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Managing Performance - are you avoiding it?

It’s all too easy for managers to delegate the task of ‘managing performance’ to the HR department, after all, isn’t that what the HR department is there for? Or is it? Who should really be taking responsibility, and taking action? HR or the line ...

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What can a box of buttons do for your client?

You’d be amazed I always am.  It’s incredible what clients do with a button.  All of a sudden the button takes on a persona, an emotion, a hurt, a meaning, a frustration. It can be tapped, and stroked, rubbed between thumb and fingers. It can be ...

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Playing Politics Authentically: The Paradox

I am being honest, I cannot remember a time when people have not be-moaned the fact that they can’t get stuff done because of office organisational politics or claim to have fallen foul of it and had their career damaged as a result. I have been working...

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Never give up on your dreams...

I went swimming on Monday, as I do every morning, and noticed that there were only 3 people in the pool, as opposed to 10 last week. “Blue Monday”  as we all know is supposed to be the day that most people give up their New Year’s Resolutions, if t...

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Supervision - what's in a word?

I decided to write this article after reading an article in Coaching at Work which said that one of their participants at the conference suggested the word Supervision “sounds like you’ve done something wrong”. Louise Sheppard agreed “yes, it...

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‘Addicted to being Right’

Difficult conversations about ‘behaviour’ seem to be a recurring theme in the work place. Humans are masters at rationalisation.  Good reasons are often given for behaviours even when they become destructive. Imagine you are in a tense team mee...

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Habits that help you revive and thrive in an imperfect world

Research shows that people who express gratitude tend to be happier, healthier and more fulfilled. Being grateful can help people cope with stress and can even have a beneficial effect on heart rate. Studies over two decades have shown that the practice c...

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Tips for Leading through Difficult Times

We all go through tough times in life as well as enjoying triumphs. If you lead a team and are tasked with communicating difficult messages, how you talk can be crucial to the way information lands as what you say. Consider the following ideas: Make it...

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Thinking about Stress

This Wednesday (7th November) it’s National Stress Awareness Day 2018 and it’s a great reminder to check in with our own stress levels. I worked in Occupational Health nursing and management for over 30 years and sadly saw plenty of stress cases, oft...

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The essence of supervision; a coach's perspective

The start of a journey Nearly ten years ago, I actively decided from day one of my coach training that I would invest in coach supervision to support my journey. At the time I didn’t really understand what I was signing up to or just how powerful...

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