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I can’t

Why do we say what we can’t do? I can’t come because… I can’t do x it’s not our policy… I can’t do that, I haven’t got the resources… I can’t, I’m busy… Is it can’t or won’t? If it is can’t, would ‘unable’ be better language? And why announce it? I saw a lovely LinkedIn […]

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If you’re not a kind person

If you’re not a kind person what kind of person are you? I wrote a long newsletter for you today; including a story, a few ‘how to’s’ and a challenge. Then deleted it. You don’t need it. It’s so glaringly obvious. Be kind. If you already are. Be kinder. Michael

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A Question

I read a post by Andy Bounds on LinkedIn about how to ‘Engage Via Email Subject Headings’. Then looked back at the emails I’ve recently sent. I’ve ranged between pants and fantastic. Here are my last 17 email subject headings Thank you and a wee refund Another little thing Introduction RE: 17 Exercise Programme Ella x […]

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My First New Book For 8 Years

I’m excited to introduce you to my first new book for 8 years: 17 – The little way to get a lot done It’s a limited edition book written off the back of a pop-up group. The 17 Group has been running since 1st July and ends tomorrow. What started simply as a way to kick start the second half of 2020, has developed into something quite amazing. And I have […]

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The Big Think

‘What were you thinking?’ ‘Ermm, nothing’ Ever had that conversation? Have you found yourself saying: ‘Eeeh, I haven’t got time to think’. OK, maybe without the ‘Eeeh’. Thinking time is now seen as a luxury. Something for later – for ‘When I get a minute.’ Deep thinking time is put off for years; stored up for that once-in-a-lifetime visit to the Peruvian foothills. But only after […]

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The Biggest Hump

If a Wednesday is hump day…  And the 15th is the half-month hump (closer to the next payday than the last one)… Then this must be hump-year-day. From today, you’re closer to 2021 than you are to 2019. So, how’s your 2020 turning out? Eeek! Who could have predicted it. So how about a little bit of certainty in your life? Yes, Michael!  The best […]

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The Dalai Lama said this ….

Everyone knows that meditation, stilling the mind and getting into a deep relaxed state is good for you. The problem is, it’s boring Or at least it can be boring. Even using visualisation techniques, Such as imagining a slow-burning candle or a blossoming flower. It can quickly lead to distraction. Plus, what’s the point? It takes years to really reap the […]

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I was embarrassed

I’d reached my mid 40s and successfully managed to avoid it. Then one day, I can’t recall exactly how, I suddenly found myself joining a yoga class. I was the only short, overweight, bloke in the room. And obviously I hadn’t received the LuLuLemon memo so turned up wearing a Newcastle United strip. There were many good reasons why I should have made my excuses and left. After all, this was never going to be a specialist subject of mine. There’s an argument (promoted […]

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The Impossible Jigsaw

We were running short on lockdown jigsaws. So Mrs Hepp decided to dig deep and rekindle one we started years ago. The outside border was complete and safely stored in the ‘jig roll‘, the remaining pieces in a bag. So why impossible? No box lid. And as much as we wracked our brains, we could not […]

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Who moved my….

Phase One – Panic and Preparation. Dunkirk Spirit. We can do this. All in this together. Phase Two – New Ways of Working. Zoom. See you in two months. Lower expectations. Date Nights and YouTube Quizzes. Phase Three – Back to Normal. Except there is no normal. ‘But I can’t stay like this!’. Phased return. Look at […]

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