Chris Markiewicz's Blog
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Posts Tagged ‘awareness

The trap

August 20, 2012

I have a pal who runs a small business. Things haven’t been too great for him lately business-wise and, like many others he’s feeling the pinch. The last couple of times I called him on his mobile, his voicemail was switched off and I got a recording of an anonymous woman’s voice declaring that I […]

Time, precious time

May 21, 2012

If I were to ask you to give me £20, would you hand it over without question? I suppose it would depend on who you are, and the nature of our relationship. However, chances are your reaction would more than likely be one of initial bemusement or resistance, followed by wanting to know what it […]

What’s in front of you?

February 20, 2012

“Nothing is more debilitating than to care about something you can’t do anything about.”  Abraham-Hicks I seem to have lost count of the calamitous natural disasters that have occured all over the planet in the past couple of years. So much so, that I’m in great danger of feeling overwhelmed by it all. That last […]

Fraud?

January 29, 2012

This Sunday morning as I write this, I’m actually in a bad mood, pissed off or however else you may wish to put it. Part of the reason actually stems from feedback that I get to these blogs. Now, you may think that I must be referring to negative feedback. Actually I’m not. I have […]

Melly in an alley

December 5, 2011

George Melly, the jazz musician died a couple of years ago. I can’t say that I’m that familiar with his music, although one claim to fame is that his former drummer lives next door to me.  I once heard a great story about Mr Melly. He was doing a gig up in Manchester. There happened […]

Pulled up short

November 28, 2011

Last Thursday I went to a workshop at the British Film Institute with my thirteen year old son, Adam. There were about fifteen youngsters there ranging in age from about to ten to seventeen or so.  It was clear that a handful of the participants were not just enthusiastic about the topic but also incredibly […]

All right

October 31, 2011

How are you today? No, I mean it. How are you? Really? I find it amazing how this enquiry can fall off peoples’ lips scores of times in any day and yet rarely receives a specific or accurate response. It’s as if what should be a genuine, heartfelt enquiry as to someones well-being is so […]

From the mouths of babes

September 4, 2011

My partner and children were away a couple of weeks back visiting her mother in Wales. Being as I’m just a boy in grown up clothes,  I grabbed the opportunity to go up the road to the supermarket and stock up on a few “goodies” to help fill the hole left by their absence.  As […]

Taking the “con” out of confidence

July 25, 2011

Many people reading this blog post will be aware that the TV series The Apprentice has just come to its conclusion for yet another series here in the UK. A bright-eyed  quirky young inventor called Tom has made it through this bizarre circus to reach the dizzy heights of being  dear Lord Sugar’s new “business […]

Are you mis-using your life saver?

July 4, 2011

A few years ago I was doing some errands in Potters Bar, not far from where I live. I stepped off the pavement on the High Street and hadn’t realised that there was a bus just ten feet away from me.  Unfortunately, it was a bus in motion and it was moving towards me, rather […]

IQ, EQ – but how’s the TQ?

May 3, 2011

I have been going into organisations for over two decades now, whether to run training programmes, conduct coaching or attend meetings to discuss such matters.  I find that I have developed a “nose” for the kind of organisation I’m visiting or working with and, more specifically how toxic it is.  When I say toxic, I […]

Nightmare? What nightmare?

March 28, 2011

 In April of 1940, my mother, who was in her early 20’s at the time, undertook a train journey. The journey was from the Polish city of Lwow (now, Lviv in the Ukraine) to Kazakhstan.  It was not a journey of choice, rather one that was at the behest of the Russian army. My mother, […]

That other four letter “F” word

March 21, 2011

When my son was about three years old, he approached me with a rather interesting question: “Daddy, what is the “F” word, is it flip or is it f**k?” Once I’d recovered from the shock and stifled laughter I, of course had to give him the answer and put his mind at rest. As a […]

How do you compare?

March 14, 2011

I was at a local firework display a few years back. It was dark, of course and I could see very little, given my visual impairment. One of my neighbours’ children wanted a burger, so his dad a big, strong six foot+ police officer scooped up his son and purposefully wended his way to the […]

When you’re smiling……

March 7, 2011

  “When you’re smiling, when you’re smiling, the whole world smiles with you” Song lyrics by Mark Fisher / Joe Goodwin / Larry Shay  There’s a lot of truth in those lyrics.The world has an uncanny way of reflecting back what we project.  Just a few days ago, I was pretty grumpy to say the […]

It takes two

February 28, 2011

As a training practitioner and coach I find that I am constantly learning new things myself and I’m sure I will do so for a good many years to come. I learn of course from fellow professionals, from books, the internet and other such sources. However, sometimes a powerful insight can come from a most […]

Mirror, mirror on the wall…..

February 14, 2011

What was the first thing you did when you got up this morning? Chances are that it will have involved you going to the bathroom and looking in the mirror.  And what did you see? You may think that the answer to that question were pretty obvious. Perhaps a fairer way of putting it would […]

Oussez

February 7, 2011

Few people will have heard of the relatively obscure Belgian philosopher Pierre Oussez, yet he can provide a significant contribution to improving how we all get on with each other. Before I say more about him I need to explain how his thinking can help most of us. This is probably best illustrated by a […]

Are you inadvertantly damaging your interactions & relationships with “UVV”?

November 22, 2010

Please read beyond the first paragraph – there’s a gem in here – honest! How many times have you vomited today? Yes, you read right. How many times? It may well have been several, yet you probably will not even have been aware. Now, before you think I have taken leave of my senses or […]

Inspiration, intelligence & the bottom line

November 15, 2010

I received an email response to my last blog from a pal of mine who suggested I include some more on “the inspiration of running such courses”.  I was struck by this and realised it kind of went to the core of things. Why do I do this work for a living? I certainly gave […]