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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In so many words: a story of coaching

Once upon a time there was a woman who worked for a British university in student support. Let’s call her Kate. However, this isn’t once upon an olden time, when dragons were slayed and princesses were endangered (and then rescued if they were pretty and good). It is once upon 2014. The challenges Kate faces [...]

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Let’s talk

 I’m coming up for air… …now that the Nottingham Festival of Words is over for this year. It was a great project to be involved in, and I think I only became mildly deranged as the week went on. Others may disagree, and it’s probably best not to ask my family. I believe even more [...]

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A long overdue update letter

I have been very quiet on here in recent weeks but it’s not because nothing is happening. In fact, it is completely the opposite. This is an interim solution – the newsletter will get going again regularly soon but in the meantime, here’s a letter/post to update and say hello. My main project over the [...]

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Summer thoughts

Summer space I awake to the sound of flip flops swishing through long grass, unseen but very close by. Lying still, wondering if I can put off the moment when I really do need to go to the toilet, I listen. A cockerel crows in the distance. A child cries and is hushed by sleepy [...]

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