January 30, 2015

What’s the Biggest Drain on Employee Resilience? It may not be what you Think!

An article in Coaching at Work caught my eye. Reporting on a recent study about employee resilience at work, the authors were taken aback by their findings. They had expected ‘the volume and pace of work’ to be the main issue. It turns out that the biggest energy drain for […]
January 22, 2015

Executive Coach: A Source of Inspiration or Embarrassment?

We make life hard for ourselves in this country, with our ‘stiff upper lip’ approach to business. Your typical Managing Director will soldier on alone, thinking they are supposed to have all the answers and perceiving outside help as weak; whereas, they adopt a different attitude in the States. Regardless […]
January 15, 2015

Are you Feeling Courageous? Time to Specialise and Let Go of the Rest!

As a Human Resources Director in a previous life, I was interested to read an article proposing that the HR department as we know it should be scrapped. The author’s suggestion is to split HR into two separate functions; one focused on administration and reporting to the Chief Financial Officer […]
January 9, 2015

Don’t Tell me on a Sunday…

A colleague commented to me that I’m untypical of other business owners they know in my ability to switch off from work, whether that’s at the weekend or whilst on holiday. We were talking about email marketing and the fact that I dislike it landing in my mailbox at all […]
December 23, 2014

Do you Know what Success looks like? Remember, it’s Different for Everyone!

Having just finished watching the latest season of The Apprentice it was evident throughout that the winner is a good salesman and that he has the determination to succeed. Lord Sugar said on numerous occasions throughout the process that he’s in it to make money and doesn’t plan on being […]
December 18, 2014

Do a lot of Faffing? Conscious Distractions are good for you!

I’m working with a young client at the moment who knows ‘what he wants to be when he grows up’. What he struggles with is the motivation to sit at a computer for longer than 15 minutes at a time without getting fed up. Before he knows it he’s looking […]
December 13, 2014

Experienced any Disappointments this year? Turn them into Opportunities!

Some people take the view that what’s done is done; no point raking over the past. This can be a helpful attitude to have when we’ve experienced some adversity and we want to move forward. To adopt this approach as a mantra for life however, is to miss an opportunity […]
November 19, 2014

Rushing to Action, Slowly…

An expression used by a client recently when acknowledging that an important job wasn’t getting done. It’s a great way to explain what happens when we recognise the need to take action and, for whatever reason, we show a reluctance to crack on and complete the task. In this case […]
November 13, 2014

Want to Know How to Fight The Recency Effect? Become an Optimist!

Driving up to Scotland for a business meeting last week I was struck by the number of Lorries on the motorway. Then it occurred to me there were probably no more than usual. My attention was drawn to them because it was raining heavily during periods of my journey and […]
November 6, 2014

Want to Thrive in Management? Take an Interest in People!

It’s amazing the number of business professionals I come across who occupy management roles and don’t enjoy the responsibility for people that comes with it. I hear comments like ‘they take me away from my day job’ or ‘I have to sit down with them for 2 hours just to do their […]
October 24, 2014

Do you Swing with the Pendulum of Fashion? A Little Moderation goes a long way!

Whenever I’ve wanted to get to grips with an extreme behaviour, such as over-working (well I was ‘diagnosed’ as a ‘Responsible Workaholic’ after all), I’ve noticed that at some point my behaviour swings the other way entirely before finding a middle ground. Take running for example – I like to […]
October 16, 2014

New England in The Fall: ‘Leaves’ A Different Impression!

Visiting Boston last week and taking a tour of New England enabled me to check off items that had been on my wish list for a long time. Finally making the time to go, it was different from my usual choice of holiday. Having identified my preferred itinerary in advance, […]
October 9, 2014

Carol Sheard’s Story – I.N.S.P.I.R.I.N.G Seminar (2014)

Leadership Seminars with a difference… “Robyn’s I.N.S.P.I.R.I.N.G seminar was something quite different to your usual development sessions, with a tangible return on investment. Furthermore, the format and approach meant I was able to focus on the areas that resonated with me as an individual.” Personally, I found value in the […]
October 1, 2014

Haven’t Refreshed Yourself Lately? Beware Your Expiry Date!

In my retail career with Habitat, when I was putting in long shifts and sleeping on those rare days off, I made little time to plan what I was going to eat, let alone do a proper shop. So, when I did make the effort to go to the supermarket […]
September 26, 2014

Micro-Ambitious? Turn your Dreams into Goals!

There’s an expression I like which is that ‘Goals are dreams with legs’. When I hear it I imagine taking something passive (an idea, a thought, an image) and turning it into something active which gathers pace and builds momentum as you move energetically towards your intended outcome. Let’s be […]