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Letting Go of Control and Dropping the Mask

Letting Go of Control and Dropping the Mask

This past week my debt of gratitude to the NHS grows even greater.  It has been sixteen months after they so expertly delivered my daughter, Sophia into the world with an emergency C-section.  I can still remember that feeling of having to surrender any kind of control of the situation and handing over to the … Continue reading Letting Go of Control and Dropping the Mask →

Show Up & Be Seen

Show Up & Be Seen

As a leader or business owner is there a part of you that is waiting for people to find you? The truth is it is so much easier to hide than to stand up and be seen. How often do we hide from communicating our ideas and work? Hide from showing what we feel to … Continue reading Show Up & Be Seen →

A new year revolution, finding your passion

A new year revolution, finding your passion

The New Year is a great time to start something new… not so much a ‘new year resolution’ (which tends to be about improving something you are dissatisfied with) but more a new year revolution. Overthrowing the old to make room for something new. As a coach I spend much of my time helping people … Continue reading A new year revolution, finding your passion →

Are we really listening?

Are we really listening?

How often do we listen to somebody?  I mean really listen to them without our own thoughts and stories playing in the background.  As a trainer, facilitator and coach I have always considered myself to be a good listener.  However, I am noticing more and more how rarely I am actually fully present and listening … Continue reading Are we really listening? →

Anyone for another biscuit?

Anyone for another biscuit?

It is a belief of mine that for a team to be fully functional, its members need to learn how to disagree passionately with each other and still commit to an agreed way forward.  Teams need to learn how to master conflict.  Conflict is a necessary part of human relationships in work.  It could be … Continue reading Anyone for another biscuit? →

Thriving through Change

Thriving through Change

It is fairly obvious that companies that manage change well will continue to grow and thrive, those that don’t become stagnant and fail. But what is not so obvious is the difference that makes the difference when leading through change. In our experience the difference that makes the difference when leading change depends on the … Continue reading Thriving through Change →

Let’s Talk Dirty!

Let’s Talk Dirty!

We all know the old adage that a consultant is someone who borrows your watch to tell you the time, and then keeps your watch, so the joke goes. There are plenty of other ones along similar lines, all suggesting that what a management consultant does is charge people an awful lot of money for … Continue reading Let’s Talk Dirty! →

The Trust Effect

The Trust Effect

Let me ask you a question?  As a leader do you think that you should show your vulnerability to your team?  By this I mean letting them see your humanity by saying things like; “I don’t know”, “Can you teach me that because you’re much better than me at it”, “I’m sorry, I shouldn’t have … Continue reading The Trust Effect →

Adding Drama to Meetings

Adding Drama to Meetings

If I were to ask you what springs to mind when I use the word ‘Meetings’ what would you say? As organisations, we seem to have resigned ourselves to the notion that meetings are unavoidably painful and unproductive – one of the necessary evils of organisational life. But the fact is, bad meetings are a … Continue reading Adding Drama to Meetings →

Do you do what you say on the tin?

Do you do what you say on the tin?

Let’s get straight to the point.  If you are a senior manager or owner of a small business there is one thing that people want from you more than anything else. In fact, if this one thing is absent, even if the leader demonstrates strong leadership characteristics, he or she will struggle to maintain their … Continue reading Do you do what you say on the tin? →

Habit Upgrade Anyone?

Habit Upgrade Anyone?

How many of you brush your teeth without thinking about it? I know I do, except when I am due to visit the dentist, and then my extra vigilant brushing practically becomes a mindful practice! This is how (Whilst mindfully brushing my teeth) I found myself thinking about habits. According to Charles Duhigg author of … Continue reading Habit Upgrade Anyone? →

Mindfully Yours

Mindfully Yours

I think we can all agree that you must have to have been living in a cave in 2015 not to have heard about Mindfulness. Some of the best and most well known authors in human development are writing about the subject, helping us to develop mindful schools and organisations, and teaching us techniques on … Continue reading Mindfully Yours →

Take a Fresh Look at Workforce Development

Take a Fresh Look at Workforce Development

Learning at Work Week takes place from 16th – 22nd May 2016, but at LTI we believe you can have a learning at work week at any time. Dedicating a week to learning is a great opportunity to make learning and development more visible in your organisation and to act as a catalyst to introducing … Continue reading Take a Fresh Look at Workforce Development →

Are you addicted to ‘full-up-ness’?

Are you addicted to ‘full-up-ness’?

In our society overload is a big problem and we spend many of our days feeling what I call full–up-ness. Full-up-ness is my word for feeling overwhelmed with the day to day business of our lives. After last weekend’s retreat I created internal space and I came away feeling less ‘full up.’ A week later … Continue reading Are you addicted to ‘full-up-ness’? →

The Armour of Self Reliance

The Armour of Self Reliance

As leaders some of us have been over-schooled in the philosophy of self-reliance, independence and competition. It is not always obvious that we have adopted this philosophy because we often describe self reliance as being successful, personally effective and dependable. You will be able to spot if you have adopted this philosophy because the chances … Continue reading The Armour of Self Reliance →

Your Presence is Required…

Your Presence is Required…

This weekend I attended a retreat that involved a considerable amount of ‘coaching.’ As we embarked on our first exercise we were given the clear instruction to do and say nothing other than repeat the simple question that had been written down for us. ‘The only thing that is required’ said our teacher ‘is your presence.’ … Continue reading Your Presence is Required… →

Behind a Smile

Behind a Smile

I know that the need for connection is universal and runs deep. What i came to realise this weekend, is that simply smiling goes beyond the human response to connect. This weekend I attended a silent retreat. The retreat was to be held in an unfamiliar environment with complete strangers, so I felt a little uncomfortable and … Continue reading Behind a Smile →

Waiting in Costa

Waiting in Costa

A long time ago I remember hearing Eckhart Tolle, author of The Power of Now, saying to his audience that he hoped we had all given up waiting as a way of being. Like many things Eckhart said I didn’t completely understand what he was saying but I knew it was hinting at a truth. … Continue reading Waiting in Costa →

Leadership Lessons from the Apprentice

Leadership Lessons from the Apprentice

Last night saw the return of the Apprentice, the ultimate in car crash television for those interested in pretty much any aspect of business. Yes, even though we know candidates aren’t chosen for their supreme business skills, and we know the situations aren’t at all realistic, for some reason we don’t get bored with a … Continue reading Leadership Lessons from the Apprentice →

Why Invest in Developing a Self Aware Culture?

Why Invest in Developing a Self Aware Culture?

Self-awareness is defined as ‘conscious knowledge of oneself.’ To be conscious of who you are, how you think, and what you do, leads to self-knowledge, and in turn, confidence, strength and authenticity. But why should you invest in developing your people to become more self-aware? What difference might it have on your culture, and ultimately … Continue reading Why Invest in Developing a Self Aware Culture? →

Why should a business invest in self awareness?

Why should a business invest in self awareness?

Listen to Pippa explain why a business should invest in self awareness.

How does self awareness affect the culture of an organisation?

How does self awareness affect the culture of an organisation?

In this video Adam explains what its like to work in an organisation that values self awareness.

Why Self Awareness?

Why Self Awareness?

In this short video Jane explains how self awareness changes the culture of an organisation.

Are you playing Against the Weight of Your Expectations?

Are you playing Against the Weight of Your Expectations?

In today’s papers it was reported that Serena Williams will not play tennis again this year after her loss at the US open. In the middle of the article, amongst the mountain of text was the phrase ‘she was playing against the weight of her own expectations’ and this made me wonder. As a sporting … Continue reading Are you playing Against the Weight of Your Expectations? →

Fear, Actually.

Fear, Actually.

Whether you agree with the Labour party’s choice of leader or not there can be no doubt that Jeremy Corbyn has catapulted the issue of authenticity right to the forefront of our attention. We could spend hours discussing the rights and wrongs of his leadership, but if we take a moment to separate out the … Continue reading Fear, Actually. →

Are you ready to be more
& bring more?

Are you ready to be more<br> & bring more?

Maybe like us you feel called to be more and bring more to the work we do? Maybe you sense that in some way you are playing small? Over the last year Learning to Inspire has felt the desire to be brave and bring a bigger message to the world of work. As we took … Continue reading Are you ready to be more & bring more? →

Presentation Skills, The Apprentice and Mark Wright

Presentation Skills, The Apprentice and Mark Wright

Yesterday Mark Wright, winner of last years BBC Apprentice, launched the website for his business with Lord Sugar. It got us thinking about his most memorable moment on the show, which wasn’t storming to victory in the final, but this: Throughout the series, Mark came across as a confident, self-assured, presenter. Yet when it came … Continue reading Presentation Skills, The Apprentice and Mark Wright →

New Years Revolutions.

New Years Revolutions.

We are now into the first full week of 2015 and for the majority of us that means back to work. Back to work also means the first time our well intentioned New Years Resolutions are properly tested. Will we keep eating healthy away from the almost reality free bubble of the festive period? How … Continue reading New Years Revolutions. →

Do you radiate Integrity and congruence?

Do you radiate Integrity and congruence?

Have you noticed that some people radiate an intangible quality? Many grapple to describe this quality by labelling it as confidence, some call it authority others may go as far as to describe it as charisma. In our Coaching to Be More, Bring More programme we call it congruence. Congruence is a quality that comes from … Continue reading Do you radiate Integrity and congruence? →

Telling the Story

Telling the Story

I’ve been reading a book recently called, ‘Telling The Story: The Heart And Soul Of Successful Leadership’ by Geoff Mead.  It’s really got me thinking about how the stories we tell as leaders can have a significant impact on our staff / followers. In his book, Mead writes of how stories can be used to … Continue reading Telling the Story →