Blood, Sweat, Tears and Pride Tinged with Disappointment – A Trailtrekker Journey.

The Challenge:  100km non-stop in under 30 hours around the Yorkshire Dales in teams of 4. 6am Saturday morning and with my three team mates – Dean, Dave and Barbara, I’m on the starting line in Skipton.  Along with 220 other teams, we’re all set for a 100 kilometre, non-stop hike around the Yorkshire Dales.  We …

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Wellington in thoughtful pose

6 Leadership Lessons from the Past

On the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, I read about how a small group of German soldiers turned Wellington’s fortune in his favour.  Whilst reading, it struck me that there is still much to be learned about history and how those lessons can still be applied in the workplace and our daily lives …

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3 Myths about Building a Successful Career

Increasing pressure to perform and the blurred lines between personal and working life are symptomatic of today’s workplace. Career paths lack clarity and rely on climbing the corporate ladder. Is this really what everyone wants, or is there a better way to build a more satisfying career? Many people assume career progressions involves increasing specialisation, …

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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 …

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A Hierarchy of Wellbeing and Engagement, part 2

Last time I looked at the first two levels of Maslow’s hierarchy of Needs and how that could be translated into increasing employee engagement.  This time we’re going to loo at the other three.  Next up … Love and Belonging.  Everyone want to feel that someone cares about them. It’s become clear that in recent …

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