Five self publishing thoughts for professionals

I recently delivered a workshop to fellow psychologists at the British Psychological Society to share my experience of self-publishing. It was a consideration of what I’ve done and how that might or might not apply to other people’s work and experience. As I was doing it, I was very aware of just how much is [...]

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Critical moments in coaching

There are few things more rewarding in my work than witnessing a “critical moment” when I’m working with a coaching client. These are often – in my experience – accompanied by an a-ha moment followed by a silence where we probably just look at each other. This comes about when the client has put something [...]

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Year end review

My financial year end is 31 March and, given that is looming (how fast?), I feel ready for a light review. Feel free to send me your comments (or ratings). Being self employed, I reserve the right to ignore them completely (maybe not that different from many organisational development review processes then….!) Writing Bolder and [...]

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Are you addicted to email?

….or social media, anything on a smartphone etc etc? I am. Or at least I could be. I like the connection with people and interesting events and conversations that these things bring. At the same time, I am resistant to being drawn into a life on screen. Last week I went to the Health and [...]

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Small bonfires

Creating a good coaching conversation culture… I had a great conversation yesterday with a client, an HR director of a large and complex organisation – which, like so many others, faces upheaval and uncertainty in hefty doses. This can often leave staff feeling isolated, overwhelmed and tired, and heading towards cynicism, stress and possible burnout. [...]

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Creating Focus Friendly Society

  All about me…. Bear with me for a moment. I am fifty after all and promised myself a few moments. I was digging out a baby photo as requested for a bit of an ice-breaker exercise and came across this. It doesn’t work for the exercise, too recognisably me – but it was that [...]

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Did you jump or were you pushed?

Is coaching about fixing people? I’ve had a number of enquiries recently from new, prospective or returning coaching clients. What I notice is that the reasons for getting in touch are changing a little over time.  A few years ago, when I was delivering stress management training programmes and workshops, and doing some one to [...]

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The rebel within

“If you want to create big change, create bridges between disconnected groups….” So spoke Dr Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer at NHS England, last week at a keynote presentation at the British Psychological Society’s Occupational Psychology conference. I, along with many others, came away inspired. In times when the NHS (and so many other institutions) [...]

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Have fun!

(this is one of my fun moments from 2014 –  the launch of  Bolder and Wiser with many of the women who took part and special guest Sue Bourne, award winning documentary maker (Fabulous Fashionistas and many others) - what’s one of yours?) I realised the other day that… … my parting shot to any member [...]

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Building your support team

Who’s in your support team? Or do you even have one?  I’ve listened to many educated, professional people who are very capable members and leaders of teams. They are used to working with groups of people, managing conflict and project managing to desired ends. They more than pull their weight and expect, support, encourage and [...]

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