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The seven best books for awesome leaders

When I start coaching with a new non-profit leader I usually get asked for a list of what to read. I’ve ceased being surprised that these busy people want to keep learning and growing between all the other million things they have to do. I guess that’s why they’ve come to me too. There are […]

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Is “fun” a dirty word at work?

I was recently invited to write a guest blog for Great Charity Speakers. I’d hate for you to miss out on all the fun, so here’s a shortened version for you to enjoy. The full version is here. So, politics has gone mad. Injustices are multiplying. Poverty is on the rise and the funds to […]

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Imposter Syndrome: It’s a fraud and a fake

I was on a call last week with a fabulous charity CEO. She told me she’d never had any professional development in her ten years in the role, and that now it was time for her. I totally agree. It’s definitely time for her and I’d be honoured to start coaching with her, should she […]

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Six reasons you won’t be needing a coach any time soon

I’m a mentor and coach for non-profit leaders. And I’m about to list six incredibly good reasons why you might not need to work with one. Am I mad? Well, maybe. I’m thoroughly convinced of the power of coaching and what it can do for purposeful leaders, but…. It isn’t right for everyone, all of […]

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How to have a work-free holiday

“I’ll have to leave my phone on 24/7 in case the team needs me.” “I could take that Skype meeting from the beach bar, I suppose.” “I’d rather just keep on top of emails and stuff while I’m away.” “I can’t just disappear, can I?” “A bit of work won’t do me any harm.” Is […]

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But I never take a lunch break

Ok, so hands up? How many times last week did you eat your lunch away from your desk (and munching on a sarnie in a meeting doesn’t count!)? Not at all? Once, tops? I totally get it, I really do. It’s a challenge to prioritise getting a proper break at lunch-time when there’s so much […]

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“It ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it” – 7 steps to smooth decision-making

Okay, so I’m about to contradict myself! In my last blog, I talked about how there is no such thing as a wrong decision. And I believe that. Apart from a very few exceptions, that really will be the case. At our recent Leaders Who Brunch meet-up the group found it a useful approach to […]

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Difficult decisions don’t have to be so…difficult

So, you’ve got a big decision to make. You know it needs to be made so that everyone involved can move forward. But, arrgh! How do you get the thinking time when there’s so much going on? And how on earth do you make the right decision? I know the feeling. And so do my […]

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Lion. Own Your Strengths

Own your strengths and soar

I gave a talk at the FSI Skills Conference last week on how to encourage Star Performers in small charities. I loved it! I enjoy speaking to live audiences and I don’t get to do it that often. So when I do, I relish the connection, the in-the-moment responses to the journey we’re on together, […]

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Coffee, Croissants and Connection

We meet early – before the challenges of the working day put paid to our best intentions – and feast on croissants and fresh fruit in a lovely, bright, spacious room. We talk, we share, we laugh, we learn. I think there have even been tears, which is fine by me. This is what it’s […]

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