Why Having Bad Ideas is Important

Why Having Bad Ideas is Important

Coming up with creative ideas is part of my job. As a trainer and coach I design and deliver learning programmes and as a writer I market and promote clients’ services and products. This means that keeping my own creative juices topped up is important. More and more of us are asked to be creative […]

Diving into Being a New Manager

Diving into Being a New Manager

Congratulations, you’ve been promoted! Your talent has been noticed, your stellar communication skills have made a difference and you’re now in charge of rallying a group of people. Whilst getting results is about doing stuff, a lot about being a manager is asking the right questions to help shift people’s thinking to help them make decisions to […]

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 […]

Why Brainstorming Makes you Brighter

Why Brainstorming Makes you Brighter

Posted by on Jun 30, 2017 in coaching, creativity, productivity, structure | No Comments

You’re stuck. You know what you need to do but you’re bamboozled about how to do it. That goal you’ve written on a post-it is becoming an ornament on the edge of your screen and you’re convinced the words are actually sneering at you because you’ll never get it done. Here’s a simple and fun […]

Life Lessons from The Ladykillers

Life Lessons from The Ladykillers

The crime fiction festival, Iceland Noir 2016, was full of writers who make their living shaping the lives and deaths of their characters. Yet there were plenty of laughs, inspiration and wisdom, too. Here’s a selection of the chat shared from the stage, including why writing is like baking, how protecting your Monday afternoons could […]

Learning about Learning

Learning about Learning

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in creativity, design, learning, productivity, visuals | No Comments

Our budgie was called Fergie. He used to chirp “Come on the Dons“ – this was in the day when Alex Ferguson held the reins at Aberdeen Football Club. For a brief period there was someone else parroting memorised words in our house. Not a football chant but 432 lines of classical poetry. For my […]

How to Make your Team More Productive

How to Make your Team More Productive

He knows this guy can be an opera star. And he knows people would adore him. There’s just one slight problem; he can only really sing in the shower. In Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love the answer to this problem is both hilarious and brilliant. At first people think the solution is plain nuts, […]