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How To Overcome Procrastination In 5 Easy Steps

Oct 07, 2019

My son approached me just the other day asking for my advice. He’s a driven and hard-working teenager with loads of ambition, with a tendency towards perfectionism. I wonder where he gets it ?  His dilemma was relating to a school project that was overdue. 

He knew it was a big project to take on, and he was feeling under pressure. He'd bitten off more than he could chew within the timeframe he needed to complete it. We talked through what he could do to extend the timeline...

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Questions You Should Ask Before You're 50

Sep 24, 2019

I’m working with a coaching client at the moment who decided after 15 years with the same company to take an exit package and leave. He’s in his 40’s and had reached the point in his life where he felt bored, undervalued and under-appreciated in his company. He was also feeling tired and unmotivated in his personal life and he wanted things to change. He knew deep down that he had so much more to give. The life he was living was not making him happy. He knew he had to do...

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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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