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Who else am I?

The familiar percussive music of the signature theme begins.  A contestant makes the short journey to the famous black chair.  She is asked her name.  Then she is asked her occupation. I find myself wondering, why this second question?  I suppose i...

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The missing piece in supporting internal coaches

All professionals need to make time regularly to reflect on their work and how they are developing in the role they play in the workplace. This helps keep their expertise up to date but also supports their wellbeing. It stops us falling into habitual ways...

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New Year’s Resolutions Don’t Work – or perhaps they can

2 Tools for the New Year Although the New Year is an arbitrary date, we human beings are programmed to symbolic beginnings and endings and invest heavily in the power of renewal and the new start. And so, many of us began the New Year with resolutions ...

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Who is the world calling you to be?

What a year 2020 has been!  How do we begin to find purpose and meaning in a year which, on the surface, has brought so much uncertainly, chaos and anxiety to so many people around the globe? It is easy to look back and be grateful for the times that ...

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Coaching case study: The power of a clear vision

A few months ago, I started coaching a leading UK architect, Aiko, who manages a large team of architects in London. The case study below outlines how setting up a clear vision can impact a multi-million project. Context: Aiko moved to the UK wh...

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Leadership Workout: 6 Ways to Develop your Leadership Muscles - without going to the gym!

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” Aristotle People get better when they practice. We’ve all heard the phrase “Practice makes perfect” and know that practice plays a key role in enabling us to “fak...

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Are you struggling with your promotion to Line Manager?

Moving up the career ladder is what many people want as they start out in their career. But why? Often, it is driven by an ambition for more status, a better package, and a general sign of career progression. I have not had many conversations with a...

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Burn out and blackout: Building our resilience

What are your warning signals? As the days grow shorter, the blackout is coming. It has been a brutal year. How do you and your people recharge your batteries? I was so thrilled to find a jar  of Nutella lurking in the fridge (honest –...

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Psychological safety in team coaching

Team coaching is unlike any other development that an individual will have experienced.  The agenda is co-created by the team and the coach and there is no taught content.  Team members may have worked with (some of) the team for some time, but they won...

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Approaching coaching: two book reviews by my son

Recently I recruited Greg Stitt, who is my son, into my coaching business. To help me stay on top of things, I asked him to read and review some books that caught my eye. His first two reviews are below. In their respective ways, the books provid...

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