Banksy – An Artist in Radical Change

I have a fascination with people, situations, products and historical events which have changed the way we live.  Let’s be a bit controversial today. “The greatest crimes in the world are not committed by people breaking the rules but by people following the rules. It’s people who follow orders that drop bombs and massacre villages” – Banksy Banksy is a …

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In 1923, a reporter from the New York Times asked George Mallory why he wanted to climb Mount Everest.  His reply became seared into mountaineering history and will resonate with climbers forever.  He simply retorted; ‘Because it’s there’. There is something magical about starting a challenge.   Whether it is a personal challenge, in your business, or within your marketplace, the …

Nothing Fails like Success

I’ve just been searching through my old notebooks to find a list of addresses of family and friends to whom I want to send festive greetings. It’s in one of them. Somewhere! Predictably I go through this exercise every year.  When eventually the list is retrieved I make a solemn vow to either create a spreadsheet or at least to …

Be Aware

The no-cost trick to gain more customers, more engaged colleagues and a more fulfilled life. How often have you travelled an oft-used route in your car, or on the train, and arrived safely at the other end with no recollection of your journey?  It’s not that you were asleep; simply that nothing caught your attention.  Perhaps your mind was elsewhere, …

Why Change?

If I hear yet another speaker quote Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity as ‘doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results’, I shall scream.  Not because it’s a statement I disagree with, more because it is used ‘over and over again’.   Interestingly Einstein assumed that the Universe was static!  The Expansion Paradigm developed by Edwin Hubble …

Absenteeism, Presenteeism & Stress… Taking its toll on the UK workforce

Here we go again.  The headline screams: Absenteeism on the rise amongst British Workers. Shock, horror, a news item that reveals short term unplanned absence due to ill health is rising.  What do we expect? Uncertainty abounds.  Even if your organisation is secure, there is always an underlying threat of change.  The news reports problems in Greece, Italy and the …

Follow the Leader (The ‘Sir Alex’ Method)

The football season is well underway and it won’t be long before some teams are failing to match the dreams of their fans and owners. As is the tradition at these times when your  team is doing badly, they have had some poor results and your expectations of Premier League success are fading fast, it’s the manager’s head that is …

Flip Thinking: Part 1

Are you not curious?  Turn over a stone in a stream to find if there is anything beneath.  Want a back stage pass to see what the performers are really like? Stand on the footplate of a steam engine to get the drivers view. Flip.  Look at something from a different perspective.  From the outside – in and suddenly you …

How to develop meaningful learning?

I heard a trainer comment that he couldn’t teach the group he was working with, he could only help them learn.  At least he recognised the change of emphasis from teaching and training to focusing on the needs of the learner.  When we observed what this meant the reality was, as is so often the case, teaching and training are …