You are your friends

This post was originally posted in March 2015 and has been reposted to illustrate some of the work I am writing on Medium.com. "Birds of a feather flock together" Friends are the biggest influence in our lives, even more than family. If you don't believe me, look at many school reports for badly behaved children.  They … Continue reading You are your friends

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Dealing with the negative

I bumped into someone from my old team the other day.  With her was my replacement who had begun the role a month ago.  I am not rude and didn't want to blank her, so I began talking to her so that she wasn't just sat back observing our conversation.  I introduced myself and asked … Continue reading Dealing with the negative

Good Mentor/Bad Mentor

As I try to make my way up the career ladder I have found the support of others is essential.  I really do miss having a good mentor to coach me and call me out on any bullshit though. I have a number of experiences of 'mentors'  - one was good, one was bad. Good Mentor … Continue reading Good Mentor/Bad Mentor

Fighting the Forces of Negativity

This week has been my most testing time in my new job. I have been optimistic and upbeat since starting, but this is the first week where I seem to have been fighting the forces of negativity from all sides. With people leaving, going on holiday or being off sick, things look light on the ground. … Continue reading Fighting the Forces of Negativity

Sharing Dreams and Goals

Apart from writing a blog that discusses some of my dreams and goals, in the real world I have kept many of my goals secret. But why would I do such a thing? Is it because I am embarrassed by what I set?  Or is it because assume that people are quiet negative and take pleasure … Continue reading Sharing Dreams and Goals

Friends and Self-Improvement

"Birds of a feather flock together" Friends are the biggest influence in our lives, even more than family. If you don't believe me, look at many school reports for badly behaved children.  They will be full of things like: He is a good person, he's just in the wrong crowd.,,,, She has potential but her … Continue reading Friends and Self-Improvement

3 attitudes to a better life

Life is great. Yet we take for granted the small things, such as access to education, health care and sanitation. Many of us are miserable as we express dissatisfaction in every area of are lives. I did not have a great start last year - I was miserable.  But by the end of last year … Continue reading 3 attitudes to a better life