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Pillars of Life

The first step to becoming an amazing manager, leader or employee is to take control and ownership of your own Pillars of Life.

By becoming the best person you can be, your work life will grow with you.

Life is short – don’t fill it with someone else’s dreams, goals and activities.

Focus on the right things, at the right time, for your season of life.

The Pillars of Life as I see them are:

  • Your education
  • Your health
  • Your family
  • Your finances and money
  • Your impact on society
  • Your effectiveness

By focussing on the Pillars of Life you’ll have more to offer everyone around you. You’ll have a better life. You won’t give away your dreams to an organisation. You stand more chance of building the life you want.

Be effective and liked

Be Effective and Liked

The second step is to become unbelievably effective AND liked.

We’ve all met people who are effective at work but painful to work with.

Equally, we’ve met people who are lovely. Like Cuddly Bears. But we often wonder what they do all day.

Your job is to be effective AND liked. To tread the line carefully and know when to flex either way.

The best way to do this is know exactly what’s expected of you as a manager and develop a Superpower in the world of business

– Effective communication skills.

Release Agility

The third step is to Release Agility in your organisation.

Your goal is to free, unlock and release the agility in your organisation. To move smoothly and quickly towards your goals.

Agility follows the overcoming of obstacles that stand in your path. As you free more agility you discover more problems, and solving these will release more agility.

The cycle continues forever. There are always more problems than can be solved. The trick is knowing which ones stand between where you are now, and your True North.

No agile framework will help you do this.

Whether you are a manager or not you can help to release agility. Of course, many of the levers of change in an organisation are at the leadership and management level. 

Here’s what I recommend instead.

1) You paint a picture of where you and the organisation is heading. Your purpose. Your True North. The reason society needs what you offer.

2) You identify the real reasons why you’re not there yet. What’s stopping you? Once you’ve done this, build a plan to overcome the obstacles and problems. This is a strategy.

3) You build the right team to get it done. If you cannot look around your team and say “This is the team to get it done”, then you have plenty of work to do:

4) You identify, model and communicate the behaviours that you want in your organisation. The culture of the organisation is nothing more than group habit – how people behave every day.

5) And you learn your way through the journey. There is always a way to be better. Mistakes are opportunities to make you and the company better.

To Release = Set free from confinement

Agility = moving quickly and easily towards your goals

Culture is nothing more than group habits

Releasing Agility and building great teams always requires a cultural change.

If you want to change a culture, you must change behaviours.

People must therefore change their behaviours – and this is never achieved by awareness pieces, slogans, powerpoint slides and company Ra Ra.

It is achieved through HR initiatives rolled out by managers who encourage behaviour change by setting the standard, giving feedback and dealing with low performance. This is the role of Management. But everyone has a role to play in this.

I just look at managers as setting the high bar – and of course, I’m a management consultant by trade and experience 🙂


I’ve been a manager, VP, coach, mentor, investor and consultant for a very long time. I look much younger than I am. I’ve read, studied and learned – and then applied this to the hard job of building great companies.

What I’ve learned is what I share with you through my articles, videos and consultancy.

As a communication science graduate and life longer learner – I always put communication at the heart of everything I do:

Alongside my consultancy work I share what I know to help people lead a good (work) life through the newsletter and YouTube channel.

I studied communication science at school, A’ Level and Degree (BSc) and I still study it today. Hence I run the award winning communication workshop which is now online!

I also have a weird obsession with stationery – which resulted in me co-hosting a podcast called Stationery Freaks.

When you work with me, expect fun, optimism, a relentless focus on studying the real problems and a focus on high behavioural standards.

I am married with three sons who are amazing. Every day they teach me something. And make me laugh.
I live in Winchester, UK.

I started my career as a Tester, then an Engineering Manager, then a VP of HR and now as a Director of my own company.

I am the co-host of Stationery Freaks podcast.

I run a blog called Parent Brain.

I write books to relax.

Cultivated Charity

Every financial year I donate at least 5% of my revenue from books, courses and coaching from Cultivated Management, and my other business, Parent Brain, to charity.

I believe strongly that every person has the right to the best quality of life they can, even if that life may be short.

At least 2.5% always goes to Naomi House – a hospice in Winchester for life limited children and their parents.

2015 – Unicef (paid)

2016 – Pencils of Promise (paid)

2017 – Saving Linnea (paid)

2018 – WWF (paid)

2019 – All to Naomi House (paid)

2020 – Shelter (in progress)

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