Thinking...

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Did you miss that too?

Do you thrive on silence? Then get the 05.55 Virgin East Coast train from Newcastle to London one weekday morning. It’s there. Silence. Broken only by the odd announcement, offers of tea and something they call coffee but I don’t think is, Oh and the sound of 21st Century working. That is, tap tap, whoosh,…

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Celebrate good times, come on!

Are you tasked with leading your team through fundamental culture shift to inform performance and productivity? Are you heading up long haul transformational change? Well, to succeed, be sure to acknowledge the power of gradual progress and take time to recognise small wins. Yes, pace is important and you need to get things moving, but…

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Who DO you think you’re talking to?

Would you talk to your best friend the way you talk to yourself? Come to that, would you even speak that way to someone you didn’t like? No? So why is it ok to use that tone when you talk to yourself? My friend and colleague Judith Leary Jones is doing some great research on…

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Endings or beginnings?

The worst endings can be the best beginnings. 3 years ago I left substantive employment and it felt like my life had ended. Yet now, I’m heading up my own successful leadership coaching company and making a positive difference. From feeling worthless, with nothing to offer, I’m now enjoying working with inspirational individuals, supporting them…

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There’s nothing wrong with you!

That’s right, forget all the New Year, New You stuff that’s everywhere you look just now, and stop stressing about the new year resolutions you’ll make and break within weeks. You don’t need transforming, no-one does.  Instead try taking some time to reflect on what it is that nourishes you, what makes you strong and…

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It’s September… Happy New Year!

Despite not having taught in school for almost twenty years now, I still can’t get past the feeling of a new year and new beginnings come September. That sense of anticipation, hope and excitement….hair cut, new shoes, re-stocked pencil case. January, with its post Christmas bloat and punitive resolutions doesn’t come anywhere near in terms…

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Say “Yes” to the mess!

Some of the clients I work with share traits that you might recognise in yourself. They tend to overthink things, they over plan, they agonise over detail, particularly when it comes to stepping out of their comfort zone. These same people tend to find themselves frequently disappointed, because no matter how carefully they plan, or…

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Information overload?

Do you find time flying by faster than ever, leaving little or no space for the things you used to enjoy doing? Are you racing from one half finished job to the next, going underprepared to yet another meeting, making multi-tasking your default mode? Do you feel a sense of inner frenzy and distraction? Then…

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To think, or not to think…

Hey, slow down….is your workplace a “no thinking zone“? When we are stressed, exhausted or distracted we resort to working in the shallow area at the front of our brains. We react, we retreat, we knee jerk, we don’t think. We lose the capacity for problem solving, visioning, compassion, moral reasoning and big picture thinking.…

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