Who can you trust?

The short answer is yourself, or more accurately first know what you can trust in yourself and it is through that trust you inspire and build trust in others. People only want you for what they can rely on you to deliver. Wanted: Parents who encourage their children's sovereignty Wanted: Bosses who acknowledge and reward your contribution appropriately. Wanted: Sustainable products that work with ease and simplicity Wanted: Buses that adhere to their timetable SO what can you rely on...

Unforgettable you

Ever notice when you're at a conference, in the office, at a party that some people have a crowd milling around them and others feel a bit more like Nellie no Mates. Some people you meet once and they're forever etched in your memory. Others you're digging deep into your karma bank to recall their when, when, who, who with after several rendez vous'. This can also translate to business. What is the secret to being unforgettable to those clients...

Rock your rhythms

[caption id="attachment_14184" align="alignleft" width="1240"] @unsplash @ameenfahmy[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14184" align="alignleft" width="300"] @unsplash @ameenfahmi[/caption] [caption id="attachment_14184" align="alignleft" width="1240"] @unsplash @ameenfahmi[/caption]           We are all different, each with our unique rhythms. I know some unreasonable people who rise cheerily before sunrise and others are draggin' their a**es out of bed after 8:00. I've friends who perk up as soon as the sun starts setting and others who run out of juice at 8pm.  I used to be the former. I've now closer to the...

#7 equilibrium – a daily practice

Equilibrium The illustrations come from a corporate talk I present on personal branding. I call it the blah of balance. I love children's playgrounds (and no, I'm not one of those), so the see saw is a familiar analogy to show how we love the adrenaline rush of going to extremes but not staying there for too long. Mostly we want to tip 30 degrees either side with the occasional full tilt. People love this talk and the room rings with questions afterwards. It's based on...

#6 identity – a daily practice

[caption id="attachment_14074" align="alignleft" width="4500"] me-myself-i[/caption] We often confuse what we do with our identity. We forget it's who you are being in the doing that makes it magic or miserable. Who are you? We try to be unique through differentiating ourselves from others - what we wear, think, behave, say. There is no place this is more evident in the work place. Everyone wants to stand out but no one wants to take a stand and be held accountable. Do you...

#5 desire – a daily practice

[caption id="attachment_14070" align="alignleft" width="2250"] via unsplash photographer Kristina Flour[/caption] Say it out loud. Desire. Just saying it sounds sensuous and a little forbidden. Desire. Fancy pondering your desires today. The real question is. Can you allow yourself to have what you say you really want? And do you even know what that is? If so, have you spoken it out loud? Have you written it down? Have you told your partner, your friends, your boss, your clients? And . . . Who would you have to be? What...

#4 gifts – a daily practice

[caption id="attachment_14050" align="alignleft" width="2250"] via iStock.com[/caption]         Happy El Dia de Los Reyes Magos The magic kings or the 3 Wise Men is a bigger celebration than Christmas Day in Spain & Latin America. It's a lovely tradition visiting the numerous Belens (cribs) when in Spain during Christmas. We used to do this in Ireland too (but we have way less churches). In Spain children get most of their Christmas presents today and there are particular sweets, marrones, which of course, are...

#3 – Sadhana – a daily practice

[caption id="attachment_14031" align="alignleft" width="2250"] via istock.com[/caption] Sadhana means daily spiritual practice. It's what we are doing creating here, a consistent check in with yourself. It's no more complicated than that. It's your personal 'So how are you doing today?' It's connecting your finite self with your infinite - bigger or higher self. Sadhana builds your discipline muscle and helps you take control of your life. It is overcoming the ego to learn to serve yourself, as you serve others. Serving...

White Space as a daily practice

In the design world we place a premium value on white space. There's space beneath a photo, around a logo, beneath headings and paragraphs, not too many elements on one page. The above image is a classic example. Clarity is the opposite to confusion. We give clients brand guidelines with strict rules to protect the white space in their designs. Apple, a long time client uses it so well and yet every time a new designer came to work with me they would say I've a...