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 […]

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 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 ‘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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Eudora Pascall on ‘A day trip to the seaside…’

The week before last, we decided to hold our regular team meeting at the seaside. The initial reason behind the trip was to meet our social media team member, Malissa. She lives several hours away and we had only ever met her through Skype or webinar. We decided we would all travel down together by train […]

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 […]