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Big decisions

What was the last big decision you made?  I mean really big.  Did you decide to hand in your notice at work without a job to go to, or perhaps shut down a company or set up a new one? Perhaps you sacked a much-respected employee, turned informant, or left your partner, maybe you decided to put a loved one in a home? Whatever it was, I am sure you remember clearly the emotions you went through to take it and how all your options towered over you as if they were a matter of life and death. Perhaps the [...]

2018-01-31T14:16:02+00:00 0 Comments

Didn’t quite turn out how I thought

And so, it is that another year draws to its end, and what a year it’s been. It started out with me wishing it was mid-May and time to take my little 51-year-old MG car over the Alps and down to Montenegro. But before I knew it, it was mid-June and the trip was successfully completed and life had gone back to normal; organising events, writing speeches, meeting potential Associates and stretching my brain into solving the challenges my clients and colleagues threw at me. Looking back, my year didn’t quite turn out how I thought. I thought it was [...]

2017-12-31T09:34:47+00:00 0 Comments


I wonder what the word ‘Mastermind’ means to you? For some it may bring back memories of placing coloured pegs into round holes, to break codes. For others, it might be a TV quiz show. For me however, it means something completely different. Imagine you have an important problem, the classic approach to solving it is to find a colleague or friend to turn to for advice. Although this trusted method can work, for complex problems there is a much better way – one that only takes an hour to kick off.  We at Bayard call it ‘Mastermind’ but other [...]

2017-11-28T09:22:09+00:00 0 Comments

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 [...]

2017-09-26T09:46:33+00:00 0 Comments

How many hours do you work a week?

Once upon a time this was a simple question to answer, you started at a given hour and finished at a given hour, deducted an hour for lunch and twenty minutes for tea breaks and multiplied by five. The only ambiguity for some office workers was if to include their commute time or not. For most people, today, the answer can be extremely difficult to calculate. (Now let’s immediately agree that, for most office employees, working today has got to be a lot more inspiring than it was in the 1950’s, or even up to the point where the short [...]

2017-09-05T18:39:34+00:00 0 Comments