23 June

Before I die….

This picture was taken in London by a talented friend of mine, Michal Dzierza. Check out the wonderful TED talk by the artist behind the original idea of a wall such as this. Candy Chang talks briefly and eloquently about the power of public spaces and how we can use them to encourage us to […]

12 May

Sexism exists – let’s stop being surprised but keep talking

  Via social media this week, I came across a Tumblr blog, “Sh-t People Say to Women Directors”. It makes for compelling reading if only for the openness and honesty of the storytellers. I’d read one story then find myself having to read another. Then another. And of course there is a sister blog for the tech […]

1 April

What can possible be good about getting angry?

  We all have difficulties being around certain emotions – and it’s usually the strong ones. For some, watching people cry is to heart wrenching and their immediate response is to do anything to stop the crying. For others, it’s pain. For me, it’s anger. To be in the company of other people who are […]

5 March

Being present and mindful matters

Being present is one of those key life skills that doesn’t get much airtime. What is it to be present? It is to be in the here and now. We get called away from the present with our thoughts in the past and the future. If you are like me, walking the dog, shopping or […]

4 February

Why flexibility matters

I love this probably apocryphal story about flexibility. There are times we get to resolutely stick in being right, that we can’t see any other perspective.   An armada of the US Navy was engaged in naval exercises off the coast of Canada when the following radio exchange as recorded:   #1 “Please divert your […]

27 January

Five things to start doing this January

  Here some things you can do to really kick-off the year: Say goodbye to 2014 properly. At this time of year, we spend a lot of time looking forward, and planning what next. This is great but we miss the opportunity to reflect and learn about the last twelve months. Write down on a […]

12 January

Bringing in the new year

  January is a month where many people I know abstain from drink and other vices and make a run at other resolutions made with the best will post the Christmas excess. I’m not one for making new years resolutions. I decided many years ago that my spectacular failure to achieve almost any resolutions made […]

4 December

The gift of the common cold – a reminder to take care

I am reminded this week of the delicate dance between the body and me and that I ignore my body at my peril. I’ve learnt in recent years that we are all a sum of body, soul and mind – even if it feels like it’s mostly the mind in charge. I’ve also realized at […]

17 November

Courageous conversations – speaking up for yourself matters

    A recurring theme amongst my coaching clients in recent weeks has been about the challenge and importance of courageous conversations. These are those conversations you avoid having for fear of hurting someone – the times where you sacrifice speaking your truth for the sake of peace and harmony – where you let the […]

23 October

The death of conversations may not be exaggerated

  This week, a set of photos went viral on the website BoredPanda.  The London photographer, Babycakesromero takes snaps of what he sees around town. He put together a collection of photos of people absorbed in their phones whilst in the company of others. One of them is the photo above. My view as to why it […]