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Precious Moments

If every moment in life is precious, some are more precious than others. 

Before you start giving me that smile, thinking He does have a heart after all...

I'm talking practicalities. Not the birth of your first child, or getting your dream job, or buying your first house.

(Although yes, of course, I do think they're hugely precious.)

This week, I was privileged to be part of the team who welcomed the Malaysian Minister for Entrepreneurship to Cambridge Judge Business School. 

I'm pleased to say Mohd Redzuan Yusof enjoyed his visit so much,... Read more

The Phoenix Spirit

There's a right way and a wrong way to deal with setbacks. 

The wrong way is the easy way, however tempting. 

Lie down, blubber a lot, wrap yourself in a curtain, accept defeat and hide away from the world. 

The right way is tougher, and requires what I think of as the Phoenix Spirit. 

I know what you're thinking here, and ok, it's true, you're as sharp as ever, dear reader. That's not actually a phoenix. 

But it is an appropriate picture, for reasons I will explain at the end of this musing. 

... Read more

Dream Hunting

It's a scary thing, to go hunting your dream, but if you catch it the results can be amazing.

On which subject, this is Joe.

I met him soon after moving to Cambridge, when I was in networking, say hello to as many people as possible, hope some might like you, and a few even help you and give you work mode. 

We didn't network - we just got on and became friends. 

Because Joe is one of those splendid people it's impossible not to like. He's kind, gentle,... Read more

The Art (or Science!) of Presentations

A guest blog on how to give presentations by Brad Fowler, founder of Scope, one of the fine young companies I'm fortunate to coach at Cambridge Judge Business School. 

Brad writes -

In traditional engineering fashion, I’ll write my essay in bullet points. I hope you find this informative, practical and of course an efficient use of the time it would take you to wait for a YouTube ad to finish.

- Start with why, not what or how.

Bad examples:

- Our battery lasts 20% longer than any other on the market,... Read more

360 Degree Teaching

I realised something obvious, but rather profound this week. 

I might pride myself on being a teacher, and some might have formal job titles which describe them as teachers, but in reality...

We're all teachers. Every one of us. 

I was running a workshop on blog writing, below, and was talking about the importance of simplicity.

I mentioned the genius of Google, making searching the vast reaches of the internet as easy as typing a few words into a box...

And one of the group chipped in with a fascinating anecdote about how... Read more

The Impostor Syndrome

I didn't mean to carry out this experiment - it just came to me - but it certainly was interesting. 

I was doing one of my modestly entitled Secrets of Success talks, this time at the excellent St Bede's School in Cambridge.

I was wonderfully looked after, not least by the headteacher, and head boy and girl - thanks all for a great session.

Anyway, one of The Secrets is - ***** spoilers alert here ***** - the importance of having faith in yourself. 

There must have been 150 young men and... Read more

Big Weeks

We all have them. Big weeks. 

Whether it's their workload, or their importance, or both, they're BIG. 

But how to deal with them? 

Let me air some insights I've found on my way, because I've just had a terrific one. A very BIG week indeed.

This was one of the many highlights - 

Meeting a party of entrepreneurs from China, and coaching them about British ways of doing business.

We set them a challenge, using one of the companies from Cambridge Judge Business School as a case study, and wow! 

What energy, talent... Read more

The Hidden Depths

It’s curious how the hidden depths and secret corners are often the most interesting.

And that goes for both human life, and the natural world.            

Witness this - a rarely visited oasis of Cambridge, behind the Fitzwilliam Museum and Peterhouse College, and all the more beautiful for its tranquility in what can be a very busy city.            

I spent a delightful half an hour here on a lunch break this week, and it was wonderfully uplifting.                   ... Read more

The Right Time

It's simple, it's powerful, and it's well worth getting to know if you want to make the most of you precious creativity.

What am I talking about (as you must so often ask, poor, long-suffering reader of my musings)?

I'm talking your peak performance time. 

This is mine. Not the chilly days of the winter, but the mornings, all year around.

I discovered the right time for me years ago, when I began writing novels. 

I was still with the BBC then, as a News Correspondent, which was a busy job to say... Read more

The Power of Pictures

This is a tough sentence for a writer to put on record, but there are times when words just aren't enough. 

In short, some things you simply have to see. 

Think Phan Thi Kim Phuc, often known as the Napalm Girl, running screaming, in one of the most notorious images of the Vietnam War.

No words could truly capture that horror. 

Or, at the other end of the spectrum of emotions, the workmen having lunch on a girder, hundreds of feet above New York, as they built the Rockefeller Centre.

Or Marilyn Monroe, and her skirt blowing up in that... Read more