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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Dare To Lead

A non-profit coaching client asked me recently to recommend the very best book I knew on charity leadership. She’s starting a new role and keen to get in some helpful reading. I think she was surprised by what I said. Instead of a classic leadership tome like Good to Great by Jim Collins (which is […]

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Spring into Spring

Yes, I know. It’s winter. It’s still dark when you come out of work, and maybe even when you head there in the morning. But there are definite signs of spring around. A daffodil here. A snowdrop there. Do they give you the optimistic feeling of emerging from gloomy winter? * I don’t know about […]

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Cheers! Lessons from a not so Dry January

So, how are you getting on with your New Year Resolutions? I’ve broken one of mine already. Well, sort of. I’m writing this blog on the Eurostar to Paris where I’m off for a few days of café culture and wintry wanderings. When I made a last-minute plan to sign up to Dry January I […]

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Coaching with Katie

How coaching transformed two leaders lives

I’ve recently finished coaching two totally delightful third sector leaders. Liz is Head of Policy and Advocacy at Traidcraft. Claire is Head of Brand and Creative at Diabetes UK. Both are sparky, dynamic, thoughtful women who have responded to coaching with real commitment and energy. Both say it has changed their life. I will miss […]

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foreign travel - paris

Have no passport. Will travel.

I’m a secondary school governor as well as a coach and trainer. One of my clients volunteers for another fabulous charity. Another leader is a Director in a social enterprise. A third mentors young people. Through experiences like these, senior leaders in our sector are enhancing their ability to shine in their roles. What about […]

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Resilience is in your hands

Ten Steps To Resilience

Lots of my one-to-one coaching clients have been asking for help to build their resilience. One wants help bouncing back after personal criticism of her work knocked her sideways. Another starts each day already feeling depleted from the many challenges she faces. She thinks she should be tougher. A third knows there are rocky times […]

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Leaders who lunch support & networking

Leaders Who Brunch

So, at last, it’s happening. Leaders Who Brunch is opening its doors.  I’ve been dreaming about setting up this group for, literally, years because I know how much it’s needed. And finally, here it is. Leaders Who Brunch is a short, regular, morning meet-up for non-profit leaders just like you – when we’ll get together […]

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Could motivation be the missing ingredient?

Sometimes it’s tough to motivate the people you manage, isn’t it? You know why it’s important that a project is completed in a timely way, but not everyone gets it. Others can be sluggish and unfocused. You sometimes feel it would be easier to just do it yourself. I know how difficult it is. This was the problem that a non-profit […]

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Live mindfully at work

In my recent blogs I shared my ideas for how you can bring the first four of the ‘ways of wellbeing’ into your non-profit organisation. These are: Connect with others Keep learning new things Move Give The fifth pillar, as identified by research from the New Economics Foundation (NEF), is Take Notice. This is definitely one […]

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