Saturday, 1 October 2011

Do you work with sleepwalkers?

Wow, what a busy Summer it is turning out to be! Here at Potential2Achieve we continue to work with great clients on fascinating projects and contracts. We feel privileged to work in diverse workplaces and meet many interesting characters along the way.

We are often called upon to help inspire those who need to re-energise, or who are maybe not as positive as they could be about their workplace. The way these people are described to us matches them to the Sleepwalker and Neg-Ferret characters that Adrian Webster features in his Polar Bear Pirates books. We are sometimes engaged to work with teams who are finding it difficult to take the first steps on their journey to Fat City - those sleepwalkers that need awakening!

For those who haven't seen him in action, below is a short video where you can experience Adrian talking about some of those very characters.

We hope you enjoy it. If you recognise anyone in your organisation and want help to inspire change then contact us urgently!

Monday, 30 May 2011



It’s not often that you find something or someone so in line with your own thinking that it makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. We saw and heard Richard Noble OBE speak about his iconic project to break the 1000 mph landspeed barrier. His passion and unwavering positive belief inspired us to find out more.
His mission is audacious “To confront and overcome the impossible using science, technology, engineering and mathematics. To motivate the next generation to deal with Global 21st Century challenges”. When you break that down the alignment with Potential2Achieve’s philosophy is awesome. It is easy to make the links to our values.

The goal is mind-blowingly massive. The current landspeed record stands at 763 mph, the plan is not to just break the record and within that pass the 1000 mph barrier, but to change the mindset that something cannot be done. This is about sweeping away limiting beliefs, constraints and nay-sayers, but this is not foolish thinking. Supporting the mission is scientific probability which with time and investment will become fact. Achievement of the goal is not a dream it is a plan.
Behind the mission there is an altruistic and meaningful legacy under construction. This will change the process of how schools teach engineering going forward. It will inspire kids to discover, share in groundbreaking new ideas, make them hungry to research and ultimately to enjoy learning – lifelong skills much needed by businesses.

When the BLOODHOUND SSC runs and breaks that 1000 mph target. It will do so with as one of the many names on its tail fin. Find out more about this amazing project here and let us know your thoughts.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

The divided brain

As you probably know, Potential2Achieve are great fans of PRISM Brain Mapping and the metaphor of the 4 quadrants of the brain, the preferences that we have for using the 4 quadrants and the behaviours that we associate with the preferences. We are also very interested in understanding more about how we use our brains to receive, process information and learn.

In this video clip from the RSA, renowned psychiatrist and writer Iain McGilchrist talks about how the ‘divided brain’ has profoundly altered human behaviour, culture and society. The insights relating to ‘attention’, ’simplified reality’ and the difference in right and left brain focus are fascinating.

When you have a spare half hour, have a look – the first few minutes are a little slow but then you get into it and it really makes you think!.

Published in accordance with the RSA open access license.