I’ve sat in this cafe at least a dozen times over the last year or so and never noticed how diverse the lights. They are different sizes, shapes and strength. If I’m honest, the only reason I haven’t noticed the lights before, is because I have never been fully present in this cafe. I’ve never … More Enjoying the moment
You take your favourite jar of goodness out of the fridge. You open it. And it’s all but empty. Mildly frustrated you scrape and scrape the bottom of the container. And in the end, barely cover your toast. To spread something, you’ve got to have it to spread. To spread happiness, you’ve got to have … More Are you trying to spread what you don’t have?
As I open the door and step across the threshold, I’m struck by the sweet aroma of fresh coffee. The warmth inside contrasts the crisp air outside, as does the bustle and noise of a busy café. I glance around the café and take comfort from the fact I see no-one I know. I slide … More How to create space to think
The first time you … … ride a bike, … parallel park, … write a blog, … own a project, … shape clay, … read a non-fiction book, … run 2km, Is almost always the hardest. That’s because learning to become a better version of you is risky and takes courage. You might fail. Not a … More Getting past the first time
As arrogant as it sounds, if you ask me for help, I’ll most likely say No. I often don’t even give a reason it’s just, No. But it’s a great cause… No. You’re the only one who can help… (the only one, really?) … No. Last time you helped … I did. Sorry, No. Over … More The worlds most powerful question
I‘m just back from 3 weeks uninterrupted leave, and I often joke before going on leave that I only want to be contacted if the building is burning down (that way I can get my photo of the day). Even as CEO when I am on Annual Leave, I am on leave. It’s my time, … More Why disconnected people are more valuable to a business
In my final years of high school I was labelled. I was average (to below average). I lacked discipline. I needed to work harder. It would have been easy for me to accept that story and have it define my life. What your schools, friends, colleagues and even family say about you is far less … More The story that shapes your life.
Today, I have taken my 1000th photo of the day in a row. It all started on 25th April 2013, having successfully completing one 365 project in 2009/10 and failing one in 2012, I decided I would give another year of photo of the day a go. 1000 days later, I’m still at it. Some days … More My 1000 day habit of taking photos.
Happy New Year! By now a few of you are 5 days into your New Years Resolution. While others, like me, are yet to set some as we come back from our summer holidays. Wherever you are on your resolution cycle here’s a thought … Resolution comes from Resolve. Resolve means to have a determination … More Re-solving the New Years Resolution problem.
“Yes I’ve put that in my ‘stuff up’ folder” was the reply as we discussed a small error that one of my team had just made. Now the error the person had made was on a task they had never done before, (ever!) and hadn’t been trained for, but they labelled it a stuff up. … More Take care of your brain
I’m sure you have heard the phrase “practice makes perfect” many times in your life. You may have even used it on your children or other people you know. Indeed if you want to get as near as possible to perfect in something, practice is the key. Usually at least 10,000 hours of it. But … More The downside of ‘Practice makes you perfect’
I was reading a study where people were given the opportunity to buy the exact same pain-killer, but packaged in different ways and costing different amounts of money. They then followed up to see which drugs worked more effectively, and discovered that the more expensive the drug, the better people ‘believed’ it worked. Think about … More The hidden power of belief
A number of years ago Bill Gates’ mother held a dinner party and invited both Warren Buffet (super rich guy) and Bill along. At the dinner party she ask what they believed was the single most important factor for their success. Both Bill and Warren gave the same one-word answer: “Focus.” Focus is one of … More 3 ways to stay focused on your goals
I hate running on a treadmill! Nothing does my head in quite as much as watching minute after minute tick by, while I stay in one place and move exactly nowhere. It’s funny how one minute can feel like a blink of an eye, but when things are moving slowly or you are watching a … More Do you have a minute?
Over the Christmas holidays I spent a little time doing a course at codecademy.com. It only took a few hours and I learnt a lot, engaged a different part of my brain and can now lead our IT team slightly better. Codecademy is one of literally thousands of free online courses now available on just … More We no longer have an excuse not to learn