Moving out and taking charge

Whilst on a call with my colleagues yesterday, we were discussing our “Take Charge” program, just after I had explained that I would be away for a week because our son is moving out of home!   It suddenly struck me that I had been unconsciously teaching our son to “Take Charge” of his career. […]

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Shooting Stars – Aligning Your Organisational Universe

This week, weather permitting, over a few nights you will be able to get the best view possible of the Perseid meteor shower, one of natures most spectacular shows in the night sky. Hundreds of meteors should be visible flashing across the night sky with their bright tails following behind. Of course, we all know they […]

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How Managers Get Squashed

Why do so many new managers struggle? Perhaps my own story of life as a squash professional can help shed some light on the matter. When I was 12 my parents became the management team for Blackheath Squash Club (sadly no longer there). From that moment on I literally lived and breathed the game. I played […]

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What type of leader are you?

My husband has been looking to move on in his career lately, this has got me thinking about the people that I have worked for over the years.  I’ve thought a lot about what makes some managers great and others so rotten.  Until the day I die I will remember at least two people from […]

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Nous Somme Charlie!

The brutal killings of several journalists in France last week remind us of one of the most important tenets of our society, that of freedom of speech.   As millions of people from across the world responded in a multitude of ways to the events that hit France; however, this also made me reflect upon its […]

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Managing Oneself – 5 key actions from Peter F. Drucker

Peter Drucker hardly needs any introduction as a prolific thought leader around business management, but in this small, often philosophical book, he turns his attention to employees: specifically knowledge workers, for whom the world is full of opportunities.  His aspiration for the reader is simple.  The notion of achiveing real and lasting career excellence by working on a combination of personal strengths and […]

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BBC Young Musician

Once again viewers to BBC Young Musician have been treated to another impressive competition.  Even if their parents had first dragged these contestants – perhaps carrot and stick style – to their early music lessons, these teenagers were a fine example of what happens when self motivation kicks in. In contrast, and also for many years, the BBC […]

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