Yearly Archives: 2018

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‘The Puss in Boots’ Philosophy – Rebecca Winn

2019-12-03T15:22:38+00:00

It’s the pantomime season – oh yes it is! That peculiarly British tradition in which everyone looks grotesque, no one is quite what they seem, the audience works as hard as the cast and bad jokes abound. I LOVE it, and this year I’m thoroughly enjoying being in our local production of Puss in Boots. My character is a baddy which is particularly fun; lots of sneering at the audience – very different to running a Springboard programme, I promise you! Thinking what to write about today I keep coming back to the pantomime and wondering whether there’s some interesting [...]

‘The Puss in Boots’ Philosophy – Rebecca Winn2019-12-03T15:22:38+00:00

Three Gifts from the Wise (Wo)Men – By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn

2019-12-03T11:27:27+00:00

We recently rediscovered some old family slides (remember those?). Having struggled to see them through an ancient slide viewer, we made the decision to get them digitalised. What fun when they arrived back! There was my family going back to the 1950s (before I was born) through the arrival of my older brothers and myself, and family holidays and occasions since. Some of them I’m sure I hadn’t seen before. And everyone is so young! Christmas can be a nostalgic season, and so I find myself thinking about my dear old Mum and Dad and some of the things they [...]

Three Gifts from the Wise (Wo)Men – By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn2019-12-03T11:27:27+00:00

‘Ticking the seasonal boxes’ – Rebecca Winn

2019-12-03T15:23:23+00:00

In case you hadn’t noticed, Christmas is thundering into view at some pace! Whether you celebrate it or not, Christmas has a habit of generating plenty of extra activity, be that fun stuff like mince pies with the neighbours, or less lovely concerns around trying to juggle the budget. I was talking to a friend about this the other day. She has two school-age children who are full-on with plays, discos, trips to the pantomime, Cub Scout parties, carol concerts and everything else. She also has a full-time job, pets and an elderly parent to care for. Oh yes, she [...]

‘Ticking the seasonal boxes’ – Rebecca Winn2019-12-03T15:23:23+00:00

Do you believe in “Personality clashes”? By guest blogger Yvonne Coolbear

2019-12-03T13:46:26+00:00

I don’t believe in “personality clashes” – at least not in the sense of “Oh, they’ll just never get on – it’s a personality clash”.  When I hear that phrase uttered at work, it seems to me to be a way of explaining why the two people concerned have not been ‘encouraged’ by their manager to learn how to get along with each other.  A justification for avoidance.  A justification for not dealing with the behaviour and leaving the people involved (and around them) to work within the hostility. Of course, there are people we don’t get on with and [...]

Do you believe in “Personality clashes”? By guest blogger Yvonne Coolbear2019-12-03T13:46:26+00:00

Making a difference one pomander at a time – By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn

2019-12-03T11:28:48+00:00

Last week I was speaking with Helen, the General Manager of a residential home for older people I have come to know quite well. We were talking about the upcoming Christmas period and how some of her residents no longer have family or friends that can come to visit them. Here’s what she told me, pretty much as she said it. “I’ve been encouraging the staff to come up with ideas for new ways we can entertain and motivate our residents. We do lots of the usual things, and they like those, but I can’t help feeling there are other [...]

Making a difference one pomander at a time – By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn2019-12-03T11:28:48+00:00

Why looking for your life purpose could be a mistake – By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn

2019-12-03T11:31:04+00:00

Last week I had one of those ‘aha!’ moments, and as is often the case, it happened in a session with my business coach. (Yes, coaches need coaching too!) It was this phrase that did it: “We constantly try and find our purpose. Maybe instead we should CHOOSE our purpose and work towards that.” What do you think? Let me explain why this was an important thing for me to hear. An underpinning principle in personal development is that to become fulfilled, we ‘find’ our purpose. If we honour that discovery when it happens, we will go on to frame [...]

Why looking for your life purpose could be a mistake – By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn2019-12-03T11:31:04+00:00

Into The Woods: When Love Isn’t Always A Fairy Tale By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn

2019-12-03T11:29:55+00:00

Every now and again, something I read sears straight through to my head and my heart. And so I find myself using this Guest Blogger slot to tell you about a very special book I’ve read this week. The book is called Into the Woods: When Love Isn’t Always A Fairy Tale and it’s by Julie Leoni, a Coach working here in the UK. The link to buy a copy is given at the end of this posting. I thought long and hard about bringing this to you in the lead up to Christmas, when the expected focus is on [...]

Into The Woods: When Love Isn’t Always A Fairy Tale By Guest Blogger Rebecca Winn2019-12-03T11:29:55+00:00

What winds you up? By Guest Blogger Yvonne Coolbear

2019-12-03T11:51:45+00:00

Other people wind me up! I was recently in a traffic jam with my husband and he was not a happy bunny!  We had been warned by the electric signs on the road that we were heading towards a hold-up about 30 miles further down the road, so we knew we were in for a wait – over an hour of delays, it turned out.  However, after 5 or 10 minutes the chuntering began “Look at that [idiot] over there”, “Oh no you don’t matey, you’re not getting in in front of me…” and so on.  I wasn’t wound up [...]

What winds you up? By Guest Blogger Yvonne Coolbear2019-12-03T11:51:45+00:00

What do you really dislike about Facebook? By guest blogger Yvonne Coolbear

2019-12-03T13:49:30+00:00

One of the things I really dislike about Facebook are those posts that seek to play on our emotions to ‘make’ us share the post.  You know the ones I mean – the “share if you care” or “I bet I won’t get even one like because I’ve been told I’m so ugly” kind of posts.  Now, I’m usually an easy-going, even tempered person; but my internal reaction to those posts is usually “Well, I obviously don’t care then” or something similar.  This is because my rebellious side kicks in – I don’t want to be manipulated into doing something [...]

What do you really dislike about Facebook? By guest blogger Yvonne Coolbear2019-12-03T13:49:30+00:00

What’s driving our life decisions? By guest blogger Yvonne Coolbear

2019-12-03T13:49:01+00:00

I often wonder what drives our life decisions.  Are we making decisions that are logical, reasonable and based on our own goals that we have set for ourselves?  Or are we somehow trying to live up to someone else’s expectations, wishes or hopes for us?  Or living up to some idealistic picture of who we think we should be? Let me explain – I often think about two particular instances in my past that remind me of this question. The first was that of a manager of mine who was very driven and was seemingly never satisfied with where her [...]

What’s driving our life decisions? By guest blogger Yvonne Coolbear2019-12-03T13:49:01+00:00