How LEGO has become the world’s most powerful brand
“Our family ownership is deeply rooted in the LEGO Idea, which is about learning and development through play and aRead more.
Prioritise your goals so you can perform at your best whenever it matters
Since March, I have been directing a play which is being performed at our local theatre this week and nextRead more.
Be inspired by your holiday reading!
Wimbledon is approaching and the music festivals are underway. Our summer holidays are close and time to select inspiring booksRead more.
Why we need to imagine different futures
How are our visions of the future shaped and formed? What power do we have to influence them? As weRead more.
Is It Time to Let Go of a Situation?
Every individual has felt trapped by a situation at some time during their lives. We are all guilty of stayingRead more.
One Love Manchester: The Unity of Strength
This Sunday, the One Love Manchester benefit concert will take place at the Emirates Old Trafford cricket stadium to raiseRead more.
Leadership Lessons from Satya Nadella
“What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard atRead more.
Take on the 10,000 Steps Challenge and Achieve a New Personal Goal
“Habits are the invisible architecture of our lives…we repeat about 40 percent of our behaviour almost daily, so our habitsRead more.
“How to Build a Culture of Trust in Your Business” by Heather Wright
“Trust is the highest form of human motivation. It brings out the very best in people.” – Stephen R. CoveyRead more.
Read your way to a better life this May
This month, we are recommending authors who have battled to win Olympic Gold, studied the brain’s consciousness, learned to adaptRead more.
The Resilient Mutineers 230 Years Apart by Martin Wright
Resilience is recognised as one of the most important skills we need in business today as we face the challenges,Read more.
How to Reap the Benefits of Keeping a Gratitude Journal
“Gratitude works its magic by serving as an antidote to negative emotions. It’s like white blood cells for the soul,Read more.
Four Mums in a Boat: Friends who rowed 3000 miles, broke a world record and learnt a lot about life
This is the incredible true story of how four friends together had the audacity to go on a wild, terrifyingRead more.
Yuri Gargarin: The ordinary citizen who had the courage to step into the unknown
I wonder how many of us would risk our lives when those around us are saying that terrible things mayRead more.
Top Tips to Inspire Creativity in Your Team
All of us have our less inspired days when we need a motivational boost, or have a mind block forRead more.
Inspirations from “The Greatest: The Quest for Sporting Perfection” by Matthew Syed
How can our professional and personal goals be inspired by the psychology of sport? This week, the Advance Team recommendsRead more.
Step into Your Learning Zone to Improve Your Performance
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” – John F. Kennedy In last week’s eshot, Women In Leadership, HeatherRead more.
Wilful Blindness by Martin Wright
In all of Advance’s course the starting point and the most important piece of information we impart is to makeRead more.
Inspirational New Books for February
This month’s selection of new books includes the story of five women who were integral in the NASA space programme,Read more.
Procrastinate to Create: The Benefits of Taking Your Time to Think about Ideas
Time management in balancing work, leisure, family and friends, and achieving career and personal goals is an increasing juggling actRead more.
How Mindfulness Can Benefit Your Working Relationships
The benefit of mindfulness has been a popular topic in the media during the past two years; to improve focus,Read more.
“It is okay to change your mind” by Darcenia Teasdale
Among the thousands of decisions we make every day, sometimes we are compelled to go ahead with one that willRead more.
Seven Tips for Success in 2017
“Have you made any New Year’s Resolutions?” is the question everyone has been asking this week. People also are quickRead more.
Tips for a Calm Christmas
Christmas is a time of joy as we gather with our loved ones, a time of giving and receiving, oftenRead more.
Inspirational Books for Christmas Gifts
Are you stuck for gifts this year? Do you want to share some inspiration this Christmas? Our book suggestions haveRead more.
A Time To Start Your Own Thanksgiving Tradition
The tradition of Thanksgiving has become synonymous with the early Christmas sales and the Black Friday deals during the 21Read more.
Deliver a Random Act of Inspiration Today!
On the day following the US election, Emma Watson hid books by Maya Angelou for commuters to find on theRead more.
Top Tips to Ensure You Are Prepared for Winter
As the days become shorter, we have less natural sunlight and as the nights draw in earlier, it is anRead more.
A genuine smile is the universal welcome
“A smile is the universal welcome.” – Max Eastman In Nick Bishop’s recent article “The Twelve Feet Rule”, he examinedRead more.
Live your life with your eyes wide open
“I learned that what we see is not a universal truth. It is not objective reality. What we see isRead more.
Rediscover Your “Why”
Whether your goal is to run a marathon, to sell a product, to hire a new manager, or to writeRead more.
“Respecting each individual as a whole person” by Darcenia Teasdale
“That’s a good girl. Now you can put the petrol cap on.” Last week, I was filling my car withRead more.
Inspirational Autumn Reads
Make it your goal to spend more time reading this autumn! Be inspired by Jo Malone and Jamie Vardy whoRead more.
“The Twelve Feet Rule and Great Customer Service” By Nick Bishop
As the author of the Advance Customer Service Excellence Programme, many of you will be aware that I am passionateRead more.
Mindfulness Tips for the Workplace
In October 2015, Professor Mark Williams presented a brief to Parliament on how mindfulness could significantly improve the UK’s wellbeingRead more.
Could you beat the World Champion 97 year old runner?
If you are feeling that you need inspiration to achieve a goal you feel is unreachable, or think you areRead more.
Where are our female superheroes?
There are just under four months until Christmas and the stores will be stocking up on the new Must HaveRead more.
September is a great time to set your new goals!
As the school holidays are ending and our summer draws to a close, September is a great time to setRead more.
Achieve Success the Team GB Way!
Team Great Britain has proved its highest achievements at Rio 2016 – as second(?) on the Medals Table behind theRead more.
Top Tips to Switch Off From Work
As technology has developed to improve our convenience to communicate and keep connected, the divide between our work space andRead more.
Inspirational Holiday Reading
Many of us pack a book or two to read whilst on holiday to relax or to take time toRead more.
Five Life Lessons from Inspiring Olympians
Every champion, in fact every competitor, has their own inspiring story to tell of their journey to the Games. TheRead more.
Seize the moment with each new experience this summer!
“Seize the day!” is a well known motivational mantra which many people adopt to help them towards their goals. ToRead more.
Ten Years of Toms and One for One
“Giving not only feels good but it’s a good business strategy. It’s a good life strategy” – Blake MycoskieRead more.
Let’s all make the world a better place with ‘GISHWHES’
Are you planning to do something different to achieve a goal this summer? Do you want to push your boundaries,Read more.
Five Tips to Build Your Resilience
Resilient people appear to have an astounding quality that allows them to be knocked down by life and come backRead more.
You can beat that phobia!
In our world of reality television, watching a contestant face up to a fear of spiders or cockroaches whilst shutRead more.
Michelle Obama: Changing Lives for the Next Generation
“Sometimes it takes sitting in this room to make you start dreaming about all that you can be.” This wasRead more.
Become Your Personal Positive Mindset Manager
A positive mindset in your professional and personal life is integral to your success. When you are positive, your brainRead more.
Read some inspiring new books and boost your dendrites
Discover new ideas, be inspired by great minds and lives, and develop your professional skills with some great new booksRead more.
Top Tips to Build a Successful Sleep Routine
A good night’s sleep will prepare you for the day ahead. It will enable you to concentrate, perform at yourRead more.
Empower Yourself with a Success Journal
The practice of journaling has been a daily routine in many people’s lives through the ages, providing a personal recollectionRead more.
“The Outsider” by Martin Wright
We have all experienced being on the outside at some point in our lives, being made to feel as ifRead more.
“Making Every Interaction Memorable – Customer Service Excellence” by Nick Bishop
“Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren’t used to an environment where excellence is expected.” – Steve Jobs IRead more.
Life Lessons from Bear Grylls
“We should all strive to live lives that are bigger than our own little circles.” – Bear Grylls, GQ MagazineRead more.
How To Create a Winning Culture
“I truly believe that if you take care of your employees they will take care of your business.” – RichardRead more.
Charlotte Brontë Bicentenary – A Modern Thinking Victorian Trailblazer
Today, 21st April, marks the bicentenary of the birth of the great classic writer Charlotte Brontë. She created one ofRead more.
Heather Wright Selects Her Essential Leadership Books
This month, our director Heather Wright has selected four essential leadership books for your bookshelf or e-reader to help youRead more.
The Value of Presence To Be Your Boldest Self
We all have had experience of someone who is charismatic, exudes enthusiasm and confidence and self belief – Richard Branson,Read more.
Inspirational Family Movies to Share this Easter
The Advance Performance team have selected some favourite inspirational family movies to share with your loved ones this Easter holiday.Read more.
Nick Vujicic – Inspiring for a Lifetime
If you need a boost to motivate you, one very useful tool is to explore the life and words ofRead more.
Croston Community Spirit Created from Local Catastrophe
In her first blog, Claire Caunce shares her personal experience of the flooding of her home village Croston which inspiredRead more.
Be a Go-Giver (as well as a Go-Getter) in Life
No man is an island. Whatever your achievement, chances are you have been helped by others along your journey towardsRead more.
5 Top Tips to Invest in Yourself To Achieve Your Potential
If your goal is to climb Mount Kilimanjaro or run the London Marathon, you know you need to put inRead more.
Be an Everyday Leader
“How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a leader?” Leadership Development expert Drew Dudley is concerned thatRead more.
Does Practice Make Perfect?
How true is the saying “practice makes perfect”? If you practise the piano for eight hours a day for theRead more.
One more reason to get a good night’s sleep
We know the importance of getting a good night’s sleep – to improve your mood, help you concentrate, give youRead more.
“Should great service be measured by numbers?” by Nick Bishop
Pick up any company journal and you will see claims similar to the following:- We guarantee that you won’t waitRead more.
Tips To Form A Team of Opportunity Makers
“Let’s be greater together.” – Kare Anderson Whether you are building a team for a project, to lead an event,Read more.
Creating a Winning Culture Starting With You
“I’m often asked the secret of running a successful company. It’s simple; look after your people and the business willRead more.
Top Tips to Boost Your Positive Self Talk
Have you ever considered applying for promotion, taking on a new project or pursuing a huge goal then heard thatRead more.
Leadership Lessons from Simon Sinek
“I imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home at theRead more.
Dan Gilbert – “You are always changing”
Have you ever made a decision you thought would make your life better then found it didn’t make any differenceRead more.
Spring Books to Motivate, Enlighten and Develop your Potential
Some new books to motivate you towards your goals, enlighten you with different ideas, and build those positive dendrites! Superbosses:Read more.
Leadership Lessons from Pradip Patel
“Over the forty years I’ve been in different leadership roles, I have been able to learn and grow and keepRead more.
Positive Ways to Handle Family Stress by Martin Wright
Life can be likened to embarking on many different journeys. Some journeys we are made to travel, whilst others weRead more.
Successful Negotiation Skills
Have you ever needed your team to have better relationships with each other to increase productivity? Would you like toRead more.
Tips to Handle Work Stress
Stress is a normal part of life. As we face everyday challenges, it enables us to deal with difficulties andRead more.
Leadership Lessons from Elon Musk
“When I was in college there were three areas that I thought most would affect the future of humanity. ThoseRead more.
Top Tips for Starting Your Day
Building a daily morning routine will put you in a successful frame of mind and boost your physical energy levelsRead more.
“One step forward and change your life!” by Nick Bishop
There are so many different exercises, classes, expensive gym memberships and fads on offer in the New Year, yet oneRead more.
Inspirational Festive TV Programmes Suggestions
It’s that time of year again when you search the Christmas Radio Times with your highlighter pen and set upRead more.
Fantastic Family Festive Days Out
Christmas is about sharing time with loved ones and making memories together. Here are some ideas for days out toRead more.
Be a Multipotentialite with a varied Life List!
Remember being asked “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Did you become that ONE goal? OrRead more.
How to Increase Customer Satisfaction through Enhanced Team Performance – our Top 5 Tips
“Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends” – WaltRead more.
Inspirational Books for Christmas
The gift of a book can spark new ideas, change behaviour, inspire new goals, boost achievement and transform people’s lives.Read more.
Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs
As another new movie exploring the life and character of the legendary entrepreneur Steve Jobs opens today, the influence ofRead more.
How mindfulness can help you to fully appreciate today
“Remember yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift which is why it’s called the present.” MindfulnessRead more.
Tips To Beat The Winter Blues
It’s that time of year again…reduced sunlight and the nights are drawing in. Do you relish the time to lightRead more.
The Secret Strengths of Introverted Leaders
“The secret to life is to put yourself in the right lighting. For some, it’s a Broadway spotlight; for others,Read more.
5 Top Tips to Improve Yourself in 30 Minutes
As our lives become busier with constant connections through technology, deadlines, multitasking and the need to perform at our best,Read more.
How successful leaders embrace failure
How many of us can say that we have a healthy relationship with failure? In his new book Black BoxRead more.
Life Lessons from The Martian
The Martian is undoubtedly THE movie of the month to see on the big screen with its fantastic cinematography, humorousRead more.
Raising The Bar Webcast
What does raising the bar mean for you? Why is it important to raise the bar? How can you personallyRead more.
“Magic Moments” by Neil Osgood
Remember what it feels like to have that “Magic Moment”… . the complete overload of emotions, that feelRead more.
“Why people are NOT your greatest asset” by Heather Wright
The phrase “our people are our greatest asset” drips easily from our lips. It’s emblazoned upon web sites, it isRead more.
Recommended Books for September
Some new books recommended to enlighten, motivate and develop you this September! Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking By Richard NisbettRead more.
Live your best life so you have nothing to fear
“Mortality and motivation” by Martin Wright My younger son is highly influenced by motivational speeches and online blogs. He usesRead more.
The Advance Performance Podcast and Webcast on how to listen effectively
This month’s podcast and webcast introduce the vital skill of listening effectively for business and leadership. Listening Effectively, Heather WrightRead more.
The Autumn term: a new start and time to renew your goals!
If you are a parent of a school child, you will be preparing for a new term at school, collegeRead more.
Lean In to Leadership with Sheryl Sandberg
“There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do. You have to take opportunitiesRead more.
On Being Human by Martin Wright
‘What lies behind us and before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us’ – Ralph Waldo EmersonRead more.
The Women’s Institute – 100 years of confounding expectations
When the Rylstone Women’s Institute bared all in a charity calendar in 1999, they changed the traditional perception many peopleRead more.
The Value of Social Capital
Many organisations promote the “superchicken model” for success where they value the star performers above other employees. Margaret Hefferman arguesRead more.
Leadership Lessons from Taylor Swift
Earlier this year, Fortune magazine named 25 year old Taylor Swift number 6 on their list of World’s Greatest LeadersRead more.
What does freedom of speech mean to you?
Martin Wright considers what constitutes free speech? What is the difference between freedom of speech and just being plain rude?Read more.
How important are values in business?
Heather Wright and John Bullock introduce you to the importance of values in business in their new podcast. People oftenRead more.
Inspiring Holiday Reads
A selection of 2015’s best books to inspire, relax, motivate and entertain you on your summer holidays! The Year ofRead more.
You are never too old to achieve your next goal by Darcenia Teasdale
“You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C. S. Lewis WhenRead more.
Life Lessons from Jim Rohn
Jim Rohn is a name which often appears next to inspirational quotes or personal development advice. Although he died inRead more.
The Marshmallow Test – Mastering Self Control
“It’s really not about candy. The studies are about achievement situations and what influences a child to reach his orRead more.
Give a little, Gain a lot! Live a longer and fuller life by volunteering!
Ever made that resolution to give time to your local animal shelter, Home Start project, Meals on Wheels, cleaning upRead more.
Welcome to Advance’s New Coaching in Business Podcast!
Is Coaching a trend? What makes a successful and effective coaching session? In their latest podcast Heather Wright and JohnRead more.
Make Time To Complete Your Life Plan!
Have you ever felt trapped by your responsibilities, overwhelmed by the number of important decisions you need to make? FeelRead more.
New Podcasts on Customer Excellence and Creativity!
The Advance team have produced two new podcasts to help stimulate your creativity and enhance your customer service excellence skills.Read more.
Mindset: The Power of Believing That You Can Improve
“The power of yet.” What would you attempt if you knew you just hadn’t achieved it yet? Imagine youRead more.
Suggested New Books For Spring!
We have selected five of the best new books to empower, inspire, entertain and maybe enlighten you this Spring!Read more.
Five Simple Tips to Presenting Brilliantly by Heather Wright
One of the questions I am asked constantly is “How do you do it?” For some people, this is facingRead more.
Norman Doidge and The Power of Neuroplasticity
In 2000, Eric Kandel won the Nobel prize for medicine for demonstrating that as learning occurs the connections among nerveRead more.
Be Your Best – Mastering The Habits of Our Everyday Lives
“Habits are the invisible architecture of our lives…we repeat about 40 percent of our behaviour almost daily, so our habitsRead more.
Leading A Team of Collective Creativity
What is the secret to unlocking the creativity hidden inside your daily work and giving every great idea a chance?Read more.
Leadership Lessons from Richard Branson
“My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.” Richard Branson’sRead more.
5 Leadership Lessons from Mahatma Gandhi
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was born on October 2, 1869, at Porbandar, in the present-day Indian state of Gujarat. Born toRead more.