Mark Vandeneijnde on the assessment of HUMAN POTENTIAL

The HUMAN POTENTIAL Assessment is a powerful tool to measure and unlock how much of our potential is being expressed and how we can develop ourselves to realize more of it. It can be deployed at an organizational, team and individual level. Earlier this year we ran an ORGANIZATIONAL project with Thornton’s Budgens and generated […]

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 ‘Thinking the unthinkable’

Journalists and business outsiders Nik Gowing and Chris Langdon have started a crucial debate on the future of business through their excellent report, “Thinking the unthinkable, a New Imperative for the Digital Age”. The aim of the report is to highlight the current ‘broken’ approach of businesses and to challenge businesses to view life differently. […]

Steve Dodd on ‘Store managers can teach us about leadership’

Written by Steve Dodd This week we have a blog by Steve Dodd. In some circles retailing is regarded as a second rate career.  Poor academic results?  No ambition?  Didn’t try hard at school?  Well, you could always work in a shop! It’s true, many retail leaders did not start out with great academic credentials […]

Andrew Thornton on ‘heartfulness and a Nobleman’

At the Nobleman workshop, fourteen men got the chance to understand how their childhood experiences influence so much of how they behave today. And with that, as men, they got a much greater understanding of the feminine and how different women are to us men. What I experienced was an extraordinary transformation as each participant […]

Andrew Thornton on Compassion in Business

I was very fortunate to be invited to speak at the first working Conference on Compassion last week – for be in a work context, being heartful and compassionate are very similar. I was on the business panel and spent 24 hours in discussion with people from all walks of life on compassion. Whether these […]

Andrew Thornton brings heartfulness to The Grocer magazine

For those of you who have ever worked in the food industry (as I have all my working life) you’ll know The Grocer, which for over 150 years has been our industry’s ‘bible’. Cleverly it arrives in the post (yes the post!) every Saturday morning to be read over your Cornflakes. It was a great […]

Andrew Thornton on Heart Resuscitation at Thornton’s Budgens

Heart in Business Limited has grown out of Thornton’s Budgens, which I have been running heartfully since it was created in 2006. And it is based on the approaches that each of the founders have used to transform companies. We have turned all those experiences into a 9-step process ( We have named step 2, […]

Andrew Thornton on ‘What is blocking Heartful Business?’

  I was at the Trust and Reputation Conference in London last week and posed this question to a panel of senior business leaders:  “Given there are numerous studies that prove that focusing on people and the environment (being heartful in our language) is more profitable in the long term, how come so few businesses […]

Andrew Thornton on Leadership – the key to a better business world

The first step to becoming a heartful business is that the CEO says yes; yes that he/she is committed to make the changes needed to become heartful and to contribute to a better business world.  To me that decision takes real leadership and courage, and requires deep self confidence and inner clarity. Without inner clarity, […]