Above and beyond

Above and beyond

Normally when we think of ‘above and beyond’, we think of people going the extra mile. And it’s true: in those companies where extra discretionary effort abounds – where the majority of people care enough and are invested in their work enough...
A new definition of ‘standard of living’

A new definition of ‘standard of living’

If asked to comment on your standard of living, what would you say? Would your mind quickly go to money – to your financial situation? I would be surprised if it didn’t because that’s how we think about it: in monetary terms. But it’s not an end in its own...
It’s not all on you

It’s not all on you

One of life’s sayings that has always resonated with me is ‘we are architects of our own reality’ and it turns out to be true, just not in the way I thought it was. A couple of years ago, after suffering what I’m pretty sure was what would be termed a ‘burnout’, one...
Older may not always be wiser

Older may not always be wiser

A few years ago now I was asked by a prestigious business school to contribute a piece to a book they were in the process of producing. They asked me, along with a whole host of other people, to reflect (with the benefit of hindsight) on what advice I might give to my...
Are you ‘perpendicular’?

Are you ‘perpendicular’?

I learned to ski in my early 20’s and one of the things my first ski instructor taught me made a lasting impression. It feels as relevant today as it did almost 30 years ago because I see it as being a broader truth and as such, in my mind at least, it links to our...
Escape the room

Escape the room

When recently asked for a book recommendation my choice was obvious: The Inside Out Revolution by Michael Neill. I didn’t even have to think about it because this book was literally life-changing and it’s the reason I trained as a transformative coach. If you have...