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Book Release

Publication of new book in theTOTHEPOINTseries

I am delighted to announce the release of
Resilience. A Choice for Everyday Living

Do you ever find yourself having a tough week?
Do you ever feel like things just aren’t going your way?
Do you sometimes feel stuck and unable to move on?

For all of us there are times when life can be a struggle or present challenges which require the maintenance of high levels of energy and performance. In addition, everyday life can bring situations that demand inner steel and the courage to keep going through difficult times.

Management Development: Encouraging Creativity

It was recently reported that an amazing feat had been achieved when the Solar Impulse (a plane purely powered by the sun) touched down in Hawaii after a 35,000km journey around the world. The plane was the work of a Swiss team and was intended to provide a vision of the current capabilities of solar power. For one of the pilots, after 16 years of wanting to do the flight, it was a dream come true.

The idea for the flight was just once a figment of someone’s imagination and as with all innovation, nobody knows where the next big idea or discovery might come from or where it will take us.

Bereavement & Grief

Following a bereavement, it was recently suggested that I write about this particular topic. The experience of grief and bereavement can be associated with many types of loss. However, this blog concerns the loss created when someone passes away.

You may wonder what a blog about bereavement has to do with a learning and development consultancy. The reality is that as bereavement is part of the human condition it is a matter that touches us all and in all aspects of life. Throughout my career, regardless of my specialist roles within the organisational context, long years of experience as a direct line manager means that I am aware that bereavement is a situation that arises in the management of others, it is also a personal experience to be lived through and presents times when giving support to friends, family and others is highly important.

Age - it's just a number!

During the last year I have been supporting groups and teams to respect diversity and value each other and have also worked with individuals to help them to value themselves. This short blog has a strand running through it which is relevant to both areas of work.

During the last few months’ politics in Britain have provided some surprises, including the election of two people for whom their moment in time has come, both sharing a journey but at different points on the age timeline: Jeremy Corbyn elected as Leader of the Labour Party at the age of 66 after being in politics for over 40 years and 20-year-old student Mhairi Black becoming Britians youngest MP since 1667.

Being alive to the here and now

During the last fortnight it was reported that two people had stowed away in the freezing wheel carriage of a plane flying from South Africa to Heathrow. As the plane had come into land one person fell and was found on the roof of a building in London, the other stowaway was taken in a critical condition to hospital. These two individuals clung onto the underside of a plane  for 11 hours during a journey of 8,000 miles. They would seem to have been so desperate that they were not only clinging onto a plane but metaphorically speaking would appear to have been clinging onto hope.

Seasons Greetings. Brief observations about ritual and communications

One Christmas I was working in a place which employed several hundred people when a surprise visit was made by a senior figure connected at that time with the organisation. He walked the building to personally say thank you to all the members of staff for the work that had been done that year. The achievements of that year were not out of the ordinary but what was out of the ordinary were the simple actions taken that day.  There was no exchange of gifts and rewards but what was exchanged was a real spirit of friendliness and people talked of feeling appreciated.