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Hosting

Hosting

St Thomas is a gloomy looking Victorian church in the depths of Southeast London. You’d be unlikely to walk past it unless you were heading directly there. Close by are estates of social housing, terraces of Victorian houses and if you know the area, a […]

Bounce Back

Bounce Back

The year is only 6 weeks in and so far I have experienced a couple of minor ailments and a bereavement.  With an unusually heavy workload for January it has meant that I have had to draw on deep wells of resilience in order to […]

The Dreaded Networking

The Dreaded Networking

I was at a conference recently.  All was going well.  I had been invited to run workshops on ‘Building your Resilience’ and the room was bursting at the seams.  The signals that let me know that people were engaged and on track were evident.  The […]

“Man needs difficulties, they are necessary for health”

“Man needs difficulties, they are necessary for health”

Back in the 1980s Alexei Sayle was part of an angry new wave of stand-up comedians.  I remember at University going to watch him and laughing hysterically, whilst at the same time feeling a nervous discomfort, as he ranted violently against privileged middle class students. […]

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily lives from our souls” Pablo Picasso

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily lives from our souls” Pablo Picasso

I write this in September as Summer just begins to turn to Autumn.  The green on the leaves seems to have turned a slightly darker hue and it is just cold enough to start wearing a coat outside. I know that dark mornings, cold walks […]

5,127 attempts

5,127 attempts

My 17 year old daughter sat her driving test last week.  She failed.  “I’m not the kind of person who fails”, she growled, staring at the results sheet when she came home. Now, my daughter (she would definitely want me to make this clear to […]

Snow

Snow

Snow.  It’s like life.  No matter how much you plan for it, it still manages to thwart and disrupt.  I’m sitting at my office window watching the previous day’s deep snow turn from fascinating soft drifts into slush and ice.  A leaking gutter is causing […]

Making Change Work

Making Change Work

CIPD research says that 60% of change initiatives fail their stated objectives. I read this report when I was preparing for a day on resilience and change for leaders at a Housing Association that had expanded rapidly over the past two years.  The figure shocked […]

Creative Paralysis

Creative Paralysis

Sometimes on courses I ask people to draw a picture, choose a metaphor, talk about an object.  My intention is to get them thinking in a different way, encourage discussion, get a new take on an old subject.  Over the years, I’ve met many people […]