Read the latest blogs from Tony Brooks:

A Time To Reflect and Set Your Direction

As we near the end of the year it’s customary to reflect on the year, think about the changes you wish to make and set your direction for the year ahead.

I thought 3 things might be useful for you to consider to help with this.

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Perfect Meetings

Time is so valuable and meetings can be the biggest time culprits at work. What can you do to improve your meetings?

Here are our tips for perfect meetings.

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Think. See. Do.

How much time do you take to stand back from what you are doing?

We are all out there doing things every day. But how often do we stop and reflect on whether we are doing the right things?

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10 Lessons From 10 Years in Business


On August 31st, it was the 10 year anniversary for my company – The Leadership Training Workshop Ltd.

After 10 years of leading my own business and helping other business leaders with their development, I would like to share 10 key insights I have found useful and hope they are helpful on your journey too.

This is adapted from my article in the autumn edition of the Institute of Directors magazine.

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Celebrating 10 Years


August 31st is 10 years since I launched my Leadership Coaching and Training Ltd company!

As a leader or business person, I am sure you can totally relate to the fact that this journey can be a real rollercoaster ride at times!

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Building High Performing Teams

I am sure you agree that people are very unpredictable. Keeping them on your side and performing at their best can present some difficult challenges.

In my experience and work, I have found some key things to focus on to help with these challenges, which I hope you find useful.

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Are You a Transactional or Transformational Leader?

Are you a transactional leader or a transformational leader?

Put more simply. Do you focus more on supervision, organisation, and performance?

Or do you work with your people to create a vision and look to inspire and engage them on the journey?

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The 7 Important Areas of Self Leadership

We all have an ongoing internal battle. It is the battle between what I call your potential self and your destructive self.

I believe that how successful and fulfilled we are in work and life depends on how well we wage this battle.

Would you agree that it is critical to be able to lead yourself first, before you can lead your company, organisation or people? If you can master your Self Leadership I believe this will have the biggest impact on your success and fulfilment.

We have made our new 7-part course on Self Leadership available for free for a limited time. This will end on our 10 year anniversary on August 31st 2017.

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Do you have a Leadership Philosophy?

Do you have a leadership philosophy to provide clear direction for you to grow as a leader? Without it, you have no path to follow and no guide.

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What Psychology Can Teach Business

In my recent presentation with ex England cricketer Lydia Greenway, we looked at what psychology and sport can teach business. I share some insights into this here.

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The Best Ways To Engage Your Audience When Presenting

The word “presenting” can be a little dangerous. A presentation is not about delivering information, it’s much more about engaging your audience.

To help you, here are some ideas that I feel will significantly improve the way you engage your audience.

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Be Careful Of The Words You Use

Are you conscious of the words you use, both internally to yourself and externally to others?
Language feeds our psychology and negative or doubtful words can become self-fulfilling prophecies.

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All Change! Leading Generation Y

If you lead people, you’ll no doubt know the challenges of finding, developing, managing and retaining good people. Do you have a strategy for recruiting and developing Generation Y People?

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Creating New Comfort Zones

We all like to stay within our comfort zone. It’s aptly named after all! But did you know that throughout our lives, our experiences help us to grow and create new comfort zones?

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Understanding and Being Understood

How well do you understand other people and how clearly do you believe you are being understood?

We often believe we have clarity in communication only to find out further down the line that things were never fully clear!

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‘Get on the good foot’ in 2017

How has your year started? How are you viewing 2017 so far? Do you see it as a year of challenges or your best year yet?

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5 tips to improve your presentation skills

Would you like to improve your presentation skills to achieve higher success in your work and life in general?

It is a well known fact that public speaking is the number one fear in the world but it is a skill and one that can be developed and improved by using the right approach and techniques.

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Creating purposeful and authentic places to work

Do you feel your organisation has a strong feeling of authenticity? Can people see the truth of who you are and they trust this?

Do you feel you have a driving purpose for what you and the people in your organisation do?

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Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?

Do you feel like you are being continually tested and have a need to prove yourself all the time? Do you feel like you are not always as good as you want to be?

If so, it could be that you are operating from a ‘fixed mindset’.

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20 ways to reduce stress – part 2

In the second part of our 2 part blog, we continue to look at ways to reduce your stress levels. In this edition, we start by looking at your intentions.

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20 ways to reduce stress – part 1

Last year alone a record 17 million working days were lost in the UK due to stress, anxiety and depression. So, what can we do to help ourselves?

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The importance of celebration


1st September marks the 9th anniversary of starting my Limited Company. Even if you are a solo business, how often and how well do you celebrate the good things that happen?

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10 lessons we can learn from sport

It’s been an interesting 12 months in the sporting world. In my work as a coach and leadership specialist, I have become more and more fascinated by what we can learn from sport in businesses, organisations and as leaders.

Here are 10 strategies we can learn and apply from the sporting world.

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7 cognitive biases that impact your decision making

When making decisions, we can sometimes fall victim to something called cognitive biases. For example, we sometimes only listen to information that supports our preconception. I look at this and 6 other cognitive biases to be aware of that can impact your decision making.

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The importance of your mindset post Brexit


Whether you voted to remain in or leave the EU, the decision has been made. Emotions are running high. But what should you, as leaders, be focused on that will have an influence on your business and your teams?

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Reinforcing your identity through behaviours


As we wait on tenterhooks for the result of the EU vote, whichever way it goes it will always be vitally important for us all to work on an identity that will make us stand out. As an individual and a business.

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The 4 most important characteristics of admired leaders

You may be a leader in an organisation or you may be led by someone else, possibly both.
But the characteristics of leaders are very important to the success of teams and organisations across the world.

25 years of research tells us the most important characteristics of admired #leaders. What do you look for?

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Thinking with your heart and gut

Making decisions can sometimes be tricky. even when you look at things logically. Thinking with your gut and heart may help you get past the sticking point. Here I share some insights on this.

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Why 95% is enough

Perfectionism can cause stress and lead to lower productivity. Read more thoughts on why 95% is enough.

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Thinking big and breaking through comfort zones

I have recently returned from a business trip to Dubai and Malaysia where I delivered a 2 day training course on “Leadership Skills and Emotional Intelligence”. In my latest blog, I share my insights on the experience and how a positive mindset can have a huge impact in what we do.

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10 tips to stay ahead in the new world (Karen Bowes – HR Director Capital One)

In this latest “Inspiring Leaders” blog, we change format slightly and I share Karen’s 10 tips to stay ahead in the new and fast changing world we all face as business leaders.

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Being in control and more organised in business – part 3

Are you making the best use of your time? Are you feeling in control of your business activities and plans? In the third part of our series on time, we talk about habits and behaviours. There’s also some free planning tools for you to download.

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Being in control and more organised in business – part 2

In the second of our series on time, we focus on being more systemised in your approach to your business.

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Being in control and more organised in business – part 1

We all have the same amount of time. It is how we use it that is key. In the first of our new series on time, we look at planning in your business.

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Setting Yourself Up For Success in 2016 – Part 2

In the second part of our series, we look at how to keep yourself positive, motivated and on track throughout the year.

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Setting Yourself Up For Success in 2016 – Part 1

In the first part of my 2 part blog, I share my tips on planning for the year ahead.

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Inspiring Leaders Series – Suresh Bawa

In this latest blog in the “Inspiring Leaders” series, Suresh Bawa provides his very unique take on leadership.

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