Archive for the ‘Life lessons’ Category

Learning to Disagree Respectfully

Published on Monday, October 1st, 2018

To be great citizens of the world, with so many ideas, points of view and perceptions, being able to disagree respectfully is important. As humans, we have a desire to be ‘right.’ Have you ever been in an argument and half way through you realised you were wrong? What did you do? Most people report […]

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Learning to Give and Receive an Apology

Published on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018

Let’s face it – none of us are perfect and there are times when we make mistakes, screw up and hurt the feelings of others. We all have our limits – and when we overstep the mark, an apology is required. As a parent, teacher, leader, friend and wife I have given many apologies – […]

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The lessons I want my students to learn…

Published on Sunday, October 15th, 2017

I was recently challenged to give a twelve minute talk at the African International Schools’ Conference in Nairobi, Kenya on the topic of ‘The lesson I want my students to learn.’ There were so many options I simply had to pluralise my offering. What follows is a summary of my talk. “It’s not fair!” “She […]

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Promoting Self Worth

Published on Friday, February 5th, 2016

Recently a parent asked for some reading material as his daughter had been cheating & lying. He was wanting to find out more to help parent through this situation. I sent him this video: (It is a 40min watch and worth it) and recommended Ana Homayoun‘s book, ‘The Myth of the Perfect Girl’. With further reflection, I […]

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Reflecting on 21 Years

Published on Sunday, October 11th, 2015

The 11 of September will always be a date that is remembered world wide, perhaps as the day the world changed. To me, however, it has another meaning – the day I started my business, Spectrum Education, 21 years ago in 1994. As I sit and reflect on this incredible journey and the mission I am on, […]

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Asking for help is not easy… for me

Published on Sunday, May 17th, 2015

With my heart on my sleeve, I think this is one of the hardest things I have ever done – asking for backing, money and support… Last week I launched a board game kick starter project as I require $37000 to be able to print and distribute the Study Smarter Board Game. Watch the video […]

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My world feels like it has been rocked…

Published on Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

This week I heard the news of the apparent suicide of Robin Williams – this has totally rocked my world – I feel numb… (note I am still in denial with the word apparent.) Robin William’s outer persona reflected (to me anyway) a confident, intelligent, successful person who had his whole life together. I guess […]

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Learning Personal Responsibility

Published on Saturday, August 9th, 2014

What has happened to personal responsibility? I again wondered this while on an aeroplane recently. As always the crew showed the safety demonstration. I have heard this literally hundreds of times, (as of writing this post I have been fortunate to travel on 1752 planes in the last 35 years – yes I keep a record) […]

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Gratitude and Abundance – 5 life lessons

Published on Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

In his book, Give and Take, Adam Grant discusses recent neuroscience which shows that giving actually activates the reward and meaning centres in our brains, which send us pleasure and purpose signals when we act for the benefit of others. “One study of more than 2,800 Americans over age twenty-four showed that volunteering predicted increases in […]

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