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I regularly publish posts and articles on science-backed tools, best practices, techniques, insights, strategies and knowledge. They’re all designed to make the “human” stuff a little easier.

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Recent articles

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The power of a clear “No”

Reading Time: 5 minutes The first time I heard the phrase “No is a complete sentence”, it blew my mind. All my life, I’d believed that if I said “No” to something, I had to provide a justification, and

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Personal Mastermind: What we’re reading

Reading Time: 2 minutes I’ve been participating in and running Personal Mastermind book clubs since early 2021, and they have been such wonderful experiences. Not only are they a great way to learn about and read excellent books, they’re

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The two fears you need to know about

Reading Time: 3 minutes Fears are a completely normal part of the human experience. Almost every human will feel fear regularly, from the time we are born, until the time we leave this Earth. In the right amount, and

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Why you need to choose your failures

Reading Time: 3 minutes Which of your recent failures did decide on in advance? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Aren’t I meant to be planning for my successes, not my failures?” The short answer is, “No”! Read on to

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A Tribute to the Humble Nana Nap

Reading Time: 4 minutes I’m a HUGE fan of the nana nap. There, I said it! I often see comments like “You can sleep when you’re dead” or “Sleep is for the weak”. As though this core human function

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What Many Approaches to Strengths Get Wrong

Reading Time: 4 minutes I love the huge variety of strengths-based approaches that are out there, but many of them get one key thing wrong. They focus on the extremes of super-strengths and worst weaknesses, and make only passing

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Series pages

Series: How to have great ideas

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Welcome to my series on “How to have great ideas”. On this page, you’ll find links to the articles I’ve written detailing strategies for having

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General posts


Reading Time: 3 minutes Welcome to my website. My goal is to provide useful and interesting information, to help you with your change and development journey. I’ll be sharing my own thoughts, knowledge and

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Continuous improvement

Reading Time: 3 minutes My entire philosophy is based on two core beliefs: that change is possible, and that we can always be a little bit better today than we were yesterday. These beliefs

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