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R.I.P Alice Hertz-Sommer. Love Was The Answer

Posted on February 24th, 2014 by

The death of Alice Herz-Sommer was announced today. No cause for huge sadness as she had reached the grand old age of 110 and lived an amazing life. That’s a pretty remarkable feat in anyone but in Alice’s case even more so. Alice had survived, against all the odds, the concentration camps of World War Two, and even more remarkably, she had survived with her ability to love and forgive intact. I mention Alice often when delivering training because her

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Does Your Past Predict Your Future?

Posted on July 25th, 2012 by

I am continually struck by how some people manage to achieve successful, fulfilling lives from difficult beginnings (for an example, see this story of Alice Herz-Sommer, or rise from a major set back to achieve an even greater success than the one which eluded them. When I was trained in interviewing people for jobs a mantra oft repeated to me was ‘Past performance is a good indicator of future performance’. Way back then I was sceptical (although I do tell prospective applicants

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Motherhood, Nature & Music

Posted on January 31st, 2011 by

A while ago I wrote a post featuring Alice Herz-Sommer. I recently heard that Alice is still alive, (107 last birthday), still lives alone in her London flat and continues to practise piano for two and a half hours every day. There’s an advert for the power of music and application! I wrote about this remarkable woman in a piece on change, how people adapt and survive. Alice, a Jew, had survived the concentration camps but more than that had

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Do You Believe People Can Change?

Posted on April 14th, 2009 by

Do you believe people can change? My whole career has been built on the principle that, yes, they can! It’s not easy but it happens all the time. It is important to believe that it’s possible though or you will be stuck with the same patterns of behaviour for ever. Which is fine, if it’s working for you but not so fine if you are feeling fed up and disgruntled with the hand life has dealt you. Life Story When I

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