Down with the beige brigade!

Down with the beige brigade!

The strangest compliments that I receive include variations of: “you tell it like it is”; “you’re honest”; “you’re real”. I find this depressing. First, because I’d like these attributes to be taken for granted. Second, because it infers that other business coaches...
Identity in work

Identity in work

Over the last eight years, I’ve worked almost exclusively with people who love what they do and identify strongly with their work. People who become self-employed not because they want to earn a million dollars annually and enjoy homes on every continent, but because...
The fight for willpower

The fight for willpower

Exercise and I have a vexed relationship. I don’t like to sweat and when my heart-rate rises, I’m sure it’s bad for me and I slow down immediately. Now I’m on the wrong side of 30, my vanity is flourishing and I’ve joined the gym. Walking through it during a busy...
On being wrong

On being wrong

We humans have an almost-pathological fear of being wrong. This is particularly bizarre with decisions that will likely have next-to-no dire consequences. The worst that may happen is a loss of face. And this is typically overblown too – because, of course, most...