• Questions are the Answer

    Questions are the Answer

    I was chatting with someone the other day and we were having a conversation about making progress and having clarity about what it would take to move forward, not an unusual conversation at all and one I have had with myself and others often. The challenge was that the person [...]

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 [...]

How to Unicycle your way to success in business and life!

June 24th, 2015|

[twitter name="name"] [retweet] Picture the scene, it is a blustery day on the streets of Horwich (near Bolton for the uninitiated), the crowds are lining the streets in there……well……. 10’s and the 3rd National Unicycle [...]

Play to Strengths

May 27th, 2015|

I have just returned from a wonderful weekend at home in Devon – which included a walk on Dartmoor with a couple of pals from our 2013 Kilimanjaro expedition and an old mate.  Four more [...]

Search for the Holy Grail

May 8th, 2015|

Help me please – I had an incredible insight the other day, I finally realised that I was put on this planet to start things…… which….. by definition….. also means I am not good at [...]

Employee Engagement – Why Bother?

April 30th, 2015|

I was fortunate enough to attend the annual Think Yorkshire round table discussion event yesterday evening – a part of the booming Buy Yorkshire Conference – the biggest business conference outside of London no less.  [...]

Wisdom for your 21 Year Old Self

March 25th, 2015|

I was lucky enough to be working with a hugely talented and inspirational group of young farmers last week as part of the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation.  This is an amazing initiative by Tesco to [...]

Shameless Hornblowing

March 11th, 2015|

I was very lucky to attend a wonderful concert at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester last night, the premier music venue in the Northwest no less. The event was a celebration of the 500 year [...]

Slide out and onto the slope

February 25th, 2015|

Very fortunately I have just returned from a week’s skiing in Switzerland, with my eldest daughter Alice, my nephew and my brother-in-law.  I say fortunately for two reasons 🙂       1. We all returned without injury and 2. [...]

The way we do things around here when no one is looking

January 23rd, 2015|

Over the last few months I have been working with several clients helping them re-define their Operating Model at an organisational or functional level.  Now this is not short term, quick fix stuff and requires [...]

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