meltdown at work

Is it ever ok to have a meltdown at work?

So, you had to disappear into your office last week, shut the door before anyone clocked you and have a big cry. I know how you feel! It’s rough being a leader when everyone expects you to deliver the goods, however you’re feeling. It may be that the buck simply stops with you, and sometimes […]

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Lunch is for heroes

Lunch is for heroes

  It’s 1 o’clock. Lunchtime! You know you need a break, something to eat, a stretch. But you’re presenting at a big meeting in an hour, 20 emails from this morning are still unopened, and your to-do list is, well, out of control. What to do? This is a dilemma I see a lot in […]

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breathing space

Three Ways To Create Breathing Space

Are you super busy? I bet you are! Most of my nonprofit coaching clients are too. Each day brings new demands, crises and challenges which need to be dealt with. I know for many of them, it’s a struggle to peek above the parapet, breathe and see the bigger picture. Thinking clearly and strategically, such […]

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Let’s Talk About Happy

I coached two very different third sector leaders this week. One is stressed out, overworking and overwhelmed. She’s up at the crack of dawn to get into the office, missing her yoga and fun nights out because she’s exhausted and falling out a lot with colleagues. Needless to say, she’s not happy at work at […]

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When doing it wrong is doing it right

My 12 year old daughter and I have just painted her room. She’s been asking to lose the bright green and pink walls she’s had since she was six for a good year, I reckon. At the weekend we did it. She gave the walls a speedy wipe. We whizzed a quick brush around the […]

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How to create change that sticks

Five ways to create change that sticks

Did you make any New Year resolutions this year? How are they going? How is that intention to get up an hour earlier working out? Or your plan to exercise more? Or your commitment to reading around an area of work you’re not confident about? Not so good? Maybe you made a brilliant start and […]

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Woman checking mobile phone. Digital detox.

Mind no better than a goldfish? We need a digital detox!

Woah, it’s tough doing a digital detox, isn’t it?  Are you on one too?  I feel for you. I’m not particularly phone-focused. I don’t have Facebook or Twitter on my iPhone any more and I never check it in company, but it’s still been a challenge to make a few new changes I know will […]

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duvet session

Give me space! Why I like my clients to take a duvet day

Do you ever have ‘off’ days at work? Days when you’re unfocused, your brain is a fog and you’re not on top of things? Days when you wish you could just crawl back under the duvet?  I’m sure you do. We’re not robots! Well, when my third sector coaching clients show up to a one-to-one session […]

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Should I stay or should I go? 11 ways to know

Happy in your job? Or starting to get itchy feet? Here are some questions to help you decide what to do… It’s tough to make such a major decision, I know. You’re doing OK at your job. You get on well with the people and you like your team (mostly!). You’re comfortable there. And hey, […]

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Why leaders need to tell stories

I recently went to a wonderful event, Being The Story, run by digital storytelling organisation, Sound Delivery (strapline – ‘we champion stories that need to be told’). Over the course of the day, twelve speakers with personal stories to share about why they were working for social change made the audience of nonprofit people whoop, […]

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