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How To Make Them Remember

I set out to write this blog post this morning, as part of my bid to share with you some of my top tips on speaking and presenting every day this week – I’ve been doing so all week on social media, however, I quickly was distracted when I heard about the passing of my good friend and mentor, Eugene Burger. A name, I know, will mean nothing to almost all reading this – but that’s okay because Eugene is going to remembered here and I’m going to share my top tips simultaneously as without Eugene, I wouldn’t have learnt the real meaning and power of today’s tip.

Eugene was a story teller; a magician; a performer; a humble and mightily learned man: selfless and verily dedicated to the art of creating and maintaining mystery.

I perhaps pay too much attention to those no longer living but I can’t help it: it reminds me every day just how lucky I am to wake up; to be. Eugene shared that same philosophy: life is

Listen to the Bees – Work In Silos!

Honeybee hives can teach organisations a lot about efficient and efficacious models of teamwork.

You may – or may not – know that Mrs Jez and I are beekeepers

As we launch the nationwide expansion of Bees for Business, I’ve written this short article on what observing the honeybee teaches about working more effectively, communicating better and more efficient teamwork in your organisation.

During the peak, summer season the average honeybee hive can

Taking Meetings Back to Nature

More photos and full details can be found at www.hirethebarn.com

Business training is going back to nature with a new breed of courses aimed at stimulating delegates through a more natural take on the traditional conference set-up.

Chicken Training for Managers and Bee Keeping Team Building are just a couple of the courses – still teaching innovative, business-relevant, professional skills – offered by Behaviourist and conference speaker Jez Rose, who launched the project after 13 years of speaking at conferences around the world where delegates often struggled to concentrate in uninspiring conditions.

Jez on the Punks and Suits Podcast

Blaire Palmer hosts the business podcast ‘Punks in Suits’

The crazy lady with the dog is Blaire Palmer and she’s as lovely as she is crazy. I can’t help but be innately suspicious of people who don’t like dogs, so when I met Blaire at a business roadshow event we were both working at, we hit it off right away because she loves gardening, grows her own, wants to buy a smallholding and keep alpacas (that bit was a bit weird) and she has dogs.

Blaire interviewed me for her business podcast series, Punks in Suits, which is available to listen free on iTunes here and also free here on Podomatic for people who hate Mac.

I did once have a mohawk but I’ve never been a punk so I’m not sure why I was asked onto her show but I was flattered and also very pleased to be interviewed by Blaire. We talk about the research project I launched, The Good Life Project; one of our new courses ‘Chicken Training for Managers’; dogs (of course); the problem with leadership and management and why so many managers are ineffective; solutions for truly effective leadership and a spooky coincidence, too.

Take a listen, I think you’ll enjoy it.

Tales from the Farm – Heartbroken

“TV’s favourite gardener”, Monty Don, inspires Jez Rose, a frustrated behaviourist and amateur gardener, to grow a new life, as detailed in Tales from the Farm. Monty Don’s book inspired Jez to buy a farm in the countryside, create his own garden and write about the joy, obsession and mud.

Our first loss at the farm; a beautiful female who died while collecting nesting material.

This last weekend was a little bitter-sweet on the farm.

The weather was glorious for the start of Spring; almost like a Summer’s day. That meant huge amount of progress outside in preparation for the bees arriving – there was a lot to finish in the jungle area and I was especially keen to get the last few plants still in pots from our move into the ground so that they could benefit from the warming soil and sunshine.

I was walking back to the greenhouse and

Tales from the Farm – Before & After (so far!)

“TV’s favourite gardener”, Monty Don, inspires Jez Rose, a frustrated behaviourist and amateur gardener, to grow a new life, as detailed in Tales from the Farm. Monty Don’s book inspired Jez to buy a farm in the countryside, create his own garden and write about the joy, obsession and mud.

Since Mrs Jez and I moved from our suburban 3 bed semi to the farm back in November 2016, embarking on a journey to test my theories about how nature impacts human health, wellbeing and behaviour – and along the way going organic, so much has happened and changed: we moved into a plot of essentially just grass and concrete yard; a roof has fallen in; we had the worst bathroom fitters in the world ruin our bathroom; we found wood worm in the small barn; almost everything that could break, did break; the main electric cable supplying the farm was severed…

And it needs to be finished by

Tales from the Farm – Spud-We-Like

“TV’s favourite gardener”, Monty Don, inspires Jez Rose, a frustrated behaviourist and amateur gardener, to grow a new life, as detailed in Tales from the Farm. Monty Don’s book inspired Jez to buy a farm in the countryside, create his own garden and write about the joy, obsession and mud.

Lavender plants waiting patiently in the greenhouse before all 78 of them line the driveway.

Having already filled two of the raised vegetable beds with lush, organic compost and loamy soil from the garden, today I planted the very first vegetables in them.

I opted for King Edward potatoes, which I filled one of the beds with (one of the few vegetables that wasn’t organically sourced) and Longor shallots and organic garlic for the other bed. I would have taken a

Going Organic! An Inspector Calls…

Behaviourist and broadcaster, Jez Rose, blogs about the process of achieving Soil Association Organic Certification for his Cambridgeshire farm and home to The Good Life Project.

This blog marks the first of many where I’ll be charting our journey to (hopefully) organic status as certified by the Soil Association. Although it’s connected, it is separate to my ramblings about the farm and I’ll continue to write Tales from the FarmI’ll just keep everything about our Soil Association journey separate but link the two where appropriate so you can choose what you want to read about.

Why?

I grew up right next to a farm and spent most of my younger years in and around the countryside – I loved it and still do. Every single day the landscape looks different; no two sunsets are the same and you’ll always see a flower, or insect that you didn’t see before and of course, just like humans, as trees and plants mature, they change.

Despite this lifelong interest and passion for nature, I never thought I’d become quite so obsessed with soil! I wrote about it recently here in my blog series Tales from the Farm, where I’m writing about Mrs Jez and I moving to a rural farmhouse, renovating it and making it home to my research initiative, The Good Life Project.

It’s probably because of The Good Life Project and witnessing the remarkable impact nature is having on

Tales from the Farm – My Secret Compost Obsession

Monty says the secret to a good compost is moisture and air.

Monty says the secret to a good compost is moisture and air.

“TV’s favourite gardener”, Monty Don, inspires Jez Rose, a frustrated behaviourist and amateur gardener, to grow a new life, as detailed in Tales from the Farm. Monty Don’s book inspired Jez to buy a farm in the countryside, create his own garden and write about the joy, obsession and mud.

I’ve been spending a lot more time than usual hanging around the compost heap and just this past weekend, caught myself becoming perhaps a little too obsessive about things laying around the house and the garden; picking up strands of dog hair, tiny pieces of cardboard and separating the vegetable peelings and tea leaves… I’m fairly certain it’s not a midlife crisis or some sort of smallholding breakdown but it’s just the latest progress report from the farm.

Regular readers will know that I’m working my way through Monty Don’s book The Complete Gardener to help turn our bare 1 acre site into something with structure, interest, functionality and dare I say it, beauty. Alongside this, having been raised with the phrase: “if a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing properly”, I’ve applied to the Soil Association for organic certification – the first set of forms went off at the weekend. Both of those things combined have led to me obsessing about what’s in our soil. I didn’t want the Soil Association inspector to be the first person to probe my soil, so late Saturday evening I was sticking an acidity monitor into various parts of the garden and revising what Monty has to say about soil and how to be organic.

One thing struck me and that’s that it’s actually quite simple. Obviously, when the bugs and pests and slugs and weeds start in vengeance in the spring, I’m sure I’ll be tempted like anyone to reach for something stronger (and I’m not talking gin) but an understanding of why soil – the soul of our gardens and everything we grow in it – is so critical and an appreciation for its function, will bring me to my knees

New Year Thoughts for 2017

Ducklings about to get married - there's something for everyone in my blogs.

Ducklings about to get married – there’s something for everyone in my blogs.

Happy New Year and welcome to 2017!

It’s that time again to go through my giant jar of post-it notes, reflecting on all of the positive things that have happened throughout 2016 and the little things that made a difference. Each one of those things I wrote down onto a sticky note, folded it up and put them inside a giant jar in my office: a collection of more than 500 individual snapshots of positivity from the past year.

I find it especially