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Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

 

The Vetch years

 

Tony Petty era galvanised the rise of Swansea City.

“Tony Petty bought Swansea City for a £1 in 2001. But the Australian-based businessman’s handling of the club brought supporters together to fight to reclaim their club.

Fans took to the streets in protest against Petty’s running of the club as he attempted to sack seven players and two coaches to cut costs, which the Professional Footballers’ Association thwarted.

A local consortium of supporters, headed by former director Mel Nurse, later battled to gain control of the club, and on 24 January, 2002 – reportedly 24 hours before the club was set to go out of business – they ousted Petty”.

In 2013 the play-off final at Wembley, now said to be worth £90 million, we can all learn from these valuable and costly lessons.

The film  Jack to a King  Swansea City’s rag-to-riches story from the edge of oblivion to the Premier League.

Infectious Passion

I read an article written by a fellow peak performance mentor, Sunil Bali, who talked about his friend, a Maths Professor, who instils passion for his subject which is infectious.

How often do we read about failures and emptiness on our streets, in our shops, on our football and rugby pitches?

Being hungry makes you focused and determined to win at all costs.

Do you lack that focus to win at all costs?

Carolyn Williams

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The caring power of social media

Sunday, June 17th, 2012

Military Wives Choir 

 

Tweeting earlier to @Milwiveschoir I asked them   ‘ Will you all sing ‘Get Well Soon’ for my lovely soldier son, injured after a parachute jump Friday?

Here’s the response tweet in seconds…..
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“I can tweet Get Well Soon lol x x I hope he is feeling better soon x x”

I thanked her ☀☺☀ ta 4 tweet ☀☺☀ and suggested they Sing louder as he’s in hospital in France. 😉

 

This message in from Sadie Murray, sums up the power of prayer across the globe, beautifully.

 

Dear Carolyn,

I will pray…and I BELIEVE in the power of prayer. Keep us updated on his recovery…and I have good friends all over France one who is a physician (as is her husband) in Paris should you need a “friend’ there. My friends are your friends…

xx
Sadie

 

Carolyn Williams ( proud mum of Rhys)

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Capturing Magical Breakthrough Moments On Film

Monday, June 4th, 2012

Pure magical celebrations captured on film.

Last night I watched and listened to this incredible African Childrens Choir, selected to sing for the Queens Jubilee song and concert.

 

 

Gary Barlow’s breakthrough moments in searching for the Diamond Jubilee song for the Queen.  (The official song of the Diamond Jubilee. Performed by the Military Wives with Gareth Malone and musicians from across the Commonwealth including the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Slum Drummers from Kenya’s Kibera slum, African Children’s Choir and many more.)

 

 

Gary visited Australia, Kenya, Jamaica and the Solomon Islands to find musicians for the song, collaboration with Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber.

BBC headlines about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations brought us another Getty image that defies time. Diamond Jubilee: The Queen’s bond with ‘remarkable’ Welsh

getty images

On Saturday, having studied several ‘magical moments’ of newly retiring Shane Williams and Martyn Williams, I tweeted “Whoop! Whoop! Hook on the money. It all started with Harry Robinson’s try, Wales 30 Barbarians 21. Congratulations! 100th Cap for Martyn Williams”.

Wales 30 – 21 Barbarians
This incredible tackle captured by Huw Evans Wales talented photographer.

This game gave us an insight into the young talent that travels on the test tour to Australia on Tuesday. What better fitting tribute to the two giant stalwarts, who have given us some of the most incredible magical moments on the field. Wishing you both everything you deserve Shane Williams and Martyn Williams. If the Queen’s long serving Diamond Jubilee celebrations are anything to go by…….there is much work to be done yet!. 😉

 

Carolyn Williams

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Things! Encouraging recovery by doing the right thing

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Well-being versus Wealth 
André Bieste The real crisis? We stopped being wise!   included an inspiring video presentation by Barry Schwartz.
How do we aid economic recovery? How do we heal the patient? By using wisdom in doing the right thing. Kick starting wisdom by being happy about doing the right thing. .
Laying down pages of rules and regulations has literally locked down the entrepreneurial spirit instead of celebrating those who do the right thing. No matter where you live, work or spend recreational time you see the destruction caused by robotic procedures without encouraging the free spirit in doing the right thing.
Frequent visits to a local hospital over the past few months has been an eye opener, witnessing it’s excellence being overshadowed by endless paper work procedures that renders the patient lost!. Robotic nursing care which does little to reassure healing and calmness.

 

Forever learning and teaching I wrote this Business : It is how you talk to patients that matter!  but it seems the point of my message was lost in replies discussing how NHS trust budgets are controlled, missing the real issue completely.  So here again giving students experience and encouraging them to do the right thing has been lost in the endless piles of paperwork that needs pure administrative skills to allow the nurse or doctor to get on with healing the patient. Nursing training and specialist skills are vital for patient recovery. Allowing students and employees to think for themselves to learn from improvising and experience under supervision.  Lot’s of teaching layers in that module”.

 

Out of the text book and out of the class room and into the real world of encouraging real  recovery. I wrote that blog in the hope it might raise awareness that rules and procedures are guidelines but to be effective you need to win others over. Becoming influential in ‘winning the hearts and minds of people’ encouraging recovery in others is the ultimate end result and for our sick economy. You could relate this ‘sickness’ to any number of economic issues where skills and training are indeed alarmingly non existent. So it’s not surprising that by burying our heads in the sand it leaves us well and truly stuck in a swamp. By not celebrating wisdom in doing the right thing, things have a habit of coming back to bite us on the bum. smile

We have to invest in our recovery and it starts with us.
Poor health and economic sickness has a habit of crucifying us.

What is it that we in ecademy can do do to help celebrate wisdom in doing the right thing?

 

Carolyn Williams

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In Grand Slam Mode

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

Yes, I even dream’t about it last night. We have enjoyed some great sporting achievements and I woke up thinking history is about to happen all over again.

So for those of you who enjoy the French v Wales Rugby here for you are some previous Grand Slam highlights.   Six of the Best – Wales v France Grand Slam deciders   I watched them all.   C’mon Wales let’s be having You for ‘Merve the Swerve’  And Yes Mr. Gatland does have a techie sense of humour ‘And Gatland raises laugh from journalists when he jokes that technology might make the decision for them!’.

You Glow In The Dark turning the Game into Paradise

Thank You Wales, Mr Gatland and Team Coaches for some awesome moments. May the best team win on the day. What 6 Nations matches stand out in your minds?.

 

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Off Line Networks ~ Bring Back London Ecademy Events

Friday, January 13th, 2012


At the beginning of this week I wrote about Business : Build On Trust Me, You Chose My Network and wanted to share with you the journey of trusting both online and offline networking Trust yourself posted by ed percival tells you to reflect when you first trusted someone and the first person you learnt to mistrust. Your gut instinct will TELL you everything you need to know about the person you are with.

Yesterday
I attended a NRG Business networks meeting at The Vale Hotel, Hensol and enjoyed a 1-2-1 withDave Clarke CEO of this Network. The host Huw Lewis, was living a little closer to me in Wales and was amazed I knew so much about Dave. smile Thanks to Ecademy and my Network I have got to know Dave through a series of social media networks and tools before meeting him ‘face to face’ for the first time. A family man and an experienced business man with people skills pouring out of his pores.

How good is that, belonging to a network that encourages both online and offline networking?.
Bring back London Ecademy Events.

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you capture new followers, advocates and how to generate new leads for your business?

@LifestyleOnline

Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
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Beautiful is not always big

Sunday, January 8th, 2012

One of Mehmet Yildiz’s Blog question was “I am trying to understand the correlation between Rugby with the impact of “Virtual Sex” in family lives?”.

My answer to that was Simple – I’m Welsh! And what’s more Shane Williams, my favourite Rugby player ( and now newly retired ) was given this accolade from Graham Henry. Graham Henry hails Shane Williams as Wales’ best in a generation. He deserves it!



In 2008, Shane Williams proved beyond all reasonable doubt that good things do come in small packages. Williams’ nomination for the 2008 BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year award is proof that beautiful is not always big The 5ft 7in Welsh rugby superstar won international rugby’s greatest personal accolade after the newly-crowned IRB World. Now that is really something to get excited about.






Carolyn Williams, helping you to re-energise for your business.

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It is how you talk to patients that matter!

Saturday, December 3rd, 2011

A Wake Up Call

It’s the way you talk to patients that counts. It lowers pain and improves recovery time. I’ve seen countless examples over the past week in emergency treatment how important it is that you talk with patients as opposed to at or down to them. The words you use to reassure patients in severe pain distress helps ongoing investigations and recovery time. My daughter Emma seen here has been fighting a nasty bug that has attacked her kidney and has been receiving treatment on the NHS through an amazing team led by a Kidney Specialist but some have no idea how to speak to patients.

Showing how ~ Emma my daughter, talking to a Dolphin.

Nic added his comment ….
“A colleague of mine put together a course for consultants, junior doctors and nurses in surgery teams to educate them about the importance of the words they use pre-, during and post-op. She included things like non-violent language, the importance of wording things in the positive etc. She was told that there was no need for it!

Yet there is growing evidence that the words used by these people have a huge impact on patients and that surgical teams continue to say inappropriate things”

..on my previous post but it seems the point of my message was lost in replies discussing how NHS trust budgets are controlled, missing the real issue completely. Nursing training and specialist skills are vital for patient recovery.

Here is another response posted earlier..

“That’s SO true ~ in our society today, its too much effort to even Smile at our neighbours these days ~ let alone say “Hello”!! Wots wrong with US ALL these days? Is it a pathology of the Century?? Today’s “sick” society ~ Thank U for posting this, Carolyn. Bless U”

 

Carolyn Williams, helping you find ways to re-energise yourself for your business?

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Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.

Swansea
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Technology and Kinesiology Strains ~ Keeping employees fitter and healthier and in work.

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Keeping employees fitter and healthier and in work.

I see a rise in repetitive strain injuries in the work place. During my years of corporate wellbeing coaching in the work place, free exercise and manual work created a stronger skeletal body. Today with more research and diagnostic equipment available, we can detect skeletal weakness quicker. Today we also have a variety of solutions to combat these injuries. Preventative education and self management a key to the problem.

On going problems can arise in the workplace and offices due to the advancement of technology. These injuries are known as RSI – repetitive strain injuries.

Solutions can be several and varied:

  • Regular breaks away from computers and head sets,
  • Making Pc’s and seating positions ergonomically better, to alleviate low back an.d shoulder strains which occur over a long period of time.
  • Adequate natural lighting or lessen too much artificial lighting another.
  • Access to trail tracks outside in the fresh air help to combat stress and strains, brought about by long periods of sitting at the computer or station
  • Natural green plants do help in large, enclosed industrial administrative offices.
  • Adequate water stations

Poor lighting, poor airflow create tiredness and lethargy.  Changes can be implemented according to a business size and budget.  I have worked out a Matrix table offering a variety of solutions for both small, medium and large size companies.

There are several solutions to aid and positively encourage a healthier workforce.

Do you have any new suggestions?

Here are some more guideline tips to help prevent repetitive strain injuries.

 

  • Dynamic Stretching by Body Works soft tissue therapy, is vital to help prevent RSI in the work place and offices. I have covered it in my workout at work day series called Move It!

 

Do you re-energise your connections?
Carolyn Williams,  Moving minds, helping you to focus on doing business 

 


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Branding ~ What makes you different?

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

I had invited Tanya to Ecademy two years ago and since then she has been nurturing her standing in Wales. Her website introduction says it best:

“Welcome to Tanya’s Design Studio where you will find a highly innovative and contemporary collection of jewellery created and manufactured exclusively by designer Tanya Igic. Working with the finest quality delicate leather in an array of beautiful pastel and bright shades, Tanya amalgamates an unusual layering technique with sterling silver to create the exquisite effect you see throughout the collection”.

On Thursday I met the lovely Tanya along with her beautiful baby daughter Maja to discuss her small exhibition of designer jewellery which she will display on September 30th at this Event. Tanya had returned home to Swansea from their holiday visiting her family in Serbia. Great timing as Wales face Samoa on Sunday hopefully bringing a Smile to the Nation.smile Prior to this she had been busy preparing for two major events, the last one being her first Welsh National Eisteddfod exhibition in August.

What makes Tanya’s jewellery quite different in my view, is Tanya herself. Her beauty, her style, her charm, her brand. A unique, family loving business lady. Business today is all about branding and I feel Tanya has that hallmark. If you would like to add a touch of Sparkle to your day and learn more about her designer pieces, please log onto www.tanyaigic.co.uk

Working together for a better tomorrow. What makes you different?


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