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Stories and ideas drawn from over 40 years working as an occupational psychologist and management trainer.

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My personal blog is written as the mood takes me, on a whole variety of topics. Comment is actively encouraged.

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I will accept any reasonable offer for any of my watercolours to raise money for Prisoners Education Trust (I am a trustee).  Simply click on Fundraising Watercolours and scroll down through the images.  They are all unframed, original paintings.  Please support a good cause.

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Dr. Peter Honey: A short biography

I am a lapsed chartered psychologist and founder of Peter Honey Publications Ltd (now owned by  Pearson).

After graduating, I worked for Ford Motor Company and then British Airways before becoming a freelance occupational psychologist in 1969 (yes, that long ago!). I have always focused on helping directors/senior executives to manage themselves and other people better (impossible to run out of clients!) and worked in organisations as diverse as the Bank of England, AstraZeneca, American Express, the Automobile Association, ICI, ICL, UKAEA and Ford.

I am ‘respectable’ – a Fellow of the RSA and, until recently, the CIPD.  I was a founder member of the distinguished group that produced A Declaration on Learning and I am a Patron of the Campaign for Learning and a Trustee of Prisoners Education Trust.

I am a dedicated lifelong learner and, rather to my surprise, a popular conference speaker.  I am also a prolific author with a monthly column in TJ and a regular blogger for People Management.  I have written over 20 books including:

  • The Manual of Learning Styles (with Alan Mumford)
  • Developing Interactive Skills (with Neil Rackham)
  • 21 Questionnaires for Personal Development
  • Explore Your Values
  • Teams and Teamwork
  • How to Manage Your Learning Environment (with Alan Mumford)
  • Valuing Diversity
  • 101 Ways to Develop Your People, Without Really Trying!
  • Problem People and How to Manage Them
  • Improve Your People Skills
  • 50 Cautionary Tales for Managers
  • Strengthen Your Strengths

All my work has two enduring themes; learning and behaviour.  Fortunately, neither of these has a sell-by date.  Helping people to learn from their experiences and to interact with others more effectively, will always be relevant.

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A music festival with Martin Randall Travel is like wallowing in a giant bubble

Walking in Windsor yesterday I came across a young man armed with a bucket full of soapy water, a bamboo cane and a net.  With this basic equipment he was able to make giant bubbles that lolloped unhurriedly through the air. As I watched, I wondered what it would be like to travel in one of those large bubbles; Bentley bubbles, travelling effortlessly, offering a temporary respite from the concerns of the outside world. Having just returned from a heavenly [...]

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One step forward, two steps back

  Life is just one thing after another.  Sometimes you stand still, sometimes you move sideways, sometimes you go backwards and sometimes you move forward (we’ll skip the fact that you are always moving relentlessly forwards towards your grave!). For most of yesterday I felt I was moving forwards; a delightful day playing croquet.  I managed to prevail against a far better player.  My opponent was a distinguished QC who only managed three hoops before I was victorious.  In croquet, [...]

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