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Mental Health Awareness Week - My Story

Mental Health Awareness Week - My Story

This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and I believe it’s really important that we all feel able to talk openly about our own mental health challenges. So to that end, I thought I would sread more
Stress Awareness Month - Week 4 Top 3 State Management Stress Hacks

Stress Awareness Month - Week 4 Top 3 State Management Stress Hacks

State Management, or emotional self-regulation, is a key element of Emotional Intelligence.  It’s about managing your emotions - recognising when your emotions are about to get out of controread more
Stress Awareness Month – Week 3 Top 3 Cognitive Flexibility Stress Hacks

Stress Awareness Month – Week 3 Top 3 Cognitive Flexibility Stress Hacks

One of the most important messages I share with my coaching clients about stress is that stress is inside-out not outside-in. Sstress is not caused by an external event or situation or by soread more
Stress Awareness Month - Week 2 Top 3 Time Management Stress Hacks

Stress Awareness Month - Week 2 Top 3 Time Management Stress Hacks

This weeks theme is Time Management. Such a turn-off phrase. When I used to hear it in the corporate world, it made me want to yawn. The last thing I would consider was time management trainread more
Stress Awareness Month - Week 1 Top Tips For Recovery Time

Stress Awareness Month - Week 1 Top Tips For Recovery Time

April is Stress Awareness Month. With one study last year showing that 74% of the UK population had felt ‘overwhelmed or unable to cope’ at some stage in the previous 12 months, the fact is read more
Is It Time You Made A Career Change? Carol’s Story

Is It Time You Made A Career Change? Carol’s Story

We spend so much of our lives at work and yet study after study says we’re disengaged and disenfranchised. Whilst often this is about how we perceive things or because we accept the status qread more
March Weekly Leadership Challenges No. 3 – Are You A Career Staller?

March Weekly Leadership Challenges No. 3 – Are You A Career Staller?

If you're not delegating effectively and efficiently are you a Career Staller? You can let go of the day-to-day and become a high-performance leader.read more
March Weekly Leadership Challenges No. 2 – The Selfless Leader

March Weekly Leadership Challenges No. 2 – The Selfless Leader

I’m Coaching two amazing guys at the moment. They're in very different roles and yet the same major issue has surfaced for them both and it’s an increasingly common one amongst men. They haread more
March Weekly Leadership Challenges  No. 1 – The Hard Task-Master

March Weekly Leadership Challenges No. 1 – The Hard Task-Master

In my Executive Coaching sessions, I often work with very different leaders in different industries and different sized companies. However, interestingly, they often share similar leadershipread more
Is It Time You Made A Career Change? Anna’s Story

Is It Time You Made A Career Change? Anna’s Story

Over the years I have worked with so many people who were clearly in the wrong job or had stayed in a company or role for too long. Lots of different reasons, however, the net results were aread more
Is It Time You Made A Career Change?

Is It Time You Made A Career Change?

Christmas and New Year are typically good times for reflection. Times when we think about what’s working well and less well in our lives, including our work or career. So, did you think 2019read more
Stress - The Hidden Derailer

Stress - The Hidden Derailer

What most people in the workplace recognise or label as stress is ‘overwhelm’ ie. when the demands placed upon them or their team members seem too much to cope with. (Interestingly very oftread more
My Personal Journey To Self-Esteem & Confidence - Part 3

My Personal Journey To Self-Esteem & Confidence - Part 3

I knew I needed something else to focus on which was home-based during this time. So I decided to undertake my Coaching accreditation with the Association for Coaching. It was quite a challread more
My Personal Journey To Self-Esteem and Confidence. Part 2 - How I Got Into Coaching.

My Personal Journey To Self-Esteem and Confidence. Part 2 - How I Got Into Coaching.

One of the questions I get asked the most in my Coaching chemistry meetings is: “How did you get into Coaching?” This is my story.read more
My Personal Journey to Self-Esteem & Confidence

My Personal Journey to Self-Esteem & Confidence

I haven’t always been this confident and assertive. My school friends can’t believe the way I’ve turned out. One of them uses me as an example to her teenage daughter struggling with self-eread more
The Power of Girlfriends

The Power of Girlfriends

One day a few weeks ago I went to bed deliriously happy. Then the same thing happened again last week. I was literally lying in bed with a big grin on my face. The common denominator? I’dread more
How To Be Acceptably Assertive As A Woman

How To Be Acceptably Assertive As A Woman

Slightly strange title that, isn’t it? How To Be Acceptably Assertive As A Woman However, the fact is that it’s genuinely challenging to be a woman, to be assertive and for that to be acceread more
Coaching Insights (Volume 6) The Power of Listening

Coaching Insights (Volume 6) The Power of Listening

One of my favourite psychometric tools is the EQ-i 2.0. It’s a really insightful and fascinating exploration of 15 different facets of Emotional Intelligence. Every time I use the EQ-i 2.0 read more
Whatever Happened To Self-Esteem & 5 Great Strategies For Resurrecting It!

Whatever Happened To Self-Esteem & 5 Great Strategies For Resurrecting It!

I guess when you think about it, it’s not that surprising given the social and cultural changes we’ve been going through. We have learnt to value ourselves over the past decade or so by hread more
Coaching Insights (Volume 5) Is Fear Of Failure Impacting Your Success?

Coaching Insights (Volume 5) Is Fear Of Failure Impacting Your Success?

Four weeks ago I was sitting opposite a guy who had recently started in a new role. He had clearly wanted to fly in like a Superhero and save the world in nanoseconds. However, things weren’read more
Coaching Insights (Volume 4) Using Aggression As A Defence Mechanism

Coaching Insights (Volume 4) Using Aggression As A Defence Mechanism

Sometimes in a Coaching session, a client will have a really profound insight. This happened quite recently when I was coaching a senior guy in his late thirties. We were studying a well-knread more
Coaching Insights (Volume 3) Great Leadership Is A Balancing Act

Coaching Insights (Volume 3) Great Leadership Is A Balancing Act

One of my favourite psychometric tools is the EQ360. An Emotional Intelligence test which analyses 15 qualities when emotions are involved. It’s one of the most comprehensive and insightful read more
How Stress Aware Are You?

How Stress Aware Are You?

One could argue that the stress word is a tad overused these days. Everyone seems to claim to be stressed pretty much all of the time. And yet the fact is it’s probably true.read more
Are Your Employees Afraid to Share How They Are Feeling?

Are Your Employees Afraid to Share How They Are Feeling?

Last Saturday the third student in a month took their own life at Bristol University. In 2015, 134 students committed suicide; the highest figure since 2004. However, it’s a very small, ifread more
Coaching Insights (Volume 2) Are You Being Too Accommodating For Your Own Good?

Coaching Insights (Volume 2) Are You Being Too Accommodating For Your Own Good?

I had the pleasure of starting a Coaching programme with a really lovely guy this week. He said that he was really concerned.  He had always been a pretty mellow person but recently he haread more
Coaching Insights (Volume 1) I Just Love It When My Coachees Do My Job For Me!

Coaching Insights (Volume 1) I Just Love It When My Coachees Do My Job For Me!

I was just touching base with a Coachee the other day who I've been working with for a few months. One of his key challenges was anxiety. "I was always worrying about everything" as he puread more
The Anxiety Epidemic - & What We Can Do About It

The Anxiety Epidemic - & What We Can Do About It

I’ve personally been shocked by the increase in the number of Coaching clients I’ve seen in the last year to 18 months who are struggling with stress/anxiety/depression - all so closely aligread more
5 Stress Triggers Other Than Overwhelm

5 Stress Triggers Other Than Overwhelm

Stress is an interesting topic. When we talk about stress typically we think about someone being over-stretched or overwhelmed. When we ask a mate, for example, how they’re doing and tread more
5 Top Tips For Building A Resilient Team

5 Top Tips For Building A Resilient Team

In over 10 years of Coaching the importance of building resilient teams in business has never been more apparent to me. Week in, week out I am seeing clients with a few years experience tread more
Resilience Coaching - A Good or Bad Thing?

Resilience Coaching - A Good or Bad Thing?

I was chatting with a colleague the other day who said that she was starting to experience a  backlash from certain clients about the word Resilience and the concept of Resilience Coaching. read more
No Alcohol Required (Monday Motivator)

No Alcohol Required (Monday Motivator)

I spent last Saturday night with a bunch of youngsters in their 20s and early 30s. We had a truly fabulous supper, we shared stories about our lives, we chatted about great movies and Netread more
Work to Love (Monday Motivator)

Work to Love (Monday Motivator)

Do you work to live or live to work? These used to be the only two options I ever considered. Yet I’ve now realised that there is a third. Work to love.read more
Embrace Change (Monday Motivator)

Embrace Change (Monday Motivator)

Last week a client asked me if we could work on how to embrace change.  A lovely way of putting it. Then on Friday a senior client I’m working with in the entertainment industry shared withread more
Guilty Pleasures (Monday Motivator)

Guilty Pleasures (Monday Motivator)

What is it about guilty pleasures that make them feel so special? They’re top of my mind right now because my biggest guilty pleasure by a long way is Strictly Come Dancing!read more
Remember To Water Your Roots (Monday Motivator)

Remember To Water Your Roots (Monday Motivator)

I recently ran an Emotional Intelligence 360 assessment for a new client. At the end, you have the option to ask 5 open-ended questions which I always do. Typically the last one I ask is: Wread more

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