20 February

Doubt kills more dreams than failure will

  In the last year, I’ve spoken to many folk in the corporate happiness industry who really want to create positive and happy workplaces. One of these folk doing amazing work in this area with startups is Laurence McCahill. At the Happy Startup School (who doesn’t want to work at a company with a name […]

10 February

Why it’s worth finding your rose-tinted glasses

  At a dinner party this weekend, a friend told me how she’d been following the advice of a TED talk. Every night before falling asleep, she notes three things that happened to her that day for which she’s grateful.  She’s really enjoyed the process, and noticed that it was subtly impacting how she looked […]

3 February

Five books that challenged and inspired me in 2013

  I have always been a prolific reader of fiction. But it wasn’t until my own career change two years ago, that I started to really enjoy non-fiction. If I am honest, I’d say I read the management books de jour out of a sense of obligation – that was what a good consultant did. […]

27 January

Living in the present

  A few years back I spent a magical few days in the African bush with a dear friend of mine. Late one afternoon, as we sat on the stoep watching the water buffalo drink from the water, my friend threw me a curve ball. “You are never doing ‘nothing’”, she declared. I admit to […]

14 January

Owning our story – why we need to fall in love with our story

  For a view on storytelling in organisations, see my other post The power of storytelling.  Come then, and let us pass a leisure hour in storytelling, and our story shall be the education of our heroes  — Plato Let’s talk about storytelling in the context of our own lives. We tell stories every day […]

17 December

Choosing the good news

  In a blog post in November, I discussed my ideas of how to cultivate positivity in your life. One comment on the blog came from Michelle Hudson who shared how she choose to read news from a website Positive News. I was intrigued to hear more about how she came to make that choice and […]

18 November

Five ways to cultivate your inner optimist

  Happiness is a word that captures a broad range of emotions. One researcher in this area, Barbara Fredrickson, includes ten emotions – joy, awe, gratitude, love, serenity, interest, hope, pride, amusement and inspiration. I love this broad definition as it provides a gateway into a deeper discussion on how we bring more happiness into […]

1 November

Is growthism the unspoken elephant in our society?

  *With thanks to Umair Haque for the term growthism “But what if as a result of coaching, he resigns? That’s a lot of money to spend on someone who then leaves us.” This is a common question I get asked by the sponsor of coaching in a company. My response is that this is a […]

10 September

It is time we leant back more!

  At what point in our recent history of all things technically cool did email become the problem? As an early adopter, I remember having a Hotmail account back in the mid 90s (when Hotmail was still a little independent company). My tech friends and I were the only ones who had “internet” email at […]

30 August

Here’s to the revolutionaries!

  Don’t tell my mother but I’ve joined the revolutionaries. I’ve signed up to the movement/campaign called the Work Revolution. Their manifesto aligns to much with what I believe is important and what influences what I am doing. The Work Revolution movement is about designing life-giving places to work.  The Work Revolution campaign believes business exists […]