Author: Robert Adams

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 […]

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 […]

How storytelling works

  The power of storytelling has always been understood (consider oral history as I mentioned in my article The Magician and the story teller).   But here’s the rub.   Neuroscience has finally caught up with our oral tradition and now shows us just ‘how’ our brains mirror some of the activities within stories. These […]

DISCover the Power of You, or The Magician and the Story Teller

Once upon a time in a land not that far distant from our own there lived a great magician who had secret people reading powers.   This magician, unlike all the other magicians of the time, decided he wanted to work with normal people rather than with ill people. This was very novel and certainly […]

Where do emotions come from and why do we have them?

I wrote an articles What can we do to ensure our responses are appropriate, empowering, skilful and characterful? which certainly fired up some debate around emotions.   This article takes a closer look at where emotions come from and why we have them.   So let’s be clear to start, emotions have a chequered past. […]

What can we do to ensure our responses are appropriate, empowering, skilful and characterful?

I had an altercation the other day when out walking Mona, our dog.   She was set upon by a smaller but vicious dog. And although the other dog was on a lead, it was on an extendable one and so was able to take a run and jump at Mona.   In a state […]

5 Steps to Silence

  “By nature volatile and discordant, the human animal looks to silence for relief from being itself while other creatures enjoy silence as their birthright.” John Gray, The Silence of Animals   Irrespective of what John Gray says, most human beings seem determined to fill the gaps in those quiet moments at all costs. We […]

How to better connect with your inner voices.

  So here I am chilling with a G&T in one hand, Jen Sincero’s book in the other and Mona, our dog, lying by my feet. Idyllic.  I’ve had a busy productive week coaching and today is my chill out day when I can sit and contemplate in peace and quiet. And then it happens! […]

How to find your niche (I’m telling you, experience it)

Have you ever told someone what to do, only to go back later and find they did it wrong/ didn’t hear you right/ can’t remember what you said? Well that’s hardly surprising! We know that when you ‘tell’ people something they only retain 10% of the information. Whereas when people ‘experience’ something for themselves they […]

Why changing habits is difficult, and the 4 steps to making it happen.

  Changing habits is notoriously difficult.   This is because we live most of our lives on ‘automatic pilot’, ie, through our default habits. For most of life this makes sense as it stops us wasting our energy focused on things that can work efficiently without too much attention; walking, eating, driving and a host […]