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Use Those Post Holiday Blues

The main holiday season is just beginning in the UK, so some of you will be soon be off on your breaks.

But whenever your last vacation was, just think back to it.

Maybe you went away somewhere exciting and had a really great break, doing lots of things you loved, trying out new foods, meeting new people, having exciting experiences, maybe even being as radical as ditching the smartphone for a couple of weeks …

Then came the day you were coming back to so called 'normal', everyday life.

As you were sitting in the airport waiting for your homeward flight to be called, or standing at the train station waiting for your train to arrive, or driving along the motorway, was there a little moment when you thought, 

Take Five with Edmund Palao

Edmund Palao studied art at Central Saint Martin’s School of Art & Design and the University of Westminster. His work embodies a fascination for hidden and unassuming locations such as night time street views, backlands, dual carriageways and so on.  Although he does use photographic images, a lot of his work is done en plein air. He says, "London has so many viewpoints and locations that I can discover and it is not difficult to find the familiar and the unfamiliar juxtaposed together e.

Coaching, Not Telling

I was once asked for advice on whether someone should set up as a freelancer, a limited company or another type of business model. I said that I didn't know. 

The questioner was slightly miffed, as they wanted a quick answer, for me to tell them what to do. "But you coach people on their businesses, don't you?" 

Yes, I coach, but I don't tell. I don't hand out ready made checklists of things to do. For one reason, that isn't my training and for another, the solutions my clients find for themselves are far more inventive and interesting than ones I could come up with.

Plate Spinning and the Art of Project Management

How often have you heard someone complaining about having too many plates to spin? It is a phrase I have used myself, always with the feeling that the plate spinning is really difficult.

Have you ever watched someone spinning plates? It's not something you see every day, but you use to get plate spinners on television in variety shows in my younger days.  Plate spinning is a surprisingly good analogy about being able to hold the bigger picture, (the impressive display for example of 108 spinning plates, which is the world record), and keeping track of each small element.

What to Take From Compliments

I have written previously aboutcomplimentsand how we can be bad at accepting them, even though they are gifts.

Building on that, compliments are not just lovely things to receive. They are also very useful indicators of how people perceive us. We are often so full of chatter in our heads of what we think others are saying about us, that we miss the real messages. Or we disregard the compliment with our own negative thoughts. How often have you said to yourself," oh they are only saying that because…".