Lockdown Reflections

Let me start by saying this – during lockdown I have not made a banana bread, sourdough bread or learnt to speak Spanish.  I haven’t taken up any musical instruments, started doing yoga or walked 25 miles a day.But neither have I been working 18 hour days...

Taming the Emotional Brain

Like most people who work in learning and development, the last few weeks have been spent frantically transforming the workshops I normally run face to face into ones that can be delivered remotely.  Initially, this involved looking at topics such as how to lead and...

The success of remote learning

We have all had to adapt our working practices over the last few weeks and, whilst online workshops are something I have done for a while, these have usually been accompanied by a face to face workshop afterwards.  Now, all learning is happening remotely. For the last...

Adapting to the new normal

Many of you will be familiar with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross’ change curve and, whilst I have used this model for many years when delivering workshops on change, it is just dawned on me that I am currently experiencing the emotions she talked about in her model. Like...

Enforced working from home – the benefits!

Like many people, I am now confined to working from home due to the Coronavirus outbreak.  These are very scary times for lots of people, and we need to look out for each other. Normally, I spend much of my working time with people – coaching them, running...

The danger of having a job I love!

I recently read an article from Jennifer Moss in the Harvard Business Review talking about the danger of doing a job that you love. Now, this sounds counter intuitive but bear with me.  As Moss identifies, the old quote of ““if you do what you love, you’ll never...