Articles, Leadership, Meditation, Mindfulness, Work Life Balance

Work Life Balance – the Great Lie

November 10, 2017, Author: bluesky6478

Work Life Balance This is one of the great Lies of the 21st century; this idea can we can manage and balance the stress of a difficult work environment by creating a comfortable life at home. This idea that we can’t or shouldn’t just work; the idea that we need to find areas in which […]

Articles, Leadership

The importance of Ritual in Management Development and delivering improved performance

November 1, 2017, Author: bluesky6478

  One of the most famous rituals we see is the All Blacks famous HAKA before matches. This ritual is enjoyed the world over but it is not just for the crowd or the cameras. It plays a crucial role in reminding the players of their overall objective and their individual commitment to that; their […]

Articles, Leadership, Mindfulness, Stress Management

If it requires Will Power it isn’t for you

September 5, 2017, Author: bluesky6478

In my experience too often clients confuse will power with commitment. “If I am forcing myself to do this I am committed to it.” In reality this conflict illustrates a lack of commitment at the deepest level within ourselves.

Issues at Work, Mindfulness, Stress Management

Change Management – The Illusion

May 5, 2017, Author: bluesky6478

We cannot manage change; we can only embrace it. We no longer live and do business in a world where we can readily predict the behaviour of employees, customers and society at large over a period of time. So when we look to change we cannot know what it is we are looking to change […]

Meditation, Stress Management, Work Life Balance

Blog with the positive MD

April 15, 2017, Author: bluesky6478

I had a fascinating conversation with an M.D. today around the need to improve the effectiveness of meetings. His challenge is how to improve communication, make meetings more effective, get buy in at meetings and change the pattern whereby decisions are fought against or ignored after meetings. The MD decided to get feedback on the […]


Why I’m not OK with “It’s OK not to be OK”

April 12, 2017, Author: bluesky6478

While any attempt to get us to face up to our mental health issues and enable more open, helpful and supportive conversations and actions to take place should be, and is, welcomed, there is something at the heart of this campaign that will ultimately see it fail. Quite simply it is the idea that those […]

Issues at Work, Leadership, Stress Management

Fight, Flight or Freeze – how is your company reacting to these challenging and stressful times?

April 6, 2017, Author: bluesky6478

We are probably all familiar with the idea that animals (including humans), when under threat, respond with a Fight or Flight impulse. We either seek to disengage from the situation or we seek to repel the unwanted intruder. In reality there is a third recognised response – Freeze In this response we freeze either to […]

Leadership, Mindfulness, News, Work Life Balance

Strategy is as strategy does

February 20, 2017, Author: bluesky6478

We see lots of definitions of strategy… Strategy is the direction and scope of an organisation over the long-term: which achieves advantage for the organisation through its configuration of resources within a challenging environment, to meet the needs of markets and to fulfil stakeholder expectations.”Johnson and Scholes (Exploring Corporate Strategy) Business strategy, the art and […]


Why Ireland didn’t beat Scotland

February 20, 2017, Author: bluesky6478

They may well be lots of technical explanations of how Ireland did or didn’t perform in Edinburgh; we made simple errors, we played too deep, the spacing was wrong etc. To my mind these are not the cause of the defeat; they are symptoms of why we were beaten. In short we beaten because we […]