Nick at the Insurance Times Chartered Insurance Institute – APPRENTICESHIPS LIVE Final 2016

Insurance Times Chartered Insurance Institute APPRENTICESHIPS LIVE Final 2016 – Nick judges the apprentices. On Thursday Dec 1st Samantha Eustace of Zurich Insurance PLC was named Insurance Apprentice of the Year at the Insurance Times awards dinner. This award was given to the insurance apprentice who in the opinion of […]

Learning from leaders – Danny Martin – General Manager, Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway – Nick’s observations on Danny’s story.

In business as in other walks of life, there is a long standing discussion on the nature of leadership. Can it be taught or are some born to it? Like the sociological arguments for nature v nurture in determining personality or intelligence, the duality of the argument will probably never […]

Insights – a lesson from the Shard

  Insights   An essential element of coaching involves the coach working with the client to generate insight as the pathway to effecting change. In working in the legal services sector with the Law Society Consulting team, I have a role in looking to advise members on new product and […]

The U K general election, 2015 – Leadership Lessons from Neuroscience by Nick Marson

On May 7th David Cameron formed the first Conservative Government since 1992. David Cameron became the only Prime Minister, other than Margaret Thatcher, to continue in office immediately after a full term with a greater number of seats. The English voted for a safe pair of hands. A leader they […]

Looking ahead – Parallel Mind activity in 2015

Nick and I have prepared four seminars for the Professional Services Marketing Group (PSMG) in London, on the theme of leading with the brain in mind. For full details use this link to their site: and the first event Vorsprung durch Technik of the Mind – Seminar 1 – Mindful Change […]

Nick recently bought to my attention this quote from A A Milne’s Winnie the Poo:

 Here is Edward Bear, coming downstairs now, bump, bump, bump, on the back of his head, behind Christopher Robin. It is, as far as he knows, the only way of coming downstairs, but sometimes he feels that there really is another way, if only he could stop bumping for a moment and think of it. 

Now what on earth has this got to do with personal development? Well I am sure there are those of you reading this that will have made the connection, but I will spell it out anyway.

Working life often forces us into a stream of activity that has a dynamic all of its own. Winnie the Poo may, by his own admission, be a “bear of very little brain” but his intuition is very good. There is an insight that something could be done differently. It is the case with most people that intuition and feelings alert us to the need for change, but taking the next step, when we feel unable to influence the situation we find ourselves in, can be daunting.

Pausing for thought and reflection is the first step in change. That is where “thinking about thinking” comes in. Coaching is mostly about unlocking your thoughts in a productive and focused manner to achieve your goals.

Now if only Poo could communicate his thoughts to Christopher Robin there might be change………………