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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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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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Too much to do? It’s all in the mind

Adam, one of my coaching clients, recently told me he felt as though his working day at a fabulous third sector organisation was a “waking nightmare from start to finish”. He has so much to do that he is in a constant tizz, his mind whirring and his heart beating super fast. He rarely takes […]

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Who stole all my time? How to foil the Time Thieves

  Do you ever get to the end of the day without achieving anything you’d planned? You arrive at your desk, bright-eyed and raring to go, nicely focused on your priorities for the day, and slowly, slowly, without really noticing, your focus goes awry, the hours slip away – and you don’t get to tick […]

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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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Learning at Work Day giveaways

        Today is Learning at Work Day. To celebrate I’m giving away lots of free coaching to charities. If you think your charity would benefit from one of the services below totally free of charge DM me on twitter @katieduckworth or email me at katieduckworth@mac.com (if we’re not already following each other.) […]

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If emails cost 60p

  Were you amazed by the recent rise in the price of a stamp? 60p for first class!? Charities are rightly worried about the impact of this bombshell – from the increase in the price of direct mailing to the cost of communicating with often elderly volunteers who may not be on-line. This price hike […]

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The A-Z of a great meeting (Part 2)

N is for Non-verbal clues. Show your colleagues you’re listening by using non-verbal messages such as nodding. But not nodding off. O is for Outcome or Objective – be absolutely clear what success will be before you go into the meeting. P is for Planning and Practice. Know what you want to say and practice […]

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The A-Z of a great meeting (Part 1)

Recently, several of my coaching clients have been telling me of their frustration with meetings in their organisations. Too many. Too long. Not relevant. Not condusive to speaking up. No clarity about next steps. So, I’ve been thinking about the whole issue of how to create a successful meeting culture and how to get your […]

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