For some one who grew up and lived within 2 miles of his birthplace (a little village on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales) for the first 17 years I've more than made up for it in later life. I was in the RAF for a couple of years and saw Germany (a place I love), Malta, Cyprus, Sardinia, the US and lots of western Europe.
Most of my jobs have involved travel of one sort or another (both in the UK and abroad)! I'm now a leadership development specialist and deliver training mainly to companies in the UK as part of bespoke personal development courses.
I've organised/attended/delivered papers at conferences in the UK, Europe, and the US, as well as delivering development training in Singapore (one of my leadership development 8 day courses has been translated and delivered in Norway and Vietnam by the customer).
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
not really the first story I read but certainly one of the most influential is Vance Packard's "The Hidden Persuaders". This book was written in the 1960's about the revolution occurring in advertising in the 1950's in the USA and describes the psychological forces at work in our decision making and everyday interactions.
In many ways the book changed my life and started the move from engineering to becoming interested in psychology and personal development. You've got a lot to answer for Vance :-)
What are your five favorite books, and why?
As a prolific reader this is difficult to answer - there's just so many!
Obviously Vance Packard's "Hidden Persuaders" has to be in there as does Robert Cialdini's "Influence: science and persuasion". This is another of those books that just blew my mind with it's implications for how we behave and why - one of the best books on motivation and drives written!
I've also enjoyed reading Howard Schultz's "Onward" and found it a really good change manifesto.
Maybe I'll come back and talk about some more later :-)
This booklet is about how we can use a time-line to manage change on an individual basis. By managing the impact of the Past, and Future and creating a route map of the Present we can help ease people through change.