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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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Game, Set & Match – Six Ways Non-profit Leaders Are Like Tennis Stars

At this time of year, my office (a laptop and a phone, basically) shifts to where I can hear the lovely summer sound of racket on ball, polite clapping and excited roars. Yep, it’s Wimbledon! My absolute favourite time of the year. Tennis analogies fill my brain. Tennis terms scatter about my copy. I just […]

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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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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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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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What if they find me out?

What if they find me out?

I’m starting with a new coaching client this week. In our recent Discovery Session to explore if we wanted to work together, she shared her nervousness about her new leadership role. “What if I’m not up to it?” she confided. “What if I should have stayed where I was?”. “What if they find me out?” Ah, […]

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Strong and stable or weak and wobbly?

I was talking with one of my coaching clients yesterday. She’s the director of a social enterprise in Manchester and was sharing how challenged she’d been by how to ‘be’ with her team after the recent terrorist attack.  I really felt for her. There was a lot of anxiety and disbelief in the office and she […]

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Loneliness at work – what you can do

A while ago I worked for a large UK charity where I shared space with four colleagues in a bright, well-equipped office. There were dozens of others working on my floor. The organisation employed hundreds of people around the country. And yet, I was thoroughly lonely. On paper, the job was perfect, but sharing an office with heads-down introverts where […]

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Big, audacious plans for 2017? How to stay positive

So, it’s a brand new year. Your plans for 2017 are all drawn up and they’re exciting and ambitious. Wow! There’s a lot to do if you’re to grow income so dramatically. And you want to get those new campaigns up and running, too… Yes, you’re ambitious for the organisation. Audacious even. But you know […]

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