What’s Your Leadership Mindset?

It struck me again, as I watched my boys playing tennis, how important our mindset is. With every miss hit or long serve son No 1 became increasingly frustrated and focused on all the things he was doing wrong. The other son was much more relaxed and although he made similar mistakes he kept his […]

What’s Your Networking Mindset?

I really love going to events and meeting people. In fact in the past couple of weeks I have been out and about bumping into old acquaintances and making new contacts and I have found myself really enjoying it. But it hasn’t always been like that. There was a time when I spent so much […]

5 Tips To Help You Become More Courageous At Work

Courage is a vital leadership quality. Courageous leaders make the difficult decisions when nobody else will, and command the respect of their teams by driving ahead with complex changes.   It isn’t easy to show courage because it means that you have to continually try to do things in different ways. If you’re determined to act […]

Effective Listening For Leaders

How would you rate your listening out of 10? As coaches we spend much of our time listening and yet I know personally there is still room for improvement. At home with two boys and my husband there are frequent moments when quality listening is abandoned – in fact only Daisy our Labrador would score […]

How To Set Clear Expectations

You invested time and money recruiting a new staff member and now it’s coming up to the end of the probationary period. You are feeling frustrated because they are not performing as you want them to and you feel let down. You really want this to work and the thought of spending many more months […]

Empower Your Team To Be Their Best

Are you ready to have a more positive impact on those you lead? Would you like to be the one who empowers others to be their best? When good leaders are effectively empowering their team, their lives are easier and their team is happier. When teams are empowered, leaders don’t spend nearly as much time […]

The Power Of Giving An “A”

Michaelangelo said that in sculpting his masterpiece “David” he was merely chipping away from the marble everything that was not David. In other words, you need only to remove the excess stone to reveal the work of art within. Having just returned from Italy, I love this analogy. So I invite you to consider the […]

Why Leaders Need To Fail To Succeed

Failure is one of the things we most commonly fear in leadership roles and people go to extraordinary lengths to avoid it. Often this means you minimise risk-taking and yet this is one of the main prerequisites of a leader – what a dilemma. I spent many years running a dynamic trade association for bioscience […]

Does My Bum Look Big In This…? Perhaps It’s The COIN In My Pocket!

We have all done it right? Rather than give an honest reply to the question “does my bum look big in this?” We duck the issue. We say “yes you look lovely” – a blatant lie, “yes it’s fine”- sitting on the fence or “what about those trousers you wore last week?” – diplomatic and […]

Work-Life Balance – The Perpetual Challenge

You are wondering how to keep going juggling work and the family – something feels it has got to give. Your work is demanding and you put in long hours but you love your job. You have always seen yourself as a role model and now you are feeling guilty because you see so little […]