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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 offers (reserve £100) for any of my watercolours (they are all originals, not prints).  I donate the money raised to charities of my choice.  Simply click on Fundraising Watercolours and scroll down through the images.  They are unmounted and unframed.

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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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Ramblings from a contented has-been

Five years ago I sold my publishing company and ‘retired’.  I put the last word in inverted commas because I don’t actually hold with retirement; it kills people.  Despite this, people I meet either assume I’m retired or ask me point blank if I am. For about three years I was hopeless at providing a convincing answer.  I used to mutter about doing some public speaking, writing blogs and being busy with charity work but, in truth, it didn’t really [...]

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Dustjacket thefts

A couple of weeks ago I was browsing in the delightful bookshop in Alfriston, East Sussex, (Much Ado Books) and succumbed and bought a hardback book, The Shepherd’s Life: A Tale of the Lake District by James Rebanks.  For me to succumb was a rare occurrence because, as soon as I cross the threshold of a bookshop, I’m overwhelmed by choice overload; I love books and want to buy ALL of them!  This, of course, is out of the question [...]

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