So which chocolate is it?

11 02 2010

It’s Valentine’s Day soon if you hadn’t noticed from the shops full of goodies and treats for us to buy for our loved ones, which got me to thinking …

“My momma always said, “Life was like a box of chocolates” Forest Gump famously said.  An oh-so-true-metaphor when facing new challenges and adventures and I’ve noticed a number of different strategies which gives some insights into how a person handles choice:

The Traditionalist: You choose the chocolate you’ve always had, because you know you like it

The Artist: You choose the one that appeals to your artistic eye, it may be the colour or the shape that tickles your fancy

The Collaborator: You offer yours around before you choose

The Follower: You need to read the little insert which tells you what’s what before you choose

The Rule-breaker: You shut your eyes and let your hands guide you to the right choice

The Generalist: Only one chocolate!  Not you, you’ll have more than one

The Non-conformer:  You don’t eat chocolate

So when you’re offered your next box of chocolate, consider the gift it is really giving you.

Chocolates…how do you choose yours?


Make it Fun!

14 01 2010

A bit of light relief with a bit of learning to boot. Take a look at this excellent short viral marketing clip courtesy of VW’s The Fun Theory.

Goes to show that the extra effort put into making something fun, is likely to bear feet…sorry fruit…

Happy Friday.

Are you thinking about what comes next for you or your business in 2010?

16 12 2009

My brilliant coach and mentor Bev Hamilton of One Step Further passed on this presentation today that I thought you’d like too.  It has some wisdom and insights from people such as Seth Godin, Daniel Pink and Tom Peters and is presented in a really easy to understand way.

  • If you’re wondering about what to focus on next and considering the key themes for 2010, this presentation will inform you.
  • If you’re interested in thematic approaches to strategic planning, this presentation will enrich your thinking.
  • If you like bite sized chunks of information presented informally and with humour, this presentation will make you smile.

Click on What-Matters-Now and enjoy the read.

I took particular pleasure in reading the slide titled “Enough”.

Thanks for sharing this Bev.  I hope others do the same.

Best wishes


Creative Leadership teams with Train to Gain

7 05 2009

With Train to Gain funding you can enlist Creative Leadership’s services for free, or for a fraction of the usual cost.

Tough economic times can mean cutting back on training and development just at the time your business needs it most. 

To ensure you can get the right development to not just survive the credit crunch, but to keep valued staff and prepare for the upturn, we’ve teamed up with Train to Gain to provide cost effective and creative solutions.

How do you qualify?

  • You should be either a business owner, director or manager who’s looking for coaching, mentoring or to develop your Leadership and Management Skills
  • Your business will employ between 5 and 250 people.

You could receive

  • A free grant of £500 toward a Creative Leadership programme to help you address those areas you want to focus on
  • A possible further £500 training grant for yourself and/or your team provided you match £ for £

It’s been proven that this funding has had a major impact on improving productivity, profitability and increasing sales for those who’ve taken part. In these difficult economic conditions that firms who invest in skills do better than those that don’t.

Available Programmes

Wondering which Creative Leadership programmes are available under the grant?  Here are some of the things we can help you with: 

Achieving Results

  • Appraisal Training
  • Performance Management
  • Motivation
  • 1-2-1 Personal Coaching

Working with People

  • Communication Skills
  • Facilitating Change
  • Interviewing
  • Coaching
  • Neuro-Linguistic Programming

Self Management and Personal Skills

  • Personal Impact
  • Stress Management
  • Time Management
  • Managing Pressure Effectively

Growing Your Business

  • Business Planning
  • Business Networking
  • Selling and Pitching
  • Presentation Skills

Leadership/Providing Direction

  • 1-2-1 Personal Coaching
  • Leadership Development
  • Creative Thinking

Ensure your business success.  Get in touch with us at Creative Leadership today on 01202 853647 or email

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