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  • The Story behind ‘Ten Traits of Resilience’.

    The Story behind Ten Traits of Resilience This month has seen the release of my second book, ‘Ten Traits of Resilience’. It has been a strange experience because five years ago, I would not have imagined writing one book on leadership yet alone a second. Despite the success of ‘Leading from the Edge’, I was […]

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  • Top Stress Busting Tips No.4 Relax or Distract

    I studied Drama and Education at University. It was here that I had the title role in a somewhat bizarre production, based on the story of ‘Oedipus’, a Greek tragedy. Imagine the excitement of this young cast of actors, when we discovered, that a theatre critic from The Guardian, was coming to review our play. […]

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  • Top Stress Busting Tips – No. 3 Getting the ‘ZZZZs’ in!

    There are few things worse than regularly being unable to sleep. Lack of sleep impairs cognitive function, which can lead to irritability and poor decision making. The less well we sleep the less well we tend to cope with work. This causes us to worry more and this in turn prevents us sleeping. It’s a […]

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  • Top Stress Busting Tips – No.2 Re-think your to-do lists

    One of the things that contributed to my burn-out as a Head and the subsequent six months absence from work, was a sense that I was sinking. I never seemed to be on top of my ‘To-do list’. There were so many interruptions in a very large and bustling school. The phone would ring, there […]

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  • Top Stress Busting Tips – No.1 Vary your route to work.

    Top  Stress Busting Tips: No.1 With six months to go to the release of my new book, ‘Ten Traits of Resilience’, I thought that this would be a good time to revisit some of the practical advice on managing stress levels from my first book. 1. Vary your route to and from work One morning […]

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  • A bit of a confession.

    I want to apologise. There I’ve said it! I realise, with deep shame, that it has been almost a year since I posted a blog on my site. I have had many good intentions over the months but, as anyone who has ever worked with me will testify to, I have never been great at […]

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  • Ten Traits of Resilience

    I am delighted to announce that following on from the success of my first book, Leading from the Edge, (which has just gone to reprint), Bloomsbury Publications have commissioned a second volume from me. Provisionally titled ‘School Leadership: 10 Traits of Resilience’,  the new book is scheduled to be published in 2018.  At a time […]

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  • A Year That Has Flown

    Looking back over the last twelve months, it has been quite a year. Having a book published has been a lovely, if slightly surreal, experience. Last Christmas I was extremely nervous about how it would be received and if anyone would actually buy a copy. The reaction has been extremely positive and I have met […]

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  • Creatures of Habit

    In common with many people, I tend to associate songs played on the radio with particular points in my life.  For example, Katrina and the Waves’ track  ‘Walking on Sunshine’ takes me back to my university days when the band played there.

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  • Exciting times!

    It’s a Friday, and I am really looking forward to the weekend. Why? Two reasons.

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