• Whose side are you on?

    Whose side are you on?

    Well the last couple of months or so have been pretty tumultuous with significant personal change for me, but everyday we move forward one step at a time. One of the things that has helped me move forward was triggered by the interesting and enlightening James Clear, who I often [...]

Will it help me get up the mountain?

December 7th, 2016|

So what a week – been at home a little more the last week so pushing hard with training – combining strength and endurance work, with running, with walking up Holcombe Hill carrying extra weight [...]

It is really going to happen!

December 7th, 2016|

I often used to think that it would be “good to have had an adventure…. sometime…..in the past!”  Well, that desire has caught up with me because in just over 6 weeks I am off [...]

Do you suffer from goal Idiocy?

October 28th, 2016|

I am reading an interesting book at the moment called ‘The Antidote’ by Oliver Burkeman, boldly labelled ‘happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking’ or ‘a bracing detox for the self-help junkie’! I have [...]

What do you want to do when you grow up?

June 28th, 2016|

Back in 1974 when I was just 5 years old, I was travelling in our battered old Peugeot 504 (KLH 666 :-)) from Njoro down to the coast at Mombasa for our family holiday!  Now, [...]

3 ways to ensure that time is spent on your agenda and not that of others

May 27th, 2016|

I recently took part in the CEO Sleep Out UK event at Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester in order to raise money and awareness for homelessness. It was a great experience and I am [...]

Thank you for being caught speeding!

April 26th, 2016|

Earlier in the week I was lucky enough to attend a speed awareness course having being flashed by a speed camera at ‘very early o’clock’ on my way to Piccadilly station a few weeks ago! [...]

Do you spend more time planning your weekly shop than you do your life?

March 29th, 2016|

A couple of weeks ago I finally signed up for a trip to climb Aconcagua – the largest mountain outside of the Himalayas standing just under 7000m above the planes of Argentina. I did so [...]

4 Leadership Lessons from Zermatt

February 25th, 2016|

Sitting on the train on the way back from a great skiing trip to Zermatt with my daughter Alice, brother in-law and nephew George, I was reflecting on what insights and lessons I had learned [...]

I bet you don’t ask for help very often?

January 27th, 2016|

A couple of weeks ago winter finally came to the North West and we had a weekend of snow – well to be precise, an inch of the white stuff fell on Saturday evening, much [...]

3 Things over Christmas to set yourself up for 2016

December 16th, 2015|

Welcome to the last blog of the year and what a year it has been – tempus fugit ……… and some! It has been an interesting and challenging year in so many different ways, but [...]

5 Steps to Improve Your Productivity

November 27th, 2015|

My eldest daughter Alice is enjoying the start of that wonderful run of years in education that seems to have exams at every turn, GCSEs this summer coming.  She came into my office the other [...]

Why are we failing to taking accountability?

October 29th, 2015|

I have a confession to make…… last Saturday, whilst playing Hockey for Cheetham Hill against Keswick, I was green carded and removed from the field of play for 5 minutes.   This was a first in [...]

8 Leadership Lessons from Tough Mudder

September 17th, 2015|

Last weekend a couple of friends and I completed the North West Tough Mudder event in Malpas Cheshire. To the uninitiated Tough Mudder is, and I quote…. “a team-oriented 10-12 mile obstacle course designed to [...]

5 Lessons for Life and Business

August 20th, 2015|

A year ago yesterday my Dad passed away from a huge and sudden stroke. It was a shock then and remains a stark and absolute reminder that even the strongest, invincible, seemingly unstoppable comes to [...]

How to ensure a merger or acquisition succeeds

July 31st, 2015|

I was watching an old series of the David Attenborough show “Life” and there was a very interesting piece on baboons in Ethiopia that caught my attention for a number of reasons, not least because [...]

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