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What Makes a Great Coach

  What makes a Great Coach? Top 10 practices of the world’s best coaches. Freshly landed is What Makes a Great Coach? by Emma Doyle with Natalie Ashdown. What is so unputdownable about this book is the succinct style, clear layout, and informative, accessible wisdom. I read it in a gulp – excited to discover… Read More
Acts of Kindness

Connections

Recently an email pinged into my inbox. It came from a former student (whom I shall refer to as A.) who is at university now. The recent death of Queen Elizabeth II prompted her to write to me. She was a student in my 2020 year 12 English as an Additional Language class. The link… Read More
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Can a step in the right direction be too small?

I would like to come straight out and answer this question with ‘No’. However, this is probably now too short a blog, and there are several things I would like to share about the topic of seeking and making change in one’s life. For many, if not most of us, change is scary. Our brains… Read More
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Dignity by Donna Hicks

  The subtitle of Dignity includes the word ‘essential’ and that is certainly the takeaway regarding dignity holistically, (defined as recognition of our worth and value), that we have from this book. Hicks makes a compelling case for the role of dignity in all our lives, over and above its stated role in resolving conflict,… Read More
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The Higher Order Animal

The Higher Order Animal Part of my ‘maintenance’ work for my manifesto is to interact with our Instagram account followers. Never having been an exponent of social media, this is a new and not altogether enjoyable activity for me. However, it has its moments… Recently, while randomly sifting through the material in the feed, I… Read More
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But I don’t need 7 hours sleep!

Regretfully, I was proud to share with my family, friends and colleagues that I didn’t need 7 hours sleep a night. Sure, the national and international sleep recommendation is for healthy adults to get between 7 – 9 hours sleep per night, but not for me, I was fine with 6 hours or less if… Read More
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The Power of Regret by Daniel Pink

Daniel Pink is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Drive, To Sell is Human and When. Pink uses the largest sampling of attitudes about regret ever conducted, his own World Regret Survey – which has collected regrets from more than 16,000 people in 105 countries – to identify the four core regrets that… Read More
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Fingers crossed it is well-received!

I am about to gift my first ever cactus plant. Over the past few months, I have participated in Ryan Holiday’s Read to Lead course which I have thoroughly enjoyed. Within this curriculum Ryan sets ten reading ‘challenges’ to his participants, the third challenge was to re-read a book you love. I immediately thought of… Read More
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CAUTION: ‘Long middle’ – fragile motivation, handle with care!

When it comes to the formal processes of goal-setting and goal-striving, an individual generally loves the feeling of making progress. With progress we often become more motivated and our commitment to our goal increases. However, according to leading motivational science researcher, Dr. Ayelet Fishbach from the University of Chicago, we need to be wary of… Read More