Aide-memoire: why rich memories are key for learning

Aide-memoire: why rich memories are key for learning

Next month we’re off to the Vendée for our holiday and I’m really excited, as well as nostalgic – it was a popular choice of my parents when my brother and I were small. It’s got me thinking about the crucial role of the senses in locking in memories – helping...
“Curiouser and curiouser”

“Curiouser and curiouser”

When you see plane trails in the sky, do you ever like to imagine where the plane-loads of people are zooming off to? Since I was little I’ve always wondered about them, and now when I ask my own children they give exotic answers like: ‘Bristol’ or ‘Alton Towers’, and...
Need inspiration? Try the great outdoors…

Need inspiration? Try the great outdoors…

My walk for the school-run was glorious this morning. It takes me through the park and along the riverbank, so with today’s cloudless sky and the day already baking hot, it was a recipe for mindfulness. As so often happens when I’m outside, it inspired me. When I have...
Don’t settle. Do what you love.

Don’t settle. Do what you love.

“What if I fall? Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” – Erin Hansen When I left university, I just needed a job. The concept that it should be something I was passionate about was pretty low down the list of priorities. I had the usual debts and if I’m...
Make like a daffodil – why renewal is key

Make like a daffodil – why renewal is key

Last year we turfed a chunk of our garden….what a rock ‘n’ roll life I lead, eh? But if you’ve ever done it yourself, you’ll know how long it takes to dig out the soil, and in our case all the wonderful bulbs in our traditional 1930’s-style borders. The rose bushes...
Be creative. Be brave.

Be creative. Be brave.

At the launch of a leadership programme the other day, I asked the group what they were each looking to achieve. One of the participants said: ‘I’m hoping it will make me creative’. I’m really looking forward to exploring that with her – because as I jotted that...
This girl can

This girl can

I’ve recently started running. Well, moving faster than walking while being outside – I’m still very reluctant to call it ‘running’ as that implies speed. A few months ago my lovely friends Katie and Laura kindly dragged me out and convinced me that I could at least...
‘Lone nut’ to ‘leader’ in three minutes

‘Lone nut’ to ‘leader’ in three minutes

It’s kind of crazy out there at the moment, isn’t it? A lot of the training we deliver focuses on leadership, which seems more relevant than ever these days. We enjoy great conversations with groups about what it takes to lead, and lead well; and a key ingredient I’ve...
Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness

I love autumn. When you ask people their favourite time of year, they’ll often go for summer or Christmas, but I like to think that us ‘fall fans’ belong to a rather select group who see its subtle beauty. The colours are gorgeous as the trees change, leaving a...
The hidden dangers of procrastination

The hidden dangers of procrastination

Procrastination; it’s such an illogical thing to do. So why do we all put off doing the things that are most important in moving us forward or just to get stuff done? There are a heap of useful productivity tools out there to help us get our acts together, notably...