/Harley Lovegrove

About Harley Lovegrove

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvaATmb9_zg

Change management is like riding a bike

When was the best time of your career?  I bet it is was when you were doing something you’d never done before?  If this is true, I wonder why it is that we constantly look for people with the right experience to bring about change? I was handed ‘the flow chart of change management’ by a colleague this week, it was from one of the world’s leading management schools.  The first box in the flow process was entitled ‘skills’.  Although skills are important, the one thing I have learned in life is this that when a group of people has [...]


Career options & backup plans

Every day I meet someone who is going through a big career change.  Some are doing so out of their own choice, as part of a ‘big plan’ while others are doing so out of necessity due to an imposed change. Having once thought it was for life, the corporates they once worked for have new plans which don’t include them.  Their profiles no longer fitting or in the wrong geographic location. It’s in these situations when the big questions of life ring louder and truer than ever. “What’s it all for? Why are we here? Where am I headed?”  [...]


Hard business

I was in London at a HiFi trade show this weekend, talking with a colleague about a business leader we have both admired for several decades. Realising that the person in question must be in his mid to late seventies, we looked back at his successes and made a kind of mental list of what we thought it was that made him stand out from the crowd. We agreed on the following: He is extremely likeable. With a broad grin, his smile always disarms you. He always remembers a name – even after years of absence. He always had (and [...]


Where you are and where you want to be

I believe that, unlike happiness, contentment is rather easy to measure, one just seems to ‘know’ if one is content or not. And unlike happiness, inner contentment remains, more or less constant. Content with one’s life, with one’s position, with one’s partner, content in general. This week, I was wondering what it is that defines contentment.  After a little research, I came to the conclusion that contentment is the simple comparison of where you are with where you want to be.  The tricky point emerges, however, with whose vision of success are we aspiring to? I believe that just like [...]


Talking to your car…

When was the last time you spoke to your car and what did it answer back?  I talk to mine nearly every day; asking it to phone someone or to guide me to an address.  My car doesn’t always understand me, especially when I forget to speak in an accent it understands, i.e. English phonetics.  Nonetheless, the process is fairly efficient and helps me keep my eyes on the road and my hands on the wheel. Although speech technology in cars has been around since the early 80’s, it never really caught on.  It appears that us humans don’t like [...]