Challenging disruptive behaviours – DESC

Challenging others’ behaviours is not easy. Not only have you got to offer feedback to someone who has just upset you in some way, you have to run the risk of them becoming upset themselves and risk the relationship spiraling in a negative direction. Some might say you can avoid the need to confront others’[…]

What is Personal Development?

I think it is important to ask this question. The thinking that unfolds below may help you focus on why you are on the journey you are on and whether it is the right one for you right now. I hope it also peaks your interest in the social sciences and their contribution to our[…]

Steve Jobs – Great Leaders Need Great Followers

Much has been and will be written about Steve Jobs and his leadership of Apple. He was certainly an amazing business man and brand evangelist. He was also obsessive over both form and function in product design. We have Apple to thank for much of the innovation in personal computing. Steve Jobs has left an[…]

Mind The Gap – Everyday reminders to think, then act

When I’m traveling by train or on the underground in the UK I often see the words ‘Mind The Gap’ painted on the platform edge. The phrase is also often spoken through a recorded message. This is obviously to warn passengers of the gap between the platform and the train. I took this warning on[…]

Express yourself – articulating feelings

As an Englishman, if I were to be stereotyped I’m sure the caricature would include a ‘stiff upper lip’ and ‘repressed emotions’. I’m not sure the former is accurate but the latter is, for me, where my stereotype is sometimes confirmed. I am not particularly good at expressing my emotional needs or discussing my feelings.[…]

Life Purpose – predetermined or predisposed?

I’m wary of using the phrase ‘life purpose’ because it is often assumed to be somehow divinely or genetically predetermined. Genetic predetermination actually holds some credibility for me, but more of that in a minute. Let’s first look at divine predetermination. I’m an atheist, so the thought that a supernatural entity has programmed my life,[…]

The Broad Concept – A four step reflection and planning process

My first exposure to personal development in the workplace was when I started selling life assurance. The life assurance industry is well known for its use of personal development in supporting its mainly self-employed sales people. One of the first concepts I was introduced to was The Broad Concept. This was a model for structuring[…]