Sink or Swim

According to Forbes magazine, 46% of all new hires leave their posts within 18 months. The vast majority of these appointment failures are because the candidates lack the soft skills to perform rather than the job-specific skills. If you thought that this was an...

Do you feel like a kid when you get feedback?

Lots of people feel like a child when they are dealing with authority figures. It holds them back and stops them from dealing with the world in an effective way, especially at work. Maybe this is you – if so, would you like it to be different? Change your ego-state to...

There once was an Ugly Duckling…

That’s the first line of a cute little song by Danny Kaye (you won’t remember him!) and the story was all about an ugly duckling who turned out to be a cygnet. When he lost his dull brown feathers he became a beautiful white swan, but he had to be shown his reflection...

Why Don’t I Know What I Want?

They didn’t teach you at school how to work this out when I was a kid. Most people I know went for a quick answer, chose a life path, and got on with following it. We tended to base our choices on a range of influences. Maybe you have also run your life like...

A Million Choices

What if every choice created a new world? Iain Banks, who died recently, wrote a novel called Transition, based in a universe where our world appears an infinite number of times, with every choice by every person making a new, parallel world where everything is...

We are always becoming

This great talk explains how we fool ourselves that we are “completed” at every age of our lives.  At every age, we change and change again.  The message?  We keep on changing, over and over, and this gives us the opportunity to reinvent ourselves....

Ken Robinson on Education

This is one of the most-watched TED talks of all, and it is important, interesting and funny.  It might suggest to you that there is something you are great at that you have never discovered!...