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HR is a boy named Sue

I’m sure you’ve heard of Johnny Cash.  Like me the chances are you’re not a huge country & western fan but I  do love the story telling that comes across in his songs – it’s always a bit of magic.  A great example of this is “A Boy Named Sue“. If you don’t know the tale, … Continue reading

What do you do?

“What do you do?” – You have to admit that as a question it’s actually quite pathetic isn’t it? Think about all the things that you do. Those you enjoy most. Those impact your life most. Those that define you. Of course we’re more familiar with trying to justify our existence answer with our work … Continue reading

Watching over us

The phone rings and my wife dashes to answer it. I overhear her talking to someone I know is familiar to her but it’s not a friend or relative. I hear her saying “thank you” as the tears and crying come. As I rush to find her in the kitchen she finishes the call and … Continue reading

You did it! Right?

Great weekend?  Fabulous!  Last week was busy wasn’t it & I’m sure this week will be too. You read Friday’s post here didn’t you?  Great! So you had that phone call… You emailed some folk to arrange to talk… You committed those fantastic plans to paper and shared them… Yes?  Great!  How did it feel? Oh … Continue reading

The Wondering Wanderer

By Jtneill [CC-BY-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons Once upon a time a man lived in a big city. In some ways he was an ordinary bloke but he noticed things. Things others didn’t seem to notice. He noticed that although everyone had all that they needed, many were unhappy. He noticed that in the big … Continue reading

Bigger, Better, Faster, More?

Here I am just before my son’s swimming lesson and we’re talking about what he wants to concentrate on today. He wants Bigger, Better, Faster, More! I’m not a swimming teacher but I can see that all his enthusiasm and love of the water is actually having a negative impact on his swimming ability. What … Continue reading

Your challenge is beautifully simple

We live in a complex world. Most of our efforts to make things simple just create further levels of complexity. Take a moment to think about what it’s taken to relate this blog post to you now… The working environment around us. The electricity we are consuming. The devices we are using to read this … Continue reading

Working With People

To celebrate International Coaching Week (ICW) I’m running a series of daily blogs on both coaching & mentoring. Today I am delighted to host a guest post from an experienced HR professional. Given the personal nature of the post they have asked to remain anonymous but I think you’ll agree it’s a tremendous story about … Continue reading

The one where the "Boot" was on the other foot – Part 4 "The Art of Giving"

Last week I was invited to join a demonstration day with TrainersKitbag (@trainerskitbag) and in this week’s series of blogs I’ve talked about my reflections from the day.  In today’s final blog I’d like to share my reflections regarding Generosity. Part 4 “The Art of Giving” By Christopher Smart, via Wikimedia Commons I’m sure none of … Continue reading

Florence Thompson – A story in a story

I recently bought a second hand copy of “The Arabian Nights” which is full of magical stories.  I remember reading it as a child and I wanted to both re-read and share its magic with my two sons.  The copy I bought is a 1923 hardback with fantastic illustrations scattered throughout.  In the front cover … Continue reading