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breathing space

Three Ways To Create Breathing Space

Are you super busy? I bet you are! Most of my nonprofit coaching clients are too. Each day brings new demands, crises and challenges which need to be dealt with. I know for many of them, it’s a struggle to peek above the parapet, breathe and see the bigger picture. Thinking clearly and strategically, such […]

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Let’s Talk About Happy

I coached two very different third sector leaders this week. One is stressed out, overworking and overwhelmed. She’s up at the crack of dawn to get into the office, missing her yoga and fun nights out because she’s exhausted and falling out a lot with colleagues. Needless to say, she’s not happy at work at […]

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Woman checking mobile phone. Digital detox.

Mind no better than a goldfish? We need a digital detox!

Woah, it’s tough doing a digital detox, isn’t it?  Are you on one too?  I feel for you. I’m not particularly phone-focused. I don’t have Facebook or Twitter on my iPhone any more and I never check it in company, but it’s still been a challenge to make a few new changes I know will […]

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duvet session

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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What if they find me out?

What if they find me out?

I’m starting with a new coaching client this week. In our recent Discovery Session to explore if we wanted to work together, she shared her nervousness about her new leadership role. “What if I’m not up to it?” she confided. “What if I should have stayed where I was?”. “What if they find me out?” Ah, […]

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Mismatched sandals on holiday

How to leave it all behind

  Do you have a mantra before you go on holiday to check you’ve packed the essentials? You know the kind of thing – ‘money, toothbrush, passport, tickets?’ It seems we may now need to add ‘matching shoes’. One of my coaching clients, a senior leader in the non-profit world, showed me this fabulous selfie of […]

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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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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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Loneliness at work – what you can do

A while ago I worked for a large UK charity where I shared space with four colleagues in a bright, well-equipped office. There were dozens of others working on my floor. The organisation employed hundreds of people around the country. And yet, I was thoroughly lonely. On paper, the job was perfect, but sharing an office with heads-down introverts where […]

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