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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 £50) 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.

I am a dedicated lifelong learner and, rather to my surprise, a popular conference speaker.  I am also a prolific author, writing frequent blogs and 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.

My most recent book (co-authored with Sir Christopher Ball) is That Strange Necessity; Visions of Portmeirion published in 2015.  Besides contributing to the text, I produced all the illustrations.

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A manager who couldn’t resist relying on his predecessor’s advice

Simon had worked all his life in business and commerce and the time had come, as it must, to retire.  His career had been one of unblemished success.  He had been knighted three years previously for services to industry.  He served on a variety of government advisory boards and had the ear of the Chancellor and the Prime Minister. Besides being chairman of an international financial institution, he held an impressive string of directorships.  His opinions on current events were [...]

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For my eyes only

  Recently I became a governor of a primary school that has just had its second Ofsted inspection.  The first inspection, three years ago, concluded that the school was good.   Now the school, despite above average results and having the longest waiting list of any primary school in the area, has been downgraded to inadequate.  When the school read the draft report they were shocked to find it contained numerous factual  errors.  Once these had been pointed out, Ofsted made [...]

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