Category Archives: Success

How important is status?

Matt Cardle dramatically increased his status in many eyes last Sunday. He went from ignominy to X Factor champion in just a few weeks. You could say his status went up rather! With 19.4 millon people watching him, he was voted … Continue reading

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Victory is sweet: Ashes Day 10

I type in the word “cricket” and before I’ve got to c-r-i the world’s non-cricket lovers have already pressed “delete”! But if you stayed this far, let me tell you, today’s victory of England against arch rivals Australia, in Adelaide, is … Continue reading

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How does sport mirror life? Ashes day 7

I was once paid to watch cricket. Well only for an hour or so, and technically I was at a “networking event”, so it was really work, honestly! One of the side effects of enjoying sport, is hearing some of … Continue reading

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So what exactly is Lord Sugar looking for?

Well, after the departure of Chris Farrell from the Apprentice Boardroom, what qualities does the winner need to possess? After all, Chris was liked by everyone, played fair, worked hard and seemed to lose out due to friend Jamie’s transgression, not really … Continue reading

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Do the fans give the X factor?

How shopping in Oxford Street results in massive growth in confidence but only one new jumper for the X factor contestants. Talent is nowhere without confidence. Continue reading

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How to win your task: Stella Apprentice

The contrast between success and failure on BBC’s The Apprentice Episode 2 could not be more clear. Head girl Stella led the boys to victory, while Laura led the girls of St Trinians to nothing. Stella’s team won the task of designing a beach … Continue reading

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Did Gareth Malone use the right techniques?

In BBC’s “Gareth Malone’s Extraordinary School for Boys”, episode 3 Gareth handles conflict controversially (see 28m 48 secs in). Did he use the right technique with the awkward child? The boy in question is openly defiant, but no punishment was given, instead … Continue reading

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Which were the 5 most popular posts of the summer?

In reverse order these were the most viewed posts: 5: How to look good (not) naked part 1 – self esteem; 4: Does the “appraisal” sandwich work? 3: How does a top accountancy firm fail? 2: Is forgiveness possible at work? … Continue reading

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Is Freddie great?

Is Andrew (Freddie) Flintoff a “great” cricketer? Yes, I think so. Why? Because I’m gutted he’s retired. Others come and go, quality players, many of them., but I will miss the “wow” factor, the hope he inspired, the magic of … Continue reading

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Is Gareth Malone a good teacher?

Fresh-faced choir master Gareth Malone finds himself in a primary school on BBC2’s Extraordinary school for boys. But he’s no teacher and there’s hardly any music either. Instead he tries to lift the under-performing boys, with a series of outdoor … Continue reading

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