Is it me or do schools close much more frequently than in our day?

What is it with modern teachers?

Nowhere near as robust as they were in my day!

Overnight, we had an inch of snow – very picturesque – but guess what – the Head teacher decided that for reasons known to herself, the school should close – WHY?

Is it Health and Safety gone mad?

Is it down to our need to drop our little pride and joy’s right outside of the school gates, rather than park a little away where the roads are clear and (drum roll please) walk from the car to the school gate!

It would be very interesting to study the effects on the economy of these decisions.  Often it appears at the will of the Head Teacher. Lost productivity will run into hundreds of millions of pounds, not great when we are teetering of the edge of a double (or is it triple) dip recession.

What’s the answer? I say, let’s hold the Head Teachers to account and invoke the Dunkirk (Oh god I’m showing my age) spirit. Let’s teach the kids that it’s fun to walk to school in the snow, Let’s stop this mamby pamby state that we are creating and get some back bone into society.

It’s 21:50 now and I’m trying to work out whether we will have a repeat of today tomorrow – god I hope not!


New Leadership is Required – again!

“There are a few fertile fields in which there has been a decline of leadership, and in which the new type of leader may find an abundance of opportunity.

First – In the field of politics, there is a most insistent demand for new leaders; a demand which indicates nothing less than an emergency. The majority of politicians have, seemingly, become high-grade legalised racketeers. They have increased taxes and debauched the machinery of industry and business until the people can no longer stand the burden.

Second – the Banking business is undergoing a reform. The leaders in this field have almost entirely lost the confidence of the public. Already the bankers have sensed the need of reform, and they have begun it.

Third – Industry calls for new leaders. The old type of leaders thoughts and moved in terms of dividends instead of thinking an moving in terms of human equations! The future leader in industry, to endure, must regard himself as a quasi-public official whose duty it is to manage his trust in such as a way that it will work hardship on no individual, or group of individuals. Exploitation of working men is a thing of the past. Let that man who aspires to leadership in the field of business, industry and labour remembers this.

Fourth – The religious leader of the future will be forced to give more attention to the temporal needs of his followers, in the solution of their economic and personal problems of the present, and less attention to the dead past and the yet unborn future.

Fifth – In the professions of law, medicine, and education, a new brand of leadership, and to some extent, new leaders will become a necessity. This is especially true in the field of education. The leader is that field must, in the future, find ways and means of teaching people how to apply the knowledge they receive in school. He must deal more with practice and less with theory.

Sixth – New leaders will be required in the field of Journalism. Newspapers of the future, to be conducted successfully, must be divorced from ‘special privilege’ and relieved from the subsidy of advertising. They must cease to be organs of propaganda for the interests which patronise their advertising columns. The type of newspaper which publishes scandal and lewd pictures will eventually go the way of all forces which debauch the human mind.

These are but a few of the fields in which opportunity for new leaders and a new brand of leadership are now available”

So, what do you think – do you agree that everything that I’ve printed above is an accurate reflection of the state of the Britain and the world in 2012?

Your comments are most welcome.

One thing that I should point out though is everything that I have written above is take from the book – “Think and Grow Rich”, written by Napoleon Hill and published in 1937!

Isn’t it amazing that history repeats itself time and time again!


Are you sick of recruitment agencies?

I have to say that the reputation of most recruitment agents and consultancies is not great!

And, as both a client and as a candidate, I’ve first hand experience of how they’ve achieved this enviable reputation!

Obviously not every agent/ consultancy is the same – there are some stand out examples, including Intuitive Interim & Executive Search.

However, what I’ve always struggled with is why there is so many issues around the pricing mechanism and the rebates/ guarantees on offer. This along with the need to feel values and not just another number has led me to establish a small niche offering, which I’ve cheekily called

This offers a bespoke service, one that is based upon really understanding the role and the company needs, one that is based upon search rather than simply advertising led, one that is offered at a fixed price and one that comes with an absolute guarantee.

I’m not trying to take over the world with this offering. I’m very focused on providing a honest service to a select number of clients to value the personal touch.

See for yourself and please recommend me to your professional contacts.


Happiness in just 7 steps…

Are you happy?

I mean really happy?

If not, these seven steps may help you move to a more happy place;

  1. KNOW your emotional state, recognise when it changes and what factors influence it. How you feel now is not necessarily the way you felt yesterday, nor the way you will feel tomorrow. Celebrate the cycles of your emotions.
  2. HAVE ambitions, goals, dreams which motivate and inspire. Future histories that you can invest in, move towards and revel in. Set both achievable and awesome targets. The first will move you forward along a pre-defined path. The second will drive you to be something more than you can currently conceive.
  3. RELATE creatively, collaboratively and emotionally with others. Keep those who inspire and move you close and let those who depress and control you drift away. People come into your life and they leave your life. Some will affect you greatly. Be aware of how you feel in each relationship and explore where each can take you.
  4. SHARE your dreams and ambitions; your desires and your goals with those who you have strong, initmate friendships and partnerships. Listen to their dreams and ambitions. Many powerful relationships fail because of a lack of meaningful communication.
  5. RECOGNISE that whilst your work may not make you happy, it can support you in being happy. A few fortunate individuals can earn a living doing what they love. If you can achieve that then work towards it. If not recognise that what you do does not need to define YOU but you can define how YOU relate to it. Remember the idea that we work to live rather than live to work.
  6. KNOW that you can make a choice in every situation. Recognise and respect the choices you make and take an active role in your own life. Even when you think you have NO CHOICE consider what it is that causes you to feel that way and decide whether or not you are using the ‘no choice-blame’ thing as an excuse. Know that there’s no idealism about this and there is no way any accusation of ‘laziness’ aimed at individuals who are locked into a situation from which there appears to be no escape. If you feel you are one of these people then seek some external support to help you ‘take back’ your personal power – to recognise those aspects of your own life over which you can have choice.
  7. BE PRESENT, BE YOU, BE NOW. Respect yourself and your abilities. Find ways to reward your achievements, celebrate your relationships and honour your choices. Develop your emotional literacy, your intellect and your physical health

What experiences do you have in applying these 7 steps?


Monthly Book Club – May 2010

Apologies that there was no book club in April – I ended up getting very busy with client commitment and had to go overseas frequently.

So what have I been reading this month?

The Art of Influence is written by Chris Widener and published by Doubleday.

I don’t always like the use of a parable to describe business related topics. However, in this instance, Chris uses the process to great effect.

A self assured young business school graduate gets the opportunity to spend the weekend with one of the wealthiest and most successful businessmen in the world. Through this experience, he learns the lessons of a lifetime.

The golden rules of influence are;

1. live a life of undivided integrity

2. always demonstrate a positive attitude

3. consider other people’s interest as more important than your own

4. don’t settle for anything less than excellence

5. character is more important than skill

A really easy read that gets you thinking

The principle of growth…. The principle of life…

The principle of growth… The principle of life…

Life is a matter of challenge, when you want to grow in any aspect of your life you have to consider challenges.

Ask yourself and answer it very honestly, is there any growth in your life?

Or are you having the true growth in your life that you desire?

Take an audit of your life. Are the changes in your life providing you an advancement to your career or your business? Get the passion back to your life.

 Here are some Famous Quotes that successful businessmen lived by along with my comment.

 “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.” –Henry David Thoreau

 Or I’d rather say, success comes to those who deserve it. Love is like love, it doesn’t matter how much you have in the beginning but how much you can gain until the end. Thus, love your job and work hard for it, you’ll surely benefit to it in return.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” –Thomas A. Edison

Once you started to join any venture, never give up too easily. It is a fact that most of the time, people tend to walk away and not realizing they’re very close to succeeding they desires in life. Stand to what you believe is right and fight for it.

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential.” –John Maxwell 

A successful person believes in his abilities that he can do anything positively, but the unsuccessful person believes that he can be successful yet fail to have faith in his own abilities. So choose whether you want to be successful or not.

“Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” –Winston Churchill

Failure is the greatest challenge to anyone. It makes us stronger and wiser. Thus, success can never be success without the pain we had from failures and wrong decisions. However, we should always be optimistic that everything is possible and believe that there’s no so-called “LUCKY” success is a matter of hardworking, guts and faith in one’s self.

Motivate yourself: What is success to you?

“The size of your success is measured by the strength of your desire; the size of your dream; and how you handle disappointment along the way

“The only difference between a rich person and poor person is how they use their time

“Your future is created by what you do today not tomorrow

“The primary reason people seek job security is because that is what they are taught to seek at home, and at school… then with debt loads, they must cling even tighter to a job, or professional security, just to pay the bills.

Why is the UKs number of Cancer Cases reaching US figures?

If only people were healthier, increasing number of cancer cases in the US as well as in the UK can be brought to an end.

Health is Wealth

Living healthy, maintaining a well balanced diet complete with fruits and vegetables, healthy weight and taking exercise as a routine can help minimize the outgrowing number of cancer cases in the UK and the US.

While there is much higher rates of obesity in the US yet Britons tend to drink more alcohol and as a result the total numbers of cancer cases are equal in both areas.

People may notice that most cancer cases in the US are linked to body fats in fact 20% of the seven cancer types are weight related issues while in the UK the percentage is only about 17%. According to experts, despite that Britons are much healthier in weight yet they are hard alcohol drinkers causing them to match the US in cancer rates, says Professor Martin Wiseman.

Too much of everything can make us sick, so better watch out for your health. Life is good especially if we are healthy and even if we don’t have much wealth or money we can still live happily.