Football, seen through an untrained eye


I have never been interested in Football. In the first 50 years of my life I watched – maybe -three or four games with my Dad – one of them live at Villa Park. I don’t remember the score. 

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[Video] Reframing


Reframing is a word that gets used in lots of different circumstances. In the NLP sense, what reframing is all about is creating a different perception of a situation, or a thing, just by manipulating the words - the way you talk about it.

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Try to see it my way


“Try to see it my way”:  a line from an old Beatles song.  I’m not keen on the use of ‘try’ but I like the sentiment.  In a world where everyone is encouraged to develop their own point of view and to be confident in their opinions, seeing a situation someone else’s way is a valuable skill.

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Maria Musgrove Wethey and Dianne Lowther wrote this one for Bridal Buyer magazine:

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What has NLP ever done for me?


Since I’ve been promoting the NLP Practitioner training I’m running later this year and also the two ‘Taster Days’ in June, I’ve been talking about NLP a lot more to clients and friends. One friend asked me, ‘So what has NLP done for you, personally?

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Why is okay to use the LAB Profile in recruitment when it’s definitely not okay to use MBTI?


Many years ago when I did the training to become a licensed user of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) it was impressed on me that the instrument is not to be used for recruitment purposes.  As there is only one licensed provider of MBTI training in the UK I’m fairly confident that everyone else who has been through the same training will have been given the same message.

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Men, women and leadership success


In the 1950’s in the UK when my parents married, for a while they both worked for the same company – ICI.  My Mum had left school with the equivalent of several GCSEs and she worked as a payroll clerk.

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Scarf Model

Why leaders need to work in teams


You may have read a previous article I wrote about the SCARF model. I wrote it very much as a leaders’ guide to the model and focused on what leaders can do to maintain the elements of the model for their teams.

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Stress and Sensory Preferences


Stress is a highly personal thing. The situation that has your heart racing and your mind in overwhelm doesn’t produce the same effect on everyone.

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What are you voting for?


Voting in a General Election is, for many of us, a highly significant event. It’s an opportunity to influence the way our country is governed and it’s an expression of our values and beliefs, whichever way we vote.

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Finding the Complex Equivalences


A few months ago I had lunch with a group of senior HR professionals and we discussed the idea of Talent Management.  One of the most striking insights to emerge from that conversation was the realisation that there is no unique, universal definition of Talent Management and that it means different things in different organisations and is conducted differently in different organisations.

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Stop the world – I want to get off!


Have you ever found yourself so overwhelmed with the amount of ‘stuff’ you have to do, that you wish you could just press ‘pause’ for a while and escape your commitments and responsibilities? Even just for a few minutes?

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Leadership and Technology


Technology is at the heart of most modern businesses. Not just the desktop pcs that enable people to work and communicate; it’s websites and internet marketing; it’s smart manufacturing systems; it’s high-tech research and development tools; it’s customer apps – the whole ‘Digital’ landscape.

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[Video] Most people don't leave their job, they leave their boss


According to research done quite some time ago, when people decide that they're ready to change jobs, sometimes it's genuinely because they've exhausted the possibilities in their current job and they're ready to move on and do something else.

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Choosing your Champion for Change


Some people love change.  They get really motivated by the prospect of something new or different and they’re excited by the opportunity to do something they haven’t done before. 

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What is Coaching?


A recent CIPD Annual Learning & Talent Development survey highlighted coaching as one of the top five talent management activities.  Of the companies that took part in the survey 51% offered coaching to managers.

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Why IT Managers Rarely Make Good Leaders


Most IT departments have a very large training budget and most of them spend it all. On technical training.

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The Cynics in the IT Department


There is a type of personality that is attracted to working in IT. You know it, the HR team knows it and most of the rest of the organisation knows it too. 

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The IT Department Disconnect


Most organisations couldn’t function without their IT. In many industries you need the latest technology just to be in the game and if you aren’t making the most of that technology to create competitive advantage then your market share can dwindle rapidly.

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The SCARF model


Almost everything that is currently known about the way the human brain works was discovered in the past ten years. Recent advances in research have overturned old models of neurological operation and revolutionised the way we view our brains.

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