MOONSHOT, transform for now & the future

A tool to help you transform your team, organisation or group for now & in the future

The world is changing all around us. To continue to thrive over the next five years, 10 years, 20 years and beyond, you need to shape what you do and move swiftly to prepare for what’s to come.

This tool will help you create a long-term destination for your business and a “Roadmap” to help you transform for now and the future.

This tool will encourage you to be ambitious, radical, and think hard about why you are here. It will help you set out your moon shot.

Unlike other templates and tools, MOONSHOT will support you to do all this in a way that is driven by your purpose, or your WHY* as I believe this should shape everything you do.


To download the activity sheet, click on the image below:


If you have a difficulty with the link, click on:

If you need more guidance, read on below to find examples and sources of inspiration:


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Download the above example from Burning Leaf Creatives:

Sources of inspiration

SYPartners –¬†


Starbucks –¬†

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Starbucks (the full story) –


Nike –


Coca-Cola –


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* WHY is a concept created and shared by Simon Sinek.
Find out more about WHY.

With thanks –¬†
Huge thanks go to Susan Scripture-Shardlow for her input, insight and lessons.
You helped make this what it is.

Book 4 – Superteams by Khoi Tu

This is the fourth book in my countdown of my top 5 books around leadership, personal development, and self discovery.

What’s the book about?

“In Superteams, renowned teamwork specialist Khoi Tu explains how to make sure your team delivers consistently superior results and emerges stronger from the inevitable crises you will face.

What do the SAS, Ferrari and the Rolling Stones have in common? Their success is about much more than talented individuals. They are Superteams.

Every organisation, whether a business or a sports club, lives or dies by the quality of its teamwork. No man can be an island for long; only great teams can face a crisis and emerge stronger. So how do you build the right team? Many people think of it like a rock supergroup: bring the best of the best together and magic will happen. Yet supergroups often flop, while bands of unknowns rise to the top.

In this incisive and inspirational book, renowned teamwork specialist Khoi Tu explains how to make sure your team delivers consistently superior results, whatever your aim: averting business failure or resolving political conflict, dealing with a hostage situation or leading your team to sporting victory.

Superteams takes seven legendary teams – including animation studio Pixar, Europe’s 2010 Rider Cup winners, and the people behind the Northern Ireland peace process – and analyses their inner workings, evolution and defining moments.

‘This book shows what people can do when the going gets tough and there’s a goal to be achieved. Nice one Khoi’ Jamie Oliver

Р© Amazon


Why did I choose this book?

About a year ago or so, I set out my ambition to go on a journey to transform my team into a great team.

This book has helped me on this journey by providing experience, learning and ideas from some of the most successful teams that there has ever been. These are all teams that I have admired from a range of different areas of life. Sport, politics, the army, and others.

Each story provides valuable learning all brought together into a single book.

Has it made me a better leader and my team a great team? Im not sure we are there yet, but it has certainly helped me on the journey.


What does the book look like?



Why should you read it?

  1. If you are a leader in an organisation –¬†this counts for everyone, not just leaders in a formal hierarchy – then Superteams¬†provides page after page of¬†tools, techniques and methods to make yourself a better leader
  2. The stories about the transformation of each team illustrates the different elements that need to come together to make a great team, including forging a common purpose, shaping the environment, building cohesion and mastering conflict
  3. The book is written in way that can be easily read in short bursts, like on a commute, and in a way that you can relate to with excellent story telling


Where can you buy it?

If you are in the UK, you can order Superteams from Waterstones.

Alternatively, you can download Superteams for your Kindle or as a hardcopy from Amazon, or download Superteams from iTunes.

Book 3 – The 3 Volumes to help you make ideas happen by 99U

This is the third book in my countdown of my top 5 books around leadership, personal development, and self discovery. Find out what was first and second in my list.


What’s the book about?

Book 1 –

“Are you over-extended, over-distracted, and overwhelmed? Do you work at a breakneck pace all day, only to find that you haven t accomplished the most important things on your agenda when you leave the office?

The world has changed and the way we work has to change, too. With wisdom from 20 leading creative minds, “Manage Your Day-to-Day” will give you a toolkit for tackling the new challenges of a 24/7, always-on workplace.”

Book 2 –¬†

“Can you step outside your comfort zone? Bounce back from failure? Build new skills? Tapping into your true potential is no idle endeavor. It demands creativity, dedication, and a whole lot of hustle.

With wisdom from 21 leading creative minds, 99U’s Maximize Your Potential will show you how to generate new opportunities, cultivate your creative expertise, build valuable relationships, and take bold, new risks so that you can utilize your talents to the fullest.”

Book 3 –¬†

Are you ready to ‚Äúmake a dent in the universe‚ÄĚ? As a creative, you no longer have to take a backseat. In fact, stepping up and embracing entrepreneurship is the fastest route to impact. But where do you start? And what sets the businesses that succeed apart?

We tapped 21 leading entrepreneurs and experts to share their best practices for launching a purpose-driven business, refining your product, delighting your customers, inspiring your team‚ÄĒand ultimately‚ÄĒmaking something that matters.”


Why did I choose this book?

I stumbled across 99U a couple of years ago and just fell completely and utterly, head over heels, in love with them. Their philosophy. Their approach. Their purpose. Their website. Their conferences. basically, all of them.

99U is Behance‘s effort to provide the “missing curriculum” for making ideas happen by helping people¬†make great ideas a reality, by encouraging everyone to¬†act, experiment, fail, adapt, and learn on a daily basis.¬†They offer and share an amazingly¬†pragmatic, action-oriented insights from leading researchers and visionary creatives¬†to empower people¬†to make good on the ideas that have got.

And when I realised that they were publishing their own books, I just had to buy them.

So, when the third book was published at the end of 2014 I brought all three. And then I read them in the wrong order! But that didn’t matter. They didn’t need to be read from book 1 through to book 3. They could be read in what ever order you like.

I started with book 3 as this opened with the best chapter of the whole collection. The opening chapter was written by the brilliantly insightful Keith Yamishita, Chairman of SYPartners.  Now, readers of this blog will know that SY have had a huge impact on me and the person I am today, and the person I want to be tomorrow and in the future.

In this chapter, Keith encourages you to think about what your personal purpose is in life Рand then share it with the world. So I did just that.

And since then, my personal purpose is guiding everything that I do.

But, the books are much more than that. They are built around 20 or so chapters of practical advice from people who have turned their ideas into actions. The chapters are action orientated, short enough to read on the daily commute, and focus on one thing – helping you be a better you.


What does the book look like?



Why should you read it?

  1. If you want to move away from talk to action, you just have to read the advice of the 60+ people who have been there and done it – and see how they wisdom and experience can help you
  2. You will learn how you can make an impact in the world and leave your dent on humankind by learning in practical steps how to step up and embrace entrepreneurship as the fastest route to impact
  3. The books will help you focus on how you can manage yourself and your team to be a better you by harnessing your dreams, personal purpose, skills and beliefs to make a difference by bringing your ideas to life


Where can you buy it?

If you are in the UK, you can order the three books from Waterstones.

Alternatively, you can download them on your Kindle or as a hardcopy from Amazon.

You can also download them as an audiobook from iTunes.

Book 2 – The Knowledge – Management and Leadership from A to Z by Carl Taylor

This is the second book in my countdown of my top 5 books around leadership, personal development, and self discovery. Find out what the first one was in my early post.


What’s the book about?

“The Knowledge Management and Leadership from A to Z provides a comprehensive development resource that you can access over and over again throughout your career. It contains notes on learning styles to assist you in developing your effectiveness as a learner, an opening story to set the scene for exploring your own experiences of management and leadership, and A to Z sections that cover topics and exercises for leaders, managers and teams seeking to continuously improve. As the demands made upon us become ever more challenging, and budgets become ever tighter, you ll find The Knowledge invaluable as a life-long guide and mentor.”


Why did I choose this book?

I was privileged to meet Carl over 10 years ago in my very first leadership course when I was in my early twenties Рand have been lucky to stay in regular contact with him since then.

What Carl taught me in those 3 days – and another 2 courses following this, plus endless positive & supportive feedback outside the courses – has helped make me the leader that I am today – and the leader I want to be tomorrow.

Carl manages to squeeze 20 years of professional coaching, insight and relevant tools into 160 pages of pure gold dust. Coupled with¬†Carl’s amazing storytelling, the book comes alive around the story of Wayne, Payne, Sayne and Jayne, and their journey to building the cathedral.

This book is quite simply a practical handbook for individuals, teams and organisations to help them develop both individually and as a collective. This is something that I promise you will refer to over and over again.


What does the book look like?


Why should you read it?

  1. If you are a leader in an organisation ‚Äď this counts for everyone, not just leaders in a formal hierarchy ‚Äď then this book provides¬†24 pages¬†of tools, techniques and methods to make yourself a better leader
  2. The 26 sections of the book offer you 26 opportunities to reflect, 26 different team exercises, and 26 times to sit back and link the pieces together
  3. The story of Wayne, Payne, Sayne and Jayne, and their journey to building the cathedral, brings the book to life and makes it easy to link what you are learning in the book into your workplace as each character is an accurate archetype of people we have all encountered in our teams


Where can you buy it?

There are not many copies left to buy on Amazon; but, you can download the app – which has a pdf copy of the book – from iTunes.

Book 1 – Onward by Howard Schultz

This is the first book in my countdown of my top 5 books around leadership, personal development, and self discovery.


What’s the book about?

“In 2000, Starbuck’s founder and CEO Howard Schultz stepped down from daily oversight of the company and assumed the role of chairman.¬†Eight years later, in the midst of the recession and a period of decline unprecedented in the company’s recent history, Schultz‚ÄĒfeeling that the soul of his brand was at risk‚ÄĒreturned to the CEO post.

In this personal, suspenseful, and surprisingly open account, Schultz traces his own journey to help Starbucks reclaim its original customer-centric values and mission while aggressively innovating and embracing the changing landscape of technology. From the famous leaked memo that exposed his criticisms of Starbucks to new product strategies and rollouts, Schultz bares all about the painful yet often exhilarating steps he had to take to turn the company around. Peppered with stories from his childhood in tough Canarsie, N.Y., neighbourhoods, his sequel to the founding of Starbucks is grittier, more gripping, and dramatic, and his voice is winning and authentic.

This is a must-read for anyone interested in leadership, management, or the quest to connect a brand with the consumer.”

Р© Publishers Weekly


Why did I choose this book?

This book just had to start my list.

It changed me.

This book quite simply had such a big impact on me personally and professionally that it had to be the first book I shared.

I previously wrote about how I started reading the book and some of the impact that it had in my earlier post ‘Getting unstuck to make progress’. This book gave me so much inspiration, so much belief and so much to aim towards when I was feeling lost, with out a purpose and struggling to see how to go forward in my career.

When I started reading the book book, it just struck so many cords with me.

How Howard described Starbucks at the time was how I felt about my team.

How Howard described his feelings was how I felt.

And that created a connection which I have very rarely had with a book.

But, not only does Onward¬†cover the problems, it also talks through the solutions, ideas and methods that were used. Real, practical and proven examples of what actually works. And that’s one of the things that I loved about it.

It helped relaunch me on my journey to do life, better. And, on top of all that, it also introduced me to the brilliant people at SYPartners.


What does the book look like?


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Why should you read it?

  1. If you are a leader in an organisation –¬†this counts for everyone, not just leaders in a formal hierarchy – then¬†Onward provides page after page of¬†tools, techniques and methods to make yourself a better leader¬†
  2. The story about the transformation of Starbucks illustrates the clear benefits of putting the purpose, mission and vision of the organisation (or team) at the heart of all your decisions Рand then letting this be your guiding star for everything that you do Рand it gives you some brilliant ideas about how you can do the same thing [I should know, I have already done it!]
  3. The book is an inspiring story of how Howard and Starbucks built a circle of safety around their partners (or employees in other organisations) and rebuilt trust, belief and love across a huge, multinational organisation Рand the benefits that this has on the company, and more importantly, those that come into contact with the company (their partners, suppliers, customers, etc.)


Where can you buy it?

If you are in the UK, you can order Onward from Waterstones.

Alternatively, you can download Onward for your Kindle or as a hardcopy from Amazon, or download Onward from iTunes.

My top 5 books – a count down to Christmas

As we are now 5 weeks away from Christmas – I know, where does the time go?!? – I thought I’d pull together my top 5 books around leadership, personal development, and self discovery. 

These 5 books have helped me become the person and leader that I am today – and who I want to become tomorrow. 

Over the next five weeks I will share one book a week. Hopefully this list can help you with a few ideas for Christmas presents, stocking fillers or maybe just a gift for someone – or for yourself.

All 5 books had a huge impact on me. I hope they will do the same to you too.

Watch this space – or sign up for the blog below – for the first book soon.

Here’s to progress.

The benefits of a short break

It’s been about a week or so since my last post, which has seemed like a lifetime away from my blog. But, it was a deliberate decision to have a break from posting a new piece every day, or at least, every other day.

I wanted to use the break to give me the opportunity and time to think about how I feel the blog is going, whether it’s doing what I wanted it to do, and where this blog is going in the future.

During the last week, I have also had the chance to have a break from work, spend some time with the family, and to top up some of my inspiration levels by using the time that I usually spend writing the posts to surf the web, reflect on ideas for how my team are going to meet the challenges that we have over the next few months, and to read an inspiring book.

And as it was the end of the financial year, I’ve also used the time to reflect on what my team have achieved during the last 12 months, and then share this with the team to make sure that celebrate our successes.

I’ll share some of the key bits from my break in some of my future posts. Watch this space!