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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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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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Five Big Questions. One Short Chat. CEO Caroline Davey

Today is World Prematurity Day, so today’s mini video blog is with the lovely Caroline Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss, supporting babies born premature or sick and their families. Bliss is very close to my heart – I have a dear friend whose daughter was born months too soon and is now a thriving teenager. Bliss was […]

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Some difficult decisions aren't really difficult at all

There’s no such thing as a wrong decision

Have you ever felt utterly paralysed by a difficult decision you had to make? You wrote your long list of pros and cons. You did complicated prioritisation grid thingies, listing elements and weightings. And yet, you were none the wiser about what you should actually do. It’s a nightmare, isn’t it? If this is you, then you’re […]

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Four short words to cross the Pacific

Have you come across the blog www.coxlesscrew.com? It’s the personal reflections of four British women who rowed into Cairns harbour, in Australia on 24 January after crossing the Pacific – all 8,446 miles of it – in a boat called Doris. Rowing two hours on, two hours off around the clock, these four really quite ordinary […]

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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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The perfect job: does it exist?

I seem to be coaching lots of overwhelmed third sector people this summer. Our sessions focus on handling crazy workloads, getting out of the office at a reasonable time and coping with the pressure of never-ending demands and last minute deadlines. I feel for my clients. I really do And if the above paragraph describes what […]

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love your career

When your career needs some love

Is it time to move on at work? I know it might be hard to admit. You like your job. You like your colleagues. The work you do is important. But you’ve been in the same role for a while, and it’s clear you need a new challenge. If you’re honest, you’re feeling a bit stuck. […]

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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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