Quality over quantity – the return of care and craftmanship

Tip of the week - Tuesday 30th October 2012 When Christo Lefroy-Brooks talks about taps, he does so with the panache of a man who really gets his industry. Not only does he get taps, he gets the evolution of taps. He gets that taps may one day be obsolete, replaced by touch screen panels or apps that can run you a bath while you make your way home. He understands the inevitability of it all, and the excitement of such rapid innovation. But he also comprehends that innovation and tradition can … [Read more...]

The psychology of winning – Obama vs Romney, Armstrong, Woods & Savile

Tip of the week - Tuesday 23rd October When Barack Obama stepped out in front of an expectant audience in the first of three Presidential debates, the stage was set for a good, old-fashioned trouncing. Obama’s grace, eloquence and poise would surely dismantle his saccharine counterpart in as many minutes as the governor’s plan has points. It was not to be. The President, in all aspects other than actually being present, did not show up. He remained rooted to his chair, allowed himself to … [Read more...]

Why diplomatic rhetoric could help Europe win the Ryder Cup..

Tip of the week - Friday 28th September The last time Europe lost the Ryder Cup was in 2008, under the captaincy of Nick Faldo. Rightly condemned as one of the worst captain's Europe has had, it was his single-mindedness as a player that let him down as a captain. Unable to collaborate, delegate or empower others, he could only sink where others had swam. More than anything though, it played as far away from European strength as the match was played away from home. The Europeans trade on team … [Read more...]

A response to Sergio Garcia – ‘I can’t win a major’

Tip of the week - Monday 20th August It is Sunday afternoon in Augusta, Georgia. The US Masters has just come to a thrilling conclusion. Louis Oosthuizen is reflecting on what might have been. Bubba Watson, having hooked a wedge 80 yards left to right to set up victory, is enjoying the fit of his new green jacket. Sergio Garcia won’t even give his measurements. … [Read more...]

A response to Chris McGrath in The Independent

Tip of the week - Tuesday 14th August Saturday’s Independent includes an article by Chris McGrath entitled ‘The Last Word: Beware the Great Big Olympics Lie’. If you’ve read it, you’ll know the general gist – the media elevated our Olympians from nobody to somebody, and we the public, through ‘obedient infatuation, at the behest of the mass media’ have been swept away by a ‘slick of dishonesty upon the great tide of gladness’. Allegedly, this so-called ‘docility and … [Read more...]

The Olympic Games – a spirit of war in a time of peace

Tip of the week - Saturday 11th August As Mo Farah entered the home straight this evening and last Saturday, roars to wake the souls of the dead erupted around the Olympic stadium. They were not roars of desperation, anger or anguish. They were roars of hope, joy and unity. Throughout the two races, eighty thousand people united to will Mo home. … [Read more...]

Why Scotty lost the Open and Ernie won

Tip of the week - 30th July 'Did Adam Scott choke?' has been a widely debated topic over the last week. Who knows. Who cares? Whatever he did, he didn't win. Whatever Ernie did, worked. Choking is a gestaltist catch-all dug up by journalists and psychologists to explain meltdowns they don't understand. … [Read more...]

What do you want to be when you grow up?

I had a meeting yesterday with a former apprentice who wanted advice with his apprenticeship coming to an end  on what to do next? During the conversation it became really apparent to me as I am someone who prides themselves in giving new talent opportunities that perhaps we are actually setting out apprenticeships up for a unrealistic world of work?I really think the concept is sound, work and train.. instead of going out to university and get saddled with £9000 debt but I worry that the … [Read more...]

There’s No Such Thing as Work-Life Balance. There’s Just Life

Tip of the Day - Monday 16th July The modern workplace is a stressful environment. The advent of the computer chip means that modern workers are expected to do far more than their counterparts even one generation ago. Things aren’t improving much either. As the media feast on stories surrounding the ‘global financial crisis’ (their words) workers feel more pressure to perform, fearing for their jobs, or worse still find themselves taking on more responsibilities following a spate of … [Read more...]

Talent Tip of the Day- Friday 13 July

I have been in Blackburn for the last 2 days working with our national one voice team in developing them to manage change, bond as a team and overall enable them to discover their own leadership style and voice.The 2 days were really divided into the first classic push with us as an HRLT taking them through loads of what we are working on, consulting but ultimately telling them. This was helpful for us but is it helpful to them as a team? On the one hand totally, as information is important and … [Read more...]