Andrew Thornton on ‘Armed Robbery and Heart!’

As regular readers here will know, I own a supermarket in North London, Thornton’s Budgens, which we use as our laboratory for our Heart in Business work. Last Thursday, we had an attempted armed robbery. I was on the shop floor, opposite our Post Office on the phone when I hear screams and saw a […]

Marc Thornton on Putting your Heart into it this year…

Every year we seem to start off in the same vein;  “I am going to improve myself.”, “Increase my earnings.”, “Be fitter.”, “Spend more time with loved ones.”.  Does that sound familiar? And often by the end of January, we’ve forgotten what we even promised ourselves! A wise person once said, “Doing the same things […]

Andrew Thornton on Returning to Playground Human Potential

Happy New Year to you all. I hope that 2018 brings you all that you wish for. You may be wondering what playgrounds have to do with Human Potential – have I lost it? Or maybe Thornton’s Budgens has opened a playground in the store??? To find out, I’d love if you could take 3 […]

Andrew Thornton on Driving Business from the Heart

Soon after I set out on my “Heart in Business” journey, I realised that if I was going to make any progress in our numbers driven business culture, I would have to link what I was doing to hard business numbers. Pretty much every business I know measures itself on some set of financial numbers, […]

Mark Thornton on ‘A retreat for the heart’

Retreat for the Heart Last weekend I attended a retreat on the Isle of Wight for three and a half days. I didn’t know what to expect, in fact I didn’t even know the agenda or programme so it was a big step into the unknown. As it turned out it was an amazing experience […]

Lloyd Miller on ‘heart in business’

Who is Lloyd Miller? Lloyd is a mentor and coach, working mostly with senior executives who wish to explore work related issues, both personal and organisational. He is a qualified humanistic psychologist and he draws on 25 years experience in broadcast and corporate media production, as a company director, and as Chairman of the UK […]

Andrew Isaac Thornton on ‘Ikigai

Ikigai – an inspiration from Japan:  I believe that one of the reasons that the business world is in turmoil and people are saying “the way we are working isn’t working anymore”, is that business leaders are disconnected from their values and their passions, in their ever more desperate scramble for short-term profits. The more […]

Andrew Thornton on the purpose of a Higher Purpose

“The way we are working in organisations isn’t working” Discuss! Let’s look at two key facts.  First, according to Gallup, 87% of people who work in organisations globally are emotionally disconnected from their work.  Given the percentage of the world’s population that work in organisations and how much time we spend working, this is a […]

Charlie Efford on The Chain of Conscious Leaders

A Chain of Conscious Leaders Imagine you have spent your whole life living on a mountain in an equatorial jungle. At the base of the mountain, the vegetation is dense, dark and oppressive. The people who live there rarely see the light and have no understanding of space and openness. You live higher up the […]