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When we train as coaches we learn to ask great questions that are designed to create great thinking.  These great questions should build on and challenge what we are hearing and support the thinking process.  They should not infer judgement or suggest what to think.  These questions should make you pause for thought rather than have a rapid pre prepared answer.   Yes we use open questions and we also go beyond them. In its purest form the coach does not even need to understand the topic being
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During my career I have had the privilege to work both with and for some amazing leaders.  All have inspired me in some way – many to emulate their characteristics and some have gifted me great clarity about who I don’t want to be as a leader. Recent debates about leadership and what makes a great leader have left me reflecting on these people who have shaped my career and approach.  What was it about them that meant I would have taken any job to work for them?  What was it that made me want to
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Landing a new job is fantastic, and often is the culmination of a lot of hard work.  However, being offered the job is just the beginning – once you start you need to make a success of it, and fast!  Successfully transitioning into a new role is not an easy thing to do, there are many potential traps and possible trip hazards that you need to avoid along the way. First though, we need to consider what a successful transition into a new job is and how you will know if you have achieved it.
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Well done – you have landed that dream job!  You have celebrated suitably and you are getting ready for your new adventure.  For most people, the desire to make sure you do a fantastic job comes with a mix of excitement and trepidation.  You are going into your new role determined that you are going to be a huge success and imagining that the business will soon wonder how on earth they managed without you. Then as the first day approaches fast, the trepidation starts to catch up with the
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It happens to us all from time to time, we find ourselves wondering if we are in the right job. It can happen when things at work are going badly, or when they are going really well, or when we see other people changing jobs, or when someone tells us about an exciting new opportunity.   So when that feeling strikes how do you decide if you should start looking and take that leap?  There are many many factors that are going to form part of your decision.  Here are some questions to ask yourself
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My two wonderful and talented nieces (OK so I am a little biased but only a little!) are at that stage in their education where they are expected to make decisions about their careers and to choose course and collages accordingly.  I remember it all too well, it seemed to be a huge decision and one, which once made, was irrevocable, so the pressure to get it right was overwhelming. Here is thing I wish I had known then – deciding your future is not a one time thing. With the benefit of many
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I make no secret of the fact that I am not a fan of new year’s resolutions.  We all know the overwhelming majority of New Year’s Resolutions don’t work – that change you wanted to make just does not happen.  Yet every year the process is repeated, and often with the same resolutions.  Most often we don’t even alter how we are going to make those changes.   Reminds me of a well-known definition of insanity… This year more than ever I have noticed people pinning a lot of hopes on the new year,
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It happens to us all sometimes – we have an important task to work on but suddenly everything else in the world seems far more interesting and we find ourselves in the grips of procrastination.  Yes we know the deadline is looming but, right in that moment, cleaning the inside of our desk draw seems way more important! Typically, we think of procrastination as a bad thing, something we need to overcome.  And ultimately, we do need to overcome it, but sometimes procrastination is just what we
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Like me, at the moment, your newsfeeds are probably full of articles and adverts about planning and planners, and have been for a few weeks now.  I am a big fan of planning and love the benefits it brings me and my clients, but right now this planning frenzy it is frustrating me.  Planning is not something that happens just once a year and nor is it something you do just for the upcoming year.  The idea of using the new year as a planning trigger is well ingrained but it is very arbitrary.  Not
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As a coach, much of the work I do with groups and individuals results in pulling together a plan and working out ways to make those plans happen.   Knowing what you want to achieve and then having a robust plan to get there is a brilliant start but it is only when we add ways to systematically work the plan that we get the outcomes we are looking for.  This fundamental truth applies to all plans ranging from those at organisational level to those we make for our own lives. Given my work, it
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