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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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10 Years of Stimulating Business

  10 years ago, Caffeine opened its doors to stimulate growth for its clients. Here are a few photos from summer party at The Deck, National Theatre, which celebrated our 10th anniversary. Fantastic to see so many people who have been part of our wonderful journey along the way…              Found this interesting? Try these…

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Hallmarks earn you high marks

  Poor old British Airways. Knocking our once esteemed national carrier seems to have become an annual event. Take the most recent problem. Not many of us really know what happened with the IT system, precisely why it failed, why there didn’t seem to be an adequate back-up in place or whether it really was connected to the decision to …