A letter to my niece: The things I wish I’d known when I was 21

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.


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2019: A year to prioritise

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.

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Contracting and working with a team as an external coach

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.

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Autumn check-in: How are you using your time?

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.

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From leader to facilitator: Lessons I’ve learnt about team development

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.  

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What is my life’s purpose?

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.

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