Chinese numerology believes all good things come in pairs – so here’s to 2020!

8th January 2020

I have been fascinated for some time about numerology and the way the Chinese use it to guide and even make decisions in their lives.  Part of our company name ‘Create’ was developed as it sounded like the number ‘8’.  Often believed to be considered lucky and linked to the ability to make a fortune Read more…

The road to success is dotted with many parking places.

3rd December 2019

Watching a variety of television programmes recently, it struck me how many people or groups or teams talk about ‘being on a journey’.  Sometimes it feels quite clichéd but that may be because it is true – whether in our personal or business lives we can compare it to being on a journey.  And I Read more…

Coaching is like stabilisers on a child’s bike…….

19th November 2019

As those of you who have read previous articles I have written (thank you!), you might remember I get a lot of learning and ideas from some different sources.  Of course, I also follow the more traditional route of attending conferences and reading the latest materials on coaching and mentoring but I have been spending Read more…

If plan ‘A’ doesn’t work – stay cool and don’t panic. Remember the alphabet has another 25 letters.

9th October 2019

I chuckled to myself when I saw this on the wall of an office of a client.  We had been working through their concerns about the effectiveness of their business plan (plan A) and were busy on trying to come up with options to keep on track.  I asked the question about whether the plan Read more…

Is the culture of an organisation magic or just hard work?

4th September 2019

There are a myriad of research papers, books and theses about the culture of an organisation. Put simply, I think the culture of an organisation is about “how we do things around here”; not necessarily linked to the published values and mission statement of an organisation, but how it actually feels to be in there Read more…

A good read ……..

22nd August 2019

I love a good book; and, as some of you know, actually prefer to read ‘real’ books rather than ‘e’ books.  This can make packing for my holiday a bit of a challenge but I have recognised that when I read a ‘real’ book, the content seems to go in better.  So, for me, the Read more…

However difficult life may be, there is always something that you can do and succeed at. Stephen Hawking

8th August 2019

The last couple of weeks have been fairly quiet on the coaching and training front. It nearly always is at this time of year and so I had planned to use the time to do some preparatory work for when it gets busy again at the beginning of September. Part of that work involves doing Read more…

There are no speed limits on the road to excellence.

30th July 2019

At the start of the school holiday period, perhaps some of you are thinking about the journeys you are going to make.  The subject of ‘journey’s (a word which I know can be bandied about quite a lot these days), is one that fascinates me. I am not particularly interested in fast cars but what Read more…

Feelings are like waves …. We can’t stop them from coming, but we can choose which ones to surf!

17th July 2019

I like this quote because it reminds us all that we can’t stop things happening, but we can choose how to respond to them and manage the situation as best as we can.  Living near the sea, I am fortunate enough to be able to go for walks along the shoreline and see the power Read more…

The impact of muscle memory

2nd July 2019

I was listening to an article on the radio the other day, when a composer was talking about the process he uses for composing new music. He was explaining that he doesn’t sit near any musical instruments whilst initially composing because he knows he will then use ‘muscle memory’ of previous compositions, rather than coming Read more…