When my oldest niece, Chloe, turned 21 it got me thinking about my own journey since this tender age and I decided to use her landmark birthday as a chance to share a few things I wish I’d known at 21 with her. I’m sharing this letter with you because, although you are likely not 21, sometimes hearing about others’ values and journeys can spark a fresh curiosity in life or a new perspective at any age.
2018 was the year I decided to live by the mantra of “contribute, play and relax”, as opposed to “work, work, work”. This decision, combined with several major life-changing experiences, has transformed my perspective on how I can lead a fulfilling life. I’ve distilled what I’ve learnt into this post.
After years of supporting teams to improve their working relationships and boost commercial success, I’ve found that the golden rule is to collectively establish expectations upfront; and stick to them throughout the programme. I use the following principles to guide the contracting phase of the relationship.
Autumn is a good time to stop and reflect on your year so far. For me, the timing is particularly poignant as my closest friend Jayne, took her own life this summer. The lessons I’ve learnt over the last nine months during the depth of her despair will stay with me forever.
Leading a team and coaching a team are two very different things and honouring this distinction as a coach can be more challenging than it sounds. As I’ve grown in experience and learnt the principles of systemic coaching, I've developed my awareness of the team and the systems they belong to, shifting my perspective as a coach.
Compassion is probably not an everyday conversation in the workplace but its effects can spark new energy and motivation. How can we develop leaders who openly show compassion and encourage this in their teams?
As 2017 draws to an end I have been reflecting on the last twelve months; my successes, what I’ve learnt, what I want to do differently and what’s next. Here are three questions that have really made me think hard about where I’ve been and where I’m going.
Have you ever bargained with yourself to power through a heavy workload with the promise of a big glass of wine? Me too. Here ar six tips for getting the most from yourself when you’re reaching the edge based on personal experience and recognised leadership techniques.
Lots of people seem to be looking forward to seeing the back of 2016. Putting world events aside, before closing the door on this year, it’s a good idea to consider what 2016 meant to you and explore some goals for 2017.
Discovering your life purpose can have profound effects on your career and guide your decision-making in all areas of your life. But many people don't know where to start in finding theirs. Here are some suggestions to get you started.