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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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Email etiquette – ten top tips

I was chatting with an old colleague last week and she was despairing of her charity’s massive email problem. What she was saying was not new. It seems there is a major epidemic of ’email overwhelm’ breaking out in the third sector. The symptoms? Too many emails flying back and forth, too much time taken […]

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Have you got the email habit?

So, who’s in charge of your email in-box? You are. Who gets to decide when you look in there? You do. It’s as simple as that. Interrupting what you’re doing to check emails breaks your thought flow and throws your planning out of kilter. You also allow yourself to get caught up in the idea […]

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Five more great questions for managers

Here’s part three of  my ‘Listen more, talk less’ guide for third sector managers on having a really successful one-to-one: These five powerful questions will help your reports explore options for action: So, what could you do now that would move you one step closer to your goal? If you knew you couldn’t fail what […]

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Difficult conversations – mistake #1

  One of the most challenging aspects of being a third sector manager is that you sometimes need to have difficult conversations with people in your team. This is a recurring issue for my third sector coaching clients. They can see what’s going wrong (poor performance, unreasonable behaviour, and so on) They know they are […]

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Blue Monday – how to avoid it

It’s Blue Monday today, apparently the most depressing day of the year. I’m not sure I really believe in in – it must be different for everyone, surely…? but here are ten ways to make sure that it’s not blue for you and your third sector colleagues. Some take just twenty seconds but could change […]

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10 good reasons to get on the phone

We’re all busy, so it’s tempting to whizz through your to-do list firing off emails and ‘getting things done’, but I encourage my third sector clients to take a break from the digital world every now and again, and make use of the old technology. Here’s why… 1. You really do get the job done. […]

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Why the Olympics is good for the voluntary sector

  This might not be such a great photo – but the moment was a gem – my daughter giving the thumbs up to her day out at the London 2012 Olympics. Who knows what that day did for her, with it’s focus on positivity, team spirit and self belief? There are many reasons why […]

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21-day challenge

21 days until the Olympic Games! You can bet your bottom dollar that all the athletes taking part are firmly focused on their medal goals and doing everything in their power to be winners. There’s a lot you can do in 21 days, too, to get a task achieved that you’ll be really satisfied about. […]

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How to thrive in your role and beyond

  I’ve coached some fantastic third sector clients in the past few years. Some have been managers, others leaders, some striving to be leaders. Others have become aware of their leadership potential through coaching. And I’ve coached all personalities too – flamboyant extroverts, quiet introverts, powerful orators, gentle persuaders. Each one of them bringing a […]

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