Team building

These are some of the most commonly asked questions on firewalking. Please can you explain what the firewalk is all about? Firewalking means different things to each person who takes part; for me it’s about re-empowering myself – using my fears and perceived ‘lack’ in my life, to take me courageously into the next phase […]

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It’s great to see Forbes writer Jacquelyn Smith highlight the social skills recognition we need in a modern, working environment in her post “The 20 People Skills You Need To Succeed At Work” – I couldn’t agree more! You’d expect that we all possess those skills, simple as they sound – and inherently I believe […]

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By British standards I’m a successful business, managing to survive three times over the required 3 year period, to call myself ‘successful’. Ten years ago this month I set myself up as Scotland’s first Firewalk and Empowerment Instructor; I created myself a job as trainer, facilitator and holistic therapist – completely oblivious to what the […]

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There are probably many ways we can improve our creativity but some scientists are focusing their efforts on finding out how that happens; studying what’s going on in our brains, when we experience ‘insight’. In the BBC’s Horizon programme ‘The Creative Brain‘ these scientists conduct experiments which track brain activity via an EEG cap, as […]

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In the last blog I talked about overcoming obstacles in the team, this one will talk about personal barriers to having the perfect team. Apart from the obvious problems a team faces, there are issues that individuals bring to work, mostly unaware of their presence or impact on everything; workmates, targets, sales and / or […]

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Every team has obstacles to face; some are fairly easy to spot – meeting sales and other targets, expansion, creating the next best thing or taking the business to the next level. Others are not so simple and can be difficult or completely insurmountable – with built-in stress-factor 10. These are the unseens at work. […]

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Who said building a team would be easy? Perfect team cohesion is every manager’s dream; finding individuals with the right skills and talent is easy – but getting those people to work together, can be an actual nightmare. Apart from the lack of understanding of each other’s roles, personal issues stand in the way of […]

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Again it was snowing when I landed in Paris. It had been thirty years almost to the day since I’d last visited the city, so I was looking forward to reminiscing on my journey from Orly to the Holiday Inn at Marne La Vallee. I have a good Scot’s tongue in my head so I […]

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It was lightly snowing when I arrived in Den Haag, a day earlier than I should have, due to the lack of suitable flights ensuring I’d arrive on time. When I stepped out of my taxi at the hotel the first thing I noticed was the warmth of the flourescent pink light, glowing through the […]

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January kicked off with ‘Winning in 2013′ – a conference for the DACH regions of IHG (International Hotel Group) in mid January, in Vienna. After a few holiday season hiccups, I got into the swing of things pretty quickly, enjoying the winter travel and the excellent company of Austrian, German and Swiss hoteliers representing a […]

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