Archived entries for Random Thoughts

Excellent example of communication

Who would have thought it was possible to make the safety advice before take off funny and engaging? Well, take a look at what Air New Zealand have done

Can you say no to something today to get what you want tomorrow?

Girl with a marshmallow

Take a look at this video showing these kids working really hard to resist eating a marshmallow. Continue reading…

Fabulous Festive Wishes for 2010!

Wishing you all a happy Christmas and happy holidays with your families!

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As always we have donated the money we would normally spend on paper Christmas cards to the Microloan Foundation.  We hope you have a fantastic holiday and we look forward to seeing you in the new year!

All our love Christina, Andy and the team at Time 4 Change and CGA Management.

11 Common Characteristics of Successful Creatives


I’m just reading Mihaly Csikszentimihalyi’s (pronounced Chick-sent-mi-hi) thoughts on being creative.  His paper Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Inventions (free to download as a word document), is the culmination of 30 years of research into creativity.  His work dispels several myths about being creative and highlights the following common features:-

Successful creatives… Continue reading…

Pay tax or give staff new skills?

This is something that keeps falling off our mental check list so we thought to mention it on our blog.

If your company pays tax then you can offset 100% off the cost of any training focused on developing your business against your taxable profits. Isn’t that a nice thought!

This popped up as we were working out a large staff development programme to run over the next few months with a new client.  It is costing our client around £19,000 – which after the various tax calculations will cancel out half of her tax bill for her business.

The result – she gets staff who are motivated, skilled and focused on improving her business and she pays half the tax this year!

The only loser in this is the tax man Continue reading…

CGA presenting 'The Art Of Banter' at the NLP Conference

Christina GriffithsChristina will be presenting ‘The Art of Banter’ at the upcoming NLP Conference in London on the 14th of November between 18:00 and 19:30 – we look forward to seeing you there!

Christina created The Art of Banter while completing her Master Practitioner qualification with Sue Knight and has since been back to deliver it twice for Sue at Alumni meetings in 2007 & 2008.

The Art of Banter is a unique and fun workshop that combines mind and body; and will have you on your feet moving around feeling energised, excited and Continue reading…

The most enterprising place in Europe – Scarborough!

Most enterprising town in Europe - ScarboroughWe opened an office in Scarborough, North Yorkshire just over a year ago.  As a company our clients are spread all over the UK and the United Arab Emirates so we decided it was about time that we branched out from London.

Andy has family ties back in Scarborough so we came up and had a look around and decided that having an office within 10 minutes walk of the beach sounded like a fantastic idea.

So we kept the office in London and opened up our first branch office and we love it!  Since then Scarborough has won the Most Enterprising Town in the UK and now it has taken the European award as well!

It is mostly down to the fantastic work that the people over at Electric Angel have done designing the bid and nursing it through the various stages – but what a result!  Congratulations Adrian & Rebecca!

We will share more of our experiences of working & living in Scarborough in the blog as we move along (ask us about our walking meetings down on the beach each Monday morning – we get so much done before we hit the office!).

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