Because I Said So

“How we went about testing these questions and what we found may astound you. Our planned two-week investigation into the psychology of prison life had to be ended after only six days because of what the situation was doing to the college students who participated. In only a few days, our guards became sadistic and our […]

Feeling Like A Fraud

Last November, whilst living in New York, I went to an event on the key trends around performance management and how companies are addressing this topic within their organisations. The panel consisted of six speakers and I utterly enjoyed the debate. At the end of the evening, I went up to one of the speakers […]

Kolb’s Learning Cycle

David A. Kolb (LinkedIn) was born in 1939 and in a later life became an American educational theorist focusing on social psychology. He graduated from the Harvard University in 1967 and since then founded the US based Experience Based Learning Systems, INC. He is mostly known for identifying the four-stage learning cycle, as shown below: Concrete […]

Children Are Our Future, but…

… what exactly are we doing about making our future bright? My happy childhood memory of growing up in a somewhat careless world ends at the age of six. In September 1986, I joined the preschool class and replaced my usually dirty clothes with a perfectly ironed uniform. Gone were the days of running barefoot […]

S.I.M.P.L.E. Coaching Model

S.I.M.P.L.E. coaching model is one of the solution-focused approaches often used when working with some of the more complex problems. The model has been developed by two coaching practitioners Paul Z Jackson and Mark McKergow. These are the underpinning principles of the above model: Solutions not problems – is about encouraging a client to concentrate […]

Sir Richard Branson’s list of 65 books to read

I don’t think a special introduction is needed when talking about Sir Richard Branson, the selfmade English business magnate, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist. He co-founded the Virgin Group Limited in 1970 (along with Nik Powell), which currently consists of more than 400 companies worldwide. So all in all, he has been a pretty successful chap. Below […]

Women and Men. Different but Equal.

Following on from the International Women’s Day… In the past three weeks, I attended an equal number of events promoting equality at the workplace and advocating the benefits of a more balanced workforce (which by the way is unquestionable). Topics discussed included female entrepreneurial struggles, key gender differences, leveraging women’s strengths, exploitation of female sexuality […]

Breaking Through the Glass Ceiling

I have been recently exploring the use of the Gestalt approach to coaching. The Gestalt therapy has been practiced since the 1950s, growing in its popularity in the 1960s when Edwin Nevis and Richard Wallen began using it in the management development programmes. The aim of the approach is to help an individual to discover, explore […]

Mindless Mindfulness

I have recently spoken with Autumn Totton, the Co-Founder of The Mindfulness Project, about the influx of the mindfulness programmes popping out from every corner. The ever-growing mindfulness hype has caught my attention and inspired to study the subject. Suddenly, everything was about mindfulness: mindful people management, mindful hiring and firing, mindful internal communication, mindful […]

Thank You Goes A Long Way

Successful CEOs know pretty well that the business’ overall victory vastly depends on a combined effort of every single person working for them. They see their businesses as a well-oiled machines, with each bolt tightly screwed to its place, enabling them to move forward at a most desirable speed. Indubitably, they will be driving through […]