If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere.

Sitting in my office as I look out at a snowy scene, we’re variously trudging, finding a way through or grinding to a halt as we cope with the ‘Beast from the East’ as it has been dubbed. Resilient as the UK is, we’re not so good in extremes of weather.

The joy of snow is however unmistakable, whatever the practical implications. Leaving fresh tracks in the snow is magical and a powerful analogy for life.  Whether a new role, product, process or something that is utterly uncharted in your business or indeed the world, making new tracks is as special as it is sometimes scary. Forging a new path or following your passion can be challenging and hard, but it can also be uplifting and satisfying,  as we invariably discover hidden depths to our being.

Earlier this month, I was privileged to interview Billy Ward, global motorcycle adventurer and journalist.  The conversation was about how he forged his own path, how travel and adventure broadens and widens our perspective, and that the tricky obstacles often turn out to be the greatest catalysts to change and growth.


I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.

And if you need some help or inspiration with finding your new path, you know where we are.

As Ralph Marston said ‘There are plenty of difficult obstacles in your path. Don’t allow yourself to become one of them.’

My warmest wishes,



Finding the right spot to flourish.

Finding the right spot to flourish.

The first race of the 2013 MotoGP was in Qatar on Sunday. A hugely exciting race and in particular seeing Valentino Rossi finish in second place was just superb.

For those of you that don’t follow Moto GP, Valentino Rossi is one of the most successful motorcycle racers of our time; he has nine World Grand Prix titles to his name and seven of these in the premier class.

However, for the last couple of years he has been racing for Ducati, the iconic Italian Motorcycle manufacturer. For one reason or another things just didn’t come together, few podium finishes, the lack of ‘feel’ from the carbon-fibre concept chassis, a number of non- finishes which just isn’t the Rossi at true form.

Now, I’ll admit that I am perhaps a biased Rossi fan however when one of the commentators at the end of the race said ‘we weren’t all certain whether Rossi back on a Yamaha would deliver but he did’. It sort of got my blood up and I thought, ‘well, I didn’t think that!’

It got me thinking about the leaders, organizations and people that I work with and that the lack of belief from others (and often self) doesn’t help. Sometimes we end up with the wrong people, in the wrong place however if we take stock, shift the environment, put ourselves out there to meet the right people, new opportunities invariably reveal themselves. Inspired leaders get this and do everything they can to ensure that they have the right environment for themselves, their people and their businesses, in the good times and when it gets tough.  There are also leaders out there that don’t always get this, and that’s when we really need to listen to our instincts and do something about it.

My daughter, aged three has a sweet little book about a giraffe that can’t dance.  At the end of the story he discovers that he can dance, he just needed a different tune.

Sometimes we need to find a different tune, with people that bring out the best in us, and an environment in which we can flourish and truly maximize our talents and skills. It appears that the tune of the Yamaha YZR-M1 and the Yamaha team is the right one for Rossi, it promises to be a great season.

If you need help finding your tune, you know where we are.

Have a great week.

My warmest wishes,