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How not to spend the first ten minutes of your day

OK, confession time. I started my working day today with a long session on Facebook. There, said it. I know I’m not alone. One of my one-to-one coaching clients recently fessed up that she often kicked off a day at work with half an hour looking at cute cat videos. There’s something about connecting with the world first thing in the […]

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Eleven creative ways to avoid burnout

  Things can get super stressful when you work for a charity, can’t they?  On the whole, there is too much to do, in not quite enough time, with not quite enough people and not quite enough money. Also, third sector people tend to go that extra mile to launch an event or run a programme, and […]

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Is a difficult colleague getting to you?

One of my coaching clients is having a really hard time at his job with a third sector organisation. A difficult colleague is making his life very tough. She’s blocking his ideas. Blanking him in the corridor. Undermining him in meetings. And it’s really beginning to take its toll. He’s stressed and anxious most of […]

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Life balance – three tips

It’s a tough time of year, isn’t it? Short, dark days, rain and chilliness. And things can get a bit stressy at the office, too. You go back to work full of New Year resolution and good intentions – about being home at a reasonable time, going to Tai Chi regularly, or seeing good friends […]

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Speak up, Shut up – how to influence in a meeting

So, your manager would like you to have more influence in meetings. She says you need more ‘presence’. She wants you to make more of yourself and make more of an impact. She wants more ‘oomph’. Well, that’s easier said that done, isn’t it? You do your best. You’re always prepared. You think you know […]

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Too much to do? It’s all in the mind

Adam, one of my coaching clients, recently told me he felt as though his working day at a fabulous third sector organisation was a “waking nightmare from start to finish”. He has so much to do that he is in a constant tizz, his mind whirring and his heart beating super fast. He rarely takes […]

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Who stole all my time? How to foil the Time Thieves

  Do you ever get to the end of the day without achieving anything you’d planned? You arrive at your desk, bright-eyed and raring to go, nicely focused on your priorities for the day, and slowly, slowly, without really noticing, your focus goes awry, the hours slip away – and you don’t get to tick […]

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Feel like a fraud at work? Here’s the #1 solution

  So, you’ve had a bad day You’re feeling overwhelmed, full of doubt and, quite frankly, pissed off. How come your colleagues are just getting on after that horrendous meeting? How can they do that? They look so together and professional. How do they manage to say exactly what they want and it all comes […]

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Why you want your third sector staff knocking off early

Wow, are your people dedicated Aren’t they amazing!? You know how much your people love their jobs, and the organisation. You know they’ll willingly give up a weekend to get something important done – and you often see them leaving late and working through lunch. One on the one hand, you’re delighted they’re so into […]

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Email etiquette – ten top tips

I was chatting with an old colleague last week and she was despairing of her charity’s massive email problem. What she was saying was not new. It seems there is a major epidemic of ’email overwhelm’ breaking out in the third sector. The symptoms? Too many emails flying back and forth, too much time taken […]

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