Dear Reader,

Do you want an inspiring read?

As I write this the sun is shining, it is hot and I hope it is still like this by the time you read this, although by that time we might all be crying out for some rain and cooler weather!! For new readers of Inspire, the August edition always covers books that I recommend from those that I have read throughout the previous 12 months, plus the odd TED talk or something else that I would recommend.

More morsels of information at the end of this Inspire about ….

  • Special Summer 4 for 3 Coaching Offer: book three months of coaching sessions starting in August 2013 and get your fourth month of coaching free. Take one of my free Coaching Audits to help you decide if coaching is for you.
  • Free coaching audits …. Have you wondered whether coaching could help you achieve your goals? Then try one of my free coaching audits.
  • Managing Challenging Interactions Workshop … Book your place on my free taster workshop at the Witney Innovation Centre on Thursday 26th September 9am – 11am.
  • Fascinating and practical talks for your business network event? I speak at a range of events….come and here me talk at Late Breakfast in Abingdon, click here for details

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Best wishes



Melanie Greene


Do you want an inspiring read?

‘The Inside Out Revolution’ by Michael Neill Michael writes weekly coaching tips which I have been receiving for years. I always find them inspiring and often send them on to clients. I’ve read lots of his books and will be attending a workshop he is running in November, so you might hear more about him later this year.

This book is different from all the rest, as Michael, like myself, is on a journey of discovery in terms of his own personal development and this is where it has taken him. This book is very aligned with where I am at both in terms of my work as an Occupational Psychologist and also as a Buddhist. Let me quote the summary bullet points of his second chapter:

  • ‘A Principle is something that’s fundamental – true for all people at all times, with no exceptions.
  • Our experience of life can be understood via three fundamental principles: Mind, Consciousness, and Thought.
  • To put it another way, everything we experience in life is a function of three spiritual facts: we are alive, we are aware, and we think.
  • We’re only ever one new thought away from a completely different experience of being alive.’

This thought provoking book is about the fact that we can solve any problem we face by raising our level of consciousness and changing our thought patterns. He quotes Syd Banks:

‘Mind is the intelligence of all things; Consciousness makes you aware; and Thought is like the rudder of a ship.’

If you are ready to believe that ‘we’re only ever one new thought away from a completely different experience of being alive’, and ready to take hold of your thoughts and the rudder of your life, then this is the book for you.

‘Reality is an illusion, albeit an extremely persistent one.’

Albert Einstein

‘Mindfulness At Work’ by Maria Arpa Mindfulness at work is a hot topic at the moment, with lots being written about it and many workshops exploring it. I stumbled upon Maria Arpa’s book quite by chance. For those of you who are labouring away at work (either your own business or employed) and are wondering why you are sticking with it, this book is full of ideas and exercises to increase your mindfulness at work and help you to deal with work place issues. With chapters such as:

  • Wake up and smell the coffee – the introduction to mindfulness.
  • Freedom and sustainability – in terms of living a life which is sustainable in terms of your own health and happiness.
  • The conflicts – who doesn’t have conflicts at work?
  • Turning work into productive play.

Here are some wise words from Maria on conflict:

‘Before you can be of any use to anyone in a conflict, you need to be in a compassionate state. This means to be aware of yourself, to have some cognition and comprehension of your own triggers and behaviours and to understand what is going on inside you.’

‘If you have learned how to disagree without being disagreeable, then you have discovered the secret of getting along – whether it be business, family relations, or life itself.’

Bernard Meltzer

‘101 Days to Make A Change’ by Roy Leighton, Emma Kilbey and Kristina Bill I have just started working with Roy Leighton having known him for about 20 years. He is doing some fascinating, inspiring work with schools, which I am starting to be involved in. He runs 101 Days To Make A Change programmes and this book is a great resource to either dip into randomly on a daily basis, work through it day by day or turn to when you are feeling stuck.

Each day covers a topic, it starts with a quote, has an explanation, then an exercise to do that day. With topics such as:

  • Begin and end with gratitude
  • Knowing a habit when you see one
  • Daring to dream
  • Build on your strengths
  • Dealing with the hurt: do I want to feel bitter or better?

It is full of practical but thought provoking ideas, advice and exercises.

‘You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just the first step.’

Martin Luther King

‘The Antidote – happiness for people who can’t stand positive thinking’ by Oliver Burkeman I have been reading Oliver’s column in The Observer magazine called ‘This Will Change Your Life’, for many years. So when I saw this book I knew it would be interesting and I was not disappointed. In fact, having read the chapter on The Stoic Art of Confronting the Worst Case Scenario, I realised a) what stoicism is really about and b) that I have a healthy dose of stoicism which gets me through the tough times. He has researched and spoken to Stoics, Buddhists, Ulrich Tolle (The Power of Now author) and many more. In fact you might find me writing some future Inspires based on some of the topics he covers.

If you find it hard to be positive and just get dragged down by everyone telling you to think positively, then this will give you a much deeper and longer lasting route to happiness. Here’s a bit from the chapter on Stoicism:

‘The only things we can truly control, the Stoics argue, are our own judgements – what we believe – about our circumstances. But this isn’t bad news. From the Stoic perspective, as we’ve already seen, our judgements are what cause our distress – and so they’re all that we need to be able to control in order to substitute serenity for suffering.’

TED talks Click here to search by topic or speakers to find your own talks. Here are a few that I enjoyed this year:

Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile – What is your hierarchy of needs as an individual and as a collective at work, what makes life worthwhile? Chip’s approach is based on him exploring Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, and then coming up with a new model which is: Survival, Success, Transformation. He then explores how to evaluate this in the workplace, as most the time businesses only measure the tangible survival issues, knowing that the intangible are important but they don’t know how to measure and create them. He draws on Bhutan’s measuring Gross National Happiness indicators, where they ask: how do you feel about how you spend your days. Click here

Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes – Mindfulness can be about taking just 10 minutes out of your day to have a great impact on the rest of your day. He asks are you ever in the present moment? Harvard research shows that our mind is lost in thought 47% of the time, i.e. not in the here and now but thinking about the past or future. Andy says that mindfulness is about familiarising yourself with the current moment. Watch how he uses juggling to demonstrate how our mind juggles things in daily life: Click here

Brené Brown: The power of vulnerability – You might wonder what this has to do with work but being vulnerable as a colleague, manager, as well as a friend and parent will make you a more approachable person. Brené talks about vulnerability and self esteem and her talk is based on years of research that she has carried out. She says that people with a strong sense of love and belonging, who feel they are worthy of connection with others tend to have the following in common:

  • Courage – they tell the story of who they are with their whole heart – they have the courage to be imperfect.
  • Compassion – she says you need to be kind to yourself first, as we can’t be compassionate towards others if we are not compassionate to ourselves.
  • Connection as a result of authenticity – letting go of who you think you should be and just being who you are.
  • Vulnerability – they fully embraced vulnerability – they believed that what made them vulnerable made them beautiful.
Click here for a link to the talk.  

Special Summer Coaching Offer: four for three on coaching sessions this summer

As I am quieter in the summer months with clients off on their holidays, I have a Special Summer Offer: book three month’s coaching starting in August 2013 and get your fourth month of coaching free. Take my free coaching audit now, to see if coaching could help you, email

For current coaching clients if you refer a friend or colleague who starts coaching with me at any time I will give you a free coaching session.

Free coaching audits 

Each month I have three slots for a complimentary coaching audit to help you to identify whether coaching will assist you in what you want to achieve and what coaching programme will be right for you. This free audit involves the following:

  • You complete a pre-coaching questionnaire and return it to me.
  • We have a 45 minute telephone conversation to discuss your needs and how you might use the coaching to enhance how you work and run your business.
  • I send you a proposal of which coaching programmes might be suitable or if other interventions such as training or a team working event might be more appropriate.
  • You then make a decision as to whether you wish to proceed.
If you want to sign up for the free coaching audit then email See below for more information about the different types of coaching I offer.


Managing Challenging Interactions Free Taster Workshop 
Reserve your place on my free taster workshop on Thursday 26 September at the Witney Innovation Centre. From 9am to 11am, providing you with practical and easy to use ideas for managing challenging interactions at work. Places are limited so contact me on to book your place. Click here for venue details.


I’ve gone digital, or at least my book has, ‘Master Your Inner Critic, Release Your Inner Wisdom’ is now available on Kindle, buy it now by clicking here


Do you want speakers for your business network event? 
I speak at a range of team events, away days and business networks, and always make sure that the talks are interactive and practical, with people learning something that they can directly apply back at work. Recent talks have included:

  • Managing Challenging Interactions
  • Mastering Your Inner Critic (based on my book)
  • Changing Habits of a Lifetime
  • Learning From Your Mistakes
  • Managing Your Mood and Motivation
  • Your Brain At Work

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Melanie Greene
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