• Supporting mental health in the workplace

    11th November 2019

    A big part of last week was working with a lovely bunch of managers, helping them to find ways to handle conversations with team members…

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  • Dancing with our inner critic

    3rd November 2019

    We’ve all got one.  It’s that voice, urge or whisper in your ear that seems to berate, criticise and hijack our thinking when we feel…

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  • Opening the door on a great conversation

    28th October 2019

    Have you ever had one of those conversations where you’ve thought to yourself “why is it they just can’t see my point of view?” They’re…

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  • Deliberate downtime….who knew it’s a thing?

    21st October 2019

    I’m reading “How to have a great day” by Caroline Webb and am absolutely loving it. It’s one of those books that’s dead easy to…

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  • Boosting resilience

    14th October 2019

    I don’t know if it’s the change in the weather. Or the busyness of things in the last few weeks, but I’ve definitely felt that…

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  • Do you make time for rest?

    30th September 2019

    I’ve just finished reading “Rest” by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang; not the most engaging of books but there’s some interesting ideas in there. I’m more and…

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  • What if we don’t feel that we’re enough?

    22nd September 2019

    One of the key characteristics that a close friend of mine used to look for in a partner was someone, as she put it, who…

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  • Haribo & homework

    11th September 2019

    My favourite advert right now is the Haribo one. The one where the aging, hairy rockers have children’s voices lip synced over their own. There’s…

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  • Are you a shapeshifter when it comes to belonging?

    9th September 2019

    https://twitter.com/BBCArchive/status/1158275192386441216 This brilliant clip popped up in my Twitter feed the other day. It’s an excerpt from a 1976 BBC programme in which they’re discussing…

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  • When they up and leave home!

    2nd September 2019

    Although there have been ‘back to school’ signs in the shops for weeks, it’s finally that time when the schools go back and we settle…

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  • Befriending your inner critic

    27th August 2019

    We’ve all got one haven’t we? You know that inner voice that seems to get louder and more persistent when we’re not feeling at our…

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  • That holiday perspective!

    20th August 2019

    Holidays are a great time to get a change of perspective. I always take a notebook and, if I’m feeling like it , I take…

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  • Hello holiday!

    13th August 2019

    The school holidays are well under way now! The biggest sign for me, that school holidays are here, is the distinct lack of traffic on…

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  • We’re all doomed!!!

    4th August 2019

    August can be a tough time if you run your own business. In the 20 Augusts I’ve had, without exception they’re always a quiet time.…

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  • Look what happens when we feel under pressure!

    30th July 2019

    I work with TA (Transactional Analysis) a lot. As part of leadership programs or coaching conversations, when we need something through which to understand ourselves…

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  • Reframing negative thoughts – from one worrier to another!

    23rd July 2019

    I suppose it’s only natural when working with people, working on their own unhelpful thinking that you start to become aware of how your own…

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  • Am I enough?

    17th July 2019

    One of my tutors at Uni made the comment, that as a psychotherapist we often ‘get the clients that we need.’ What he meant was…

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  • Coaching & Counselling, what’s the difference?

    9th July 2019

    As a dual trained coach and counsellor, I’m often asked what is the difference between the two and how do you know which is appropriate?…

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  • There’s no such thing as ‘easy listening’

    2nd July 2019

    Would you say that you’re a good listener? I guess most of us would answer ‘yes’ to that one unsurprisingly. In this article https://thriveglobal.com/stories/laurie-powell-listening-skills-are-the-best-skills-a-leader-can-have/Laurie Powell…

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  • Opening the box, talking about mental wellbeing at work

    25th June 2019

    With the increased attention that’s been given to mental health issues it’s perhaps not surprising that more and more managers are having to have conversations…

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  • How are you at managing your boundaries?

    18th June 2019

    How good are you at asking for what you want or explaining what you need? For many of us, myself included, it can feel hard…

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  • Space the final frontier!

    12th June 2019

    I’m increasingly noticing the ‘space’ in my life and that of my clients at the moment. At times there can seem like there’s no space…

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  • A brief encounter & the stories we tell ourselves

    5th June 2019

    I bumped into a lovely chap that I know last week, and we had a form ‘verbal handshake’ that really got me thinking. He’s one…

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  • When inspiration strikes in the dentists chair!

    30th May 2019

    It struck me as I was having my 6 monthly dental examination last week, literally as I was in the chair, that habits and consistency…

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  • Turns out courage and vulnerability go hand in hand – who knew?!

    17th May 2019

    I’ve been working my way through a whole range of Brene Browns’ stuff just recently. She’s done some brilliant TED Talks, written some great books…

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  • Coaching & qualifications…ranty blog!!

    30th April 2019

    It’s not often I get angry….although maybe my family would tell you different?! It does USUALLY take a lot to really rattle me. But last…

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  • What no review?

    23rd April 2019

    One of the reasons that I love Fridays is the sense that another week has passed and there are the endless possibilities that a lovely…

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  • What’s your own trust quotient?

    16th April 2019

    I love this way of thinking about how you can measure the level of trust evident in any relationship – whether it’s work or personal…

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  • Is it really that hard to build an engaged team?

    2nd April 2019

    I was watching a short video by the brilliant Simon Sinek who as usual was talking about how important it is for people to love…

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  • National Conversation Week

    20th March 2019

    It seems like hardly a week goes by that isn’t “national something week.” My personal favourite is “British Pie Week” but that one’s been and…

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  • Here’s one for the toolkit – getting to grips with your stakeholders

    12th March 2019

    Whenever I’m working with a coachee on the topic of influencing or communication, one of the best places to start is to work through a…

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  • Are you stuck in “Ground Hog Day”?

    7th March 2019

    I’ve gotta admit, I love that film and I can’t help but think of it every time I hear“I got you babe”, which is the song…

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  • Would you need to go undercover to understand how people really feel about your business?

    21st February 2019

    What is culture? It’s the way we do things around here. it’s the subliminal messages that we get about what’s OK and what’s not OK.…

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  • one tomato, two tomato, three tomato, four

    12th February 2019

    I know there will be lots of you reading this, who like me and many of the people that I work with, struggle to keep…

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  • Choice & taramasalata – the key to tackling negative thoughts!

    5th February 2019

    I took this picture while I was out walking our dog last week. It’s a point in the walk when I can make a choice…

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  • Gin & Gratitude

    30th January 2019

    Coming to the end of January, I’m on the final few days of my own little ‘dry January’ challenge. I have to be honest, it…

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  • Pah! I laugh in the face of Blue Monday

    22nd January 2019

    I’ve seen lots of people talking about ‘blue Monday’ and how January is a tough month. I’ve heard people talk about the grey uninspiring weather;…

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  • The 7 Coaching Conversations

    15th January 2019

    Coaching can be a lonely old business. You’re spending your time thinking about others, their issues and how to be with them in a way…

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  • The best coaching question ever!

    19th December 2018

    I know that sounds like a huge claim and I don’t make it lightly, but the more I’ve worked in the field of personal development…

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  • Getting ready for Christmas

    13th December 2018

    So we’re in full swing now, in the run up to Christmas. I have to admit I’m not one of those people that worries about…

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  • I’ll never forget you Daphne!

    4th December 2018

    I’ve been hugely lucky to have two soulmate-girl friends in my life. One of these gorgeous women died on the 26thDecember 2014 at the age…

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  • it’s good to talk

    27th November 2018

    A good friend and I often joke that, at those times when I’m really struggling or something is really getting on top of me; I…

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  • over 50, but not over the hill!

    20th November 2018

    Age is a funny thing isn’t it? My Mum always told us as kids, that ‘it’s rude to ask someone’s age’ and so in some…

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  • why don’t we ask for help when we need it?

    19th November 2018

    Maybe it’s because I’ve been thinking and focusing on self-care for the last week, that I’ve noticed both for myself and others that we can…

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  • Self care is not selfish!

    11th November 2018

    Self-care seems to pop up all over the place at the moment. From discussions with managers around how they can build resilience to cope with…

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  • Coffee, with a dash of relationship advice

    6th November 2018

    In a coffee shop in Leeds the other day, a couple sat down next to me and I couldn’t help but over hear the interaction…

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  • What fears are holding you back?

    28th October 2018

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  • Getting the Best out of Your Conversations

    9th October 2018

    One of the programs that I have run time and time again is about gaining a better understanding of behavioural styles and the impact that…

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  • Handling the Tough Cookies!

    8th October 2018

    When I ask people to describe the type of character traits that they find hardest to deal with in others; more often people mention those…

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  • helping people through change

    20th August 2018

    It was Benjamin Franklin, writing in 1789 who was said to have made the comment, “the only certainties in life are death and taxes.” Two…

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  • big changes come with in steps

    6th August 2018

    Personally my heart always sinks when clients ask me to run a session on ‘time management.’ Don’t get me wrong. It’s not that I hate…

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  • comfy shoes and communication

    30th July 2018

    If you’re a shoe fiend like me, you’ll probably notice that even though you’ve got a whole range of shoes for every occasion…and maybe even…

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  • No dramas, pass me my pyjamas!

    23rd July 2018

     “no dramas, pass me my pyjamas…” I can’t use the word ‘dramas’ without smiling as I remember the famous song, by the fabulously talented Victoria…

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  • Authenticity and why’s it’s important as a leader

    16th July 2018

    Over the last couple of months I’ve been working with a couple of great people, who have been helping me to refresh and redirect my…

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  • Building commitment to change

    10th July 2018

    I was doing a workshop recently with senior managers, and we were looking at how we build acceptance of change and build commitment towards it.…

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