Coaching marathon – how it went

Wow! What a week. That was some marathon! My Learning at Work week was absolutely buzzing as I coached dozens of committed and hard-working third sector staff in my marathon ‘speed coaching’ sessions.  It’s amazing what you can achieve in 25 – 40 minutes if both coach and client are focused – which I can […]

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Learning at work day – my coaching marathon

It’s National Learning at Work day on 19 May and I’ve had a bit of a brainwave about how to celebrate this special day of learning and development. For a whole week I’m offering as many one-to-one coaching sessions to as many third sector staff as we can squeeze in – absolutely free! Mad, I […]

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The A-Z of a great meeting (Part 2)

N is for Non-verbal clues. Show your colleagues you’re listening by using non-verbal messages such as nodding. But not nodding off. O is for Outcome or Objective – be absolutely clear what success will be before you go into the meeting. P is for Planning and Practice. Know what you want to say and practice […]

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The A-Z of a great meeting (Part 1)

Recently, several of my coaching clients have been telling me of their frustration with meetings in their organisations. Too many. Too long. Not relevant. Not condusive to speaking up. No clarity about next steps. So, I’ve been thinking about the whole issue of how to create a successful meeting culture and how to get your […]

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Help! I’m too corporate for my team

My last blog Help! My manager is too corporate for my team resonated with quite a few of you working in the third sector. This post takes the perspective of a recruit from the corporate sector. Joining the sector from elsewhere can be a bewildering experience, so here are my four golden rules for avoiding […]

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Help! My manager is too corporate for my team

You’ve just heard that your newly appointed team leader is fresh from the corporate world. Images of power suits and top-down decision-making fill you with fear. There are grumblings of resentment… But hang on a minute! Increasing numbers of people with business backgrounds are now working in charities and voluntary organisations, and in my experience of […]

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How to stop procrastinating

“Just do it!” One of the greatest ad campaigns ever, and brilliant advice on how to stop putting things off. Or is it? I don’t know many people who find this approach to getting things done particularly helpful, certainly not the hard-pressed third sector clients I coach. If they could “just do it”, they would. […]

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