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Nurture & Reconnect Mini-Retreats in Verbier in August

Monday 21st July, 2014

Sign up for retreat sessions in August:

- Saturday 9th August 13.30 – 16.30hrs
- Saturday 16th August 13.30 – 16.30hrs

In the midst of your busy life, have you ever wanted to just press the Pause button?

This 3-hour retreat session is just the oasis you need to nurture your well-being! more »

Notice the day that you’re in

Sunday 20th July, 2014

Did you get up this morning with a huge list of jobs to do?

I’m sure that you did and as you started the first one, you were already thinking about the fourth, fifth, sixth one.

Do you remember much about that first job? How many times have you left the house, got half way down the road and had to turn back because you can’t remember if you locked the front door because you were already thinking about a dozen different things.

Slow things down more »

An easy way to explore your perspective on resilience with 3 amazing people

Sunday 13th July, 2014

I’ve just come back from holiday and one of my guilty pleasures when I’m away is to catch up on Desert Island Disc podcasts. That makes me sound 109 years old but never mind…

If you don’t know this very British institution, let me quickly explain. A person of note is interviewed and asked to choose 8 pieces of music that they would take with them to a desert island. You hear about their life and why those pieces are meaningful to them.

Why these 3? more »

You are not ‘just’ anything…

Sunday 29th June, 2014

If you had to stitch together all of the labels which you think describe the roles and personas that you have had through all of your experiences, what would they be? How generous would you be with yourself? How kind?

Now labels can be a tricky thing. Often we limit ourselves with them. more »

How to change your life

Sunday 22nd June, 2014

It was the school graduation ceremony this week and a real delight to have Edwin Broni-Mensah, Founder of Give Me Tap as the guest speaker.

He spoke so compellingly about how to make a difference. Two points which I found most striking were, “Live your life by design, not by default” and, “Go inside yourself to understand yourself. Deep within each of us is our individual way to contribute and make a difference.” more »

Find Your Voice

Sunday 8th June, 2014

This week, I have been writing reports for the Year 12 students that I teach leadership skills to. Across the board for the girls, aged 16 – 17, I found myself writing something along the lines of, ‘I encourage her to share her considered and thoughtful insights – her voice is important!’

I found it striking that this was not something I needed to write on the boys’ reports. Instead, the feedback to them was about being more inclusive of other people’s views.

I think that we find and lose and regain our voices many times in our lives. more »

Esther – an everyday change-maker

Sunday 1st June, 2014

This week has been particularly poignant, as a colleague passed away from cancer. She leaves a husband and two young children.

There is the odd sensation of expecting to see her around and of having all the time in the world to talk, followed by the interruption of reality.

The overwhelming response from her community has been to raise money for a charity which has been supporting the family over the years to prepare, as prepared as one can be, for this time.

The Prague Charter more »

Good Stuff

The Guardian: Round Table 7 April 2010

 I sat as a panel member at a round table event hosted by The Guardian in April 2010. Its focus  was on the need for UK charities to develop their commercial skills so that they operated more effectively as social businesses. As a consequence they would create a better social return on investment. Click here to read more.

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