Authority Bias & Why There’s No Such Thing As A Stupid Question

How much do you respect authority? Do you generally do what you’re told when someone you see as having more authority than yourself such as a policeman or a superior at work tells you to do something? What about if that something conflicts with your personal conscience? How about if you are told something by an expert which conflicted with your views, would you assume you are wrong because you are not an expert? Would you bow to their authority on the matter? Not so long ago I wrote an article about outside thinking – why asking the experts is … Read The Full Article …

Zen, The Inner Child & The Perfect Cup of Tea

Have you ever struggled to master something despite hours of practice? Or have you ever wondered why you don’t perform as well in a competitive environment as you do in training? We live in a world obsessed with results, with goals and outcomes. In this article I’d like to explore that tendency we have to keep score, to track progress, and to put so much emphasis on achieving. Then we’ll discuss tossing our obsession with results aside in favour of Zen, Zanshin and embracing our Inner Child (and Perfect Tea). What does all of that mean? Playing To Win There … Read The Full Article …

Theory X and Theory Y: Understanding People’s Motivations (According to McGregors Theory)

In general, what do you think motivates people to get up and go to work in the morning? Are you someone who believes people generally work because they gain satisfaction from their employment? … or … Do you believe in general that people only work because they have to – in order to earn money and make a living? Understanding Theory X and Theory Y You may have already heard of Mcgregors Theory X and Theory Y model of human motivation and management. It is a very basic model and often the world is more complex. For example your answer … Read The Full Article …

Websites – 365 REALLY Useful Websites You Just Gotta Check Out

Do you have a favourite website? I suppose if I were asked that question I’d find it difficult to narrow it down to one site. I have lots of sites that I really like for various reasons. There’s no doubt about it, a good website can make a huge difference to your day to day life. I regularly use Google Maps for example to check out journey times, property locations and more, IMDB to check out if a movie is worth watching or my online banking site to manage my finances. So I have compiled a list useful websites I … Read The Full Article …

The Power of Visualization

When I was growing up I wanted to play golf just like my dad. My childhood hero was Severiano Ballesteros. I loved Seve’s charisma and the fact that whatever trouble he got himself into, he always got out of it with the most amazing and magical recovery shots. He was like half-golfer, half-adventurer, going places on a golf course that no-one has ever gone before. To me, Seve was pure natural talent (or was he?), not a manufactured product like Tiger Woods or many other modern golfers who have been taught from a very early age. Seve learned to hit … Read The Full Article …

Unplugging: Detach Yourself from the Matrix

Human beings are incredible learning machines. We are also creatures of Habit. This is both a good and a bad thing. Good because we can use this super-power to achieve nearly anything, often limited only by the boundaries of our own self-belief. Consider the act of driving a car. When you first learn this task it seems extremely complicated – because it is, there is an awful lot to learn. However for millions of drivers around the world this complicated undertaking ends up being really rather simple, almost sub-conscious even as we use our habit-forming super-power to perform the necessary … Read The Full Article …

Why Write About Trees (Check it Out, They’re Awesome)?

An article about Trees? Yes. An article about trees. Hopefully I can inspire a similar perspective shift (or more like an amplification and rejuvenation of an existing perspective) in you as I just had. A few things coincided recently which somehow just led me to a tree related moment: I was watching a Blue Planet documentary which was pretty horrifying and all about the amount of plastic in our seas getting entangled in sea life and killing various species in various horrific ways. I then saw a programme about deforestation in Myanmar where the land was being re-used for palm … Read The Full Article …

Savings That Keep On Giving

How much do you enjoy driving your car? How about looking in the bathroom mirror, how much do you enjoy that? Or drinking a cup of tea from your favourite mug? I’m going to tell you why I love all three and what these three things have in common for me. It’s all to do with savings that keep on giving which I want to tell you about in this article. First of all, I LOVE driving my car, and not just because I enjoy driving. The same goes for every time I look in the bathroom mirror and every … Read The Full Article …

Rules of Thumb & Why We Love ‘Em

How many ‘Rules of Thumb‘ do you know? Probably more than you can remember. How many do you live by? Here are some popular Rules of Thumb which you may have heard of: “Measure Twice, Cut Once.” “Red Sky At Night: Shepherds Delight, Red Sky In The Morning: Shepherds Warning” (meaning if there is a red sky at night, the weather the next day will be dry and pleasant, but if there is a red sky in the morning the day is likely to be wet and windy). “What Gets Measured Gets Improved” (This does two things: 1) focuses attention … Read The Full Article …

Qigong, Accidental Discoveries & Table Tennis

Often the most wonderful things in life happen or are discovered entirely by accident. In my view this is the best way to discover. I’m fascinated by mindfulness, by living in the moment (or at least trying to, as we’re all guilty of drifting off into the past or into possible futures from time to time). The question for me is often if we are paying attention or not. If we are paying attention, if we are in the present, if we are mindful and truly appreciating what life has to offer, then we can pick these moments, these opportunities, … Read The Full Article …