You can never cross the ocean until you have the courage to lose sight of the shore – Christopher Columbus

27th April 2021

Before the pandemic, I had been very fortunate to travel both at home and abroad but have always felt safe knowing all the details of where I am going, how long the flight should last, receiving regular updates because of weather or traffic jams when driving.  I often ponder on what it must have been Read more…

The real opportunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. Zig Zigler

13th April 2021

Pre pandemic a lot of the organisations I worked with often regarded the ‘office’ and the ‘jobs’ as the key thing in running businesses successfully. With the challenges of having to trust people to work from home – very often in challenging surroundings – perhaps the focus has shifted onto the fact that people are Read more…

Never forget to look up ………..

31st March 2021

As we start to slowly come out of lockdown, there are a mixture of feelings.  Joy at being able to meet family and friends for a walk, a slight nervousness about being out and about with more people, and the anticipation of further restrictions being released – provided all still moves in a positive way.  Read more…

What I have learnt from a hanging basket ……..

17th March 2021

Some of you who have worked with me, know that I can take inspiration and learning from some unusual sources.  Of course, I use the ‘traditional’ ones of studying books, listening to podcasts, taking part in CPD courses but also love to spend time looking and learning from the outside world. So, I thought that Read more…

When tempted to fight fire with fire, remember the fire service usually use water!

10th March 2021

I have been working with various groups in the last few months on developing resilience in challenging times – no surprise there, given the state of the world in the midst of a pandemic. Some of that work includes how people react or treat others and the fact that sometimes the behaviour of one person Read more…

Tenacity

3rd March 2021

For some reason, the word ‘tenacity’ is one that I really like the sound of.  I looked up the meaning in a dictionary and what I found was “extremely persistent in adhering to or doing something; stubborn or relentless”.  Some of those qualities might be seen as either positive or negative but I would like Read more…

Respect, listen, learn

16th February 2021

I have had such a great learning experience that really made me reflect on my coaching work.  It all started at a networking meeting, where one of the attendees asked if anyone was interested in mentoring teenage girls as they were approaching their GCSE’s by working with the Girls Network – for more information see Read more…

“Put your own oxygen mask on first”.

3rd February 2021

I have recently been working with a new client , who wanted support in developing their role as a manager of a team.  Nothing new in this type of topic as it is often the case that people are promoted into the role of a manager because they are good at a ‘technical’ role, but Read more…

You wouldn’t plant a seed and then dig it up every few minutes to see what it is doing. So give yourself space & time to grow but keep nourishing your seeds! Steve Bartlett

5th January 2021

I was given a kit for growing Bonsai trees as a Christmas gift and, on reading the instructions, realised that patience will be a significant part of the process in growing a tree.  It would seem I can’t expect any sort of growth to show for a minimum of 6 – 9 weeks – and Read more…

Agility & adaptability in a modern, ever changing world…..

2nd September 2020

It has been quite a while since I wrote an article on here. Why? Mainly because, as lockdown happened and the world of work was changing beyond all recognition, most of my clients had to concentrate on the work in hand and felt that coaching and training had to be put on hold. I also Read more…