Special Memories

One of my most memorable life experiences happened 51 years ago today. We got a taxi, walked up and down a noisy Goodison Road that was filled with people and their anticipation. Everyone seemed so tall, you could smell the tobacco and police horses. The best memory was that magical moment when my Dad led… Continue reading Special Memories

Smaller World

My world feels physically smaller, yet bigger, these days. I’m no longer an expert in transport timetables, hotel and sandwich chains. That knowledge is now applied to sourcing the best independent locally sourced food. Work is all over the world, even though I run everything from our dining room table. Despite hardly travelling and meeting… Continue reading Smaller World

Puzzles, Practice and Solutions

Recently, we came across a Monkey Puzzle tree. Native to Chile and Argentina, its name was first coined in 1850 by Charles Austin, who said that climbing its branches would be a puzzle, even for a monkey. Whenever I see a puzzle, my Instinct is to find a way of working it out. In a… Continue reading Puzzles, Practice and Solutions

It Gets Late Early

It gets late early was a phrase I first heard in Cumbria. It is even more applicable up here in the Highlands. I was reminded of this yesterday, when, for the first time in months, I had to switch on the lights for my evening virtual session. My American participants were amused by this happening… Continue reading It Gets Late Early

Direction

This is a time of year when, more than ever, many of us are thinking about our direction. Whether it is our job, business, business development, or life in general, things are getting busier. We sometimes find ourselves wondering which way to go, when there are opportunities all around us. Decisions are like bridges. We… Continue reading Direction

Breathing Space

One of the many things I’ve learned in the past 18 months is that you don’t have to be travelling all the time to be, and feel, busy. Working from home, there are thankfully many clients to serve and even more events to deliver. My virtual work tends to be in smaller chunks, with a… Continue reading Breathing Space

The Unexpected

One of the best pleasures in life is the unexpected. The people we meet, the opportunities that emerge, the great things we notice. Working from home means that on an unexpectedly hot, sunny morning, we get a great walk, with a hazy view over the firth and a selection of washed-up wood, including a weathered… Continue reading The Unexpected

What we Love

One of the better things to come out of the pandemic has been noticing how many of us have started, or re-discovered, doing things we love. The small things that matter, like being in nature, more time with loved ones, knowing more about our local area, or a hobby. Right now, it’s more important than… Continue reading What we Love

How Did You End Up There?

How Did You End Up There? I saw this driftwood tree, washed up on the beach and wondered, ‘How did you end up there?’ That is a question I am often asked these days. At my point in life, the answer is, ‘it’s a long story.’ Everyone has a story. Even for those of us… Continue reading How Did You End Up There?

Different Perspectives

You get some cracking conversations before the start of a virtual session… Him: ‘Bet you can’t wait to do some ‘proper’ training again.’ Me: ‘Well, I’d like to think I’m still doing proper training.’ I knew what he meant. He was surprised that I’ve enjoyed running virtual training sessions for seven years, rather than doing… Continue reading Different Perspectives