Category: Life Skills

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Time to Breathe

  A short blog this month because there is so much information out there around self care, awareness, dealing with stress, being resilient and much more. It is easy to get overwhelmed by it all, especially if you are struggling to apply the appropriate filters. This is why we need time to breathe so

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Authenticity Revisited

This is a topic I visit regularly becuase it is not just important, but becoming more important as time passes. To be clear, this doesn’t mean that people are being less authentic, but the external pressures are getting greater. The need to be faster in business and psychological factors around stress is putting pressure on […]

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Navigating Challenging Environments

    I refer to a previous blog of about a year ago, when I talked about  leading in challenging environments. As I said before, far from workplace hostility and passive aggression ebbing away it seems to be on the rise in certain environments. I am getting more and more enquiries to coach in this […]

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Patience & Resolve

  I constantly  keep reminding myself of this. It was the mantra of an old “Boss” of mine, which was his way of saying never give up, or keep the flame burning . Easily said, but not so easily done. Even as an experienced professional coach, I have to constantly keep

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To Niche or not to Niche…. That is the Question

As we start 2020 more and people are getting involved with coaching. As the broadsheet newspapers have stated we are in the “Boom” time for coaching.  One of the most difficult  conundrums for any newly qualified coach while setting up their business is about “Niche” . Having  been a coach for ten years now, this […]

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Giving Feedback

I was interested to read an article in this months HBR (Harvard Business Review) about giving feedback. It starts to question whether that giving feedback is one of the better tools in the management armoury. There is no doubt that giving a appropriate feedback can be very powerful in the right hands.

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When is Coaching not Coaching ?

I often get asked what is the difference between coaching and other forms of  performance related interactions? There are many ways in which we can have a positive influence on our clients. We can train them, where we are sharing information and validating their understanding in such a way that they can execute new work, […]

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Having Powerful Conversations

It was a real pleasure to be given the opportunity to speak at the BWN (Business Women’s Network) in Colchester last week.  The group was lively, interactive and hungry to learn.  The subject matter was not about how to sell or  gain business, but  use both your cognitive and emotional skills to structure a conversation […]

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Change Management

I just delivered a 3 day module for an eMBA course,  on ” Change Management” and it had me really thinking. Firstly the levels of engagement were really high from all the students. I have talked about  VUCA , and the rate of change numerous times before, but the changing world is real and is […]

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Personal Expectations Misalignment

I read a recent article from the US. It was written from a “Faith” background and was discussing the thorny subject of marriage failure. There were the usual discussion points around money, sex, at the high levels, and other disagreements further down the order. However it postulated that the main reason for marriage failure was […]

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Team Coaching Reflections

I am currently involved in a large consulting engagement that involves a significant level of coaching at senior levels. It also involves some local coach training, both individual and group. I thought I would share some reflections on these types of coaching because away from the specific coaching techniques, ethics and confidentiality, there are some […]

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Mental Health

As we start the week that is “Mental Health Awareness Week“, there have already been great recent initiatives on this. Princes Harry and William with their openness and support for recent UK events like the London Marathon. Raising awareness is the first step of the journey. It is more prevalent than ever in this VUCA […]

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How do you coach for “Transformation”

  There is significant discussion about “Transformation“, specifically  cultural transformation. I regularly go into  consulting clients, and they ask for the “Cultural Transformation” magic bullet.  I politely remind them that there is no magic bullet. Firstly. I tell them that I can facilitate the transformation, but they have to do it themselves. If they don’t […]

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Passive Agression

More than ever in the times of rapid change, we need to be self aware, and avoid a situation which could lead us to be passive aggressive. Most of us can recognise it in others, but can we recognise it in ourselves ? It does not have to be directly manipulative or overtly aggressive, it […]

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Avoiding Conflict in Dialogues

Avoiding conflict is difficult when you have strong views or opinions. Sales people will tell you that while you are talking you are negotiating. This is important when we are having difficult dialogues, especially when those we are talking to, are likely to have opposing views. How do we keep these discussions “Above the Line” […]

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Getting Ahead

Getting ahead is critical in both life and the business world. I have used my coaching techniques and my increased self awareness to drive myself quite literally. My passion for motorsport will be obvious from my site. I have been racing for 5 years now and have been gradually making progress up the rankings. However, […]

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One for the Weekend

I heard a great quote in the film, “The second great exotic Marigold Hotel” , by Dame Judi Dench. She said that, “It is a fine line between what we want and what we fear”. This really resonated with me. Quite often what we want, is what we crave, something special, but it is so […]

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Gremlins (Your Inner Critic)

We all have gremlins, sometimes known as our inner critical voice. Howe we deal with these is important to our personal performance. These gremlins are energy blockers that hold us back from working effectively. If left these can fester and magnify. Knowing how to deal with these is the key to success. There are high […]

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Unintended Consequences

It is difficult to understand what the VW leadership were thinking about, when they decided to devise a software system that was designed to fool the emissions testing regime. Now the deception is out, it is likely that this will rumble on, and be costly for the Company in all dimensions, not only in actual […]

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Long Days

I am doing some long days at the moment, and as you get older, it gets harder. However this is not an issue if you stay positive and work with your anabolic ( life giving and building) energy. 

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