Technology, Gaming & Food – sound like a good mix?……………….

They say life is all about new experiences.  Broaden your horizons by trying something new.  Sounds great and I’m all for that.


However, last Friday it was brought home to me just what a technophobe I am!  I was treated to lunch at Inamo Restaurant in Soho by Lisa who had previously been on Growing Talent a year+ ago and was now working for an amazing Canadian company.  She was so excited and wanted to thank me for the support I’d given by taking me for lunch. It was fabulous to see how confident she is now.


Inamo has branches in Camden and Covent Garden as well as the one we went to in Soho.  The tables are ‘multitasking’ to say the least!  You can order food drinks, call a waiter, play games as well as watch the chefs prepare dishes and of course call for the bill!


For events they will transfer the games from the tables to the wall making it interactive for groups.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t get mine to work.  How embarrassing when a team member cam over and said ‘a light touch madam – don’t bang the table so hard’!  Oops.  My technical faux pas didn’t spoil the lunch – Lisa was in fits of laughter!


This is a great venue for those looking to do more than just eat that are into Asian/Sushi food.

Everything in balance…………

Isn’t life strange?  Following a trying period when everything was going wrong and I least expected it, a number of great things happened.


I almost thought I’d have to cancel the Holistic Week entirely for Growing Talent as there was only one person left on it!  The rest had gone into work early.  But then the employer of two of the guys agreed to let them attend for the MHFA course and a couple of managers joined us.  It went ahead and was great fun…


Especially great to see the feedback on my personal delivery ……


‘Jane delivered in an engaging thought providing and accessible way.  She was excellent!’


Then I had notification from Shennell on Growing Talent 6 who had nominated me for a Mayor of London Award as an Amazing Woman – what an accolade.


Finally a message on Linkedin from Norma who was on The Real Apprentice programme I ran previously.  She was on the programme back in  2011. She was writing to tell me that following my advice and guidance she did go to Birkbeck University and graduated!  A massive achievement from where she was.


It’s uplifting to know I’ve made a difference.  We all need to know when we’ve done a great job so never miss an opportunity to thank people and tell them what a difference they’ve made to you.  Not only will it make them feel great, you will too!


Abuse of Employment Tribunals…… a ticking time bomb?

I stumbled across this piece on the This is Money website from January 2011 which I found startling especially as I know it is still true today.


The anguish a legal process like this can have on someone trying to run a small business is huge, yet every step in the process is about giving money to the claimant not whether they have a case, have harassed and  caused harm to someone else through their spurious claims.  Even the ACAS mediation service just wants to agree a financial sum to settle!


It is absolutely right in my opinion that people who have been badly treated by employers should have free redress to compensation but only if they have a real case.


‘Litigants that fail at Employment Tribunal with their spurious claims against employers – even those who aren’t their employers, recruitment consultants etc –  shouldn’t those litigants pay the legal costs of the person/organisation they wrongfully accused’.

What are your thoughts?

MHFA – Training

The one great thing about delivering Mental Health First Aid training as a MHFAEngland Instructor is the feedback on personal performance is instant.


After a particular trying period of time, to read the feedback below from a Head of Department within a global corporate was just what I needed!


‘Jane delivered in an engaging thought providing and accessible way.  She was excellent!’