Author: Robert Adams

How to grow in confidence

I have just been reading The Art of Happiness, by HH The Dalai Lama and Howard C Cutler, and came across one of the Dalai Lama’s quotes on ‘I don’t know’. It reminded me that I’d used this very statement in one of the chapters in my own book DISCover the Power of You.   […]

How to sustain the energy flow in your business

It is becoming more widely recognised that leaders need to spend more time getting to grips with their own personality (the old adage, know thyself, is paramount) and the personality of the organisation (that is, the culture).   This way leaders can better direct the energy flow and relationship networks, that is, the “accumulation of […]

Who are you?

There has been lots in the news recently about identity and intersectional identities, either as a means to inflame rivalries (a not so subtle nod to hate crimes) or as a means to bridge the gap between supposedly divergent peoples.   Tim Cooke, CEO of Apple long ago stated “People are much more willing to […]

How our fears unglue the bonds of trust.

Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in the West.   Superstition surrounding this day seems to have arisen from the Middle Ages and is connected to stories around the ‘last supper’ and the ‘crucifixion’.   But what relevance or impact does this have on the real world of business?   Well, did you […]

Are you fast or slow thinking?

My article How to spot your unconscious bias raised a number of questions for some people which I intend to try and address here.   Even after emphasising the unconscious nature of much of our bias I have still had a number of people adamant they are not prejudice. In itself this unfortunately shows a […]

How to spot your unconscious biases

Most people would say they are not prejudice, yet research has clearly shown that biased thinking affects just about all of us.   See http://depts.washington.edu/iat/ to test yours out.   This is not just an American phenomenon. Indeed, our very own UK base ACAS states “Everyone has unconscious biases. The brain receives information all the […]

How to drive culture change

Cultivating positive cultures is not about making people all alike, but about coexisting without wanting everyone to be alike. This is at the heart of truly valuing diversity and social inclusion.   The press is only too full of examples of a lack of understanding of the above point across the world. This is a […]

How can your CPD cycle be truly strategic and sustainable?

When you are in the thick of things it is often difficult to take the time out for self-development and growth.   Yet this is exactly when it is often most needed if you wish to be well placed for that next step in your journey.   The most strategic of planning is often around […]

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.” http://www.nypartnerships.org.uk/prevent   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 […]

How to embed fun and play into decision making

   Here’s the big misconception.   Fun and play should be left behind when making serious business decisions.   Let’s begin by taking a short tour of the main gods of fun and play!   For mythology is littered with gods of fun and play. You only have to consider Zeus, the great king of […]

How to ensure your success formula does not lead to decline

Many of you will be well aware of the story of Icarus.   Icarus was the son of Daedalus, a master craftsman and creator of the Labyrinth. Daedalus constructed the labyrinth as a prison for the Minotaur (half-man, half-bull), born of the wife of King Minos and the Cretan Bull. But Daedalus and Icarus later […]