Lisa Gibson, Exemplar of Peace

Lisa Gibson

My friend and colleague, Lisa Gibson, tragically lost her brother in the Lockerbie Bombing 25 years ago and has devoted her life to brokering peace.  I first met Lisa in Orlando when we worked together on a collaborative book, The Expert Success Solution.  Lisa’s warmth and friendliness drew me straight away, a calming presence in the room.  It was only as we spoke that Lisa’s amazing journey was revealed.  An attorney, global conflict coach, mediator, and founder and director of […] Read more »

Extremes Of Pleasure And Pain In Just One Week

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Wow, what a week it’s been!  Our collaborative book, The Expert Success Solution launched on Tuesday and debuted as the #1 Amazon best seller in Canada and Amazon #2 in America.   It was a dream-like scenario as we watched  Steven Covey, Tim Ferriss and Napoleon Hill move aside to let us through, with Just Malcolm Gladwell’s ‘Outliers’ remaining in the #1 spot for now.   Being the only contributor from the UK, I was up all night as we watched […] Read more »

#1 International Bestseller The Expert Success Solution

Today is special.  I became a published author fulfilling a long-held goal.  Funny thing is, it happened by ‘accident’.  Just a year ago, I was invited to Las Vegas for Rick Frishman’s Author 101 event.  It was only two weeks away but something inside told me I should go and I did.  Liking spontaneity, I loved the fact it was only a few days away.  Again, I felt that flutter inside when the collaborative project was announced and knew it […] Read more »

The Carnival Is Over

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‘The Carnival Is Over’ was a 60s song by The Seekers and told a romantic story of  short-lived but life-changing romance.  Our carnival is over because of murder at the Carnival, which sounds more like an Agatha Christie title, doesn’t it?  Sadly, Gloucester Carnival really is over, cancelled because of the violent and purposeless murder of a vulnerable 50-year-old man. The Carnival runs for two weeks every Summer and this year, like every other, was due to climax with a […] Read more »

An ‘Accidental’ Accident?

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On March 28, 2012, as Brad Ray, daughter Gabby (18) and son Austyn (16) drove home from the courthouse in Ohio even the bright sunshine couldn’t lighten their mood.  They’d just heard the judge order Austyn to perform 16 hours’ of community service for punching a classmate.  The sentence could have been worse, but this was just another reminder of their troubles. Brad (37), and his wife, Jaime (36), had recently been released from prison after serving several years for […] Read more »

In Celebration Of Ourselves

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I’m amazed.  I’m thankful.  I’m grateful.  Are you? You see, I spent most of yesterday lying flat and thinking.  Lying flat because I’d had cerebral spinal fluid drained off to reduce the pressure within my skull.  Thankful because although the pressure was over 100% higher than it should have been, my body continued to function, maintaining my mental acuity.  (Here I admit to being told I’ve been a bit picky recently but, being Cancerian, I prefer to think it was […] Read more »

Angels In White Coats

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Changes to the NHS are very topical at the moment and, sure, there’s much that needs to change.  If you were to be with me at 11.20am on Wednesday this week, you’d be in theatre watching the hands of an angel (and I’ve told her she has them, many times!), expertly guiding a needle between my vertebrae without touching my spinal cord, conducting a therapeutic lumbar puncture by draining off some cerebral spinal fluid.  I’ve been through this procedure so […] Read more »