Growth Tools

How To Improve Your Writing

Want to know the secret to great writing? Editing.

Let me explain.

Career Development

The 4 Biggest Career Development Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

After 15 years of working with enterprise organisations, scale-ups and startups on skills development and career strategies. I’ve seen my share of carer mistakes.

Here’s why people’s careers often stall or hit a complete dead end, and what to do about it.


How Data-Informed L&D Design Unlocks Better Solution Design

Leveraging a data-informed approach has more benefits than just in your work.

As L&D pros, we constantly hear the drum beat of “We need to get better with data”.

That’s cool. But no one ever explains why we need to do it (you might say it’s obvious, but stick with me here). Let’s take a shared experience many of us can understand: Taking your driving license test.


How To Cross Your Fear Gap

How do you cross the fear gap?

A topic which doesn’t get nearly enough coverage despite its importance.

Deep Thoughts Tools

How To Avoid These Goal-Setting Mistakes

It’s that time of year again.

You know, the one where we reflect, dissect and make new goals.

Perhaps, you set the same goals because you didn’t achieve them last year.

Don’t be that person!

Problem is…many screw up goal setting.

The common problem

We set things that are too big and super difficult to achieve.

This leads to fatigue and failure, which leaves us feeling ☹️, which is not the intention of goal setting.

Want to run x2 ultramarathons this year but haven’t been to the gym in 10 years? That’s a bad goal.

In fact, it’s more of a dream depending on your deadline to do this.

As always, context is king in goal setting too.

We’re all looking to become better humans. So, let me suggest an alternative…

Instead of huge goals, set mini-sprints.

BIG goals produce fear. They make our minds dwell on the anxiety of the enormity of the task.

The winning strategy

We can think big but we need a better plan.

Here’s an idea:

  • Define your BIG goal
  • Break it down into quarterly objectives
  • Then break that down into 3 week sprints to get you closer to those.

Ask yourself, what small things can you do in 3-week chunks to improve your life?

Small things lead to big things.

You may not feel this, but compounding small changes over time leads to HUGE results.

Imagine how a few small changes every 3 weeks will add up over 52 weeks of the year.

Surely that feels more manageable, no? Don’t beat yourself up trying to 10x in 1 week.

Build a better system.

Why not use sprints to go far in the next 365 days?

I know some of you are James Clear fans. This image will help cement what we’ve explored.

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