[Article] Lessons from Lockdown

As I’ve made my way through weeks of enforced isolation and a long list of ‘lockdown projects’ my mind flits between the experience and the analysis of the experience.  In NLP terms, I’m switching between 1st and 3rd positions. At times I’ve been fascinated by my own – and other people’s - reactions to the situation, and at times I’ve simply been reacting.

[Video] Secrets of successful group training

I recently read a piece of research that got me thinking about why some training programmes might not work, when others do. And to be honest, most of what I came up with is nothing to do with what the trainers are doing, and very little to do with the content of the workshop. It's actually all to do with the way it's set up...

[Video] Why are women treated differently from men at work?

Sometimes people ask me why it is that women seem to get overlooked for promotions and why we have the gender pay gap in the UK that we have.

[Video] The power of storytelling

It was recently World Book Day and it gave me an opportunity - and an excuse - to run my fingers lovingly over my bookshelves and ponder on some of the books that have been most influential in my life. I started thinking about the whole issue of stories and why they're so important to us as human beings...

[Article] It’s virtually the same

I’ve said on several occasions, that I’m not keen on the idea of running virtual training programmes and workshops.  I believe that when you all get in the same room and breathe the same air, something different happens, that is impossible to recreate through virtual media. Having said that...

[Video] Breaking old habits

Human beings are creatures of habit aren't they? I had one of my ingrained habits challenged in a big way recently. So what did I do when faced with the opportunity - indeed the necessity - to do something different?

[Article] Working at Home

I asked my extended team for their top tips for working at home.  (Notice – ‘Working at Home’ not ‘Working from Home’ – at the moment there’s no ‘from’!) All of my team have offices at home and for many of us it’s part of our way of life.  Some people have decades of experience, others are newer to working at home.

[Article] Stop the world – I want to get off

Have you ever thought – or even said – “stop the world – I want to get off!”? I remember when I had a demanding corporate job involving lots of travel and some weekend working as well as a responsible role in a voluntary organisation, I would sometimes wake up in the morning, mentally review the day ahead and feel completely overwhelmed.

[Article] Reflections from the NLP Leadership Summit meeting

When the NLP Leadership Summit was founded by Michael Hall in 2013, the intention was simply to provide an opportunity for the leaders of NLP to ‘associate’ with each other.  And that’s what we did.  More people who met the membership criteria were invited to join the Summit and now there are over 150 members. ...

[Article] Nothing is good or bad

‘Nothing is good or bad but thinking makes it so’ according to William Shakespeare. I really think the Bard knew what he was talking about here. 

[Video] Towards and Away From Motivation

There's been a lot written over the years about what motivates people and... that's not my subject! My subject is HOW do people get motivated? Because actually, there are only 2 ways that a person can motivate themselves to do a specific task or activity.

[Article] Your Mindset Matters

When I first heard the word ‘mindset’ I cringed slightly.  I tend to like ‘proper’ use of English words and grammar.  I’m uncomfortable with the practice of adapting nouns into verbs – such as ‘gifting’ instead of ‘giving a gift’ – and I think it’s a bit sad that with the wealth of vocabulary available to us we’re constantly inventing new words to sum up the meaning of several.