Dawn Smedley – True Strength

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As part of my True Strength project, I’m featuring interviews that dig deep into how people succeed and I was delighted to interview Dawn Smedley of O.C. Tanner alongside her manager Ian Feaver. The interview has lots of insights into how we succeed, about strengths, weaknesses, mindset, resilience, and how to help people be their best.

Feedback would happen all the time if we spoke the truth with positive intent

Feedback would happen all the time if we spoke the truth with positive intent. My contribution to the #FeedbackCarnival

True Strength? Only one person has your success secrets – you

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How do you find success secrets? Well, you can’t as success depends on who you are and what you want. However, we can find inspiration in real stories of success and I’m working on a project – True Strength – to tell these stories.

Mental Health First Aid


Some reflections on attending the MHFA England Standard course, training in Mental Health First Aid.

Be grateful – Real stories of gratitude in Britain

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This 30-minute documentary from The Jubilee Centre for Characters and Virtues is well worth watching, and contains a great mix of real stories of gratitude interspersed with an academic reflection on them. The stories are from across Britain and they do make the observation that we Brits can be be a bit awkward about gratitude.

Mediation in action – Marcia Mediation


My reflections on observing a mock mediation by Marcia Mediation, along with a guest blog post by them about the role of strengths in mediation.

Apprenticeships – Ambitions realised

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Originally published at theHRDIRECTOR, three personal experiences of working with Apprentices.

HRevent15 – How the Red Arrows develop a high performing team


My blog post on a session at #hrevent15 where Jas Hawker shared his experiences as Red Arrows team leader, looking at what we can learn from those experiences to develop really high performing teams.

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