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Getting out of the corner

Sue was feeling really stuck with feelings of inadequacy in her new role. Despite a string of qualifications and plenty of experience, she was fundamentally worried that she wasn't up to the demands of her recent promotion. We used an exercise based on Cl...

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How Clean Language helped Mary

One of the issues Mary wanted to deal with when working with me was that she felt overlooked in meetings and struggled to get across her point of view. In particular she felt very intimidated by some senior men in her organisation, whom I will kindly des...

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How's your physical health?

When you work with an executive coach, you will probably be looking at high level skills such as negotiation, strategy, innovation and all aspects of what you might call 'people management'. This is very important and the changes you may make in these are...

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How to have an effective meeting...

What does it take to have an impact in a meeting… When I reflect back on my own experience my approach to meetings developed.  I showed up differently to different meetings and noticed my impact was different as a result. I spent the first 18 years...

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Unconditional Positive Regard

In my last discourse, I discussed ‘Empathy’ as being one of the three core conditions of a successful coaching relationship.  It was Carl Rogers (1) who suggested employing this, along with ‘Unconditional Positive Regard’ and ‘Congruence’ as ...

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Vertical Development - How to Grow Up!

We used to think that adult - and leader - development stopped in early adulthood. It doesn’t. Not only can we continue grow in experience, knowledge and skill during adulthood (horizontal development), we can also transform how we see and relate to the...

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Why humble leaders are the best leaders...

Following my recent post on pride, I felt it essential to follow up with some thoughts on its opposite......Humility. These day I guess it's an unfashionable word. The dictionary defines humility as “modesty” and “lacking in pretense”, but tha...

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Would you get into a Saturn V rocket?

What is confidence, anyway? And how can I have more confidence, why is everyone else more confident than me, I don’t want my staff to know I haven’t got any, I can’t put my point across in meetings…. Breaking it down Let’s start with the wor...

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Beware of Pride!

“Pride is your greatest enemy, humility is your greatest friend.” said the late John R.W. Stott. In many of my coaching conversations these last few weeks I have become increasingly aware of the dangers of pride. In turn, I have spent some time re...

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Motivation, Goals, Rachel Bamber

How to avoid the dreaded Six Month Slump!

The weather is warm.  The enticing smell of barbecues wafts around your nose.  The beer and prosecco are on ice. Yes, summer may be here and so are all sorts of distractions, sport or otherwise.  It is very tempting to take the foot off the accelerator...

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