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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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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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Loneliness at work – what you can do

A while ago I worked for a large UK charity where I shared space with four colleagues in a bright, well-equipped office. There were dozens of others working on my floor. The organisation employed hundreds of people around the country. And yet, I was thoroughly lonely. On paper, the job was perfect, but sharing an office with heads-down introverts where […]

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The Twelve Ways Of Christmas

On the First Day Of Christmas my client said to me… “How about a blog on how to survive Christmas when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed by work?” What a great idea, I thought. So here are my Twelve Ways of Christmas to help you be calm, happy and fully festive over the holidays. Enjoy! On the first […]

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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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Life balance – three tips

It’s a tough time of year, isn’t it? Short, dark days, rain and chilliness. And things can get a bit stressy at the office, too. You go back to work full of New Year resolution and good intentions – about being home at a reasonable time, going to Tai Chi regularly, or seeing good friends […]

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