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Motivational topics

  • Quotes Corner - a resource published (on another part of this website) by Phil Harding and regularly expanded. It attracts 100s of visits daily from around the world and examples are often featured on Phil's twitter page @philhardingnet



Internet editing/publishing

Phil is or has been the designer and Managing Editor for several websites. For details visit Internet Editing/Publishing >>

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Phil's interest in photography supports his online publishing. Click on camera for examples.

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"Beneficentia est sapientia"

(Kindness is wisdom)


This short leaflet takes a brief look at how we can regain our self-esteem when, perhaps, it has taken a knock.

Click here to download: Self-esteem (pdf).

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The 7 Positives

In the book "Motivate me, motivate you" the "seven positives" are listed as a way to stay positive and help us stay motivated during difficult times. These are especially important when trying to combat bouts of depression or just feeling low. This short leaflet describes them in more detail.

Click here to download: The 7 Positives (pdf).

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Motivate me, motivate you
Motivate yourself and others!


This popular little book is available in either pocket-size printed format, or as a Kindle e-book.

In response to the huge demand and success of "Resource Efficiency and Corporate Responsibility - Managing Change" Phil Harding has published this compact little book on self-motivation "Motivate me, motivate you" that is available for purchase in a handy printed format that fits in your pocket or as a Kindle e-book (costing less than a cup of coffee out).

You can purchase this book by clicking on a link here:-

 Printed version >> (give away price; fits in your pocket)
 Kindle edition on >> (costs less than a cup of coffee out)
 Kindle edition on >> (costs less than a cup of coffee out)

If you don't have a Kindle reading device you can download free Kindle reading application software from Amazon for your PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone, Android etc.

Here are comments from UK and US reviewers of the book:

Photograph "This wonderful book is small but powerful!"

"I found this book immensely enjoyable and compassionate"

"Excellent, uplifting, easy to read"

"Well worth reading and giving as a gift to others"

"Helping me to think in a different way"

"Recommended for all managers and staff"

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Motivation will always
beat mere talent...

Greener Events Guide

Written by Phil Harding and others whilst Phil was working at the Government Office for the South West in Bristol, when it was first launched in July 2005 this was the first publicly available practical guide on how to reduce the environmental impact of conferences, seminars and other events. Preceding any formal management standards for making events more sustainable (i.e. BS 8901 and ISO 20121), it was quickly adopted by the events industry (e.g. the Association of Event Venues and the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers) who appreciated its short and practical approach.

Recognising that event managers would wish to avoid wasting all the effort and resources that had gone into their events, Phil also produced companion guides on "7 Dos and Don'ts for using PowerPoint slides at conferences" and "Achieving success from exhibiting at events".

These can be downloaded from this link (external site): greener events

Here are some of the comments received about the guide: of the best resources we have found
- live event production company, Surrey

...the Association of British Professional Conference Organisers is pleased to recommend use of this guide
- ABPCO's Executive Director, Birmingham

...a significant amount of new conference business has been won as a result of the Greener Events guide
- major North Somerset conference venue

...very helpful and refreshingly to the point
- Sustainable Development Commission, London

...the checklist gave us some good ideas...
- Strategic Services Manager for a South West local authority

...good sensible guidance on this vital topic... there is nothing quite as ineffective as a high carbon event on low carbon!
- The Carbon Coach, Marlow

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Managing Change Guide

Over 331,000 copies of this popular free guide issued worldwide from 2004 to 2019 (and still in demand...)


Written by Phil Harding and John Pooley (of The John Pooley Consultancy) the guide 'Resource Efficiency and Corporate Responsibility - Managing Change' was first produced by the Government Office for the South West (Sustainability & Environmental Technologies Team) in partnership with Envirowise in 2004 and re-published as a paperback in 2007 for its 4th print run.

It has been in high demand in both printed and electronic format by managers and business schools across the world. "Groundbreaking", "unique", "refreshing", "excellent" - just some of the comments received about the guide. Recognised for its original and effective approach to the whole subject of change management in the context of improving resource efficiency and environmental performance, it is useful for assisting just about any change management process. Its Change Management Matrix is a useful a diagnostic tool and route map for management teams.

It can be downloaded here (pdf 780kb opens in new window):

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Change Management Matrix

You can open the useful "Change Management Matrix" here as a stand alone single page pdf document to use as a diagnostic tool and route map with your management team: matrix (pdf 113kb). You can also download a case study of the matrix in use (pdf 42kb).

Here are just some of the many positive comments made about this guide:

'as good as anything I have used'
- Open University MBA Programme tutor (and CEO), West Midlands

'We are using the guide's Change Management Matrix as a simple and effective tool to diagnose how we are responding to climate change at all levels of our organisation... We use it to support regular reviews which ensure we maintain momentum.'
- Regional Director, Environment Agency (South West), Exeter

'We shall continue to use the matrix to re-examine and maintain our performance levels'
- Riviera International Conference Centre - see case study of using this guide with the 'greener events' guide by clicking here: RICC Case Study (pdf 143kb opens in new window)

'At South West Water we are using the change management matrix to assess and review how the company is addressing climate change across the whole business operation. It is proving to be a useful management tool for focussing attention on how we can improve our performance in this increasingly important area.'
- Neil Whiter, Water Strategy Manager, South West Water

"Managing change is a very important factor in the success of every business. This guide will help managers to think creatively about how they manage change, whilst avoiding many of the pitfalls that other companies have encountered"
- Envirowise

"wonderful...I do think that this would be of great interest to many of our business and corporate clients"
- MD for major UK based life coach training company

"original and excellent"
- Delivery Manager, Energy Efficiency programme, The Carbon Trust

"we intend to use as a resource in MBA teaching"
- Warwick Business School, University of Warwick

(referring to the guide's section on worst practice) "could have just as easily published a document of bad practices without the irony of putting them into a fake "how-to-guide" but what fun is that? Cheers to the Brits for their humour"
- National Healthcare Manager for Energy Star, Environmental Protection Agency, USA

"very useful and fresh approach"
- EFQM (European Model for Business Excellence) Manager, Military Establishment, Andover

"a succinct, easy to read and practical set of guidance... ...refreshing way it explains the key factors for successfully managing change when compared to so many change management books"
- Principal Consultant, international environmental & infrastructure company, Bristol

'A wonderful resource [Change Management Matrix] for assessing where your organisation is at with its implementation of a particular change initiative... I will be utilising this useful resource from herein!'
- Inspirational speaker, trainer and coach, USA

'Change Management Matrix is a particularly valuable tool for understanding change management.'
Environment Agency (UK) in Climate Ready - Adaptation Wizard

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A Special Corps
- The Beginnings of 'Gorkha' Service with the British

- by A P "Jimmy" Coleman (1999)

The military qualities and exploits of 'Gorkha' (correct pronunciation of the anglicised spelling 'Gurkha') have received much well justified attention. However, information about the beginnings and early evolution of the Gorkha service with the British has been less well known.

This superb work traces the early recruitment of Gurkhas into the East India Company's Bengal Army and is based on sound research and documentary evidence, a significant part of which is published for the first time.


The author, Phil Harding's father-in-law, Captain A P "Jimmy" Coleman (1922 - 2000), served in the 1st King George V's Own Gurkha Rifles during World War II. It is the wishes of Jim Coleman's family that this important and scholarly yet highly readable work should be available for all to read.

To download the book click on this link: A Special Corps by A P Coleman, 1999 (pdf 6Mb) or on the picture of Captain A P Jimmy Coleman pictured left in his Gurkha uniform in Nepal during WW2.

Note. The proceeds from the published hard copy of this book (sold out in 2002) went to support the Gurkha Welfare Trust. GWT cares for ex-Gurkhas and their families and helps repay the debt of honour owed to the brave Gurkha soldiers who have fought for our freedom since 1815.

All rights reserved. Estate of A P Coleman 2010. If you wish to reproduce or use text or extracts from this book for commercial purposes (publication, film, radio, etc), contact Phil Harding (email:

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Sustainability Appraisal Report (17.6.2013)
for Saltford Green Belt Public Inquiry 13.8.2013

Before taking on the role of Chairman in June 2013, Phil Harding was commissioned by Saltford Environment Group to carry out a Sustainability Appraisal of the planning application to build houses on undeveloped Green Belt agricultural land in Saltford. This was possibly a first for an Inquiry like this.

Click here to download Phil's ground-breaking report: SA Report, 17.6.2013 (pdf).

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Can 'unconventional' onshore gas assist the transition to a low carbon future?

As part of the debate about the extraction of onshore gas, Phil Harding has produced a short paper exploring whether the extraction and use of onshore unconventional gas resources, i.e. shale gas and coal bed methane (CBM), can assist the transition towards a low carbon economy by financing local renewables once concerns about land and water contamination and other local environmental impacts have been fully addressed alongside robust regulation.

The UK has wasted the golden opportunity of North Sea oil and gas by not investing in clean renewable energy to replace those non-renewable fossil fuel supplies that have been used. The paper encourages decision makers to use foresight and avoid making the same mistakes again...

Click here to download: 120925 paper (pdf).

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Is over-population killing the planet?

Does it matter if people desire and purposefully plan to have more than 2 children? Can we find a positive way to handle this highly sensitive issue without telling people how to live their lives? Is the UK over-crowded already, with little headroom for the effects of climate change?

In August 2007 The Observer Magazine approached Phil for an interview to gain his personal views on population growth and its impact on the environment. His response shows how we should and can make progress to address the population problem. To ignore this important issue and rely on other nations to provide even more for our needs when they are facing similar challenges themselves is a dangerous strategy (or no strategy at all...).

To see the interview text click on link: 'Is over-population killing the planet?' (pdf 29kb) - by Phil Harding (2007).

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Sit or Squat? Lessons from other cultures

Dr Vicki Harding's paper (1999) explores the very real health benefits from the practice in some cultures of squatting rather than sitting on Western style chairs or loos.

To see the paper click on link:
Sit or Squat? Lessons from other cultures - Dr Vicki Harding, 1999 (pdf 31kb).

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Are we being patientist?

Dr Vicki Harding's paper (1998) making the case for replacing some more traditional language used by healthcare professionals in their approach to patients with chronic pain with a more patient-focussed language demonstrating understanding, care - in the real sense - and compassion.

To see the paper click on link:
Are we being patientist? - Dr Vicki Harding, 1998 (pdf 47kb).

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Margaret Thatcher reads speech written by Phil Harding...

Photograph - Mrs Thatcher etc
Mrs Thatcher and Phil Harding (and others!),
National Schools Energy Conservation Competition Awards,
Royal Institution, London, January 1982

"I don't need civil servants to write speeches for me!" - PM Margaret Thatcher, 27 January 1982

The most famous person Phil helped write a speech for, whilst working in Whitehall at the Department of Energy, Thames House South, Millbank, London SW1, was for Margaret Thatcher during her first term in office as Prime Minister in January 1982.

As she prepared herself to address the audience, to their amusement she dropped the speaking notes down onto the podium desk, looked up with an expression of disdain at the team of officials sitting together (including a young Phil - see top RH corner of photograph) and said "I don't need civil servants to write speeches for me!" We wish we had known that beforehand...

Her speech had taken many hours of careful preparation as this was before office computers and every revised draft had to be re-typed again and again by a long-suffering typist in the Department of Energy's typing pool. Every freshly typed version was re-proof read - you did not dare make any mistakes in Mrs T's speech! Phil had delivered personally the speaking notes to 10 Downing Street the evening before.

Having made that point she then gave an excellent speech about her approach to energy conservation based on the need for thrift during her childhood as a grocer's daughter. She only referred to the notes to read the factual parts about the winning teams and their competition entries; the parts written by Phil.

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