duvet session

Give me space! Why I like my clients to take a duvet day

Do you ever have ‘off’ days at work? Days when you’re unfocused, your brain is a fog and you’re not on top of things? Days when you wish you could just crawl back under the duvet?  I’m sure you do. We’re not robots! Well, when my third sector coaching clients show up to a one-to-one session […]

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Should I stay or should I go? 11 ways to know

Happy in your job? Or starting to get itchy feet? Here are some questions to help you decide what to do… It’s tough to make such a major decision, I know. You’re doing OK at your job. You get on well with the people and you like your team (mostly!). You’re comfortable there. And hey, […]

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Why leaders need to tell stories

I recently went to a wonderful event, Being The Story, run by digital storytelling organisation, Sound Delivery (strapline – ‘we champion stories that need to be told’). Over the course of the day, twelve speakers with personal stories to share about why they were working for social change made the audience of nonprofit people whoop, […]

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Barack Obama and his dog

Make like Obama and get things done

I am so excited! I have a gift to share with you and I can’t wait to hear what you think. I’ve been using my ’10-minute daily planning’ tool (aka ‘what shall I do next?’ grid) with my coaching clients and Taming Time participants for years. They rave about it so much that I decided […]

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microphone in the spotlight

How to speak in public – even if you hate it

So, you’ve known about your speaking engagement for ages. You accepted it months ago, not quite believing the day would ever come. But the weeks are whizzing by and you’re beginning to have sleepless nights over standing up there in the spotlight. You know you need to get preparing but each time you even think […]

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What if they find me out?

What if they find me out?

I’m starting with a new coaching client this week. In our recent Discovery Session to explore if we wanted to work together, she shared her nervousness about her new leadership role. “What if I’m not up to it?” she confided. “What if I should have stayed where I was?”. “What if they find me out?” Ah, […]

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Mismatched sandals on holiday

How to leave it all behind

  Do you have a mantra before you go on holiday to check you’ve packed the essentials? You know the kind of thing – ‘money, toothbrush, passport, tickets?’ It seems we may now need to add ‘matching shoes’. One of my coaching clients, a senior leader in the non-profit world, showed me this fabulous selfie of […]

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Unfreakability V Overwhelm

One of my clients shared in a recent coaching session that she was totally and utterly overwhelmed. She couldn’t think straight, couldn’t decide what on earth to do next in any moment, and wasn’t able to make decisions, even really tiny ones. It was tough to hear her beat herself up so much. She’s a […]

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Strong and stable or weak and wobbly?

I was talking with one of my coaching clients yesterday. She’s the director of a social enterprise in Manchester and was sharing how challenged she’d been by how to ‘be’ with her team after the recent terrorist attack.  I really felt for her. There was a lot of anxiety and disbelief in the office and she […]

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It’s lonely at the top

Do you ever get to the end of a week at work and feel as if you’ve just sailed single-handedly across a vast ocean? You’ve managed a dozen mini crises. Had a multitude of conversations. Made some easy and some difficult decisions and steered the organisation, as successfully as you know how, through the ebbs […]

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