Professional development

Three Top Tips to Develop your Resilience

Recently, I had the pleasure of interviewing my good friend Hilda Barrett, an experienced HR Director within the Hi Tech industry. Hilda is passionate about how individuals and teams thrive. Hilda has completed an MSc in Positive Psychology – one of the first participants and has discovered the impact positive psychology has on developing our [...]

4 Secrets to Great Career Management

What is career management? The term career management, in its broadest sense, refers to the whole process of planning the path that your career will take over the long term. The process is one that takes place over the course of your entire lifetime — or at least until you decide to retire — and involves a [...]

Punchy Presentations – Top Tips from a BBC Presenter

Whether you are presenting during a meeting or standing up presenting to a large audience, it can be a daunting experience. You may feel this way too. Or you may find yourself being distracted and lose your focus in getting your message across during your presentations with clients or colleagues. In this short interview with a [...]

5 Tips for Effective Decision-making and more . . .

Being able to make decisions effectively is essential as we develop our personal leadership.   Making decisions is part of our everyday life – sometimes we hesitate and think twice, other times, we spontaneously make the decision. So what is it that makes a difference in our effectiveness when we make decisions? Since I have studied [...]

The Secrets of Giving Feedback

Being able to give feedback that motivates rather than demotivates is essential for managers, leaders and as parents. Last evening I met Daniel at my local Speakers Club in Chelmsford. Daniel had been a member for 18 months but had not attended any of the meetings in over year. I asked him what had kept [...]

Part 1: Exclusive Interview with Nancy Kline – Pioneer of the Thinking Environment

Nancy Kline has pioneered the Thinking Environment since 1985, and is best known for her books and work on Time to Think - Listening to Ignite the Human Mind and More Time to Think – the Power of Independent Thinking. Time To Think grew out of Nancy's consulting and teaching work near Washington, DC, where [...]

Dress to impress – not just for Christmas

Professor Karen Pine from the University of Hertfordshire suggests 'we know our clothes affect other people's impressions of us and now, research shows what we wear affects us too'.  Our self-confidence can grow when we know we look well and feel comfortable in the style of clothes that reflect our personality and are appropriate for [...]

Can we have it all?

This was the question posed during the last panel discussion at the IoD Women in Business Conference on Friday, 7th November. Whilst this question was debated mainly amongst women, I believe it is equally relevant to men. During this weekend of remembrance with its significance of being the centenary of the First World War, we [...]

Words of Encouragement

Leadership can be a lonely role.  We all need to be encouraged.  Whether you are experimenting with new behaviours or developing new habits to raise your game in your personal leadership.  Or maybe you are seeking to influence others in a complex organisational environment.   Take a look at this 2 minute movie made for YOU to encourage [...]