Learning is subtractive

Posted on: November 25th, 2016 by Clear Thinking Team No Comments

We are built for learning. We’ve evolved to become the sophisticated species that we are because of our capacity to learn, our capacity for social interaction and our capacity to think. If you’re like me you’ve experienced a slow and poorly performing laptop at some point. It’s working as hard as it can, but there […]


Making the right things happen

Posted on: October 14th, 2016 by Clear Thinking Team No Comments

I don’t buy into the idea that we can control everything that happens to us. There are too many factors to attend to if we’re going to try. I don’t believe in luck either. It’s something we made up to try to rationalise why some things happen and some things don’t happen. This quote is […]


Working with Emergenetics

Posted on: October 10th, 2016 by Clear Thinking Team No Comments

Bev and I love learning new things and so when we came across Emergenetics and got the chance to become accredited to deliver the Emergenetics profile, I couldn’t have been happier. You might be thinking, Emergenetics? Never heard of it! Well, if truth be told, neither had I. I was introduced to it by a […]


Seven and a Half Things

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by Clear Thinking Team No Comments

Seven & A Half Things from Clear Thinking People need the right conditions if they are to learn, think and grow well. Here are 7 1/2 suggestions for what might help. #1 Remember that EVERY DAY’S A SCHOOL DAY! Start to notice the limitless opportunities that you have to learn from what happens to you, […]


Reframing Failure…one letter at a time

Posted on: September 23rd, 2016 by Clear Thinking Team No Comments

What do you think about failure? More to the point HOW do you think about failure? As part of the HFMA Step Up webinar series we talked about resilience and included a memory hook to help the audience think about failure differently. We’d watched JK Rowling’s 2008 Harvard Commencement Speech. She talks vividly about her experience of failure […]


Breathing Life Into Your Team Away Day

Posted on: September 19th, 2016 by Clear Thinking Team No Comments

It’s time for the quarterly team away day and you’ve been invited, along with the rest of the team, to turn up for the day at an offsite venue. You’re also wondering exactly what you’re in for, but there’s no need to be a passive participant, you can take control of the outcome. Read on […]


Over the summer, to refuel, rejuvenate and think more clearly, I will…

blue summer sky
Posted on: July 29th, 2016 by Clear Thinking Team No Comments

August is a month of rejuvenation for us and for working on the business. This year we’ve decided that Clear Thinking will be at Summer School for the whole of the month of August. The past two years have been hectic, in a good way, but it has derailed our plans for the business a […]


Understanding: Intellectual vs. Insightful

Posted on: August 13th, 2014 by Clear Thinking Team No Comments

I think we all know someone who is red hot when it comes to theories and models that explain why things are the way they are. I was lucky enough to design some training recently, working with a new colleague for the first time. As we explored the possibilities and talked about the range of approaches we […]


Cloud Busting

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Sticky Thinker No Comments

This post was originally published as a guest post on in April 2014. Huge thanks to Ian Pettigrew for inviting me to write it. Since last summer I've been studying the principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought. I was attracted to these Principles by Jamie Smart and his book Clarity, and it's through working […]


Distractions, To-Do Lists & Gratitude

Posted on: April 30th, 2014 by Sticky Thinker No Comments

    I work in the calm oasis of my home. I have a nice office, I have a lovely view, which this time of year includes fields, horses and Blackpool Tower, I sit on a very funky ball instead of a regular chair, I have a choice of spaces to work in whilst I'm […]


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