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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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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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Sometimes you just gotta trust

Why you absolutely must trust your team

It’s hard to put total trust in your people sometimes, isn’t it? A big project is about to go live and you find yourself awake at night, worrying. All those disastrous worst case scenarios go round and round.  You wonder whether the staff member in charge really is on top of everything. What if? What […]

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Is there anybody there? How to ensure your people have a voice

I was talking to one of my third sector coaching clients the other day about someone in her team who’s giving her a hard time. They’re withdrawn and passively disruptive but won’t open up to her as a senior leader. She knows it’s her responsibility to help close that ‘them and us’ gap and is at […]

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What makes a great team player?

Love her or hate her, not many people would say that Margaret Thatcher was a great team player. These days even top leaders recognise they need to be team players to get the most out of their people. Team working really matters. Tensions and conflict from poor team playing wreck havoc on productivity and take […]

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