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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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Unfreakability V Overwhelm

One of my clients shared in a recent coaching session that she was totally and utterly overwhelmed. She couldn’t think straight, couldn’t decide what on earth to do next in any moment, and wasn’t able to make decisions, even really tiny ones. It was tough to hear her beat herself up so much. She’s a […]

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It’s lonely at the top

Do you ever get to the end of a week at work and feel as if you’ve just sailed single-handedly across a vast ocean? You’ve managed a dozen mini crises. Had a multitude of conversations. Made some easy and some difficult decisions and steered the organisation, as successfully as you know how, through the ebbs […]

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The Twelve Ways Of Christmas

On the First Day Of Christmas my client said to me… “How about a blog on how to survive Christmas when you’re feeling stressed and overwhelmed by work?” What a great idea, I thought. So here are my Twelve Ways of Christmas to help you be calm, happy and fully festive over the holidays. Enjoy! On the first […]

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Eleven creative ways to avoid burnout

  Things can get super stressful when you work for a charity, can’t they?  On the whole, there is too much to do, in not quite enough time, with not quite enough people and not quite enough money. Also, third sector people tend to go that extra mile to launch an event or run a programme, and […]

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Is a difficult colleague getting to you?

One of my coaching clients is having a really hard time at his job with a third sector organisation. A difficult colleague is making his life very tough. She’s blocking his ideas. Blanking him in the corridor. Undermining him in meetings. And it’s really beginning to take its toll. He’s stressed and anxious most of […]

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Life balance – three tips

It’s a tough time of year, isn’t it? Short, dark days, rain and chilliness. And things can get a bit stressy at the office, too. You go back to work full of New Year resolution and good intentions – about being home at a reasonable time, going to Tai Chi regularly, or seeing good friends […]

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Why you want your third sector staff knocking off early

Wow, are your people dedicated Aren’t they amazing!? You know how much your people love their jobs, and the organisation. You know they’ll willingly give up a weekend to get something important done – and you often see them leaving late and working through lunch. One on the one hand, you’re delighted they’re so into […]

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Email etiquette – ten top tips

I was chatting with an old colleague last week and she was despairing of her charity’s massive email problem. What she was saying was not new. It seems there is a major epidemic of ’email overwhelm’ breaking out in the third sector. The symptoms? Too many emails flying back and forth, too much time taken […]

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Managing your time – summer tips

The sun is shining. The sky is blue. The birds are singing… And you are sweltering in your office wishing you could be outside..? If so, here are three top tips for getting the most out of our last few weeks of summer.  Make every moment in the office work super hard for you and […]

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