Why Not Me? Taking One for the Team

Raz Shaw | Posted 12.08.2016 | UK Sport
Raz Shaw

Super Saturday. Wonderful Wednesday. Mardy Monday? The Olympics are back. And with it our once-every-four-years random patriotism and love for 50m rifle shooting and the dressage and curling (Winter Olympics. Obvs). We love curling. Sweep!! Sweeeeep!!

What Businesses Can Learn from the New Kids on the Block

Fran Brosan | Posted 01.07.2016 | UK
Fran Brosan

Yesterday morning I sat in a classroom with 30 kids - all 13-year-olds. They were uncannily silent. Along the corridor, in two other rooms, the situ...

Jessica Ennis-Hill On Helping Your Child Improve Life Skills

By Mary Common | Phillip Othen | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK Parents

"Sport can improve health, well-being and confidence while also teaching valuable life skills." Those of the words of Olympic heptathlon champion Jess...

Why We Will All Be Happier When the Brexit Vote Is Done

Susanna Halonen | Posted 14.06.2016 | UK Politics
Susanna Halonen

As we await for the Brexit Poll to take place on 23 June, we are living in a miserable state of uncertainty. That's why when the poll takes place and we'll get the final results, we'll all be happier regardless of the outcome.

The Nonsense of High Performance

Dominic Irvine | Posted 06.04.2016 | UK
Dominic Irvine

High performance is a truly special state achieved by very few and within a clearly defined context. It's a worthwhile thing to aspire towards achieving but let's not be naive in thinking it's possible for everyone.

Community Work: The Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Unemployment

Michelle Wheeler | Posted 30.07.2016 | UK
Michelle Wheeler

Every year in August, thousands of students across the country wait for exam results to determine what their next step will be. But qualifications are...

Guidance for the Naive Undergraduate - Part Twelve: There Is No 'I' in Team, But There Is a 'Me'!

Thomas Hurdsfield | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Thomas Hurdsfield

During your time at university and as is governed by the varying forms of academic assessment, you are likely to find yourself indulging in the 'this could go either way' delights of group work and recruiting for your very own version of The Breakfast Club.

C'Mon Be Serious! You've No Chance...

Dominic Irvine | Posted 25.06.2016 | UK
Dominic Irvine

The business of performance It's not the greatest recipe for the composition of a team trying to break one of the oldest records in cycling - the tan...

What Does It Take to Be a Good Leader?

Bertie Stephens | Posted 02.06.2015 | UK
Bertie Stephens

eaders are those that are happy to speak out, proactively offer new ideas, question the status quo and will always be the first to volunteer when needed.

What to Know to Survive as a Startup

Bertie Stephens | Posted 23.05.2015 | UK Tech
Bertie Stephens

Do you know why most startups fail in the first year? Because it usually takes longer than a year to build real traction and create a successful business, something many entrepreneurs totally underestimate.

Taking a Page Out of the Six Nations Playbook

Garry Veale | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Garry Veale

In the build up to this year's Six Nations Championship, the spotlight was on last Friday's opening game between England and Wales at the Millennium S...

Does Your Company Make You Happy?

Vicky Bullen | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Vicky Bullen

There has been a lot written about happiness in the workplace recently - what it does for efficiencies, productivity, staff retention and loyalty. So I am not being entirely altruistic. I think if I succeed in creating a happy company I will probably deliver against the 'harder' objectives I get set every year far more easily.

The Domino Effect of Self-Employment

Maite Baron | Posted 18.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

520,000 new businesses were created in the UK last year, with nearly 73,000 of them (14%) set up by former corporate employees - as a nation we're clearly becoming increasingly entrepreneurial and maybe even recapturing something of our "bulldog spirit" when it comes to trade and innovation.

If It Matters, You'll Find a Way - Creating Healthy Boundaries

Maite Baron | Posted 03.11.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Maite Baron

Healthy boundaries ensure that our lives are in balance, with no one area dominating another, so we feel content, and most importantly, in control.

Keep Your Ego in Check

Amisha Bhavsar | Posted 08.10.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Amisha Bhavsar

Ego enables us to see shortcomings and weaknesses in others, but not in ourselves. And when we do see our weaknesses, ego hides them and claims to the world that we have none. How do you know when your ego is at work? If you feel insulted, if a criticism hurts, if you get defensive, lose confidence.... it's your ego reacting!

The Danger in Copying China's Classrooms

Chris Jones | Posted 14.05.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Chris Jones

While I believe that there is much to learn from other countries, I have to ask if the Chinese system is right for us. After all, the UK is very different from China and has vastly different needs.

Meet the Kilimanjaro Team

DJ Lora | Posted 16.04.2014 | UK
DJ Lora

If you happened to catch my last blog, you will already know that on the 22nd of February 2014 I will begin my expedition to the summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, in aid of the women's health charity, Wellbeing of Women.

Kevin Pietersen - An Unmanagable Maverick or a Wasted Talent?

Adrian Moorhouse | Posted 14.04.2014 | UK Sport
Adrian Moorhouse

Pietersen is arguably the most talented English player of the modern era. Simply by looking at his statistics it's clear to see that he was on the way to smashing the record book and becoming an England legend. However, look past the statistics and some would say you'd find an enigmatic talent, unwilling to adapt his game or listen to authority.

The Madness of Forced Ranking

Dominic Irvine | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Forced-ranking of employees means that all the employees within an organisation are compared or ranked against one another in order of performance. Then, using the statistical bell-curve specific numbers of employees are placed in categories ranging from: exceeds all expectations; exceeds expectations; meets expectations; partly meets expectations; fails to meet expectations.

Feedback for Starters

Dominic Irvine | Posted 25.03.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Ken Blanchard wrote "feedback is the food of champions". This eloquent summary of the power of feedback makes it difficult to understand why organisations do not invest more heavily in creating an environment rich in high quality feedback.

Virtually Successful

Dominic Irvine | Posted 15.02.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Whilst virtual team working suited everybody better in terms of the work/life balance we did not the mechanisms in place to work together virtually - we lost our mojo. During this time some of our best people left and I ended up buying out my business partner, our sense of connection, shared purpose and ability to address issues as a team had faded.

Teambuilding Events - Doing the Right Thing

Dominic Irvine | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dominic Irvine

Over the years, we've worked with many, many teams - some of whom we were very thankful we not to have been a team member. More positively, other teams were so good we learnt more from them than any value we delivered...

Patrons of the Soul's Song

Ana Tzarev | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK Entertainment
Ana Tzarev

When we look upon beautiful works made by the hands of men, we may be swept off in their purity, the directness of vision that turned ideas into masterpieces. In doing so, we are quick to forget that no man - even the brightest, most inspired among us - creates entirely in isolation.

What Can We Learn From Virtual Teams About Connecting With Our Kids?

Kevan Hall | Posted 17.02.2013 | UK Tech
Kevan Hall

For those of us brought up to feel that phone or face-to-face are the only real ways of communicating, text can feel unsatisfying. But not half as unsatisfying as not connecting with your kids!

Thanks be to the Twitter Fans

Jeff Brazier | Posted 13.02.2013 | Home
Jeff Brazier

I had a lovely time making dinner for the gang but on my long drive home late that evening it dawned on me that there might just have been a special reason why Nicola won the competition in the first place, and why it led me to meet Matthew.