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Loving Brands


[This is a sample of my forthcoming eBook on this subject.  Consider this the practical overview – a foretaste of a publication that will go into far more depth.] What if we could find a secret – a secret that would show us the way to never fail?  Guests at weddings have been exposed to this secret for hundreds of years, but can this secret be unlocked for companies, organisations, and brands?  Saatchi and Saatchi were the first to coin the phrase “Lovem...[More]

Rush 2112 and the Art of Progressive Learning


What We Can Learn from Prog Rock! Rush have to be one of the most influential bands to carry the "Progressive Rock" banner.  Their Album 2112 made it into the top 1001 albums of all time (see Wikipedia entry on the Planet Rock poll, and more.) Progressive Rock has much to teach the Learning Community, since Prog Rock's use of imagination stretches the imagination.  The Album Cover is strangely relevant to the revolution that is happening in education: Neil Peart (Dr...[More]

Adding V.A.L.U.E. to Our LIves


We can add real value to our daily lives by turning ‘value’ into a mnemonic for how to re-pattern, re-programme our mind. The New Testament holds out the hope of dramatic transformation, a personal metamorphosis, through the ‘renewing of your mind’ – through changing your patterns of thinking. So how do we provoke these personal paradigm shifts? Let’s make V.A.L.U.E. stand for the elements of the process: V = Visualisation; A = Affirmation; L = Language...[More]

The Wisdom of Ants


 Today’s Wisdom Literature takes a snippet from Proverbs 6.  Solomon, recognised as the Wisest man among those born of women, was a Naturalist.  He drew much Divine Inspiration from Nature, and here is one of my favourite lessons. 6 Go to the ant, you sluggard;  consider its ways and be wise!  7 It has no commander,  no overseer or ruler,  8 yet it stores its provisions in summer  and gathers its food at harvest. The Ant truly h...[More]

The Secrets to Happiness - part one


We've all had our share of happy times and unhappy times.  Many things we cannot control or influence, yet there are more matters within our sphere of influence than we sometimes allow ourselves credit for. For example, the power to make fresh associations.  Association is the very Operating System for the mind.... and it needs more updates and upgrades and bug fixes than Windows or OSX!!!  One of these updates/upgrades is to learn the secret of assigning a meaning and assigning ...[More]

Acting 'As If...'


Messianic Mirroring…Go, Brand Thyself! “22 The people were amazed at his teaching, because he taught them as one who had authority, not as the teachers of the law.”  [Mark Ch.1 - emphasis mine] As we enter a time of increasing uncertainty, many people are attracted to strong voices that seem confident and assured.  By way of contrast, today’s equivalent of the teachers of the law often project a lack of commitment that inspires zero confidence in their hear...[More]

And The First Words Were...


I wonder what the first words were out of your mouth on New Year’s Day? I pondered this before opening my mouth this time! Mine were, “I Am… Able!” This made me think of Cain and Abel – in the Biblical Narratives.  Cain was jealous of his brother Abel’s abilities.  Abel was truly Able.  Whilst this, and what follows, is in no way a proper exegesis of the passage, it DID capture my imagination this morning… so I’d like to share...[More]

Be Reasonable... Not!


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable man persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man. (George Bernard Shaw) I stand amazed at two of the most committed Christians I know in my life.  Never have I met two people more blind to their own lack of love, courtesy, and thoughtfulness.  Iremember another committed Christian accusing me of adulterous activity with a good friend with whom I just had ...[More]

New Beginnings, Old Wisdom


I thought, “Why not begin 2011 with a commitment to broadcasting via blog, Internet Radio, et al?”  I know that as I approach 50 years of age, there’s a great deal of matters I wish I had known at 18 – and all material that was accessible at that age. Of course, I’m sure that if I reach 80, I’ll turn my nose up at my so-called ‘wisdom’ of 50 years experience… but one must try! Thus, my three guiding lights for 2011 are ‘Love&r...[More]

Wolves and Sledges


Are You Teaching Wolves to Chase Sledges? This is adapted from Gavin Kennedy’s excellent book: “Everything is Negotiable.”  Please buy the book, it is truly inspirational, practical, and worth every penny. A Cautionary Tale of Wolves and Sledges Sven, the head of Arctic Circle Sales for a Swedish freezer food company, is chosen to lead a team selling their products to the Inuit communities of The Northern Territories of Canada.  The team use dog sledge...[More]

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