Once upon a time there was a mouse and a bramble.* . The mouse made a nest under the bramble where its thorns, nature’s barbed wire, offered protection. The mouse family ate the bramble’s berries. The mice excreted the eaten berries. This dispersed the seeds of the bramble and gave them a good chance of … The Mouse & The BrambleRead More »
Have you tried coaching while walking? ‘Invigorating’, ‘Inspiring’, ‘Great for shifting perspective and getting unstuck!’ These are some of the reflections on coaching walking made by a crowd of AoEC coaching graduates who joined me last week to walk and talk while connecting with each other and London. Remarkably, after a spate of cold, rainy, … Are you a coach that works while walking? (And what about the weather?)Read More »
Do you find that going for a walk makes you feel good, clears your head and helps you solve problems? Walking has so many benefits. There is increasing scientific evidence that walking supports our physical and mental health, as well as our ability to think positively and creatively. Combined with coaching, walking becomes a powerful … Why Coaching While Walking?Read More »
We need to fail in order to learn. Failure is part of trying new things and moving forward. But how comfortable do we feel talking about and sharing our failures? We (Professor Susannah Quinsee and I) made this the theme of our SEDA conference walk in November: Walking as a tool for reflective practice. Delegates … Walking to reflect on failureRead More »
10% of trees in London are London Plane trees. Not only is it an instantly recognisable tree that serves as a backdrop for much of my walking coaching work in London parks and streets, it’s a symbol of resilience. The London Plane is a hybrid tree with mixed parentage – just like so many of … Walking Plane LeafRead More »
I do this. I take teams and individuals for coaching walks in green urban areas, aka parks. I do this to help teams think clearly, bond, feel good but mostly to help them manage the change they’re experiencing. UX teams are great to work with. They are often not only undergoing constant changes in their work, they … Developing UX Teams: It’s a Walk in the ParkRead More »
Resilience is one of those terms that is often used and something we’re urged to have. But what is it actually? We may associate it with mental toughness or grit, bouncing back or the ability to just keep going. Resilience Engine describes resilience as our capacity to change. It’s a positive state that is resourceful, adaptable and … Resilience. What is it and why would we want it?Read More »
Team Development Days are valuable. They are an opportunity to get your team feeling connected, motivated and energised. A chance to step back and review how your team works ready to make improvements and implement new ideas. An ideal way to clarify the team vision and draw up a plan of action. To make this … 9 Steps to Plan a Development Day Your Team Will Actually Look forward ToRead More »
Do you want a short, lively hit of walking wonder? These TED talks extol the many virtues of walking from a variety of aspects. Walking is free, can be done wherever you are and could literally change your life… Do you want to have more energy, better memory, improved mood and increased focus and attention? … Wonders of Walking Through TED TalksRead More »
Walking is not just a pastime or mode of transport in London – it’s a whole way of being, looking at and interacting with the city. As a walking enthusiast and advocate, I’ve had the pleasure of connecting up with some fantastic movements and groups that have the art, science or wonder of urban walking … Walking MovementsRead More »
The sun shone for our final Self-Boss Networking Walk. It was a moving, bonding and uplifting experience. We enjoyed the park at its colourful, green, blue skied, creative finest. Conversation traversed cycling, walking art, Brexit, secondary schools, the National Park City movement and all manner of subjects, but was held together by a core exploration … Self-Boss Networking Walk – Letting GoRead More »
We walked in all weathers and all seasons. We walked with people engaged in all sorts of businesses and explored many routes through the Olympic Park. Above all, we connected with each other. We networked in an uplifting, different way and took time out to reflect on our work and how we work. This has … A Year of Self-Boss Networking WalksRead More »
This month’s Self-Boss Networking Walk explored the importance of rest and wellbeing. When we work for ourselves we are our business. That is, without us there is no business. Consequently attending to our own wellbeing becomes as fundamental as any other business process. I believe very strongly that work and wellbeing are not opposing forces. … Why Rest is my Current Business GoalRead More »
“The walk allowed me to make meaningful connections, share personal and business challenges and gain some fresh perspective. All within a beautiful setting that promoted clear thinking and new ideas to flourish. I just loved this experience of fresh air networking. This is networking made easy (even for shy people as one only needs to talk to … Self-Boss Networking Walk – WellbeingRead More »
The vibrant banks of flowers and pollinators in the Olympic Park took centre stage for this Self-Boss Networking Walk. The netwalkers engaged with each other and the landscape to reflect on their business and the clients that are at the centre of their work. The colourful flowers acted as a metaphor for the clients we … Self-Boss Networking Walk – ClientsRead More »
Regents Park on a May week day morning Impressions: Green, tame herons, waterfowl, pigeon crowds, moulting geese, bird eating a crab, rose garden in full bloom Question: What is this heron saying? Find out more about Walk Coach Learn events and coachin...
Kew on a May bank holiday Impressions: Pom pom headed aliums, whole variety of pinks and purples, fairy grotto of pink and purple blossom, a spring transformation Question: Purple is the colour of creativity. How does purple make you feel? Find out mo...
Green Park early on a May week day morning Impressions: Flowers, lush greenery, wild meadow, tourists, central London, royal buildings Question: If you are in an office for most of the day, how can you find a few minutes or longer to take a walk and spend some time with summer flowers? Find out more … Finding Time With Flowers in Green ParkRead More »
Kew Bluebells on a May bank holiday Impressions: Magical purple carpet, bluebells, woodland, lush green Question: Close up the blue bells are delicate and intricate, far away they blur into a purple carpet. What are you focusing on and how does refram...
The wall of flowers by the canal in the Olympic Park served as the centrepiece of our walk and discussion during May’s Self-Boss Networking walk. We explored branding in our own business, investigating what we stand for, what we stand against and what we do and don’t do in our work. Slowing down, we used … Self-Boss Networking Walk – BrandingRead More »