• The journey towards a ‘new normal’ starts right here

    The journey towards a ‘new normal’ starts right here

    Leading Others It is evident that we are living in unprecedented times and normality in almost every facet of our lives has been disrupted to a greater or lesser degree. For the UK – where I write this, it feels like we are just at the start of a long [...]

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 [...]

The Days are Long but the Years are Short

December 22nd, 2014|

I was indulging in a little social media surfing and came across this simple little video that really resonated with me, so I thought I would share it; this was put together by a lady [...]

Plan to Perform

November 27th, 2014|

My daughter came in to the bedroom earlier this morning excitedly waving her notepad at me and declaring “I have planned out my morning”!  As you can see from her to-do list – she had [...]

Two Ears versus One Mouth

October 12th, 2014|

“We have two ears and only one tongue in order that we may hear more and speak less.” ― Diogenes Laërtius My colleague and friend Malcolm Follos has been using this expression in meetings and [...]

Are you playing digital catch up?

July 8th, 2014|

Last week I attended an interesting IOD Northwest breakfast event all about Digital Strategy hosted and supported by some guys from O2.  My thanks to Paul Lawton and Martyn Wallace (@mw_o2uk) for a great session. [...]

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