How cognitive bias can ruin your dinner

I was pacing around my kitchen on Saturday afternoon, trying to motivate myself to make supper and feeling thoroughly, creatively, blue. I tried my normal habit, which is to trace back to what kicked it off. Was it the (perfectly pleasant) conversation with my...

School, singing, and the challenge of your inner artist

When I was at secondary school, a new head of music arrived who wanted to fill the music department with energy. I played the violin and the piano, and those were the things I took seriously – hours of practice, weekly lessons, orchestras rehearsals and theory...

What to do when no one believes in you

It’s a dark October evening sky over the Bristol docks. There’s the low buzz of a gathering crowd, ten thousand people moving towards the water, puzzled, laughing, wondrous. They look upwards at the huge, dark, sculptural shapes of three industrial cranes with...

Why ‘finding your purpose’ is getting in your way

When I was training as a coach, we spent a long time talking about the importance of finding your purpose. What is is? Where is it? How do we help our clients find it? And purpose is awesome. At least, the idea of it is. That somehow, once you find it, you’ll...

Pin It on Pinterest