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Leaders Struggle

Sep 16, 2019

In my work as a leadership coach & career mentor I get to work with a lot of smart people. They come from a broad & diverse pool of talent and they reach out to me for a range of reasons. But there is often a common issue which is this: they are in a leadership roles where technical expertise is no longer most important, rather it is their ability to influence, communicate and co-operate with others on the executive team. And that's not always so easy.

 

And the reason I say that...

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Three Things You Need to Know to Get To The Top

Jul 31, 2019

 

Whatever your gender, age or career discipline I'd love to share with you the three things you need to know to get to the top. From more than 20 years as an international recruiter and now as a leadership coach & career mentor these tips will serve you no matter where you are on the career ladder.  

  1. Ask for what you want and make clear your career intentions and aspirations.

Does your employer know what your career aspirations are ? There is plenty of evidence to...

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The Role Of Values In Decision Making

Jul 02, 2019

The Role Of Values In Decision Making

As a leader you're tasked with making decisions on a daily basis. And there is an expectation that you can & should align your values with those of your organisation. But the reality is that there are times when I believe that it's possible to do so and times when it isn’t, and that's ok. Because sometimes making the best decision won’t always feel like the right decision.

Values

When it comes to aligning the behaviour of a c-suite...

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Five Strategies For A Flourishing Life

May 28, 2019

Every time I go to my local book store (I’m a bit old fashioned and love browsing the shelves) I’m astounded by the sheer volume and diversity of personal development and self-help books that are available. I’m an avid reader and consume these types of books on a monthly basis. I’d love to say I can read one book a week but with a busy career and family life, I’m realistic in terms of my free time. I often struggle to decide which one to pick.

In my...

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Why The Hell Is Finding An Executive Role So Damn Hard

Feb 06, 2019

Why The Hell Is Finding An Executive Role So Damn Hard? 

Have you ever noticed how many people say it’s so damn hard to find a role at executive level? Perhaps you’ve said it yourself as you struggle to move from feeling unhappy in your current position to secure a role that will bring you more challenge, joy, and fulfillment? Or perhaps you’ve listened and empathised with friends or your partner as they bemoan the challenges they face in finding a...

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Listen. You Already Know.

Jan 17, 2019

Listen. You Already Know.

We're in a world where we're surrounded by information, images & news. And if (like me) you've been watching the shenanigans of Brexit this week, you may be struggling to understand what the heck is going on. Surely I'm not the only one who is at a complete loss. It feels like the fundamental truth of the matter has been lost in the sea of expert opinion, newspaper articles & media broadcasts.

And this got me thinking about my own life & career....

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Change Is In The Air

Jan 10, 2019

It's January and I'm feeling a change in the air. It's as if everyone I talk to is sharing their big dreams with me with a conviction & determination that THIS year is THE year they're going to make real progress & move the dial in their lives. 

Whether it's getting to the next level in their career or making BIG changes in their personal life, it feels like we're heading into a period of growth & transformation.

I wonder are you feeling the same way? Are you reaching a point...

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Overcoming Adversity

Oct 16, 2018

Sometimes life can really suck.

As I dropped my daughter to school on my way to work today I ran into my neighbour. Now I don't mean 'ran into' literally.  But as it happens a car had run into her and that's what led me to write this article.

For years I admired this woman from afar. She was an avid and highly accomplished runner. But today she looked different.  She looked tired and not the way I would usually see her. I wouldn't have been so direct as to ask her why but she...

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Leadership Today

Oct 07, 2018

Is it just me or are we constantly surrounded by articles and blogs on leadership? As I write this short blog I'm struck by the irony that here I am adding another one to the list! But I hope this one offers a slightly different perspective on the topic.

I've noticed from the articles and books that I read about the topic that often leadership is seen as the responsibility of the head of an organisation or for the executive team. We hear about leadership presence, leadership style, servant...

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The Greatest Story Of Your Life

Sep 19, 2018

It's Autumn and I'm feeling a change in the air. My schedule is much busier. The weather is getting colder & the evenings are getting darker. Now I've no doubt that you too are noticing these subtle changes. I love this time of year even though I'm not sure why. Autumn is the time of year when I find myself reflecting on the accomplishments of the year-to-date. With renewed vigour, I reassess my goals for the remainder of the year and develop a laser-like focus on making them happen in...

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