It’s Cold Out There….John Peters

Exposed to threat, human beings exhibit the fight-or-flight response, which is a physiological reaction that occurs in response to a perceived harmful event, attack, or threat to survival. The reaction is activated by the autonomic nervous system, which primes the animal for fighting or fleeing. This is particularly useful in former eras when threats were more physical than cognitive. This…

New Guest Blog

I am delighted to direct you to the latest guest blog to appear on the TPC website, ‘It’s Cold Out There …’, by the newest member of the TPC team, John Peters. John offers his thought-provoking ideas on what the future will look like and the demands it will place on leaders.

John Peters joins the team

You will notice that the banner on the home page features a new face and I am delighted to welcome John Peters to the TPC team. If you think you’ve seen his face before, you probably have and you will remember him from the first Gulf War in 1991 as the bruised and battered POW who was paraded on Iraqi State television. The experience sparked an international public speaking career that has…

What do I do after a career in professional squash? Lisa Opie

I’d played squash almost every day from the age of 11 and professionally from age 17, so the thought of retirement was frightening. The decision to retire and what to do next is always tough on a professional ‘athlete’; for most, it’s all we have done.

Looking back all those years, nearly 20, this was the most worrying time for me. Niggly, chronic low back injuries were forcing me to…

What Now? – Part 2

I wrote in my blog of 15th August about how some elite athletes struggle to come to terms with retirement. I am delighted to be able to introduce you to someone who has dealt very well with a career transition that can be so traumatizing for some.

Lisa Opie made the headlines by becoming the first woman to win the “Wimbledon of squash” in 20 years. I had the pleasure of supporting her…

Visions Can Be Great Or Not Worth The Paper, Slides and Walls They’re Written On

Top Performance Consulting has just started a project which involves helping a major charity create their vision for 2020. My past experience in such projects has mainly involved a top-down approach in supporting a board to create a vision which they believe will inspire their people. The problem with this approach is that they only know if they have been successful when they eventually…

Eating Humble Pie

In my blog of 15th May earlier this year, I wrote about my strong interest in doing more consultancy work with charities. I referred, in particular, to the need for this sector to devote greater focus to leadership development. I have had to re-consider my opinion!

Over the last couple of months, I have had the opportunity and pleasure to discuss this topic at length with three Chief…

What Now?

Well, it’s been and gone! And while the nation awaits the opening of the Paralympic Games, some of the athletes who graced the world stage over the past two and a bit weeks will be basking in the glory that will change their lives. Some others, sadly, will be trying to come to terms with their shattered dreams.

Some others will be contemplating life without sport because the London Olympics…

Fingers Crossed!

Well, it’s here! Today sees the opening of the London Olympics after what seems an age of hype and anticipation. A nation steeped in sporting history and mania has its fingers firmly crossed that the Games are the magnificent and incident-free spectacle expected.

Most observers will have their eyes glued to the athletes vying for glory that could change their lives. For some athletes, t…

Knock-out Experience

If you have never been to Assisi in Italy then I recommend you put it at the top of the list of places you plan to visit. The two hour drive from Rome takes you through some beautiful countryside before you come across the breath-taking sight of the ancient town of Assisi sitting on a mountainside overlooking the province of Perugia.

I was fortunate enough to be invited to Assisi by t…