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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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New year resolutions – five reasons why they won’t work

I’m guessing you made some new year resolutions..? Even if you didn’t actually write anything down, you just can’t resist that need to push the ‘refresh’ button which comes along every January. It’s fun and it makes the dark days feel more promising and meaningful. So, how are they going? Making progress? I’m glad to […]

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Let your light shine

This was never said, and never could have been said, by Nelson Mandela in his inaugural speech as President of South Africa. But as he let his light shine, he gave the people of South Africa, and the world, permission to do the same. Rest in Peace, Nelson Mandela. Our Greatest Fear Our deepest fear […]

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Work-life balance in a nutshell

Work-life balance (or life-balance as it’s becoming known) is everyone’s Holy Grail. But what does it actually mean? In my years of coaching in the charity sector, where life balance can be a challenge, I have come to see it as four related areas. In a nutshell: A satisfactory balance between the hours spent on […]

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Get out of the house in 2013

  “To experience, to engage, to endeavour, rather than to watch and to wonder — that’s where the real meat of life is to be found.” As you know I’m a big fan of TED, the not-for-profit organisation devoted to spreading great ideas. My present to you this Christmas is an invitation to take ten […]

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It’s all about people

Reading the new Third Sector/nfpSynergy State of the Sector report on a crowded rush-hour tube recently, I was struck by the answers to the question ‘what makes for an effective charity?’ Not surprisingly, ‘quality of work and/or services’ comes out top. This is after all what we are all here for. But ‘ability to attract, […]

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How to be happy

Happiness Expert Dan Gilbert says it all in this inspirational and funny talk from the TED* archives. Originally recorded in 2004, it still has plenty to say about how we can think ourselves happy. Happy Christmas!   *www.TED.com is a not-for-profit organisation devoted to spreading Great Ideas.

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What is a good work-life balance?

My third sector clients often seek help with restoring their ‘work-life balance’. They’re mostly very committed. They have heavy work loads, put in long hours and take work home – often. But what are they really asking for? What do they mean by a better work-life balance? Most people would say that a good work-life […]

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