Five Big Questions. One Short Chat – CEO Andy Cole

I’m so excited to be sharing this with you! It’s the first in a series of mini video blogs in which I ask talented, dynamic and go-getting non-profit leaders the exact same Five Big Questions to find out what it’s really like to head up their organisations. First up is Andy Cole, Chief Executive of The Royal Star and Garter […]

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How not to get things done

How not to let your day run away with you

Ever find yourself at the start of the week wondering, in the immortal words of David Bowie, “where the **** did Monday go?” We all have days when things never seem to get done. I know I do, and it comes up all the time in my coaching with non-profit clients. So, here’s five tried and […]

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How knowing your values can change the world

  Yes, I know. You’re feeling kind of ‘meh’ about work, right now. The sun is out and you’re stuck inside getting more and more irritated by your annoying colleagues and frustrated with the same old problems that just keep coming up. And this is supposed to be your dream job, working for a cause you feel […]

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Squeeze me, squeeze me!

I’ve just come off a coaching call with one of my non-profit clients. She’s dynamic, dedicated and efficient but was thrown by her latest annual appraisal. She’d missed a few targets and was overwhelmed by the thought of working even harder. “I already put in way more hours that I should,” she told me, clearly struggling […]

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Four short words to cross the Pacific

Have you come across the blog www.coxlesscrew.com? It’s the personal reflections of four British women who rowed into Cairns harbour, in Australia on 24 January after crossing the Pacific – all 8,446 miles of it – in a boat called Doris. Rowing two hours on, two hours off around the clock, these four really quite ordinary […]

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Is there anybody there? How to ensure your people have a voice

I was talking to one of my third sector coaching clients the other day about someone in her team who’s giving her a hard time. They’re withdrawn and passively disruptive but won’t open up to her as a senior leader. She knows it’s her responsibility to help close that ‘them and us’ gap and is at […]

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Love your third sector work space

Slides between floors, anyone? Giant red bean-bags? See-through walls? Spending huge amounts of money on getting a workplace perfect isn’t really an option for the charities I work with, especially where they may just have a few rented rooms. But research shows that an energising working environment can improve people’s mood and boost productivity. I […]

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The perfect job: does it exist?

I seem to be coaching lots of overwhelmed third sector people this summer. Our sessions focus on handling crazy workloads, getting out of the office at a reasonable time and coping with the pressure of never-ending demands and last minute deadlines. I feel for my clients. I really do And if the above paragraph describes what […]

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How to get a promotion: three actions you must take to get on

Do you think you’ve got what it takes to step into a more senior role in your organisation? Do you feel sure you’ve got exceptional leadership skills? Are you doing a great job in your current role? And yet…there’s no sign of a promotion? It’s frustrating, isn’t it? I know how hard it is to get a promotion in the third sector. […]

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love your career

When your career needs some love

Is it time to move on at work? I know it might be hard to admit. You like your job. You like your colleagues. The work you do is important. But you’ve been in the same role for a while, and it’s clear you need a new challenge. If you’re honest, you’re feeling a bit stuck. […]

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Why you want bad feedback. Really

So, you’ve had some bad feedback from your manager and it’s making you feel rubbish. Yes, you wanted some constructive comments but you really didn’t realise it would be quite so devastating. Now you just want to curl up in a ball and disappear. I know how you feel In my last newsletter, I linked […]

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Feedback is like gold dust

Great feedback is like gold dust. Be generous with yours

You know how feedback you give to your reports sometimes goes in one ear and out the other? That team member you spoke to last week, for instance, he just doesn’t seem to have taken on what you said, despite your carefully prepared constructive criticism. Changes you thought you’d agreed, just aren’t happening. It’s as if you’d […]

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How not to spend the first ten minutes of your day

OK, confession time. I started my working day today with a long session on Facebook. There, said it. I know I’m not alone. One of my one-to-one coaching clients recently fessed up that she often kicked off a day at work with half an hour looking at cute cat videos. There’s something about connecting with the world first thing in the […]

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Eleven creative ways to avoid burnout

  Things can get super stressful when you work for a charity, can’t they?  On the whole, there is too much to do, in not quite enough time, with not quite enough people and not quite enough money. Also, third sector people tend to go that extra mile to launch an event or run a programme, and […]

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How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed

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