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Five (coach free!) ways to increase your team’s productivity

Five (coach free!) ways to increase your team’s productivity

Whether your business is full steam ahead or you’re still grappling with local lockdowns, achieving results with people in your team is more important than ever. But that doesn’t mean it comes easily.

How I became a feedback pro (the hard way)

How I became a feedback pro (the hard way)

One of the reasons some of my relationships have gone awry and friendships have fizzled is because I wasn’t good at taking feedback or criticism. I BIG TIME didn’t know I had a choice over how I reacted.

Do you feel way busier and more under pressure than you ever have been?

Do you feel way busier and more under pressure than you ever have been?

As part of the work I do, I get a lot of opportunities to check in with business leaders. This allows me to take a ‘pulse’ on the issues of the day that are impacting them. Often becoming aware of patterns in the types of challenges we’re all facing.

The Number One Secret to Successful Leadership

The Number One Secret to Successful Leadership

We’re facing some of the biggest challenges in business and leadership for a very long time. The Covid 19 crisis is putting pressure on leaders across the spectrum, and no doubt you’re feeling that pressure too. Deciding what to do, and how to think things through effectively to make those decisions, has never been more important.

What your staff might need from you now, six weeks into lockdown

What your staff might need from you now, six weeks into lockdown

The UK has now been in lockdown for six weeks. That’s six weeks of only leaving the house for up to an hour a day, six weeks of supermarket fights for toilet rolls and flour, 42 days of journalists asking questions to cabinet ministers, and over 1,000 hours spent in close proximity to our nearest and dearest.

How To Give Feedback…The Gift I’d Love To Give You

How To Give Feedback…The Gift I’d Love To Give You

Do you wring your hands when it comes to telling people exactly how it is? Or, maybe you’re very direct and people shut down when you tell them things – so you’ve given up?

Are You Still Relying On Your Willpower Alone?

Are You Still Relying On Your Willpower Alone?

How often have you set yourself a goal that requires a consistent change in your behaviour, and then floundered once the initial willpower has worn off? This could be something you’re trying to do personally: ‘I want to run a marathon by December’, or professionally: ‘I want to stop problem-solving and be a coach to my team.

Leader Vs Manager. When To Lead, When To Manage

Leader Vs Manager. When To Lead, When To Manage

In all the coaching work I do with managers and leaders we nearly always have a very specific conversation about leading versus managing, and what the difference is. A good leader needs to be able to manage AND lead.

Starting a new job? Why your first 30 days in a new post are crucial….

Starting a new job? Why your first 30 days in a new post are crucial….

Back in 1992, (yes a long time ago!) I was promoted to Plant Manager of a Textile Mill – in charge of 120 people. Picture the scene: it’s Monday morning, I’m nervous about starting a new job. I walk through the door as the new boss and introduce myself to the receptionist who leads me to my office.

What Makes a Great Leader? The Importance of Humility

What Makes a Great Leader? The Importance of Humility

I’ve always been a little obsessed with Leadership. If you’ve been there and had to lead people it can become an obsession, working out that magic formula that will guarantee results (to get it done), and improve your ability to lead those people effectively time after time.