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3.14159 Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Musings on the approach of ‘Pi Day’ First off, let’s be clear: I’m not a dedicated ‘numbers guy’. I’m functionally numerate, but I don’t get excited about mathematics or spreadsheets or beautifully elegant equations. So when an old childhood friend told me he and his kids had developed a methodology to help anyone, from young…

Effective Leadership – ‘Strong & Stable’ isn’t enough…

My recent article in The Guardian about Theresa May and effective leadership. https://www.theguardian.com/small-business-network/2017/may/23/forget-strong-and-stable-leadership-is-about-knowing-your-weakness?CMP=share_btn_link

Meyler Campbell rebrand

Very proud of my coaching alma mater Meyler Campbell, which launched a fantastic rebrand and new website last week. Have a look at: www.meylercampbell.com

Unpacking ‘Innovation’ – Moving from idea to action

One of the things I love most about coaching is watching how quickly people can move from an attitude of “I have this idea, but…” to actually implementing their ideas and projects. As lawyers, we have a natural inclination to overthink things. Add to that our highly developed sense of risk aversion and our ability…

Creativity for Lawyers 101 – Above all:

William Kentridge sums up with admirable precision the most important step for developing and enhancing creativity and driving innovation.

ON WHIPLASH (or THE TYRANNY OF PERFECTIONISM)

If you haven’t seen it yet, you should. Whiplash is one of the best films I’ve seen in ages. No matter how bad your day practicing law has been, watching that film will make you think “Damn! Well, at least I’m not a jazz drummer.” Without giving away any spoilers, Whiplash is the story of…

Stress is a rip current

Rip currents are scary. If you don’t understand their mechanism, they can be deadly. Growing up near the beach as a child, I learned early on that when you start to get dragged out to sea by a rip current, the worst thing you can do is struggle directly against it. You can’t outswim a…

On Work-Life Balance

I am standing on a BOSU ball at the gym and my legs are starting to quiver. Have you ever seen those things? (BOSU balls, I mean; not my quivering legs.) They are composed of a circular plastic platform glued to the top of half a blue rubber ball, like a child’s drawing of Saturn…

Playing to Strengths

I was working with a group of senior managers and execs last week and they were practicing giving each other honest feedback.  One of them, a senior partner in a City law firm, listened to all of the positive things that the others were telling him and then, brushing quickly past the compliments and encouragement…

“To-do list for life” Template

A lot of people have asked me to provide a template version of the “To-do list for life”.  I hesitated slightly because I think it’s important that each person choose their own categories and even their own layout.  However, since some people may find it useful, please find the attached template.  To-do List Format I…

3.14159 Impossible Things Before Breakfast

Musings on the approach of ‘Pi Day’ First off, let’s be clear: I’m not a dedicated ‘numbers guy’. I’m functionally numerate, but I don’t get excited about mathematics or spreadsheets or beautifully elegant equations. So when an old childhood friend told me he and his kids had developed a methodology to help anyone, from young…

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