Last week I went to see Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Barbican with Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. It’s a wonderful production, beautifully staged, superbly well acted, a great experience. This must be the most enduring and masterful of Shakespeare’s plays, for so many of the lines have passed into our everyday language. We saying.. read more →

The last Lambent Letter was about practice and what it can make you. Better than you were, no doubt, but not perfect. How much better depends on the quality of the practice. It reminds me of a story that I used to tell my guitar students. It is probably true, or if not, it deserves.. read more →

When I began as a classical guitar concert player and teacher, I used to tell my students ‘Practice makes perfect’, so often that their eyes glazed over. It’s a cliché, so no one paid any attention to it. They ‘knew’ it was true, practised when they felt like it, berated themselves when they did not… read more →

What does ‘Ozymandias’ mean to you? You may know it as the title of the 60th episode of the great TV series ‘Breaking Bad’, called by many one of the greatest TV drama episodes ever made. It had action, drama, pathos, emotion, the tangled webs of each character came together in a defining moment. But.. read more →

Para ela, uma das Master Trainers em Coaching de mais detaque do mundo e co-fundadora – com Joseph O’Connor – da ICC, “O mundo de amanhã está aqui agora”, mas para conseguirmos o que sonhamos “temos que agregar ação às metas. Porque se o futuro não é o resultado das ações de cada um e todos juntos, o que é?”
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Happy New Year to all our readers!
My apologies for the unpredictable arrival of the Lambent Letter before Christmas, this was due to a lot of travel and time zone hopping. Christmas and new year were a holiday, and a very enjoyable one. And….as it is new year, how about new year’s resolutions? Well, you will.. read more →

The ICC virtual summit – ‘Coaching For Peace’  is running now and I gave the first session a few days ago talking about a coach as an internal peacemaker when the client is fighting themselves. I like the idea of the coach as peacemaker, many clients are at war with themselves in different ways. Sometimes.. read more →

I spent many years as a professional musician, my instrument was the classical guitar, and I gave concerts both as a solo performer and also in ensembles. I also taught the guitar for many years to students with an age range of 5 to 65 and an ability range from beginner to concert player. I.. read more →

The last letter was from Tokyo and so is this. Tokyo is a rich city and Japan has a rich culture and there is so much to write about. I was staying at a small hotel in Minato-Ku and when I took the elevator to my room I saw metal box pictured above in the.. read more →

I have always loved the Calvin and Hobbes cartoons, they have an anarchic splendour about them, Calvin and his special tiger, Hobbes see the world in a special way, as only six year olds can. Through innocent, (yet very smart) eyes, they comment on some things we do without thinking and make them suddenly look.. read more →

Last month, we visited  the Taj Mahal. Above is a picture; it is an iconic monument, one of the wonders of the ancient and modern world. ‘Taj Mahal’ means ‘ crown palace’ , it is a white marble mausoleum with a mosque to the right and a guest house to the left built beside the.. read more →

‘The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking out new landscapes but in having new eyes.’ Attributed to Marcel Proust 1871-1922 Work – Life Balance? Work life balance is in the news as one of the great problems of our times. Technology has been the main driving force, especially the technology of communication. Years.. read more →

Neuroscience is in the news recently in many guises. It seems that any claim wanting to be taken seriously needs to quote neuroscientific research to back it up. Why is there a picture of a brain above this article? Well, in a recent research project several hundred people were asked to read a scientific article… read more →

Coaching is a fantastic way of  developing ourselves and others, and for what purpose? To make a better world for everyone. And as coaches, we may forget about ourselves; we need to nourish ourselves and our own development to be the best we can, to show up for our clients. Unless we are at our.. read more →