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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.

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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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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Pet hates

There is no question that I’m turning into a grumpy old man.  For some time I have been compiling a list of loves and hates in the note book I carry with me (well, I carry with me when I’m wearing a jacket with pockets – I love pockets!).   The loves, including such things as croquet, Schubert, trees, toast, painting watercolours, beetroot, Leonard Cohen, are half the length of the hates; proof, should one be needed,  that I’m becoming a [...]

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