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.