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The stress of my holiday…

It was all planned and I was wholeheartedly looking forward to my holiday to Crete!

I had just come back from a wonderful birthday weekend the weekend prior and had then spent the days leading up to my holiday frantically sending e-mails, finishing off work and also being in University seeing my students for last minute tutorials before I headed of for some sun, sea and relaxation…not to mention great food and drink!

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The heat hit me as I stepped off the plane and it smelt, well, like it does whenever you reach a foreign clime.  Wonderfully different and with the promise of fun and relaxation to come.  But all was not as it seemed.

– I’m a nervous traveller – 

I am always a little nervous when I travel.  Not for the reasons people may assume.

Flying…no problem!  Foreign food….love it!  Language….bring it on!  I love to try and embarrassingly pick up a few words if I can.  I’m also really good at not knowing where I’m staying and will happily rock on up to anywhere without pre-booking (I’ve travelled a lot on that basis and love the seat of your pants up-and-off-we-go attitude.  Not everyone’s cup of tea I’ve come to realise).  I can rough it with the best of them too.  I’ve slept in petrol stations (yes, that’s right….not a crime in Europe), I’ve slept in the worst camp sites you’ve ever seen, with toilet facilities never to be thought about again, and I’ve slummed it on various hostels as well as slept outside under the stars….bliss.

No, what bothers me is what I will see in terms of animal welfare and damage to our planet.

Will the animals in that country be kept well….not in tiny cages or on short ropes.

Will they be fed.

Will they be loved.

Will they have homes or will they be stray.

Will I see plastic bottles everywhere.

Will I see mess and waste.

Will I see beautiful hotels, with slums just outside the walls where the tourists don’t like to go.

Well I can tell you that Crete is a beautiful land. I had glorious sun, 30-35 degrees the entire time.  The hotel was gorgeous and the staff friendly.  But sadly what I did see, was my nightmare come true.

Stray cats and dogs everywhere and all manner of dogs tied up (barrel dogs are a huge problem in Greece) on short ropes with no hope in their lives of ever straying more than a metre from a dirty barrel as they sit in their mess hoping to fed and be given water in the 30 degree heat, the couple of times a week their human may give them the grace of seeing them.

– The problem was big – 

I’ve been affected by this problem since I was a small child.

I was that child who brought home every stray she found.  Every injured animal I saw, hoping to nurse it back to health.  I hankered my parents for dogs, cats, hamsters, goldfish and stick insects.  Though we did have pets growing up, some who went on to be much loved family members, my parents were never a ‘fan’ of animals and so I was always considered strange and the hope was that I would ‘grow’ out of it.

Well I didn’t.  I haven’t.

In fact I feel more passionately about animals and animal welfare and the inextricable way we are damaging out planet as a direct link to this problem, at the forefront of what is important to me.

In Crete, I named the strays I saw.  There was Penelope the beautiful little black mutt, who hung out at the car rental place.  She was so sweet natured and tried desperately to challenge herself to get close to you even though she’d been beaten for years by her owners…

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Then there was Stanley the most sweet natured little boy who was playful and friendly to foreigners but who seemed scared of locals…

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There was also a sad but gorgeous little girl who I named Talulah. Many of the people I met fell in love with her.  I even saw one family who had attached a piece of string to het neck to try and find her help. But when the realised the extent of the problem, released her back on the beach and went back to their pool.  Not their fault as the plight is so desperate, but as every website will tell you, by all means give them some food, but do it away from your place of residence and don’t take them for walks.  They will get attached to you, and you give them hope only to have it quashed yet again, and again and again.

There were many more wherever I went…this little guy had a collar on but I was told had been abandoned by his owners on the streets and was now relying on handouts from kindly tourists.

Again, apparently this has become a high problem in recent years since the Greek economy collapsed and the people felt they were no longer able to take care of their animals.

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There were also the cats.  So many cats!…

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Every day, after the second day on my ‘holiday’.  I would plan my route.  First buying lots of food and filling bottles of water and then go off on my route to leave food and water for all of the animals that I had seen.

There was also one little special guy who melted by heart.  I names him Wilber…

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He was on a couple of meters of rope and was left for days without food and water and in his own mess, which I would sweep up every day when I saw him.

I have to say that this holiday was quite stressful for me.

Friends who know me well, know that I’m like this and understand that I feel strongly about this huge issue.  I’m not able to, as I was told by someone I know to ‘…Not look.  Sit back and relax and just don’t look at it.  Read your book and enjoy your holiday!’.

My feeling is that it is everyones responsibility to open their eyes and to see the problems that impact the world around us and the living things in it, that is people but it is also animals.

As I transition out of this website you see before you, I felt it appropriate to share this story of my holiday with you as my feelings about this play a big part in the future re-branding of my business.  You see, in my new business, a percentage of all profits will now be going into my back-end A.P.E charity which will be geared towards the animal welfare and conservation.

My hope is that I will be able to significantly contribute to these much needed causes for the rest of my life in both a monetary sense but also in practical terms.  If you care too, you might be happy to know that any future work you do with me and with my new Business Ape-athy will be helping towards this also.

As the strap line for my new company goes…’All it takes is for one ape to think differently’….after all that is how change happens.

Thanks you for taking the time to read this very different post this week, and I shall see you again next week!

If you would like to help now there are 3 charities, 2 in Crete and 1 in Skiathos that do fantastic work that you can also contribute to.  They are:

Takis’s shelter:

Takis was a Greek dentist who gave up his profession to help the stray dogs in Crete:

Story about him HERE.

And his Facebook page HERE.

The Gouves Charity:

Click HERE to be taken to their Facebook page.

Skaithos Dog Shelter:

Click HERE to find out more.

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Warning: I’m opening a can of worms!…Should we have ‘coaches?’

OK, it’s the second post in a row with worms in the title, but this one is short and sweet.

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I’d like to open up a discussion that I’ve brought to the pages of my blog before and that is about the role of coaching/the coach.

As I have said here in the past, I believe that there are some fantastic coaches out there.  I personally have have recommended coaches that I know and have referred people on to coaches who work in specific areas that I don’t work in.

There are also, as there are in every profession, really, really bad coaches.

Obviously, as I’ve just said, no profession is immune from people who are bad at what they do and coaching is no different.  But I feel that there is an additional issue with this particular profession in that here in the UK, Coaching is unregulated*.

What this means is that people can train, in some cases over a weekend or after a few hours of long distance learning, to be a ‘qualified’ coach.  This in turn leaves people potentially open to receiving coaching that is falling short to say the least, and at worst may even be really quite dangerous for those who are accessing coaching when they are in a vulnerable position.

An additional issue is that there is no mental health training as part of standard coaching training.  This again, in my opinion, leaves people vulnerable to receiving inappropriate care if in actual fact they should be seeking help from a qualified clinician.  One who can recognise what is going on and advise accordingly.

I’d love to know what you think about this, especially if you are a coach.

Do you agree or disagree?

If you are a coach maybe you too worry about the lack of training and feel frustrated when looking for the right CPD?

Maybe you too would like more regulation or even chartership which may lead to giving coaches more protection and professionalism?

Just before I go, I’d love to leave you with this funny video (which for me is anther view of the ‘bad’ coaches out there)….it was a video shared by a networking group I’m a part of and it certainly started an interesting discussion amongst us.

Nonetheless I hope it gives you a giggle….it certainly gave me one.

Til next week.

*There is no evidence that I could find that suggested that  Coaching is a regulated profession in other countries also*


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The early bird catches the worm….

High functioning people get up with the sparrows!

If you really want to succeed in life then you NEED to get up early!

If you’re not getting up and going to the gym at 5.30am then you’re a failure!

You will NEVER have a good business unless you’re an early riser!

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What a load of old rubbish!

This is something I hear all the time.  I think, quite frankly that it’s just another one of those urban myths that does nothing else but makes us feel bad if we’re one of those people that don’t enjoy or struggle to get up early.

Yes, we’ve all heard the stories about Margaret Thatcher who needed no more than 3 hours sleep a night.  There are even some really interesting articles about our successful contemporaries that tell us that all of these super successful people are up with the sparrows (CLICK HERE to see one!).

But how much truth is in this really?

Well, I work with all kinds of people from all walks of life, and I can tell you that there are many people I work with that yes, get up super early, but there are equally as many that don’t get up at an hour that would be considered ‘early’ yet they too have very successful lives and businesses.

So what’s at play?

Well, I would argue that there is something to be said for embracing who you are and not fighting your natural patterns.  For example, just because you get up a bit later than others, says nothing for the fact that you may be up until 2am every morning being extremely productive?

If this doesn’t pose any problems for you, and you are being productive and achieving your goals, does it really matter that you’re not up early?

– Sleep cycles – 

We each have a sleep cycle that will be unique to us.  This is based on our central biological clock, an inherent genetic component and also our circadian rhythms.  There are other things that impact on these namely, how much light we get.

This is something that can feel like a bit of a problem when you live in places like the UK.  Of course we have sunlight (which is vital for our functioning), but some of us need bright sun and if we don’t may suffer with conditions such as S.A.D.

Sadly, in this day and age this is also significantly affected by our usage of electronic devices…phones, tablets, laptops.  These play with our light cycles and the ‘blue light’ produced by them is the biggest culprit.  Too much of this, especially at night can make it difficult for our bodies to start to shut down for sleep and affects the production of melatonin needed for us to enter a good slumber.

So what does this all mean?

Well, I think it’s first important to know what your goals are.  Like I said, if you are a ltare riser but are getting down what you need to and are happy with what you are doing/where you are heading, I would argue that your sleep cycle may be working for you, so crack on!

 If however you are sleeping for far too long, getting up up late and not achieving anything or have goals that are not being reached, such as fitting in exercise, time to grow your business, struggling to get up for work; then these may be reasons that want to change your daily practices.

It’s in cases like these that we often need to look at breaking bad routines and getting out of comfort zones (my favourite!).

Here are some tips then for a better nights’ sleep, which you may find useful in helping you achieve your goals and get into better patterns that will help you achieve the things you want to.

 – SLEEP TIPS – 

First of all, you need to make a judgment on how much sleep you feel ‘suits’ you.  Funnily enough most people know this for themselves.  For me it’s 6.5-7 hours, any more and I can feel groggy and any less I can feel groggy.  Between 6.5-7 hours is my Goldilocks zone.

What’s yours?  Identify it and then figure out a good time for you to sleep/wake based now hat you want to do.  Again, for me I sleep around midnight and am up around 7am.

So based on how much sleep you know you need, you should now now what time you want to go to bed. Tips then start with the most obvious, as you should then…

1 – Create a night time routine….one that works for you.

The key factor here would be to stop looking at electronic devices at least a couple of hours before you want to go to sleep.

To help create an atmosphere for relaxation, can you do a series of things that ‘trick’ your body into thinking that sleep is near.  It is obvious but highly underrated.  Think of what we do to get babies/kids to sleep?

We bathe them, give them some warm milk, read them a story.  Maybe they have a familiar night light or mobile that plays a tune.  All of these create conditional cues that ‘cue’ us for sleep.

For me, my best routine is rather cliched.  I like a warm bath.  I have a cup of chamomile tea, I read a book in bed and I spray my pillow with a sleep spray which contains Lavender and Vetiver (my favourite smells….gorgeous!).

2 – Keep all electronic devices out of the room.

I’ll be honest I struggle with this one. My alarm for the morning is on my phone so I like to keep it near me, however research tells us that haven these devices near us isn’t good.

At best you should avoid looking at your devices in bed and try and keep them in another room. If you must keep one in the room, then the advice is to turn it to Flight Mode for the night so that you are not woken or disrupted by buzzing.

3 – This tip is for insomniacs or people that struggle sleeping.

This is a tricky one and yet there is something that works incredibly well for this, it’s just difficult to stick to.  Here is goes.

If you find that you can’t get to sleep, after trying for a short while or if you wake in the night and can’t get back to sleep then follow these simple steps for as long as it takes (it can take 2-3 weeks), but I’ve seen it work miracles!

STEP 1:  Get up and out of bed, and leave the room, going to another room in your house.  Make sure again that you don’t look at any electronic devices.  Instead read for example.  Go back to bed when you feel tired/can sleep.

STEP 2:  Regardless of how much sleep you got get up at your normal time (even if this is just 3 hours).  Then go to bed at the same time in the evening.

STEP 3:  Repeat until you have settled into a routine…which your body inevitably does as it begins to associate that time with sleep.

It works!

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I hope you find these tips helpful. I’d love to hear from you if you’ve experienced any difficulties with your sleep and overcome them or maybe you know about some articles that are interesting.

You may also find THIS BOOK interesting.  It’s a book that highlights the daily rituals of people we know like Einstein, Sigmund Freud, Agatha Christie, Mozart and Charles Dickens.  It tells us about the time people sleep and rise and all the things they get done in between.

Enjoy, and till next week!

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Are you creative?…

Do you consider yourself to be creative?

If you do, what does that look like?

Is it that you paint or write or craft?  Or maybe you put together nice interiors or are creative in putting together nice food or recipes?

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When I teach creativity to people, these are usually the kinds of responses I get in response to the question what is creativity? Though more often than not people are much quicker to tell me that ‘they are NOT creative’ in any way.

I notice that people often look very sad when they say this, like they are less of a person somehow for only being able to draw a dodgy looking stick figure or that they are unable to ‘make anything’.

So my question is always, why do these things like drawing and painting, specifically define creativity?  Why is it that only artistic pursuits are considered to be creative?

Are you not creative if you can stretch a few pounds to last longer than the average person?

Are you not creative if you can deftly organise a batch of spreadsheets into a organised file for someone to use?

Are you not creative if you’ve managed to furnish your entire home in second hand finds?

Are you not creative if you juggle time every week between work, family and running your business or going to work?

Are you not creative if you you are able to organise yourself at work and manage your team as well?

A good old dictionary definition tells us that creativity is:

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          noun
  1. the use of imagination or original ideas to create something; inventiveness.
    “firms are keen to encourage creativity”
    synonyms: inventivenessimagination, imaginativeness, innovation, innovativeness, originalityindividualityMore

Creativity therefore is innovation, its is inventiveness and it is thinking outside of a box!

I happen to believe that we are all creative in our now unique ways.

I love to teach this to people and how interesting it is to explore people beliefs behind creativity and what it means.  You see, often people realise through conversation, and most importantly being in action, and a lot of playing, that they too are creative….it just didn’t look like a ‘typical representation’ via painting picture or writing a poem!

We also get to see how focussed we are as a society on these typical representations of creativity and what this does to our psyche.

Elizabeth Gilbert’s bok Big Magic explore the notion of Creativity. And so if you’re interested in thinking about this a bit more, I’ve attached a link to an interview with Elizabeth by Marie Forleo.   You may find the discussion interesting, and may even come up with some things that you would like to explore in your own life or business….enjoy!

Til next week!

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Trust your gut…

Can you remember a time when you trusted your gut?

When was it and what was it about?

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Was it about whether or not you would take that new job?

If you should go to that networking event?

If you should really take on that new client or refer them on?

That you shouldn’t walk down that street?

If you should take that on-line course or workshop?

If you should leave your current career?

– What does trusting your gut mean? – 

We all talk about trusting our gut, and yet what is really happening when we say that?

Well, your gut reaction to something is your intuitive mind at play.

Intuition is how we make sense of something without having to necessarily engage our conscious mind to make a decision.  It’s a great way to have insight into our ‘cave man’ selves as from an evolutionary perspective it’s a skill that has been developed over time.  Its been there to keep us from danger, to help us to stay alive and maybe even choose the right ‘mate’.

But what role does it have to play now, I mean surely we have learnt enough over the millennia to know how to make the conscious choices we need to, and even if we don’t there’s Google to help us isn’t  there?

– It’s always helped me – 

I happen to be a big believer in ‘trusting my gut’ or my intuition.

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Psychology research suggest that intuition isn’t just a pseudo science, but actually something that comes down to the subtle nuances of behaviour and experience that have been learnt over time and thus developed into an ability to assess unconscious cues in our environments, that help us in our decision making.

I’m sure there are times that you can think of when you ‘trusted your gut’ that worked out for the best for you.  I certainly can, and there are also great stories across the inter-web, if you fancy a quick scout, in which people share miraculous stories about all sorts of things to near-death misses and discoveries of major illnesses where disaster had been averted!

When I work with a client, I often encourage them to listen to that little voice inside there head…there ‘gut reaction’ that tells them that they should or shouldn’t do something.  But I do give them a little additional advice that I’d like to share with you as you ponder your own gut reaction to things.

– Training your gut reaction – 

So, the first thing you can do is just to reflect and think back on times when you have reacted to your gut response and think about the times when it’s served you and times when it hasn’t.

Do you notice any patterns?

Have you always been ‘right’ or have you sometimes been led astray?

Notice then, if there are patterns about the things you’ve been right about as well as led astray in?  The pattern you don’t want to get into is ‘staying safe’ to the point of inertia.  As I’ve said here on the pages of my bog many, many times;  I feel that it’s important that we challenge ourselves and push ourselves out of our comfort zones so that we keep on growing as human beings.

That being said, there’s a big difference between a gut feeling that you shouldn’t do something because you don’t feel safe or feel that there is a danger versus feeling like you might look silly, you may lose or fail at something.

 The other thing I would try and tap into is just to notice that if you feel afraid of doing something can you distinguish that feeling between a scared feeling that is actually an excited scared feeling, almost like an exhilaration.

Like the feeling you might get if you like going on rollercoasters?  You feel wide-eyed and expansive, an excited but scared feeling in your gut.  This is versus a feeling that makes you feels small, closed off and wanting to hide.

Being able to distinguish between these two types of feelings is something I’ve again found be useful in my own actions as well as when I’m guiding clients through their own decision making.

I hope you find these little tips useful about how you might distinguish those gut reactions.  Maybe you also have a story you’d like yo share about a time when you did, or maybe didn’t trust your gut…what was the outcome?

I’d love to hear from you….til next week!

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How brave are you?….really…

I’d like to introduce you to this wonderful interview with Brene Brown.

Chase Jarvis is a great interviewer and here you see him dig deep with Brene about how we show our bravery and authenticity in this digital world.

I think that there is so much to be learned from what comes up in this conversation.

It highlights the stories we tell ourselves.

How brave we have to be to show up everyday and show our ‘true’ selves.

Where fear shows up and tries to stop us.

How we build our stories about who we are, and look for evidence from the world and people around us.

– How it impacts on our lives – 

As entrepreneurs and business owners we can often feel very vulnerable.  Our businesses mean so much to us and we often share more of ourselves via the world of social media than was shared ‘back in the day’.

I hope that you find the discussion here useful and that you are able to have some insight as to how you might feel comfortable to navigate yourself in your business via the digital world we now live in.

So as ever, grab your cuppa of choice and sit back and relax and immerse yourself in this fab conversation.

Til next week…


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Birds of a feather shouldn’t flock together…

For several years I was responsible for teaching Organisational Psychology or Business Psychology to undergraduates.

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One of the things I taught as part of this module was Team-Working, which I think receives a really bad press actually and probably conjures up all sorts of uncomfortable Ricky Gervais/Office scenes.

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Anyway, I happen to love team working and the the theory and research that goes along with it. I love it not only because the Psychology of how we work in teams is so fascinating, but becuase you get to do some really fun things and activities when you want to practically show what’s going on.  I like to dig deep on the subject and it’s great to challenge your thinking on what you think your function is when working as part of a team.

– What’s your role? – 

There are many interesting psychological theories that help to shed light on the kind of things that happen in these groups situations.  One classic theory for example is Tuckman’s Stage Theory, which proposes that when we start to work in a new group or on a new project we go through stages of Forming, Storming, Norming & Performing with Adjourning being added on a bit later (highlighted below).

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Then there are models that look specifically at our roles.  Belbin’s Team roles (see below) is another theoretical model about the kind of roles we fall into/take/have when working as part of a team.

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It’s these kind of theories and models that underpin a lot of the psychometrics that get used in job interviews and the like.  Myers Briggs (see below) being the one of the most popular, as a tool that assesses your personality type, which thus gives employers a good idea of where you might fit into an already existing team.

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It’s been my experience that people love to do these assessments.  I think people relate to it like a kind of ‘clairvoyancey’, and people often end up saying things ‘oh, that’s SO me!” when they do them.

There is, quite rightly, lots of critique of these models.  They are not the ‘truth’, but you could argue more broadly speaking that we do each have certain personality traits that make us good at doing some tasks and less good at doing others.  That we are good at taking on some roles and less good at taking on others.

For example, we can probably all think of people that are natural leaders in a group situation.  We can think of others who add a creative element, or those that are good at the ‘humping and lumping’ the stuff that seems to get the job done.  It’s partly why I think we like to watch reality TV situations where groups are thrown together.  From Big Brother to Bear Grylls, we like to look at groups muddle along, some personalities clashing and others forming into beautiful friendships.

– Your life, Your business – 

So why is this important in your life?

Well, I would argue that knowing your role in life is just as important to you even if you don’t work in a typical workplace situation.  You see, we all encounter situations where we have to work/be/live alongside others.  That includes our families and it includes our intimate relationships and friendship groups.

I think it’s a powerful concept to know your ‘role’ in these situations.  By that I mean to be able recognise what your strengths are in those relationships.

What are you good at?

What do you like doing, what don’t you like doing?

If there are things that you both like or dislike doing, can you compromise?

Maybe by identifying these things you can instinctively fall back on times when you know you are the leader, but just as well step back and know when you are better not to try and lead in a particular situation.

It’s my experience that people in intimate relationships and friendship groups are happier and more harmonious when there is an understanding and acceptance of this.  It’s when people all have their chance to shine, chance to sit back and praise, chance to lead and chance to learn.

I can think of a few groups of friends of my own where this is the case.

There is one in particular where we go away as a group of 7, several times a year.  Partly why it works so well I think is because, aside from just getting on, the dynamics of the groups work well in that we are all good at ‘things’ and we step back and allow those people to do those things.

It’s a super important concept too if you’re an entrepreneur running your own business.

You see when you’re an entrepreneur, you often have to be all things and do all the things that sometimes you are not good at or don’t enjoy.  If you can identify these things early on, it allows you to plan and think about jobs and parts of your business you might like to delegate if/when you are able to?  It also gives you a great insight into the people you might like to hire in the future.

– I need another me- 

You often hear entrepreneurs saying that ‘I wish I had another me’.  This isn’t actually accurate.  Another you would just be able to bring along what you do, and although you are important and the hub of the business, you actually want what I call ‘complimentarity’ in your business.

I mean, you probably started the business you are in because you are passionate about something in particular.  For example, I do what I do because I love helping people to change.  That involves seeing people 1:1 and in groups and therefore I love doing the ‘psychology bit’.  I’ve learnt to love blogging and I do love writing too, but I can tell you that I don’t like doing my accounts, I don’t like wasting hours figuring out how to do things for my website, I don’t like all aspects of marketing though I do like some, and there’s a whole heap of admin I’d give away in a heart beat if I had the chance.

It means for my business that I’m looking to hire people who LOVE doing those bits.  I need them to take on those roles that are complimentary to me, that I can happily give away because well, I don’t like them and they LOVE them….it’s a win, win situation!

Over to you…

What roles do you take on naturally?

What are you good at?

What situations do you feel comfortable leading on and which situations do you feel like others should lead?

What are you willing to let go of so that others are able to shine?

I really encourage to look at these things are start to embrace the things you are good at, and look at letting go of the things that you are happy giving away; not because you couldn’t do them, or don’t want to learn, I mean I’ve never tiled anything in my life, but I’d like to learn and give it a go for example.  It’s more about knowing where your strengths lie and pursuing them because it makes you feel happy and fulfilled.

Til next week…

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Would you like a Pint of Science with that?…

And in my other life…

..I speak about grisly things all to do with crime in particular murder and serial violet crime as well as all things to do with Abnormal Psychology and Psychopathology.

If you’ve read my about page, you’ll know this.

You see I started my psychology career working in the area of Forensic Psychology.  It’s one of my areas of interest and I’m very fortunate that as someone who is multi-passionate, I have fashioned my life in a way that allows me to indulge these things

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Anyway, in light of this I’ve been asked to be a part of a wonderful festival called the Pint of Science.

The Pint of Science…

…”aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science research in an accessible format to the public – all in the pub! We want to provide a platform which allows people to discuss research with the people who carry it out – no prior knowledge of the subject is required. It is run mainly by volunteers and was established by a community of postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers in 2012. The main festival takes place annually over three days in the month of May simultaneously in pubs across the world. Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation”

To find out more just click on this link to the about page, HERE.

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In the meantime, if you are local you may want to pop along to one of the Nottingham evenings?

All of them are being held at the Canal House pub from Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th May.  I’ve a little spot on Monday 23rd and I’ll be talking about ‘The Varying Face of Murder’.

 I look forward to seeing you if you come along, and if you’re not local I’d definitely check out the site and see what’s going on near you.

Til next week!



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Career, Life and Leadership…

Have you seen this interview?

It’s an interview of Oprah Winfrey which took place at Stanford Graduate School of Business a coupe of years ago, and well, I love it!

I think it’s a fabulous insight into the mindset, goals, determination and passions of someone who is arguably one of our contemporary thought leaders.

So, without further ado I encourage you to get a nice hot cuppa and just settle back for an hour  wisdom and inspiration for this weeks blog.

Enjoy.

Til next week!

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