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Leadership and Teamwork Lessons from Celebrity Island
Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls is the latest challenge reality show. The celebs are “dumped” on an island and “left”
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Schedule Your Breaks to Boost Your Creativity
Do you often work through your “lunchtime” and think it’s been a unique day when you had a genuine tea
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Inspiring New September Reads
Be inspired by the leadership of the CEO of Microsoft, the man who founded Tough Mudder, the important contributions we
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Tips for setting up a successful routine for September
Over the summer, our body clocks adapt to the lighter evenings, eating and going to bed later, and if we
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How taking a break from your phone can benefit your brain
Can you remember the last time you were bored? Did you take out your mobile to check social media, the
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Define yourself as the hero or heroine of your place in history
“Be the hero of your own story.” – Joseph Campbell “Above all, be the heroine of your life, not the
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New Podcast – The Telomere Effect
In their new podcast, Heather Wright and Luke Wright discuss the recent research on Telomeres, their proven effect on the
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The Problem with Identifying Leadership Talent Early by Heather Wright
As we know the business market is constantly changing and it is vital for businesses to adapt to stay alive.
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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 a
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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 next
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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 books
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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 we
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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 staying
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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 raise
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Leadership Lessons from Satya Nadella
“What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard at
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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 habits
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“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. Covey
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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 adapt
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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,
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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,
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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, terrifying
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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 may
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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 for
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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 recommends
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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, Heather
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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 make
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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,
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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 act
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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,
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“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 will
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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 quick
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Tips for a Calm Christmas
Christmas is a time of joy as we gather with our loved ones, a time of giving and receiving, often
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Inspirational Books for Christmas Gifts
Are you stuck for gifts this year? Do you want to share some inspiration this Christmas? Our book suggestions have
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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 21
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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 the
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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 an
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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 examined
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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 is
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Rediscover Your “Why”
Whether your goal is to run a marathon, to sell a product, to hire a new manager, or to write
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“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 with
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Inspirational Autumn Reads
Make it your goal to spend more time reading this autumn! Be inspired by Jo Malone and Jamie Vardy who
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“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 passionate
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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 wellbeing
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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 are
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Where are our female superheroes?
There are just under four months until Christmas and the stores will be stocking up on the new Must Have
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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 set
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Achieve Success the Team GB Way!
Team Great Britain has proved its highest achievements at Rio 2016 – as second(?) on the Medals Table behind the
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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 and
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Inspirational Holiday Reading
Many of us pack a book or two to read whilst on holiday to relax or to take time to
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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. The
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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. To
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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 Mycoskie  
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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,
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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 back
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You can beat that phobia!
In our world of reality television, watching a contestant face up to a fear of spiders or cockroaches whilst shut
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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 was
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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 brain
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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 books
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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 your
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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 recollection
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“The Outsider” by Martin Wright
We have all experienced being on the outside at some point in our lives, being made to feel as if
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“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 I
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Life Lessons from Bear Grylls
“We should all strive to live lives that are bigger than our own little circles.” – Bear Grylls, GQ Magazine
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How To Create a Winning Culture
“I truly believe that if you take care of your employees they will take care of your business.” – Richard
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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 of
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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 you
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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,
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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.
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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 of
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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 inspired
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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 towards
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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 in
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Be an Everyday Leader
“How many of you are completely comfortable with calling yourselves a leader?” Leadership Development expert Drew Dudley is concerned that
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Does Practice Make Perfect?
How true is the saying “practice makes perfect”? If you practise the piano for eight hours a day for the
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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 you
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“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 wait
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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,
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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 will
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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 that
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Leadership Lessons from Simon Sinek
“I imagine a world where people wake up every day inspired to go to work and return home at the
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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 difference
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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:
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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 keep
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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 we
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Successful Negotiation Skills
Have you ever needed your team to have better relationships with each other to increase productivity? Would you like to
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Tips to Handle Work Stress
Stress is a normal part of life. As we face everyday challenges, it enables us to deal with difficulties and
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Leadership Lessons from Elon Musk
“When I was in college there were three areas that I thought most would affect the future of humanity. Those
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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 levels
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“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 one
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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 up
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Fantastic Family Festive Days Out
Christmas is about sharing time with loved ones and making memories together. Here are some ideas for days out to
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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? Or
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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” – Walt
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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.
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Leadership Lessons from Steve Jobs
As another new movie exploring the life and character of the legendary entrepreneur Steve Jobs opens today, the influence of
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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.” Mindfulness
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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 light
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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,
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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,
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How successful leaders embrace failure
How many of us can say that we have a healthy relationship with failure? In his new book Black Box
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Life Lessons from The Martian
The Martian is undoubtedly THE movie of the month to see on the big screen with its fantastic cinematography, humorous
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Raising The Bar Webcast
What does raising the bar mean for you? Why is it important to raise the bar? How can you personally
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“Magic Moments” by Neil Osgood
    Remember what it feels like to have that “Magic Moment”… . the complete overload of emotions, that feel
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“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 is
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Recommended Books for September
Some new books recommended to enlighten, motivate and develop you this September! Mindware: Tools for Smart Thinking By Richard Nisbett
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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 uses
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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 Wright
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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, college
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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 opportunities
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On Being Human by Martin Wright
‘What lies behind us and before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us’ – Ralph Waldo Emerson
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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 people
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The Value of Social Capital
Many organisations promote the “superchicken model” for success where they value the star performers above other employees. Margaret Hefferman argues
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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 Leaders
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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?
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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 often
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Inspiring Holiday Reads
A selection of 2015’s best books to inspire, relax, motivate and entertain you on your summer holidays! The Year of
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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 When
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Life Lessons from Jim Rohn
Jim Rohn is a name which often appears next to inspirational quotes or personal development advice. Although he died in
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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 or
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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 up
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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 John
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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? Feel
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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.
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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 you
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Suggested New Books For Spring!
We have selected five of the best new books to empower, inspire, entertain and maybe enlighten you this Spring!  
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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 facing
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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 nerve
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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 habits
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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?
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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’s
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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 to
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