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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Happy New Year

So how is it so far? Have you made a number of New Year resolutions? I find that executive coaching clients fall into two camps at this time of year. Either you have made a number of resolutions and are working out how to implement them or you have been resolute in not making any […]

3 Tips To Get Your Business Strategy Started

So you have just started your new job and you are both excited and terrified at the same time. You have been longing for the chance to stamp your mark on something to create something new and now you have your chance. You have a date in the diary when you are going to present […]

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 […]

Top Tips For Sticking To Your Personal Holiday Commitments Now You Are Back At Work

How was your summer holiday? I hope you are feeling rejuvenated and positive. What promises did you make to do something different when you got home? How’s it going? I always get that ‘back to school’ feeling in September. For me, September always feels like the start of something new. Perhaps you have already bought […]

Positive Intelligence – Have You Got What It Takes To Be A Leader?

My book recommendation for the holidays – Positive Intelligence by Shirzard Chamine The Irish have a phrase which makes me laugh: “Who does your woman think she is?” It’s breathtakingly judgemental and I suppose this is why I find it amusing in the context of understanding how we all judge each other at various times. […]