A strong core, by being constantly curious and courageous

A strong core, by being constantly curious and courageous

Inspiring People, Well-being, Winning Habits
Strong Core Like all organisms we must adapt to the changes in our environment, or die! Previously I have shared my views and antidotes to the impact of mass disruption upon our world - our new upside down world. We can all get locked into things that we know. But it takes courage to have freedom, to leave the past, be present in the now and explore the possibilities of the future. So I wanted to explore our attitudes to agility. Let’s consider, what does agility mean?                     It could mean agile working, lean six sigma, black belts, sit ups until your stomach screams or maybe yoga. One thing is for certain, to have agility we must have core strength. Let’s imagine, what happens as a result of having agility, by…
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Living with purpose; the antidote to a disruptive world

Living with purpose; the antidote to a disruptive world

Inspiring People
The biggest word in our world today must be: disruption. We are challenged every day, it is a chaotic world where disruptive business models are the norm. The rate of change has never been so fast and the time between changes is getting shorter and shorter. We live in a period of mass disruption and don’t we know it!   A recent example: a few years ago catching a cab or taxi was a pretty traditional ritual. Then Uber came along and disrupted the business model and our user experience. In cities the world over Uber became a noun for taxi. While in Singapore during the last few years, catching a cab was via Uber. No big deal eh, pretty normal. However, today when I am there, I don’t get an…
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Setting up a small business – the essence of success

Setting up a small business – the essence of success

Featured, Inspiring People
Top 10 tips of the thinking behind the inception of Expression for Growth Sixth December 2000 was a big day in the Selwood household; we had taken the plunge, we had incorporated the business, bought the computers, leased a printer, bought two desks, cleared out the spare room….and there we were, starting from scratch. The purpose of this article is to share with you what was in our minds when we decided to set up Expression for Growth, and what, I know, has made us the successful business we are, nearly two decades later.   So, what did we do….or rather, NOT do? I would love to be able to share with you that we modelled our business on a five-year business plan, with projections for turnover, profit, cashflow forecasts,…
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The WHY behind setting up my own company

The WHY behind setting up my own company

Featured, Inspiring People
A story of parents, failed training courses and THE magic ingredient In this article, I share what was the underlying motivation behind setting up Expression for Growth back in the year 2000. Three out of four of my parents were teachers (and the other a salesman), and having been brought up in that environment, I swore that I would never enter that profession; the stress, the hours, the commitment, far, far beyond (what I saw as) the call of duty, put me off. So I became a mining and explosives engineer, and then a salesman (obviously!). Here I am, 45 years later, at the other end of my career journey having created and run an award-winning multinational management development organisation operating in six languages, with a base in the UK…
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Leading the adult horse to water……

Leading the adult horse to water……

Inspiring People
Learning in an adult world is not like being at school… As the saying goes……you can lead the horse, but you cannot make it drink. Nothing is truer in the context of adult learning and two decades of experience has taught us some fundamentals that need to be in place to support the change in the workplace. Here is our top 10 list for success when working with a group of adult learners; Adults come to learning with years of experience; It works when you acknowledge that adults come to a learning event with a sack-full of beliefs, experiences, values and excuses that could make the ‘new way’ and anathema to them – the only way to change that is for them to help change their beliefs associated with that…
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