Growth Mindset – Be Like Beyoncé. Or Humpty Dumpty.

Growth Mindset – Be Like Beyoncé. Or Humpty Dumpty.

Posted by on Jun 30, 2018 in growth mindset, learning | No Comments

I’ve written here before about having effective coaching conversations with your team, how to shine at public speaking and the neuroscience that shows us how to work with our busy brains. This time I thought I’d try something different and write about what I’m doing to develop myself – and the growth mindset lessons I’ve […]

How Constraints Help You Be Creative

How Constraints Help You Be Creative

Posted by on Feb 28, 2018 in creativity, design, leadership, learning | No Comments

How constraints help you be creative Two stories from the world of toys and food that show how turning broken bits into brilliance is more common than you think. What can you buy in 130 different countries, comes in 53 different colours and 75 billion pieces of it are sold each year? Answer: Lego. Translated […]

Managing your Brain on Busy

Managing your Brain on Busy

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in learning, neuroscience, productivity | No Comments

8 year old brain or Harvard MBA brain: the choice is yours (yes, there’s a difference).What today’s busyness is really doing to your brain and how to take back control. The distractions of every day life Our brains are busy places. There’s a lot going on around us that can pull us in different directions […]

Making Learning Come Alive

Making Learning Come Alive

Posted by on Mar 30, 2017 in audience, learning, presentations, TED talk | No Comments

He looked like he’d stepped from a book and three times a week I got to enter his magical world. Born to Hungarian parents in France and now living in Scotland, he was in his late 50s then, and spoke in a thick whisper. His room was right at the end of a quiet corridor […]

Why Great Coaching is Like the Classic Cream Tea

Why Great Coaching is Like the Classic Cream Tea

What’s coaching got to do with a cream tea? Quite a lot actually. A scone with just the right amount of crumble. Clotted cream that delivers heaven. Jam that is jamish in all the right ways. Served on elegant china and savored with a great pot of tea. What’s coaching got to do with that? […]

How to Coach People out of Groundhog Day Thinking

How to Coach People out of Groundhog Day Thinking

Posted by on Feb 2, 2017 in coaching, learning, structure | No Comments

Today is Groundhog Day. Yes, it’s a real thing and not just a classic film with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell, where Bill Murray has the day on repeat. If you’ve not seen it, spoiler alert, it’s an inspirational film with a message about how we can choose to do things differently and in doing […]

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Take a Walk on the Wild Side

Posted by on Jan 12, 2017 in change management, learning, structure | No Comments

How to feel better, look better and get better when life throws you a curve ball and you need to learn fast. I was alone in my hotel room and stood at the window looking at the narrow streets, colorful shop fronts and ebony haired locals. I tried to quieten my racing thoughts. What on […]

Unwrapping for Learning and Development Managers

Unwrapping for Learning and Development Managers

Posted by on Dec 28, 2016 in design, learning, structure, training | No Comments

Over the last few days you’ve probably sat and watched others opening Christmas gifts. Watching people unwrap presents tells you a lot about them. How they unwrap, unwraps their L&D style. The Chaos Monster Picture the scene. A group of civilized looking people sitting in a living room. They’re perched on their seats. A well-meaning […]

Learning and Development with Introverts

Learning and Development with Introverts

Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in design, introverts, learning, structure, training | No Comments

It’s the night before you start delivering a course. Your average introvert is wound up about introducing themselves to a bunch of strangers and is stewing over “what the trainer will make them do.”  Here are some tips on how to support them. Tip 1 – Signpost your session If you’re anything like me and […]

Adventures of an Introvert

Adventures of an Introvert

A Viking abroad, the introvert’s bible and learning and development that doesn’t traumatize introverts. I’m married to an introvert. And being with an introvert has led to some hilarious events. On holiday in Portland, Maine, we went to a comedy review show. We sat in the middle. In the safe seats. It was a one […]