Posts to support creative coaching & creative cultures

How can students articulate what Prevent means to them?

“Prevent is a challenging and complex area that requires national and local organisations to work together.”   For those in the education and skills sector you will be well aware that the Common Inspection Framework places significant emphasis on ensuring equality and diversity and fundamental British values, in line with the Equalities Act 2010 […]

Why setting goals is not as effective as we think it should be

If you don’t have a goal you have nothing to work to.   It’s self evident. Yes! No!   First, let’s ask ourselves why we are setting goals.   Is it because; This is something we really want to achieve and see goal setting as an effective motivator? It is something we think we should […]

The importance of social networks for a healthy identity

There has been much in the papers recently around the issues of diversity and inclusion, what with LGBT Pride upon us. Indeed, we seem to have moved beyond LGBT and LGBTQ to LGBT+ in recognition of the trans and non-binary communities.   This reminded me of an article I had previously written The 5 benefits […]

The 4 steps to managing a midlife crisis

A midlife crisis is defines as:   “a transition of identity and self-confidence that can occur in middle aged individuals. It is a psychological and behavioral observation that commonly occurs with individuals between the ages 45–64.”   Who is ever going to admit to that?   Men in particular seem to have made a rod […]

Are you curious enough to take small steps towards your self-development journey?

Steve Salerno, in his book Sham: How the Self-Help Movement Made America Helpless says that the self-help movement is ineffective in supporting people out of victimisation and into empowerment.   Self-help as a ‘movement’ has many detractors and many supporters.   But self development as a range of personal activities that raise your self awareness […]

How to manage emotional states for more productive teams

I wrote in my articles DISCover the key to understanding motivation “Purposeful cultures need to be highly people focused, and help to empower your people to think for themselves.”   I could have written instead “Purposeful cultures need to be highly people focused, and help to empower your people to manage their thoughts for themselves.” […]

How to develop a mindset of the possible

It was refreshing to read a while back Helena Morrissey, Chair of The Investment Association, call for the investment industry to recognise and value what people bring to the business. This of course could be extrapolated out to all sectors. Nurturing and development is fundamental when “talent is the greatest asset” companies have.   However, […]

Where your front line meets your bottom line

I was sitting in the offices of a business the other day and couldn’t help overhear a one-sided telephone conversation by one of the reception staff which went something like this; “Oh I don’t really know”, “I’m not sure, I haven’t been told”, “It might, but no way to tell at the moment”, “I’ll try […]

DISCover who our politicians really are

It would be hard not to notice the amount of press space given over the Prime Minister, Theresa May, since she took over the Conservative Party and especially now in this the day of the General Election. Ever since the Tory Party Conference there have been suggestions that Theresa May needs to reveal more of […]

How to develop high performing teams

  Great leaders know that without a high level of interdependence teams lack the cohesion, focussed drive and combined might to achieve great things.   But here’s the big misconception; that teams achieve more when there is balance and an absence of conflict.   Let us first consider Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.   Maslow […]