Imposter Syndrome: How to identify and overcome it

Have you ever thought that your success was just down to luck? Or down to the fact that you knew the right people? Perhaps you even worry that you’re about to be found out.  I hear thoughts like this come from some of my clients and when we dig deeper invariably we...

Could you be experiencing career burnout?

It can come to you as a sudden realisation that you no longer enjoy your work or business, can’t it? You realise that the job you once loved, no longer stimulates you. Or that you now dread Monday morning and can’t wait for Friday to arrive, when you feel freer,...

Resilience: Why you should CLANG

Generally, clients come to coaching with tough stuff they can’t work out for themselves. Maybe they have been knocked by an unexpected event or it can be a tough realisation about themselves or their circumstances that makes them want to get support. They come because...

Need Executive Presence? Start here

I frequently speak to executives who are disillusioned with their careers having failed to gain a promotion into a more senior leadership position. Let’s talk about sometimes why this might happen. Following a selection process, the successful person has usually...

Walk Your Way To Happiness

Nordic Walking Instructor and health blogger Claire Winter from Stealth Health tells us why walking is good for your mind and body. Walking is free, fun and helps you get fit. You can be any fitness level and being in nature is clinically proven to improve your levels...

Three ways you might be self sabotaging your career or business.

You want to be successful, right? So why do you sometimes let yourself down by not working to your full potential or by not taking advantage of opportunities that arise? Recently, I have been talking to some of my clients about the things they do sometimes that get in...

Leadership Resilience: The Art of Bouncing Back

Do you know that you can increase your resilience by changing your response to certain situations? How we respond to failures and bounce back from our mistakes can make or break our careers and businesses. Take the example of two Managers who were laid off from their...

Why it’s easy to demotivate and disengage someone.

In the global workforce today, more than 50 percent of employees are disengaged while only about 17 percent are “actively disengaged” according to recent Gallup data. Gallup has been collecting surveys on employee engagement since 2000 and the problem of lack of...

Thursday is the new Friday! 5 tips for enjoying time off

So this week Thursday is the new Friday! However, as we approach the extended weekend, what are you going to do to make the best of this gift of extra time away from the office? Many will be enjoying time off, anticipating good food and drink but what else can you do?...

Creating a growth mindset: 10 tips

I love it when the Olympics are on. I am a sucker for learning about an individual’s backstory and trying to understand their struggle and path to success. I also love seeing people make their dreams come true!  However, like many people I grew up thinking that those...

What’s your passion and purpose?

Have you ever stopped to consider what your passion or purpose is? You soul callin? How is passion and purpose important in your company? In today’s top-performing companies you’re likely to find a good level of employee engagement. In these companies from frontline...

Office Gossip and how to survive it

What do you think of office gossip? I don’t know about you but I found working in some office environments similar to reality TV, with participants (employees) pitted against each other for survival of the cunning. When I was younger, I found this quite stressful and...

The Building Blocks to Self-Confidence

How can you build up your self-confidence? I’ve been writing about this in my previous posts here  Developing True Confidence and here In search of self-confidence. It’s not only possible but essential for anyone who wants to live up to their potential. And it’s not a...

Developing true confidence for success

Do you have the true confidence you need for success? Self-confidence contributes a great deal to your level of success and is something that can be improved by working with a coach. However, you’ll need to develop authentic confidence and not merely buy...

Always look on the bright side of life.

Life can be difficult and it is easy to let it get us down. It can be hard to stay optimistic when we are faced with change that we perceive as negative or out of our control. Each of us may define optimism a bit differently. You may be optimistic in one context, yet...

Life thrown you a curve ball? Here’s 7 things to do

We’ve all been there, jogging along nicely thinking we’ve got it all sussed when WHAM out of nowhere comes a curve ball! Ouch, it hits you where it hurts and now you feel shaky and uncomfortable. I remember times when my phone has rung and I’ve received messages that...

Finding self confidence

Even successful people want to find more self-confidence. People who exude self-assurance easily influence others, get more promotions, earn more money, and seem to have more fun and success. As a coach, it’s not unusual for my clients to confide they...

First day back and you want to resign!

You're enthusiastic after your break but your current job no longer excites. You know you need to either get promoted or resign. So how do you go about getting the job you want. So what’s stopping you from getting your dream role? While all sorts of things affect the...

Becoming more confident in 7 steps

Each of us is unique with different talents and find different ways to express them. Recently I was running a virtual pop-up Confidence Café for a group of people on Facebook and one of the things I was keen for the individuals to do was fully understand...

Mid-career Crisis or Opportunity

Have you ever had a mid-career fantasy where you quit your job and go do something new? Many people secretly admit to their coaches that they’re contemplating midcareer shifts. They may not actively seek change, but they certainly start imagining it. Of...

Why I am hot and bothered about the menopause

Do you know that the average age for a woman in the western world to experience the menopause is 51? And that 1 in 4 women currently going through the menopause has considered leaving their job because of their experiences. The changes that happen to our bodies during...

Helping others find motivation and meaning in life

Most of us know how hard it is to motivate other people. No matter what your role in life, most of us are part-time motivators. We not only have to motivate ourselves but others as well. We need colleagues to complete tasks, partners to do their share, and children to...

Mid-Career – ‘Has anyone seen my passion?’

At some point in mid-career, you may sense a creeping malaise. You’re no longer enthusiastic about the day ahead. Perhaps you’re experiencing a midlife crisis—the sudden realization that you’re no longer a rising star. After 20 years of all-too-familiar work, you’re...

How to find midlife career satisfaction

How is your midlife career satisfaction? As we leave school or at graduation, each of us has visions of what we'll accomplish in our careers. Years later, even the best and brightest from the most prestigious universities aren't immune to feelings of failure and...

How to coach your team for success

Do you coach your team? When I’m coaching I find that many clients fail to coach their people, preferring to fix problems and suggest solutions. They don't take the time to have coaching conversations in which they ask provocative questions. Often this is not because...

The Importance of Well Being for Workaholics

It’s all too easy to become a workaholic, isn’t it? After all, we’re passionate about our businesses, or striving for success in our corporate roles, or trying our hardest to climb the promotions ladder. So we keep on being last to leave the office and first in, we...

What is an online programme anyway?

Online programmes are fantastic.  Before I started my own business, I had been through some tedious corporate online learning that left me cold. However, there were things I needed to learn and so I decided to give online programmes a go and what a wonderful world I...

How coaching works

I want to explain how coaching works. In my blog “what the heck is a coach and why would I need one?” I talked about what coaching actually is, and now it's time for me to explain more about how coaching works, and how you can experience it if you want to?...

What the heck is a coach and why would I use one?

Almost on a daily basis, I get asked the question, what is a coach? Followed up by and why should I use one?  Invariably people think it is to do with sport. Also, I have learnt that being a coach can mean a different thing depending on which coach you are talking to....

11 things to know about dementia

Dementia is a terrible disease and it is not surprising that polls show that it is the disease we fear the most. At 65 women have a one in six chance of developing dementia and men one in 11. I knew very little about dementia until it happened my mum was diagnosed. I...

5 secrets of making personal change

Go on admit it, there is something you would like to change about yourself or in your life! Perhaps you would like to be more assertive or maybe it is to change your job or be more visible in your business. Personal change can be difficult for all of us, and as much...

Midlife crisis? Believe in new beginnings

Something’s missing but you’re not sure what? Despite wearing your superhero cape and supporting everyone else you are feeling overwhelmed and overworked! You maybe feel that you have no balance and no breathing space in your life? Or perhaps that you have lost some...

What the heck is life purpose? And how to find it.

Deciding to create my own business in my 50’s was driven by the feeling that I wanted to create a conscious business that had a clear purpose beyond simply making a profit. I felt that my business life was no longer in line with my purpose. Although I am not sure that...

Overcome fear in 7 steps

If there is one thing that holds people back from fulfilling their potential, it’s fear! Fear is a belief: it's not a fact. So how do we overcome fear? We choose to believe that our fears are our reality. I’m all alone! I’m not clever enough! I’m underqualified! I’m...

5 common reasons for resistance to change

When I worked as part of a large business transformation program we used to joke about being ‘licensed to change you!’ yet we all know that the reality is that the only person who can change you is you! Yet why is it that we are reluctant to change even when we...

Letting go to move forward

I’ve been thinking a lot about letting go! The more I work with people experiencing change, the more I realise that in order to move forward we have to be able to let go of the past. International Women’s Day (IWD) has become a marker for me, a time to reflect on...

Recognising a passive aggressive person

My previous blogs on assertiveness seem to have struck a chord with many people! In this one, I am going to talk about a negative behaviour that most of us have demonstrated at some time. Being passive aggressive! So what do we mean when we use this term. Let’s start...

Four steps to coaching your team

Do you want to know more about coaching your team?  It a great way to grow and develop your team and subsequently your business.  Or are you like many other business owners and managers who still believe in their role as a problem solver, cutting short conversations...

Why doing nothing is sometimes the best thing to do

You’ve just heard the news and you’re shocked. It’s big and unexpected, a shock. I’ve been there, so I know what it’s like. One summer’s evening in 2001, I learnt through a phone call that my younger brother had died of a brain haemorrhage. He was 38 and his partner...

Are you onboard the change rollercoaster?

Change can be exciting, terrifying, dull and distressing. To feel a mixture of emotions is perfectly natural. It is a bit of a rollercoaster and sometimes you want to stop and get off and at other times you’re whizzing along feeling exhilarated. The feelings and...

One year on! 5 lessons on growing my business

Last year on Valentines Day, I decided to treat myself! Not because my hubby had forgotten but because what I wanted he couldn’t provide! I had finished my job on Friday and the first thing on the Monday morning I set up a business Facebook page and changed my...

Leaders need to communicate their ‘why’

I've been thinking about why leaders need to communicate their why and why so many fail to do so.  What it is that ignites passion and high performance in the leaders who I coach and meet at networking events? So many of them have fantastic stories to tell of why the...

In search of happiness, start here…

Is it possible to take specific action steps to become happier? In a previous blog, I wrote about becoming happier through being more assertive and this got me thinking about what we mean by happiness. Do we find ourselves pouring effort into improving our...

Being Bullied: 4 steps to take if this is you

Are you being bullied? I have been learning about the impact that bullying has on the lives of two women I have met since I set up my business. Both had experienced bullying, either themselves or one of their children being bullied! I've never been bullied myself: one...

Are you a people pleaser? 6 tips on saying No

Thinking that saying No makes you a bad person is common but flawed.  ‘No’ is one of the shortest words in our vocabulary, so why do so many of us find it so hard to say? Well, many of us are people pleasers, suffering from ‘the disease to please’. Nice, helpful...

Are you fed up of being the person everyone relies on?

Are you the ‘go to’ person in the office when people need something done? Yet it is the others who get promoted? Maybe you run your own business but still end up being taken advantage of by your suppliers or customers. Are you the family organiser and the one who...

How to be a leader in three steps.

In my twenties I was lucky enough to be appointed into my first leadership role. I’d had no training in how to be a leader and if truth be told was struggling to really understand who I was. It was important to me that I was liked by peers and team and I also wanted...

Becoming happier by being more assertive

When I was younger I struggled with being more assertive. It took me many years working at it before it became second nature. And guess what it made me happier and it could you too. Here's how. I had a wonderful but very traditional childhood, dad was in the RAF and...

Five ways to create a winning team

Have you ever been part of a really high performing winning team? What was it like? How did it come about?  What was your part in it? Only once in my career have I had this experience and it was awesome. During our time together, we achieved an incredible amount and...