Category: BLOGS

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 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…

Inspired

I recently worked with a senior leadership team in a large global charity.  My remit was to help a relatively new team unite behind a common purpose and goals.  The day was a real success but I’m not sure who got more out of it – the team or me!

I was captivated and inspired to learn of their personal journeys – their commitment, dedication, passion, values, determination and sometimes…

Gavin Henson and (lack of) Superior Performance Intelligence

My work with the Wales rugby union team a few years ago was a memorable experience for lots of positive reasons. However, news on Monday of Gavin Henson’s sacking by the Cardiff Blues triggered a memory that I would not describe as a highlight.

To be blunt, I was not surprised at Henson’s demise.  I have followed his career with  close interest because I hoped that the young kid I knew…