Donald Trump loses; Matt LeBlanc wins; Lesley Everett’s new book; Dame Helen Mirren; A Bridge too far?; Perfect timing; A confident appearance; Fairly short and thin it out; An interview with Jo Simpson; Music from David Knopfler
Thursday, January 28, 2016
A special birthday; Donald Trump again; Sir Michael Caine; Sand in the wind; Five essential elements of a great speech; What will an interviewer ask me?; Act like a tabloid editor; An interview with Karl Mecklenburg; Music from Jinder.
Thursday, January 21, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
A David Bowie story; Alan Rickman; Kenny Harris remembered; Donald Trump; Seven ways to make a conference amazing; Five ways to ruin your PR material; What are social networks good for?; An interview with Paul du Toit; Music from Jim Boggia
Thursday, January 07, 2016
Friday, January 01, 2016
A very Happy New Year; One personal coaching place left; MediaMaster and MediaMug of 2015; Speak better - carry a notebook; Get yourself out there!; Play, don’t worry; An interview with Vinny Verelli; Music from Out of the Rain
Thursday, December 17, 2015
Thursday, December 10, 2015
Floods in Cumbria; Donald Trump; Personal stories; Nicholas Smith; Tyson Fury; Prepare, Prepare, Prepare; Always move forward, never back; It’s all in the delivery; An interview with Dale Irvin; Music from David Knopfler
Tuesday, December 08, 2015
In the world of reality TV, life is simple. Things are right or wrong. People are good or bad. There are no shades of grey. There's also a person in charge who makes the rules, with no reference to anyone else. Their decisions can't be challenged, and their power is absolute.
In the real world, things are different. There's complexity, uncertainty and shades of opinion. Not everything is binary. It's much more difficult for one person to have absolute power, since people must be persuaded to follow a course of action, rather than told what to do.
I suspect that a large part of Mr Trump's appeal to a certain sector of the US population is that he has simplified everything. He says Muslims are bad, non-Muslims are good. He says Mexican immigrants are thieves and rapists, but US citizens are honest. He says gun owners are patriotic and strong, but those who argue for gun control are liberal and weak. There's no grey in his world at all.
People often yearn for simplicity. They want to be told who is good, and who is bad. Back in the days of the Wild West, it was easy - white hats or black hats. Now it's so much more difficult, and Mr Trump has provided a solution - just look at someone's religion, politics or country of origin.
Of course, life is not a reality show. Even "reality shows" are scripted these days. They often end in tears, just as Mr Trump's naive and simplistic view of the world will do when faced with political reality.
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Friday, December 04, 2015
Three top professionals; The Syria debate; 1 to 1 coaching; Hilary Benn; David Cameron; The Murray Method; Play your cards right; I’ve started so I’ll finish; An interview with Ravi Tangri; Music from Rob Corcoran
Thursday, November 26, 2015
Black Friday or not; Adele’s new album; One-to-one coaching; The Church of England; John McDonnell; Where’s your evidence?; A magic message; Don’t follow the herd; An interview with Mikki Williams; Music from Alex Lipinsk
Thursday, November 19, 2015
The tragedy in Paris; Jonah Lomu; Antoine Leiris; Ken Livingstone; Making things clear; Are you one of them or one of us?; Should you post as you or your brand?; An interview with Susan Luke Evans; Music from The Lost Hollow Band
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Athletics in the spotlight; My year-long coaching programme; Allen Toussaint; Haunted Eastbourne; You’re on in five minutes; Live on Location; Four social networks, three tips each; An interview with Gered Mankowitz; Music from Ainsley Diaz Stevens
Monday, November 09, 2015
The head of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), Sebastian Coe, has a huge job on his hands. It's as bad, if not worse, than the task faced by whoever takes over as the head of FIFA.
What does an organisation - indeed an entire sport - do to recover from a reputational body blow like this? There are some clear steps, which apply in every situation where a reputation is damaged.
1) Come clean
Every stone must be lifted, and every drain inspected. The full extent of wrong-doing must be revealed, before any action can be taken to repair the damage.
2) Explain the remedial action
We all need to know what measures are being put in place to ensure this dreadful position never occurs again. That really is as difficult as it sounds.
3) Rebuild trust
In order to restore confidence, trusted individuals must take the reins and be responsible for all future testing. That requires much greater transparency, better communication and more thorough procedures.
4) Declare the crisis over
Only when every guilty party has been dealt with, all wrong-doing has been exposed, and robust measures put in place can the crisis be ended ,by the organisation that produced the report. That day is a long way off.
If you were, or indeed if you are, involved in athletics, how would you react?
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