Category Archives: Thought Provokers

Comedy is Truth

They say comedy is truth. I agree. My comedy debut has revealed truths about my journey that are both enlightening and entertaining. Continue reading

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Change for change’s sake: What about tradition and stability?

I recently attended a conference at which Ralph Stacey, a renowned professor in the field of complexity, said something that resonated with me. He said that “we have become obsessed with change.” He went to say that “this is nonsensical. … Continue reading

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Is your thinking ‘black and white’? What about shades of green?

I was recently watching a BBC current affairs programme during which Jeremy Paxman, a somewhat cantankerous British journalist, hosted a healthy, challenging debate about the English Lake District National Park. This debate was of particular interest to me. The Lake … Continue reading

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The Paradox of Change – A Gestalt Perspective

Perplexed to be told “focus on becoming who you already are and stop trying to become something you are not”, I trusted the Gestalt process, and it worked. Continue reading

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Continuing Professional Development – promoting bad learning habits

Traditional CPD programmes can positively discourage personal reflection and, as a result, prevent learning. Continue reading

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Continuing Professional Development – a tick-box exercise?

This post covers some of my long-held concerns about formal Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes. It was prompted by discussions currently underway in the UK’s Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development (CIPD) on their support for ongoing professional development in … Continue reading

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Mind The Gap Voiceover Re-Instated

Oswald Laurence, who died over a decade ago, had his recording of “Mind The Gap” removed from the London Underground Embankment station to be replaced by a new recording. His widow, who traveled on the tube simply to hear her husband’s voice, campaigned for its reinstatement and the tube company agreed. Continue reading

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Changing cultures in our unethical banks and businesses

It will take a long time to bring about cultural change and for the majority to develop the courage to align themselves to the new way “we do things around here”. The stimulus for change has got to be us, the customer, encouraging the courageous few within these banks and businesses that we want to see survive and flourish over the long haul. Continue reading

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World-class individual and team performance – lessons from England Rugby Union

What does it take for a team to create a world-class performance and what personal traits need to be evident within the individual team members? This question popped into my mind after reading an article written soon after Stuart Lancaster … Continue reading

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The science of happiness: proof that happiness habits can be a learned.

Recent research into happiness has revealed some surprising results. The key finding seems to be that interventions designed to help people become less miserable (i.e. come out of depression) can not be relied upon to make you happier. To realise … Continue reading

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