Are you passionate?

  Recently during MBA coaching sessions at a business school a number of us, who are experienced coaches, got into a discussion about the use of the word passionate on CV’s and LinkedIn profiles. Has it become one of those over used words, which come to mean nothing? The Merriam Webster Dictionary defines “passionate” as…

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7 Technology Pet Peeves

    I am a big fan of technology and all of the wonderful ways it has enriched our lives. However with the good comes the bad. Here is my list of things, which are really annoying. Please add yours in the comments at the end.     Long email signature lines: We read so…

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8 Leadership Lessons I Learned From My Mom

In honour of my mother’s 85th Birthday this week here are 8 leadership lessons I learned from her: My mother was born in Poland and orphaned by 10; she spent time in a German camp; moved to the UK after the war and married my Polish father, who had served with the allied forces; they…

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How To Be Happy

How To Be Happy: Your 5 Step Action Plan

If it seems that some mornings you would rather just pull the covers over your head, stay in bed and forget the commute to the office for just one day, you’re not alone. Knowing how to be happy from the moment you wake up, is no mean feat. Maybe you have been reading the recent research about genetics…

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When I Was 22 I Knew So Much More Than I Do Now

What an amazing time it was to be 22 and have everything ahead of you to be explored, tried, and huge goals to reach. In fact when I was 22 I knew more than I know now many years later. Why? Because I didn’t know how much I didn’t know! But it was also a…

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The Power Of Laughter In The Workplace

When was the last time you laughed out loud at work? I’m not talking about using LOL on social media posts……I mean a deep laugh in the office or at a meeting? I’ll bet you can’t remember. We take ourselves far too seriously and seem to confuse solemnity as acting appropriately at work. Having fun…

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How To Bring More Creativity Into Your Business

The Oxford Dictionary defines creativity as relating to or involving the use of the imagination or original ideas to create something. In a nutshell, creativity could be seen simply as the ability to give life to new ideas and concepts and discover fresh approaches to solving a problem. Applying this concept to an organisational context,…

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Back To Basics: Find Common Core Values

In this age of corporate financial scandals and a renewed focus on ethics and governance, the advice of Polonius still holds true: “this above all: to thine own self be true”, he counseled in Hamlet, written hundreds of years ago. If he were speaking around a boardroom table today, he might have rephrased it so…

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3 Keys To Successful Telephone Coaching

As a coach one of my most powerful coaching tools is the phone. Most of my clients are busy executives with punishing work and travel schedules who appreciate the flexibility of being able to have our coaching discussion via phone, no matter where in the world they might be. With that in mind, here are…

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The Avengers and Predictive Index

I’ve been working with the Predictive Index for many years and I know it to be an effective and powerful management tool.  But often I am faced with the challenge of explaining what it can do for a company.  Although I can quote many successful client references and validity studies, show documents, data and case…

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