A Key Leadership Lesson

A Key Leadership Lesson

  In the second year of running my PR Company in the early 90s, when we were barely breaking even, I’d attended a strange weekend course with a huge, intimidating American man – Tony Robbins. Checking out his media profile, I decided that I’d be the one to handle...
Let’s be like sunflowers

Let’s be like sunflowers

  I love sunflowers, especially after a summer holiday in Umbria, Italy, when I would walk past vibrant fields of them daily and noticed how they always turned to face the sun. Recently, I learned that sunflowers turn to each other on cloudy days so that they can...
The Gift of Pain

The Gift of Pain

  Recently, while loading the car before a long drive, I leant across the back seat to grab something and my back spasmed into pain. I then endured an agonising three-hour drive and several days of pain and immobility before a combination of acupuncture (in...
The Power of the Five F’s

The Power of the Five F’s

I had the pleasure of interviewing the headline author of the recent Newark Book Festival; Joanne Harris in front of a full audience at The Palace Theatre. We discussed her new book, The Strawberry Thief. Some themes are very constant in Joanne’s work. These include...
Upcycle your thoughts

Upcycle your thoughts

A friend of mine has a business that grew out of a hobby. She offers ‘upcycled’ and ‘repurposed’ items for sale. Lots of Shabby Chic furniture and items that have been made into something different and lovely.   Recycling is good.  There is a war being waged on...
Using words for good

Using words for good

What is good about February? Well, for me it’s The Oscars! I’m counting down to them by watching as many of the nominated films and actors as possible and that included a trip to see wonderful Olivia Coleman in The Favourite. What a bawdy, slightly bonkers film it is....
Make Christmas cosy, not crazy

Make Christmas cosy, not crazy

I love Christmas yet I have memories of trying to juggle work, kids, family, extended family and more and ending up in tears, drinking Santa’s sherry while wrapping the kids presents in the early hours of Christmas day, worrying about the turkey. Probably the most...
Tackling loneliness

Tackling loneliness

Earlier this month, it was Remembrance Sunday.  I studied War Literature as part of my English degree and the haunting poems and prose of the soldiers of WW1 are forever engraved on my heart.  At this time of year, we remember the fallen and pay our sincere respects...