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Goal Setting: Is there another way?

We’ve all been there, sitting down with your line manager or boss on a dreary Wednesday afternoon and you’re being urged to come up with a set of new and exciting goals for the appraisal year. Mainly with service / organisation need in the forefront of your mind. So it’s no surprise that we don’t value goal setting.   It’s just not worked for us in…

Resettlement Reflections: A Veterans Perspective

When I was on the resettlement train, it was a rather foggy time and even foggier now looking back.  Now, I realise it was because I didn’t understand or know the questions to ask. And because I wanted to be self-employed I was not really given much support beyond the workshop.  As though I were…

10 Books Every Serviceperson In The Military Should Read

Books I’ve read since deciding to leave the military and never knew I needed while Serving. And in no particular order: Simon Sinek – Leaders Eat Last Brene Brown – Daring Greatly Seth Godin – This is Marketing Stone & Heen – Thanks for the Feedback Micheal Bungay Stanier – The Coaching Habit Carol Dweck…

You reap what you sow

Often with varying degrees of success.  Each will offer an insight into how you might do better next time.  🎬 Start with quality foundations – this will pay dividends in the long run.  💪 Be consistent – it’s tough especially when you’re running on empty. Find nourishing habits.   👀 Monitor process – This might…

Are you creative?

And not necessarily in the traditional artistic sense – paintings, novels, songs etc. Being content surrounded by non-toxic crayons and sticky back plastic.  All humans have a degree of creativity. It’s how we’ve developed, evolved and innovated our way through existence.  Military folks in particular, thrive on problem finding and solving. And because we serve,…

I got nothing.

And that means I could have just skipped a week of blogging. Every day I have been battling the Resistance. And the Resistance won. I told myself: I am taking a break anyway. I am on annual leave. Then today I saw the gap where a blog should be. Because of that, it made me…

Do You Want Mastery?

When we make a decision – most of that process is irrational. It comes from the gut or deep subconscious parts of our brain that struggle to find the words. We decide – then come up with a logical and rational justification for that decision. A story we tell ourselves to satisfy the chimp inside…

The Next Renaissance

Once upon a time… Each village had the butcher, the baker and a candlestick maker.  Then supermarkets put everything under one roof to serve a collection of villages, larger towns and cities. This led the way for retail parks where you can eat, watch a movie, try on a frock and pick up a pint…

Elephants, please, one at a time.

Difficult conversations and challenging topics are in vast abundance in our open and transparent culture. Inviting and addressing the elephant in the room is good practice. There is also a need to moderate the number of invitations. If every elephant was invited into the room where you are, space would be limited. Space for thought…

Are you learning to speak “civvy”?

Last summer when I had a few lessons with Peter Brookes-Smith and learned to code – a new language inevitably came with it. So not only did I better understand the principles and see that I use and deploy coding more than I realised, learning the lingo helped me to better communicate with people with a higher…