#001 –  612 words – Ave read time 3.5 mins. 

First of all, welcome to our blog – Phil & I are both delighted that you have taken the time to engage with us.

Before we get started, I just need to address something– your attention span.

I have received endless advice from marketing experts far and wide, both face to face and online. The consensus is the same.

They believe that you, our readers can only summon the motivation and attention to read approximately 500 words. After this, you’ll either drift off into cloud cuckoo land or will become distracted by more urgent matters.

We happen to think more of you than that so don’t expect a formulaic strict 500 word count from our blog. Some will be longer some will be shorter. I believe you will embrace this philosophy, even if it costs you an extra 3 minutes of your life.

Reading has been scientifically proven to be a key practice in improving attention. To me, the logic to make articles shorter seems to be doing you a disservice. Why collude in a paradigm that results in you having less attention. Less attention ultimately means less efficiency and less productivity. We are about helping you achieve those things not lose them.

However, we are where we are, and we must be realistic. Therefore, we will provide the word count for each article/blog and perhaps even a rough time investment required for reading it (As seen at the top of this post). We anticipate that most articles will involve no more than 5 minutes of your time to read – hopefully many more in considering the contents. (more on our relationship with time in a future blog).

So, what will we be writing about on our ’Rise UP’ blog?

“The most extraordinary breakthroughs of the 21st Century will not happen through technology, but through an expanding understanding of what it means to be Human”

I suppose this quote by John Naisbett sums up what out blog is about –  Understanding who we are, where we’ve been and where we’re going. We embrace science, the arts, philosophy and business in our research and work so we can all share in the lessons from the past so we can find powerful solutions in an emerging future.

Who are we?

UP is a creatively solution focused culture and coaching service consultancy and we aim to provide our readers with knowledge and ideas that they can develop and use in their own lives and work.

Both Phil & I believe that the workplace can be a place of joyful creative output and that it is this that holds the key to developing the work cultures that will enable all of us to find the solutions we need.

Creativity is an innate human ability. Regardless of experience, it is a skill that can be learnt through dedicated attention and practice. The results are an increase in personal, group and societal well-being.

Creativity and innovation need space and the right conditions to flourish. In our blog we will explore new leadership ideas.- Specifically, around the notions of future leadership, relationships, trust, ego, integrity and authenticity.

This blog is dedicated to you. It is focused on providing learning and perspectives that will help all who read it to ‘rise up’ and reach towards their unlimited potential. We hope you will be challenged and engaged and hope that you feel free to comment and join in the conversation.

We will be posting on our site every Monday and Thursday and look forward to meeting you.

In the meantime, …

Thanks for reading. Keep it UP!

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