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January 7, 2021
Resolve, not resolutions

Resolve, not resolutions

Usually, at the start of January, the focus is on a fresh start, a ‘new you’ for the New Year. But as we continue to endure the Covid 19 crisis and another lockdown, for me, it’s a time for resolve, not resolutions. Once again we have to look within and dig deep.  » Read more about: Resolve, not resolutions  »
December 11, 2020
2020 has taught me

20 Things 2020 has taught me

On the cusp of the New Year and the possibility of a psychological fresh start, I’m asking – what do I know now that I didn’t know 12 months ago? In a year of many dark clouds, what have been some silver linings? Here are 20 things 2020 has taught me,  » Read more about: 20 Things 2020 has taught me  »
December 3, 2020

Favourite Books 2020

Books are one of my great passions. There’s always a towering stack on the bedside locker, my ‘to read’ list never ends and I’m constantly seeking more shelf space. On average I read 40 books a year. For me, books are doors into other worlds and other minds and especially this year,  » Read more about: Favourite Books 2020  »
November 19, 2020

Self-Care 2.0 – the 2020 upgrade

In my recent blog ‘Self-Care – 5 ways to take better care of you,’ I shared five self-care strategies to help you reduce stress and manage your well-being. In this follow up article, I explore five more. As we continue to navigate a path through the upheaval and uncertainties of Covid 19,  » Read more about: Self-Care 2.0 – the 2020 upgrade  »
November 9, 2020
What makes a good manager

What makes a good manager

Managers, especially middle managers have had it tough in recent years. They are the butt of the adage, ‘people join companies but they leave managers.’ In seeking to flatten the organisational hierarchy, and reduce costs, many companies have sought to remove the middle management layer. Those that remain feel pressure from below,  » Read more about: What makes a good manager  »
November 2, 2020
Self-Care

Self-Care – 5 Ways to take better care of you

As degrees of lockdown appears to be the norm for the foreseeable future, it’s more important than ever that we invest in our well-being and self-care. Personally, I’m calling my 2020 upgrade – Self-Care 2.0. Over the years I’ve discovered practices that work for me. I constantly seek to tweak and refine them,  » Read more about: Self-Care – 5 Ways to take better care of you  »
October 20, 2020
What’s truly important

What’s truly important

What’s truly important This article has been inspired by my Dad who passed away on September 29th following a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Truth be known, the last few months have challenged me as I’ve never been challenged before. I grappled with feelings of powerlessness, grief and stress,  » Read more about: What’s truly important  »
September 11, 2020
Reaching for Better. New you

Reaching for Better

At the end of my recent article ‘Keep Calm and Carry On,’ I said that whilst we might crave to get back to normal, back to life pre-Covid, that we have the opportunity to reach for something better. We can start by focusing on how we can be a ‘better’ version of ourselves.  » Read more about: Reaching for Better  »
September 4, 2020
promote what you do

Don’t be scared to promote what you do

Promote what you do In the dictionary, the word ability precedes the word visibility, but in business, visibility comes first. It doesn’t matter how skilled or able you are, unless people know who you are, where you are and what you do, you will never have the opportunity to shine. Whether you are creating a profile on social media,  » Read more about: Don’t be scared to promote what you do  »
August 26, 2020
Write a book

I’d love to write a book

As the author of 5 books, (it still feels strange saying that) I’m often asked – ‘how do you go about writing a book?’ or ‘I’d love to write a book, but I don’t know where to start.’ If you are someone who has always felt that you have a book in you,  » Read more about: I’d love to write a book  »
August 21, 2020
Keep calm and carry on

Keep Calm and Carry On

The phrase, ‘keep calm and carry on’ first appeared on a British Government poster at the outset of World War Two. In these challenging times, it’s a phrase I’m using myself, a mantra to manage my well-being and to control what’s within my control. If we are not vigilant, it’s all too easy to allow ourselves to become overwhelmed by the statistics,  » Read more about: Keep Calm and Carry On  »
August 11, 2020
Resigned. Make a fresh start

What I wish I’d known when I resigned from my job

Twenty years ago this month, I resigned from my secure, salaried role as a Customer Services Manager in a large multinational and stepped into the unknown. On my podcast, Your Time With James Sweetman throughout the month of August, I’ve been revisiting this scary, yet exhilarating time in my life. Over a series of episodes,  » Read more about: What I wish I’d known when I resigned from my job  »