Mark Vandeneijnde on ‘Bringing the heart back into business’

In 2010, after a 10-year career in a large multinational, I set off on my own. Something was tugging at my heart. Deep down I knew that I had a role to play to help organizations transition from the current paradigm where competition, productivity, control and bottom line are the main drivers, to a more […]

Andrew Thornton on Turning Human Potential Insight into Action

For those of you who are regular readers of my blog, you’ll know that we have connected the Human Potential coaching work we have done at my supermarket, Thornton’s Budgens, to our results. Through the on-line survey we completed, we know we are using 8% more of our Human Potential than a ‘control’ (similar and […]

Andrew Thornton on Tapping into your Human Potential

I write this at 35,000ft on the way back from India after an extraordinary week exploring what it means to access our full potential. What we were doing together was exploring a simple concept; we as humans are born with a huge potential to do amazing things and a bit like with most of our phones, […]

Andrew Thornton on ‘Are you optimising your Human Potential?’

First off, happy New Year – may 2017 be fun and fulfilling for you! For years, I have been convinced that if you could measure the ‘collective’ heartbeat of a company, you could predict its long-term performance in a far more reliable way than by looking at quarterly accounts. In the same way that medics […]

Andrew Thornton on Brexit, Trump and Heartful business

I will start by owning my political position – if a label helps, I am a ‘liberal social democrat”. So despite the imperfections of the EU and of Hilary Clinton, I supported the losing side in both cases. And while I feel mystified (and at the same time understand) how Trump got elected and only […]

Andrew Thornton on ‘Empowerment is infectious’

Last month I shared the outcome of our Empowerment work at Thornton’s Budgens; and I shared the results in terms of sales (where we are up and when all our non-discounter competitors are down), the average length of service and the very positive results of our team survey. This week I’d like to share how infectious […]

Andrew Thornton on ‘It’s all about Empowerment’

I attended a fascinating workshop last week for founders of companies. One of the key things Tom Nixon (the facilitator) shared was that people who found companies usually have an ‘itch’ – something that really bugs them. For James Dyson, the motivation to create the Airblade hand dryer was how rubbish most toilet hand dryers […]

Helena Clayton on ‘Putting Heart into Business’

  Putting heart into business Many organisations are places where the self isn’t welcomed. Where our humanity isn’t given much space to breathe and where we feel we shouldn’t let some parts of us be seen. We become smaller people there. That can’t be right. Not for our individual sense of wellbeing and not for […]

Andrew Thornton on SPARKing a change     

I am delighted that my colleague Eudora and I are running a workshop at the SPARK the Change conference in London in July. I feel we are living in a very exciting time as organisations start to get that the old way of doing business just isn’t working any more. A small yet significant number […]