not tidying the garage – it’s a holiday not a penance) Just as farmers leave fields to lie fallow, I will be attempting […]

read more

The Heat

Britain is in the grip of a heat wave – and we just can’t cope. On Tuesday evening we were trapped on a LNER East Coast Train for six hours with (what felt like) seventeen thousand other passengers. I witnessed a ‘gentle’man verbally assaulting a fellow passenger because she was ‘sitting in my seat’. Regretfully, […]

read more

Ten-Year-Old Entrepreneurs

Picture this. Dozens of kids, picking up litter, politely engaging with adults and making money. These mini eco-entrepreneurs were paid 10p for every can, cup and carton they collected. And 20p for a plastic wine bottle! It happened at the OnBlackheath Festival last weekend. But not all kids were involved.  Some just ate crisps and ice-cream, while […]

read more

How I would save UK Retail

On its knees! Amazon has killed our retailers! The high street is dying! The hyperbole is increasing daily and the solution is complex. But how about we start with this …. Retail Staff – instead of chatting to your mates – how about doing some selling and serving? Is it just me, or has the […]

read more

In Severe Pain

The strangest thing happened last week. I was on a train, heading to an event and reading… Totally engaged in the moment. Then my state was broken. A crew member was asking if I’d like a coffee. And then it happened… Searing pain in my left hand. The reason? I was pressing the space between […]

read more

The Problem With Coaching

I’m having a lovely lunch with my friend Pablo, when suddenly he feels the need to make an announcement.  ‘Do you know what the problem is with coaches?’ He demands.  ‘No. I mean yes. No?’ I splutter.  He had me one the ropes, and we’d only just finished our starters.  ‘The problem with coaches is; it’s […]

read more

Calibre vs Character

I work with hundreds of organisations in dozens of sectors.  All have the same major challenge. They need and want great people with great character. A dilemma that frequently arises is there’s too much focus put on calibre and too little on character. Everyone thinks they get it right. On the face of it, who would want to admit to putting […]

read more

No one likes planning…

But everyone likes a plan. You know that day where you had nothing planned? And it turned out to be brilliant! The one where the planets just seemed to line up and everything wonderful that could have happened – did? That amazing day that you’ve talked about for years? The one where you had to […]

read more

Get Your Act Together

In the 1950’s big budget movies started hitting the silver screen. Singin’ In The Rain, Ben-Hur, The Ten Commandments– they were all epic productions. You can imagine the pressure on the Producers, who promptly passed it on to the Directors and ultimately the Actors. The term ‘Get your act together!’ came from the Director’s chair following their frustration with […]

read more

What Is The Clarity Method?

When coaching a new client, I often end up discussing values. Once they truly understand their core values and can articulate and act on them, many parts of life become less complex. Understanding your values gives you clarity. For example, if one of your core values is ‘security’, that Everest expedition may be a bit of […]

read more