Category Archives: Thought Provokers

Why change can be difficult.

We are faced with opportunities and risks all the time. Changing our thinking and behaviours, in order to take advantage of the former or avoid the latter, is therefore something we have to contemplate on a regular basis. Of course, … Continue reading

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Facing an uncertain future? – Be comfortable with your discomfort.

One of the greatest rewards in my line of work is to receive confirmation from someone that I’ve made a positive impact in their lives. I guess this is probably the case in many walks of life, not just work. … Continue reading

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Re-framing – A starting point for personal development?

Traveling frequently, especially on trains, is part of my working life. For the most part it is for the sole purpose of getting from a to b efficiently (but seldom cheaply!). Occasionally I get time to admire the view as … Continue reading

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Learning Agility – Personal Development through “disruptive experiences”

Learning agility is a key skill for personal development to be sucessful. Continue reading

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Intuition – devine intervention or natural, physical process?

A good friend and ex-colleague, Rachael Beesley, asked for my thoughts on intuition. Best write them down before I forget! This post is quite long at nearly 1500 words but is actually a very brief review of my thinking. There … Continue reading

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Developing a reflective practice – the route to self-awareness through dialogue

Academics in the social sciences often speak of the need to develop a reflective practice. In this post I discuss my thoughts on what it is to be a reflective practitioner and how dialogue plays its part. I will then … Continue reading

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Goals help you see in the dark: illuminating conscious and unconscious processes.

Did your parents try to persuade you to eat your carrots because they would help you see in the dark? We can now add to this advice with something more relevant to personal development. Yes, goals really do help you … Continue reading

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What is Personal Development?

I think it is important to ask this question. The thinking that unfolds below may help you focus on why you are on the journey you are on and whether it is the right one for you right now. I … Continue reading

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Steve Jobs – great leaders need great followers

Much will be written about Steve Jobs and his leadership of Apple. He was certainly an amazing business man and brand evangelist. He was also obsessive over both form and function in product design. We have Apple to thank for … Continue reading

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Life Purpose – predetermined or predisposed?

I’m wary of using the phrase ‘life purpose’ because it is often assumed to be somehow divinely or genetically predetermined. Genetic predetermination actually holds some credibility for me, but more of that in a minute. Let’s first look at divine … Continue reading

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