Parenting Lesson: A stumble prevents a fall

“A stumble may prevent a fall” an aphorism I quote often. It speaks to the enduring human spirit of trying and falling and then getting up and trying again. It speaks to the mistake you recently made and how it makes you wiser more stronger for the next time. My eldest child at university fellContinue reading “Parenting Lesson: A stumble prevents a fall”

Reading is not slacking

Meetings, team calls and 1:1’s are part of our working day culture and no one questions them on a calendar. What if you saw ‘Read a Book for an hour’ on someone’s calendar what would you think? Reading can change your perspective. This in turn can lead to improved productivity or you and your teamContinue reading “Reading is not slacking”

110%

I can’t abide the term overachiever, It’s not possible for people to rise above their level of competency. We are all in some way under achievers to varying degree. One of my bugbears are sports and business leaders saying a person gave 110 percent. How can that be possible? Coach John Wooden only ever judgedContinue reading “110%”

Not Knowing: uncertainty is your opportunity

We all like knowing things! That feeling we get when we know the most about a subject in a room full of people. This temptation is enticing, it makes you feel good. There is nothing wrong with a desire to know and control your environment. That temptation is hurting you, it’s at least holding youContinue reading “Not Knowing: uncertainty is your opportunity”

Autumn reading

As a child I would spend the autumn and winter evenings in the local library. We would get stickers for every book we read and I would spend the whole autumn – winter reading all types of books, collecting those stickers, the most I got one year was 37 stickers. I still find the autumnContinue reading “Autumn reading”

Thermometer Vs a thermostat

I read this comparison in a leadership book this week. In this interesting observation it is noted that there are two types of leader: A Thermometer A thermometer, reflects the temperature of the environment. It simply reacts to what’s happening around it. If the temperature is hot, it tells you so. If it’s cold, theContinue reading “Thermometer Vs a thermostat”

Apricity

As a lover of literature and collector of words. I would like to draw your attention to the word Apricity, which means the warmth of the sun in the winter. This term comes from the Latin meaning “to bask in the sun.” This Blog post contributor hopes you will warm to the idea of addingContinue reading “Apricity”

I never miss four

This is Jonny Wilkinson one of the greatest fly half’s in the history of world Rugby. He is retired now but a great proponent of my theory of the ‘hardest worker in the room’ He worked tirelessly to perfect his skills. Too small, too slow, too weak. Yet he became a legend. A quick story:Continue reading “I never miss four”

Talent is overrated!

I have been meaning to share this for a while. I have been talking with my teams about their careers and direction and how talented the people are in my company. I find the word talent far too simplistic and if anything an excuse to differentiate people. Here are my 10 things you can allContinue reading “Talent is overrated!”

My favourite teacher story

As my son is a school teacher now and I am a very proud father I have started to collect or notice teacher stories. This one below is one of my faves, enjoy ! A school teacher ran a test that had several sections, each of which contained three questions. He told the students toContinue reading “My favourite teacher story”