Random

There has been a shift in the mentality of the fitness trainer in that they no longer prepare for events. They are saying, let’s just do it – no prep for a marathon, triathlon, or open water swim. It has now become a box to tick or a line to be crossed out – the next thing is a bungee jump or a mountain to climb! Is it good? Who knows – this random approach tells us something – but...

Indispensable

Sometimes when your feeling important Sometimes when your ego’s in bloom Sometimes when you think I am the most important person in this room Sometime when your leaving and you think I will leave an unfillable hole Do this test to see if it doesn’t humble your soul: Take a bucket – fill it with water – put your hand in up to your wrist – take it out and the hole that’s remaining is a measure of how much you’ll be missed. You can stir the water as you enter – shake the water galore – take it out and it’s just as it was before. The moral to this little story is, to be the very best that you can, but there is no indispensable man, or...

Back to the Future

Not all things modern work; as an example take marketing. We were lured into believing social media was the answer to all our advertising needs. The reality is social media is just another tool and not the answer to successful marketing campaigns. There is still a desperate need for good copy and good pictures that tell a story, and good ideas that catch the...

Brand

You are your personality, but how do you want to be seen and judged? hat you do, how you behave and how you appear to others is your identity and your identity is your brand.

Hamish

To still be pumping iron at the age of 88 is quite remarkable. Hamish McPherson started to workout in the gym in his early forties. The reason for this was his wife had passed away and he wanted something to help him overcome his grief. It was to be a life changing moment when he walked through our door at Bolton Health Studio in the early seventies. Since that time the grocery store owner has kept fit, run marathons and generally handled life with vigour, determination and an unbelievable resilience. We happened to meet this week in town and had a coffee. He said, ‘it was a life saver, not only did I have a lifetime of exercise and fitness, but I made so many friends – it really did change my life.’ Hamish still lifts weights, but mostly on machines these days. I never miss Monday, Wednesday and Friday. My former member, running and training companion and friend epitomises everything our industry is about. Great people with inspiring stories and making friends. I salute everyone who makes something out of a setback and lives to tell the...

Leadership Lost

Sometimes it’s called the ‘bad apple in the barrel’ – sometimes ‘the black-sheep of the family’ – and on occasions ‘the boat-builder.’ The story goes that on being shipwrecked the crew and passengers were stranded on a remote island. The natural leader of the group was the ships captain, but when he asked for volunteers to build a shelter, find water and treat the injured – one man stood out, raised his hand and said, ‘I am a Boat-builder’. In an instant both crew and passengers realised they had someone who could take them off the island. The boat-builder therefore became the centre of everyone’s attention. But, the boat-builder had no leadership or delegation skills and was without presence. The result being the survivors descended into a state of chaos. This can happen in any situation were leadership is challenged. In the office, workplace, or anywhere there are teams of people. William Golding’s book ‘The Lord of the Flies’ is as prominent now as it was in...