Make business planning fun again

When you think of a business plan, you probably think of pages of text and graphs and boring statistics and numbers. You know, the kind of thing you’d nervously push across the desk in the bank in hopes of securing a loan. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of...

3 must haves for your business plan

Businesses of every type needs a business plan. Mistakenly some small business owners think they can get away without one because their business is only tiny. And don’t think you can skip it because you offer a service instead of a physical product. Every business can...

3 money mistakes that will keep you broke in your business

Are you making enough money in your business? Poor money management has been the cause of more business failures than any other single issue. And it’s no wonder. We aren’t born knowing how to manage money. Most of us aren’t taught how to handle it either. We figure it...

How many hats are you wearing?

It’s inevitable. As a small business owner, you will wear many, many hats. Marketing manager. Bookkeeper. Content developer. Coach. Product Developer. Technical support staff. But while this type of task juggling is to be expected, you have to be aware that not all of...

Create a monthly action plan to reach your goals with these 5 tips

So, you’ve got your vision board filled with photos and you’ve decided on and written down your business goals; now what? Visualising what you want in life is a wonderful practice but don’t forget about making an action plan to fulfill those goals. You need to create...

3 ways to set challenging business goals

I know that not all Business Owners set goals but they are really missing out on a simple tool that can real supercharge a business. And those who do set goals often know that it's good practice but fail to set the right sized goals. Are you setting goals that are too...

5 mistakes Business Owners make when setting goals

Do you like setting goals in your business? I find a surprising number of business owners don't. Yet business goals help you gauge your success and help you stay motivated to reach those goals. Some people think the planning stage is drudgery but even those...

Need to relax? Here’s 5 tips to help you build it into your day

We all experience times throughout the day where you just feel the need to relax for even a few minutes. You already know that relaxation helps your body re-energise, but sometimes you're so busy and caught up in the moment that you just don't have the time to unwind....

Survival tips for business mums during the holidays

Working mums have it tough. Being committed to building your business and prioritising your family is an difficult task for many of us. It can be exhausting and thankless, leaving you feeling that you’re never fully present as a business owner or a mother. Whilst my...

Want success? Aim for small achievements

People dream big all the time. But it's the people that take action to reach their goals that truly succeed in life. The key is to turn those big dreams into goals. It really doesn't matter whether the goals are business or personal the same rules apply. It's a huge...

What Mary Poppins Taught Me about Time Management

The film Mary Poppins is a real favourite in our family and so I thought I'd use her a role model for time management. Whether you're raising children or running your own business, there's a lot you can learn about time management from Mary Poppins. Mary set the gold...

Why Busyness is unproductive and your worst enemy

Busyness is practically a disease today. We all cram as much as we can into our seemingly limited time. Yet being busy isn’t the same as getting things done. Haven’t you had a day where you felt like you didn’t have a minute to spare, yet you still felt like you...

Anger Management in 10 steps

When someone cuts you up whilst you're driving do you experience rage? Do you burst out in anger when your child misbehaves? Whilst anger is a very natural emotion, most of us experience shame when we let our anger get the better of us. However, learning to deal with...

5 Ways to be Assertive and say No

Do you find it difficult to be assertive and say "no" to people’s requests? In a previous blog I wrote about  The Four steps to becoming more Assertive and saying No is just a small past of being more confident and assertive. We live in an increasingly busy world and...

Are you giving away your power?

Does attaining your goals seem harder than it should be? If you feel challenged to achieve your desires, you may be constructing false obstacles to your objectives. We are all guilty of telling ourselves stories from time to time and sometimes these stories get in the...

The Working Woman’s Guide to self-promotion

Many women have a hard time getting ahead in the business because they are reluctant to promote themselves. Certainly, here in the UK it is not something that culturally we are brought up to do. I know that you may feel conflicted when you would like to celebrate your...

9 effective habits of a successful entrepreneur

The habits necessary for success will vary from career to career and every career has it’s habits that greatly increase the odds of success. Fortunately, there are many successful entrepreneurs that we can look to for clues as to what has made them successful. It’s...

Embrace Spring with renewed focus and goal setting

Wintertime is a stunningly beautiful time of year. With snow and icicles forming on tree branches, there is just so much natural beauty to see! However, with the dark days, long nights, low temperatures and lack of warm sunshine, this can also be the least inspiring...

Work from home? Here’s my top tips

It doesn't matter whether you run your own business or work for a large organisation, it is becoming far more commonplace for people to work from home. Working from home comes with its own set of benefits, distractions, and frustrations that are quite different from...

Managing energy is the key to business and career growth

Some people thrive under pressure, others wilt. I think we’re all aware of that there’s an epidemic of stress and burnout in our personal and work lives. We pride ourselves on our ability to multi-task and use apps and tools to organise the demands on our time; we...

Not looking forward to Christmas? Here’s 6 tips to help.

I love Christmas! Well, most years! Don’t get me wrong, like most people I have had years where I have dreaded it, when people I have loved have passed away or when I’ve had to contend with difficult family members and their insistence on doing things their way! I...

A Calm Confident Christmas- 10 top tips

I’ve always longed for a calm, confident Christmas, haven’t you? It seems to me December hits us and suddenly the normal sane people go crazy as if the world is about to end and it is their last chance to make their part of the world perfect! During December, I have...

Finding True Meaning At Work

Without work all life goes rotten- but when work is soulless, life stifles and dies.  ─ Albert Camus Recently there have been discussions among consultants, business owners and CEOs about the search for soul in the workplace. While most agree that religion is not an...

Procrastination: 6 steps to overcoming it.

I often work with clients on their efficiency. Sometimes this work is due to them falling out of love with their work and sometimes, it is down to good old procrastination. Given the results of procrastination – hurried work, mistakes, stress, missed deadlines – it's...

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, build bigger more profitable businesses, earn more money, and seem to have more fun and success. As a coach, it’s not unusual for my clients...

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. On Facebook, I run a virtual Business Confidence Café for business owners and one of the things I'm keen for the individuals to do is fully understand what confidence...

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...