Managing Stress and Overwhelm

Through different periods of our lives, we all experience overwhelm to some extent. It can last for a few minutes or can be a more frequent feeling you associate with. In coaching sessions, I notice people become more equipped to identify the sources of overwhelm and take steps to manage it. In this blog, we…

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Exploring Different Leadership Styles

It is true that deploying a range of styles as a leader is vital to your impact and crucial to the development of your team. Matching your leadership style to each person and the situation is a great first step in developing your approach.  In this blog we will explore four key leadership styles and provide…

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How do I build the confidence to lead?

“Be yourself: everyone else is taken” The quote from Oscar Wilde resonates with me, as we are often looking to shape ourselves to fit in to a particular work environment, or situation that we think needs a particular trait. As a coach the topic of confidence comes up frequently in client conversations and increasingly the…

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The Year in Review – 2023 Coaching Reflections

As the year draws to a close, I am taking some time to reflect on some of the key themes that have emerged both for me and my clients. Taking a moment to pause has always been important to me before I enter a new year, as it provides valuable insights about personal growth, development,…

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Building Communication Skills for High Performing Teams

I have been working with people this month on communicating with impact and exploring what the crucial skills are to communicate effectively with others. Whether that is to our teams, our line manager, our peers or at home with key relationships, there is a set of communication skills we can learn, to be even more…

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The Stages of Team Development

When we work as part of a team, we naturally take on different roles – this can depend on our own personality and preferences, and it can also depend on the dynamics within the team. Teams also go through different phases of development as they progress. In this blog we will explore the stages of…

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Active Listening to Help Process Difficult Moments

I recently listened to someone outside of my work who shared that they are experiencing panic attacks. As they started talking, I could feel myself wanting to solve and share some way of improving it. And in that fleeting moment, I stopped and asked what they needed. I was so glad I did as the…

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Strategies to cope with Change

“You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending” C S Lewis Whether we like it or not, things are changing around us all the time. Sometimes it is the most subtle of changes that we don’t really notice until we realise things are never…

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Having great conversations

The role of a leader can be complex and requires the ability to context switch effectively. At times they need to set a bold direction to inspire individuals, teams and businesses. At other times they work with people to help them fulfil their potential through personal development or performance interventions. Sometimes they need to be…

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9 tips to giving effective employee feedback

What does the word employee feedback conjure up for you? Often, I hear people brace themselves, in anticipation of hearing a difficult message. We can immediately think it is going to be negative. Over the years it hasn’t helped that concepts such as the feedback sandwich have been used – signalling that something negative is…

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