Be The Change You Wish To See In Others

“It is not fair to ask of others what you are not willing to do yourself.” -Eleanor Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, first lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945, was not only revered for her work as a civil rights activist, author, politician, and speaker (what a woman!). She also left behind her…

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Positive Flashpoints And Energy Vampires

Every year around this time, the focus of most of my coaching sessions seem (for the most part) to be  less on ‘development’ and more on ‘how the hec am I going to get through to Christmas’. In other words, resilience and filling up our tanks enough to get through to our long-awaited break. Cue…

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How To Pimp Your Priorities

The word priority literally means precedence, especially established by order of importance or urgency. In the last month there have been at least four occasions where I have heard the following (or similar) words – “we are working on these top ten (or in some cases even more) priorities.” Soz ’bout it, but can you…

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How To Be A Subtle Ninja

There’s a subtle difference between: Reacting and responding. Blaming and holding someone accountable. Delegating and passing the buck. Failure and learning from our mistakes. Subtlety is the quality of being understated, delicate, or nuanced. These are words not often associated with leadership – but when it comes to leading people, subtlety can make all the difference.  If a big…

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Why Peer Coaching Is A Great Development Tool

Coaching comes in a variety of different shapes and forms. You can be coached by your manager in a five-minute conversation about a work challenge, by an executive coach in a coaching session, or with a mentor discussing your next career steps. At its essence however, coaching is about helping people to help themselves. It…

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9 Missing Ingredients Of Successful Leadership

What strikes me almost every day in my coaching practice, is how heavily the following traits are valued in organisations: Action Doing Competitive drive Goal focus Intellectual fortitude The logic. The linear. The analytical. And this is a good thing. After all, these activities do contribute to productivity and results. But, I’m starting to get a bit…

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4 Keys To Being A Collaborative Leader

In case you hadn’t noticed, the world is changing at an unprecedented pace. What’s driving the spectacular speed of our changing environment? That little thing called the internet. The use of social media by younger generations across the globe in order to communicate and protest – think The Arab Spring for starters. The increase in transparency of…

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