May 27, 2018

Recently I had cause to reflect on self-awareness and the importance of a coach having the opportunity to be coached themselves.

A couple of months ago we were on holiday in Las Alpujarras in the south of Spain.  As always we spent a lot of time walking around the mount...

May 2, 2018

It’s amazing how a change in language can open up new perspectives.  I had reason to reflect on this while listening to a recent programme on Radio 4 called The Second Genome.  It was about microbes.  I thought I knew a thing or two about them.  I have the widely held...

April 30, 2018

Having just closed the door on 36 years of full time PAYE employment and opened the one marked ‘self employed’ I find myself responding to my first shareholder meeting.  My one shareholder, my wife, made it clear that future business depended on the Director (me, hoora...

April 25, 2018

A momentous moment for me passed quietly at the point where March became April in 2018. It was the point at which I went from being a paid employee of 36 years standing to being self employed as Director of Alpamayo Coaching Ltd.

The emotions and feelings related to thi...

April 24, 2018

Crikey - I woke up a couple of weeks back to the news that Glaxo SmithKline are buying up Novartis’ consumer health division and was really annoyed that the first phrase that entered my head was ‘what goes around, comes around’. I really hate the phrase, not for the wo...

March 30, 2018

I recently read a great book about big data called Everyone Lies by Seth Stephens-Davidowitz.  At the time I had been talking with colleagues about gathering evidence, in the form of data, for the benefits of any change they had implemented.  Much of what Everyone Lies...

March 30, 2018

  

Back in the mists of time, I was a research chemist for a large pharma company.  I worked on anti infectives (mostly antibacterials) for many years.  I was one of many trying to extend the useful life of beta-lactam antibacterials (including the penicillins) who...

March 30, 2018

Over the last couple of years I have been doing quite a lot of coaching in the evenings with a consequence that I find myself driving back home mid to late evening.  Often this is great time just to think (and erm……drive!) but sometimes I come across something on the r...

March 5, 2018

Some recent research out of Exeter has been comparing grey and red squirrels to find out how one has made such a great success of itself at, apparently, the expense of the other.  The research team set problems for both sorts of squirrels, all of which involved food as...

January 29, 2018

I was thrown back into my past while listening to a recent radio programme and also when reading a Parish magazine in the village where we have just moved to.  These two prompts started thinking that was independent before converging in the way that thoughts so often d...

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