Wise leaders know to fix these three things before expecting trust and collaboration in their team.


Purpose: Trust has flat-lined in recent months, thanks largely to the lack of physical interaction. Plus the small detail that this pandemic has massively damaged the global economy threatening jobs and business survival. And without trust, there’s no chance of collaboration (in spite of all the wonderful tools to support it) even though we need to do so now more than ever if we are to rebuild our businesses, the economy and lives. In this edition, we’ll consider why our brains have decided not to trust others and what leaders can do to rebuild the essential foundations that make trust…


Nothing gets done in a single silo or department anymore. Constant collaboration and trust are at a premium because everything worth doing is always led by cross-functional teams. Now, the essential foundations of Collaboration and Trust are deteriorating. As leaders, we need to act now and stop the slide. We need to make our people feel safe, that they belong and that what they do really matters.

As you know, throughout August 2020 we undertook a survey of leaders across the globe to ask them about their greatest concerns and their best tips, the mindshifts they had to make this…


Your brain is magnificent. It’s also limited. And it’s also a gas guzzler!

This is an interactive tour of your brain.

There is so much going on in the world around you right at this moment, that you cannot possibly, consciously process all that information. It would just be totally overwhelming.

To cope and save essential gas (energy) for other things, every person has their own unique way of processing the data hitting us from outside (and internal self-talk) through our experiences, beliefs, values, preferences, memories and past decisions.

Purpose: To understand the Human to Human Interface — that is, how we communicate and understand each other. To be able to apply…

(And Get Your Own Back!)

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Get That Delicious Appreciated Feeling now


I’m going to take a wild guess here that your work and your life has become more demanding.

Furthermore, I can be pretty certain that you feel under-valued.

I’ll even dare to suggest that your pay is not the main issue in feeling under-valued, rather it’s because it seems that no-one truly appreciates the value you deliver.

Something deep inside our psyche screams out to be appreciated. When we’re not appreciated, then our satisfaction with life, with our job, with ourselves, is diminished.

You might have quit a job to take another with more salary in the belief that…

Part 1 of a series on “How to Play Politiks Without Losing Your Soul

More clients than not tell me that they don’t like to play politics at work. Indeed, most work politics have a terrible reputation. But they are a fact of working life. So you had better get wise and know how to play the game and yes, you can do so without losing your soul… it’s time to learn some more about the brain and thus how we can build and leverage work relationships to good effect and in an edifying way.

Every day you are busy.

After a fretful night’s “rest”, you have a to-do list that never seems to end, emails that fill…


Coaching a colleague, a team member or anyone you know well is a challenging situation. For example, a manager usually conducts the performance review for their staff focusing on their performance in the job and team which may lead to a recommendation about salary or promotions. A coach is focussed on developing the person in their job and life but does not normally, recommend salary or promotions.

As a friend, you would be interested in the other persons well-being and their feelings. You might not push them hard or challenge them in fear of breaking the relationship. …

Purpose: Sharing neuroscience hacks to help you win the battle in your soul during this time of lockdowns, social distancing and a strange lack of toilet paper.

Payoff: You’ll regain control, disarm stress and be able to encourage others so we can all emerge better, stronger and ready to reinvigorate our lives and the world.


We’re 3 months into this virus spreading its fear and anxiety across the globe.

Different people in different places are in various stages of grief.

We all started in full denial and several went into isolation immediately. Information was scare as no-one accepted responsibility and no-one wanted to be accountable. Experts were dumbfounded —…

Your aptitude (your “natural” ability to do something) is thought by many people to be the main driver of their success.


We raise people with those noticeable talents onto pedestals in a form of worship. Imagine yourself as a star soccer player, or the lead singer in your favourite band, an actor in an awesome movie. There are even some people who are simply famous at being famous.

But everyday life for the vast majority of people isn’t a movie. Our giftedness is a little less flashy and a little more humdrum. …

We’ve all had to deal with them. Perhaps you still are dealing with them? Difficult People.

Some people are only happy being depressing and dragging everyone else down into a pit of despair.

They come in all shapes and sizes. All races, all genders, and all backgrounds. They only share two things in common, but I’ll come back to that in a little while.

As a professional executive coach I occasionally get asked by organisation leaders if I can help them “fix” one of their more “difficult” or “problematic” team members. They see potential in this person but there’s a problem in their style or approach that needs developing.

Some of them are like Debbie Downer from Saturday Night Live: Always ready with a depressing take on everything being discussed. …

When you ask someone what they want from life, most people will tell you that they want to be happy.

Push a little bit more and they will tell you they want to do something useful or meaningful, make a difference, leave a legacy, or fulfil a calling.

We call that succeeding.

That is, the activities we undertake every day provide us with personal happiness or satisfaction and have long term benefits for yourself and/or other people.

Some people are happy because they do something that helps others long term, even short term. …

Dr John Kenworthy

How to Lead and Motivate and Get People to Do Things That Matter.

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