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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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What I learned about resilience from five days on a bike

  Setting off on my very first cycling holiday this summer I knew that I was going to have to dig deep into my resilience reserves. And I wasn’t at all sure I had any. But I was heading off for five days of physical activity (something I’d never done before) and if I was […]

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Five Big Questions. One Short Chat – CEO Athena Lamnisos

The second in my series of mini video blogs in which I put Five Big Questions to charity CEOs to find out what it’s really like to head up their organisations. It’s Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month so I spoke to the super dynamic Athena Lamnisos, CEO of The Eve Appeal, the only UK national charity raising awareness and funding research […]

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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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Five Big Questions. One Short Chat – CEO Andy Cole

I’m so excited to be sharing this with you! It’s the first in a series of mini video blogs in which I ask talented, dynamic and go-getting non-profit leaders the exact same Five Big Questions to find out what it’s really like to head up their organisations. First up is Andy Cole, Chief Executive of The Royal Star and Garter […]

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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 They’re withdrawn and passively disruptive but won’t open up to her as a senior leader.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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work-life balance

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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Leadership inspiration – from Harry Selfridge

  Are you a Mr Selfridge fan? Are you pining, like me, for Series 3? Googling, to discover if it was returning to ITV1* I came across this set of quotes from Harry Selfridge, founder of one of the most fabulous department stores in the world. That guy really was ahead of his time as […]

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Difficult conversations – mistake #3

Having difficult conversations Mistake #3 Muddying your message Perhaps you’ve avoided procrastinating about holding a difficult conversation with a third sector colleague or direct report. (Congratulations!) Maybe you’ve been crystal clear about the changes you’d like to see. (Well done, it’s not always easy) But then, you blow your advantage by muddying your message with […]

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Difficult conversations – mistake #2

Having difficult conversations Mistake #2. Not being clear about what behaviour you want to see exactly Phew! Thank goodness that’s over. You’ve had the difficult conversation you were dreading. You think the meeting went quite well and your report seemed to take on board what you’d said. You’re hopeful things will start to change for […]

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