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Caffeine’s work with Emilia Clarke, on the launch of her new charity, SameYou

Last week the actress Emilia Clarke, famous for roles such as Daenerys Targaryen in Game of Thrones, launched a new charity, SameYou for brain injury recovery.  Why, with a plethora of charities all vying for our emotions (and wallets), would this stand out and cut through? Firstly it’s a distinctive brand that conveys a strong emotional proposition: for people recovering …

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Lessons Learnt from a Labour of Love

This is me holding the very first copy of my first book. What the picture can’t communicate is the overwhelming sense of relief I was feeling, the rush of euphoria that had just hit me, and the complete and utter joy in my heart. On September the 20th Superfast: Lead at Speed was published in the UK by John Murray …

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5 Tips for Impact & Influence

My first gainful employment was at the Rose & Crown pub. I spent the summer liberally garnishing sandwiches with cress.  Every experience is a learning opportunity.  I learned that no one likes cress. As the opportunities for sandwich garnishing dried up like Mother’s Pride left out in the sun, I turned my attention to the corporate world.  Fast forward to …

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Coach Journey

  I’ve kept a diary since I was 14. Given the New Year is the traditional time of resolutions, in the interests of empirical research I took a trip up to the loft to review 30 years of progress. Turns out my observations were less Samuel Pepys, more Adrian Mole. (Example: “Went to village shop. Bought cat food.”) Every entry …

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The true meaning of business success

  “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?” Clarence Odbody, Angel Second Class Would anyone miss your business if it didn’t exist? It’s a regular question consultants ask their clients in workshops. The answer is always ‘yes’ for some reason when probably half the time …

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Why Leaders need Soft Skills

  Our guest blog this month is by Neil Mullarkey. An associate of Caffeine, we work together to help leaders using improvisational theatre to enhance people’s skills in communication, leadership and innovation. Are there too many leadership books? Too many big ideas? What does it actually mean to be, say, a Servant Leader on a Tuesday morning when you’re a bit …

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5 WAYS TO CREATE MISSION STATEMENTS THAT ROCK

  Our guest blog this month is by Tim Leberecht. Tim helps organisations create transformative visions, stories and experiences and is an associate of Caffeine; we work together to help leaders who are looking to become more customer-centric and human in their approach. See his Ted talks here. After several sessions of wrangling and wordsmithing, your company’s mission statement is …