Reframing – a Positive Thinking technique



Is your self-talk (that voice in the head) performance limiting or performance enhancing? It can determine how we experience any event, which in turn affects how we feel about the situation and can shape our subsequent actions.  We can trip ourselves up by focussing on the negatives and being highly self-critical.  And we can do the same for others when we use overly critical or negative terms.


By reframing situations we can create a ‘reward state’ rather than a ‘threat state’. This frees up our cognitive resources and we are more likely to spot potential solutions, – rather than spiral into defensiveness – or hopelessness!

Reframing Examples

  • Recognise when your frame of reference is an unhelpful one e.g. “he is useless at making sense of the data” or “my boss doesn’t have any confidence in me” – usually the emotional charge that accompanies it will tell you if it’s helpful or not
  • Consider how someone, whose opinion you respect, would phrase it instead: “we forget that not everyone is an economist; let’s think about how we can present the data in a more accessible way”. “My boss hasn’t seen my full capabilities yet; I can use this opportunity to demonstrate my strengths”
  • Proactively identify a new frame just as a picture you’ve stopped noticing becomes transformed when you place it in a different frame or location, you can also transform your thinking!

“I have not failed……I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

American inventor, Thomas Edison


Communications skills

Man giving lecture to three people in computer roo Developing your communication skills can help you with all aspects of your life, not just those related to the workplace. It’s never too late to learn how to communicate more effectively and improve on your skills.

Use the documents linked to this page to assess communication skills, what you do well and those areas that might be improved. The questionnaire will challenge you, while the scoring sheets will help you analyse your current skills and give you numerous tips to help you increase your capability.

For the most accurate reflection of your skills, we advise you to complete the scoring sheets before downloading the results pages.

To download the questionnaire and begin the process – Click here

To download a document to enable you to assess your skills, see tips, and begin to develop a plan to develop your abilities. – Click here

The Leadership Difference – The Power of Three

Transforming Leaders – We want you to become the best leader you can be. Everyone has their preferred set of leadership beliefs, skills, models – enough to fill a library, not just a book.

So we thought we’d keep it simple and share the 3 things we know make the difference:
Be Resilient; Be Authentic; Make the Story Stick

And now we’re going to tell you how.

Click here to open a PDF version

Your Learning Preferences

learning-preferenceAs part of your preparation for learning you may want to consider how you learn best and what your preferred style and approach to learning might be.

Peter Honey and Alan Mumford are best known for their learning styles questionnaire. The questionnaire you can download is self-administered and determines people’s preferred learning styles. Knowing your own and your team members’ learning styles can accelerate learning. People undertake activities that best fit their preferred way of taking in and working with information. But there is also much to be gained from challenging yourself by trying out new styles.

To download the questionnaire, click here








What Colour is Your Parachute 2015: A Practical Manual for Job-hunters and Career-changers by Richard N. Bolles

No matter what your circumstances, every job-hunter sometimes needs to find help with up-to-the-minute information on what has changed about the job-market, plus strategies for finding jobs even when everyone tells you there are none. Including up-to-date research and tips about writing impressive CVs and cover letters, doing effective networking, confident interviewing, and negotiating your salary.

But it goes beyond that, in helping you to better know who you are, with its classic self-inventory called The Flower Exercise because the best answer to What shall I do? Flows from knowing who you are.

Resilience: Teach Yourself How to Survive and Thrive in Any Situation by Donald Robertson

Resilience: How to Thrive and Survive in Any Situation helps you to prepare for adversity by finding healthier ways of responding to stressful thoughts and feelings. You will learn a comprehensive toolkit of effective therapeutic strategies and techniques, drawing upon innovative “mindfulness and acceptance-based” approaches to cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), combined with elements of established psychological approaches to stress prevention and management. The book also draws upon classical Stoic philosophy to provide a wider context for resilience-building. This book is a complete course in resilience training, covering everything from building long-term resilience by developing psychological flexibility, mindfulness and valued action, through specific behavioural skills such as applied relaxation, worry postponement, problem-solving, and assertiveness.

The Strategy Book by Max Mckeown

Thinking strategically is what separates managers and leaders. Learn the fundamentals about how to create winning strategy and lead your team to deliver it. From understanding what strategy can do for you, through to creating a strategy and engaging others with strategy, this book offers practical guidance and expert tips. It is peppered with punchy, memorable examples from real leaders winning (and losing) with real world strategies. It can be read as a whole or you can dip into the easy-to-read, bite-size sections as and when you need to deal with a particular issue. The structure has been specially designed to make sections quick and easy to use — you’ll find yourself referring back to them again and again.

Strategic Thinking, A Step by Step Approach to Strategy and Leadership by Simon Wootton and Terry Home

A Step-by-Step Approach to Strategy and Leadership, now in it’s third edition, takes you step by step through sound strategic thinking by setting out the questions to ask. In the process of answering these questions and thinking through the important issues that they raise, you will learn how to formulate strategies and write clear and concise strategic plans.

With new online material to support each step and help strengthen your ability to predict future changes, as well as a new section covering key aspects of leadership and neuroscience, this practical book will enable you to: gain a deeper understanding of your market; forecast where your organization is heading; think critically about proposals; write an effective strategic plan

How to Grow Leaders: The Seven Key Principles of Effective Leadership Development by John Adair

How to Grow Leaders is a ground-breaking book which sets the record straight on leadership development, the nature of leadership and how it can be taught. John Adair identifies the seven key principles of leadership development, and answers vital questions on how to select, train and educate leaders at team, operational and strategic leadership levels. In doing so he discusses topics such as the manager as leader, how people become leaders, how to manage leadership training, learning to be a strategic leader and training team leaders. Effective leadership is a crucial factor in business success. How to Grow Leaders will help you to develop these skills in others, whilst guiding you on your own personal journey towards excellence as a leader.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is recognised as one of the most influential books ever written. In this seminal work, Stephen R. Covey presents a holistic, integrated, principle-centred approach for solving personal and professional problems. With penetrating insights and pointed anecdotes, Covey reveals a step-by-step pathway for living with fairness, integrity, honesty and human dignity — principles that give us the security to adapt to change, and the wisdom and power to take advantage of the opportunities that change creates. The 7 Habits have become so famous because they work. From Habit 1: Be Proactive and Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind, millions of people have worked their way through the 7 and found in them a key to transforming their lives. It has been the key to the success of legions of business leaders and individuals the world over.