Knowing People.

Knowing People.

How important is really knowing and understanding people? Getting to know who people really are requires the ability to ask questions and be interesed in their responses in order to create and maintain value added relationships, if that is your aim. Collaboration with other people who accompany us on our daily journey is an art worth developing; otherwise we are simply going it alone because we are ignoring the importance of sharing and caring! Read more



Conversation and interaction without using the phone is determined by one’s attitude. Face to face verbal communication is affected by our appearance. If we care about how we look, then consider how we might sound when opening our mouth to engage in conversation. Read more



Recognising an opportunity is not always apparent or obvious to many people. Setbacks happen to most people and I’ve always been aware that it’s not what happens to us but what we do about it that’s important. Adversity is on the doorstep for the majority of us and dealing with it a mindset that can help overcome the setback and turn it into an interruption rather than a major stumbling block. Read more

Behave Yourself.

Behave Yourself

I remember slowly telling my eldest son when he was very young to BEHAVE, and his reply was, ‘I am being HAVE daddy!’

Today, my belief is that many people are too repressed to express themselves because they are overly self-conscious, thinking about what other people think about them and often set about trying to make an impression. Getting focus off self is the only way to be natural and express your true self. Read more

Knowing How.

Knowing How

Most of us have knowledge of some sort. Applying that knowledge at the appropriate time and for the benefit of self and others is important as we attempt to move onwards and upwards in our quest for satisfaction. Achievement is a quest for the majority, so understanding how to go about applying things we have learned, especially for the benefit of helping others, is essential. Read more


Supervising people

Supervision is not spying! Should you be in a position where you either give or receive this, then appreciate it as a method for improved business results. It is often necessary to clearly understand what’s going on and there are ways of doing this that help rather than hinder the cause. Supervising openly and honestly can benefit all concerned. Read more

Be on Time!

be on time

Be on Time!

‘Sorry I’m late’ is a verbal excuse uttered on a regular basis by the majority of people. There are excuses for this occurrence, and I’d like to share some of them before offering words that are professionally more appropriate. Read more

On Your Bike!

on your bike

This was a favoured expression as I was growing up and even into adulthood as a phrase for telling people where to go if their presence was unwanted or what they had to say not appreciated. It reminds me that we all are capable of failing to some degree at challenges we might face on our particular road to success. Read more


goals with john mulvey


Christmas approaches and another year is upon us. I wonder if you have set your goals, aims and/or desires for 2019? I’d like to mention the importance of doing just that if you haven’t already. There are mechanics involved, importance of writing them down, making them achievable and the relevance in reviewing them. Read more



This is not the first time I’ve mentioned habits and I thought it appropriate to revisit because of the daily changes to procedure for each and every one of us. One of my favourite writers was Stephen Covey, who died a few years ago leaving a legacy of positive thoughts for proactivity. His leadership observations consisted of seven habits to which he later added an eighth some years later, which said that interdependence was more effective than independence. His seven habits were directed towards effective leadership and each had a definitive purpose. I make no excuse for listing these as a reminder for people who might be familiar with his work or those of you who could find inspiration from a first-time look. I don’t expect you to rush out and buy his book, but you might want to consider doing that sometime in the future. It could possibly assist you to know what the suggested habits are and how you could implement them in your self-improvement, should that be your aim. Read more