Archive for the Action Category

Dear HR

(A poem that I wrote for a CIPD Merseyside and North Cheshire branch event): Dear HR,   It is great to be with you tonight but I need to start with a confession…. You know those people Peter Cheese talks about who ended up in the profession…?   My degree

Sarah-Jane Lennie – True Strength Podcast – Episode 8

As part of my True Strength project, I’m featuring interviews that dig deep into how people succeed and I was delighted to interview Sarah-Jane Lennie. SJ is a police officer taking a career break to conduct research into resilience. The interview has lots of insights into how SJ succeeds, about strengths, weaknesses, mindset, and resilience.

Andy Johnson – True Strength Podcast – Episode 7

As part of my True Strength project, I’m featuring interviews that dig deep into how people succeed and I was delighted to interview Andy Johnson of Andy Johnson Media. The interview has lots of insights into how Andy succeeds, about strengths, weaknesses, mindset, and resilience.

Rachel Dunscombe – True Strength Podcast – Episode 6

As part of my True Strength project, I’m featuring interviews that dig deep into how people succeed and I was delighted to interview Rachel Dunscombe of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. The interview has lots of insights into how Rachel succeeds, about strengths, weaknesses, mindset, and resilience

Marion Page – Episode 5

Marion Page

As part of my True Strength project, I’m featuring interviews that dig deep into how people succeed and I was delighted to interview Marion Page of AstraZeneca, especially about her full 34 Gallup StrengthsFinder report. The interview has lots of insights into how Marion succeeds, about strengths, weaknesses, mindset, resilience, and what it is like to go beyond knowing your ‘top 5’ strengths.

True Strength – Ignite Talk

In this Ignite Talk (exactly 5 minutes long, with 20 slides which advance automatically every 15 seconds) I talk about how one size does not fit all, and how we need to stop peddling successes secrets and help people figure out their own True Strength.

Gemma Reucroft – True Strength Podcast – Episode 4

As part of my True Strength project, I’m featuring interviews that dig deep into how people succeed and I was delighted to interview Gemma Reucroft. The interview has lots of insights into how we succeed, about strengths, mindset, resilience, how to help people be their best, and how (and why) Gemma makes time to blog and write books!

The power of hope – Ethiopia part 2

Along with several other trustees of Retrak, I recently visited Ethiopia to see our work for myself and to spend some time with our amazing staff and the children and families we work with. This blog post is part of a series of reflections from that trip.

Being where it counts – Ethiopia part 1

Along with several other trustees of Retrak, I recently visited Ethiopia to see our work for myself and to spend some time with our amazing staff and the children and families we work with. This blog post is part of a series of reflections from that trip.

An interview with Ian Pettigrew on the Theme Addicts podcast

Ian Pettigrew appeared on the Theme Addicts podcast, talking about his own journey with strengths and sharing some of the ways in which he applies StrengthsFinder.

#cipdnap15 – Building and sustaining personal resilience

I spoke at the CIPD Northern Area Partnership in York on building and sustaining personal resilience, on how we are all different and that people will develop true strength in different ways. I was going to blog a bit of an overview of my session but when I looked at

Celebrate who you are (Dawn Smedley – True Strength)

Examining some of the themes from the True Strength interview with Dawn Smedley, starting with celebrating who we are: “Sometimes I should just look back and celebrate who I am fundamentally. We all should.”

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