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Get UP. Stay UP.

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This time of year we hear a lot about Seasonal Affective Disorder, cleverly titled as an acronym that sums up its impact. SAD’s had a good run but I’m proposing an alternative – ‘UP’ – a syndrome experienced by a tiny minority of those carrying the virus of ‘Unbridled Positivity’. It’s a condition that I […]

Batman and the Saber-toothed tiger

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I’m proud to be part of the ‘BRILLIANT’ team. My mission – should I choose to accept it – is to deliver ‘The Art of Being Brilliant’ across America. I’ve not been this excited since I was seven. As a little boy, I would ride my bicycle all over the neighborhood wearing a sheet tucked […]

Summer reading doesn’t have to be a challenge…

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‘ZEST: How to squeeze the MAX out of life’ What it is ‘Zest’; nice word. Mouth-watering, in fact.   The dictionary matches it with zingy, enthusiasm, energy, gusto, eagerness, zeal and fervour. Or, even better, zest equates to passion, love, enjoyment, excitement and delight. It’s also connotes a tang, a sharpness. Plunge your teeth into […]

Andy talks to Jamie Smart on our April Podcast!

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In this episode Andy talks to one of his heroes, Jamie Smart. Jamie is a Sunday Times Bestselling author and keynote speaker. Andy talks to Jamie about his journey from stressed out IT project manager, to an international author and Guru of NLP, Positive Psychology and the 3 Principles. Download this episode Follow Jamie on […]

Leadership Dominos

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‘Leadership’ versus ‘management’ is a debate that’s been raging for a long time. The truth? They overlap. It’s messy. The reason this debate has got a little tired is because we have been asking the wrong questions. Try starting from here: Why does anyone work for their boss? And, why does anyone follow a leader? […]

Anti Bullying

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No, this is not ‘just another blog post’ on bullying. Everyone knows it’s horrible to be on the receiving end. Everyone knows that it doesn’t just affect the child, it affects the whole family. Everyone knows that they need to tell someone [a trusted someone]. Every good parent knows that the answer – the only […]

Why it’s okay for your children to fall flat on their face

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Brace yourself for oodles of the f-word. Dirty, rotten, stinking FAILURE. It’s a funny thing, failure. For a start, it’s not actually funny – when it happens to ourselves, that is. Given a choice, we prefer success to failure, any day of the week. So who the heck are the succeeders? The people who get […]

Five management techniques that should be consigned to the dustbin

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For the last 15 years I’ve been studying positive psychology and employee engagement, spending time with those who are ‘thriving at work’. I’ve interviewed employees who are experiencing feelings of vitality and energy with beliefs that they are learning, developing and making progress towards being their best self. Engaged employees more likely to agree with […]

Your new year’s REVOLUTION

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We’re all familiar with ‘presenteeism’ at work, that feeling of turning up and going through the motions. But it’s a much bigger concept than work. Presenteeism can apply to life. You’re centre stage, the leading player in your own life, but struggling to engage with the plot. Modern life is hectic and full on. I […]

How to have your happiest year ever

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The secret to happiness turns out to be not-so-secret. Family. Relationships, love, human connection – that’s basically it! So here’s something for all the family, some quirky/fun tips taken from the science of positive psychology. 1. Get huggy Christmas is a time for family & friends and, chances are, you will be giving and receiving […]