No one cares how much you know

The world is changing rapidly and some estimate that the pandemic has accelerated the rate of change by as much as 10 years in some areas. One of those areas is in human sensitivity. We have all heard references to...


Start the year with serenity

So the relief of saying farewell to 2020 wasn’t replaced by the hope of a new year but by the extension of lockdown measures across the nation creating another twist in the mental health roller coaster for us all. As...


The Pandemic, Resilience and the Leader’s Role 2

Up until a couple of years ago I never needed glasses. Now I need them pretty much all the time. We have been under the shadow of this pandemic for about 10 months now. I can notice, personally, slight changes...


The Pandemic, Resilience and the Leader’s Role

Resilience is the capacity to bend in the challenges of life and bounce back. The challenges of 2020 mean that resilience is an extremely valuable commodity for you and your team but what can you, as a leader do to...


When They Zig, You Zag

We have seen a number of tough financial times over recent years and it is always worth remembering that as well as the devastation these times cause there are also lots of people who flourish in difficult times. They are...


The Top 3 Things to Look For In Your Next Recruit

Common sense is rarely common practice. The top 3 things to look for in your next recruit are obvious, but only once you know them and I bet they aren’t all on your list right now. You do have a...


5 reasons recruiting A players is so difficult and 6 things you can do about it

 Scale Up Coach Ian Kinnery explores the concept of the A player; examine why your current hiring methods are unlikely to reveal any A players and advocate 6 things you can do about it right away. “Nothing matters more...


What is your A to C score?

How many of your team are A players? Take a simple two by two matrix, with performance being the horizontal axis and core values being the vertical axis. An A player lives in the top right hand quadrant. An A...


Is it really necessary?

As businesses grow they get exponentially more complicated and as businesses grow we inevitably add people and processes to the structure. One of the consequences of the great disruptor that Covid has proven to be that business leaders are looking...


Which side of the divide will you be on?

I briefly heard on the news this morning that it is expected to be announced that the UK is in recession later today. That will hardly be news to anyone that knows anything about business. You cannot expect any other...



This week a client posted a thank you on social media for the coaching they had done with me 10 years ago and that got me thinking. People often obsess about the ROI (return on investment) from any form of...


On Leadership Post Covid

Leading a business can be the best fun you can have with your clothes on. Being at the head of a business that is making money, growing and doing well gives a feeling like no other. But we all know...

- Michelle Rose - Custard & Bear

"What can I say about the past eight weeks of coaching? I don't really have the words... To say they have been transformational would be true, but still wouldn't accurately explain how far I feel I've come."

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