Ah, networking. What other activity gets you out of bed pre-dawn for a sad little croissant in a hotel basement? Or slouching out of the office for a too-warm glass of white and a handful of crisps when you’d rather be doing…well, just about anything else?  Neither of these conditions are particularly conducive to great […]

Skip the small talk. Why big talk is (so much) better for your networking.

FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) is an icky feeling that most of us will experience at some point in our lives. It is the fear that you might miss out on something exciting or important that others are experiencing. This feeling is often heightened by social media, where you see other people’s highlight reels and […]

How JOMO is the Antidote to FOMO (and how to get more of it)

What's Your Benchmark

It’s human nature to want to know where we fit. To understand our place in the pecking order. To know where we stand against others. To be clear if we’re better or worse? Often, we find ourselves comparing our insides (how we feel) to other people’s outsides (what they present to the world) and end […]

What’s Your Benchmark?

I’m joyfully working in WorkJoy HQ when my phone pings. A slack message: the first ever batch of my first ever book, WorkJoy: A toolkit for a better working life, is due to arrive at my house next week. Excited much? I might actually explode. I love real books. Holding them in my hands and […]

The Book Writing Rollercoaster

The Jar of Joy

Our brains are naturally drawn the to the dark side due to a little (big) thing called negativity bias. There’s good reason for it, it helps protect us and keep us safe from harm. Yet it can also lead to getting lost in your own head, making mountains where molehills once stood, focusing on the worst-case scenario and catastrophising about the smallest things.

The Jar of Joy

Weed or Wildflower…

‘Tis the season when the wildflowers begin to bloom in the meadow where I walk my dog. I’m a big fan of the colourful array of varying shapes and sizes. I love how they find a spot and just go for it.

Weed or Wildflower…

Over the years, I’ve spent many hours on trains (and sometimes planes) alongside people travelling for work. Often, it’s people with their teammates, having discussions about their work. As someone who suffers from the dreaded travel sickness, I can’t look at a computer or even listen to a podcast. I must sit there (if I’m […]

Casual Advocacy

Diversify Your Learning

The world of work has changed considerably over the last 10 years and even more so over the last two years. The goalposts have most definitely moved. Being effective in your work now and in the future will not be about perfecting a set of static skills. It’s going to be about constantly adapting to change.

Diversify Your Development

I see ageing as a privilege not offered to many people and I am planning to celebrate the sh*t out of this occasion.

40 Lessons from a 40 year old

Cages or Wings

My favourite way to experience a story is through the medium of music. I have a special place in my heart for musical theatre.

Cages or Wings?