May 18, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Are you Serious about your future success?

As I build my consultancy helping experts to become confident and successful influencers and leaders, I’m struck by how many time wasters I meet.
May 10, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Time to get Empathy into your leadership mix?

I’m currently doing a lot of exec mentoring work. What’s striking is the high levels of stress and stretch I see in so many of my mentees.Corporate is a tough place right now. There’s a relentless pressure to ‘perform’ – to do more with less, and faster. Many execs are routinely working 50, 60 and even 70 hour weeks in their attempt to keep up and ‘deliver’.
May 2, 2017
Mark Hodgson

The power of doing nothing

I recently returned from the World Masters Games in New Zealand. We came up empty in the hunt for surfboat rowing medal glory. Team ‘Crusty’ scored a creditable fifth, but sadly those Kiwis don’t play at sport!
April 19, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Why blogging is an essential weapon in Activating Brand You

I first wrote ‘the blog about my blog’ 2 years ago. I wanted to lift the bonnet on ‘Pinch of Thought’ to show how it actually works and why. My premise – that writing a blog is no longer a nice-to-do, but a business essential.
April 12, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Standing out in the Gig Economy

It’s all sweet in the ‘Gig Economy’. These are the findings of a recent EY report, ‘Is the gig economy a fleeting fad, or an enduring legacy?’. Also known as ‘the contingent workforce’, the Gig Economy is where businesses contract talent on a short-term project or even a daily basis to deliver their services and expertise.
April 5, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Are you really succeeding?

I wrote recently about the power of connection. In an ironic twist, today my internet connection died – predictably at a supremely inconvenient moment. This created a farcical ‘signal quest’ as I frantically ran like an addict from café to café, “do you have wi-fi, do you have wi-fi?” Finally somewhere did.
March 29, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Why connection trumps capability

I recently ran a leadership workshop where I showed Dr Brené Brown’s excellent Ted talk. I’ve watched it many times and usually concentrate on the section where she discusses vulnerability.
March 21, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Think Twice to Maximise your Influence

It’s been one of those weeks. Running around like the proverbial fly, continuously aware of a ticking clock… get to the meeting … tick;
March 8, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Leadership lessons from a small boat

As someone who spends a lot of time working alone, I find it’s important to stay connected. There’s no natural water-cooler conversation in a one-man leadership consultancy and it’s easy to become detached.
March 1, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Are you playing in the right space?

I am a big rugby union fan. At the weekend, England took on the un-fancied Italians in their annual 6 Nations competition fixture.
February 22, 2017
Mark Hodgson

Crisis of Confidence?

The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."
February 15, 2017
Mark Hodgson

WANTED: First-Rate Intelligence

"The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function."