Archive for the coaching Category

Let’s Talk About…Optimism

How would you describe yourself – optimistic, pessimistic, or realistic? Although we like to think of ourselves as balanced realists, science increasingly suggests that human beings are wired for optimism, born with rose-tinted glasses at the ready (worn, of course, by some of us more than others). […]

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Let’s Talk About…Multitasking

If you are not doing one thing well, chances are you are doing many things badly – or, at least, less well. We each have only one brain, and it is really designed to cope with one thing at a time. Unfortunately, our modern world has pushed […]

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Let’s Talk About…Supporting Women at Work

Q: I have a sizeable team reporting to me, and I am keen to provide good support to women within my department. Any thoughts? This is a nice aim and I’m sure many will appreciate it. For your own ongoing success, do remember that your primary role […]

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Let’s Talk About…Strategic Leadership & Engagement

An organisation is not an inanimate ‘thing’ – it is a collection of living, breathing, thinking human beings who need a purpose to what they do. Every organisation should have a culture and a strategy in which all employees feel invested and involved, and an organisational design […]

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Let’s Talk About…The Coach’s Role

Coaching is an excellent tool to accompany other forms of staff development. Coaching conversations ‘dig deeper’ than more instructional or hierarchical interventions, and so the coachee has the chance to really think laterally. Many, however, seem confused about the application of Coaching to life or work, with cries […]

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Let’s Talk About…Managing Overtime

Q: I seem to let overtime consume my life! What can I do? Many will empathise! Lots of people do overtime on a regular basis, and not just Senior Management. A common contractual figure is 37.5 hours per week. Most people I have encountered in the world […]

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Let’s Talk About…Interview Coaching

Q: Is pre-interview coaching useful? Particularly if you are entering into a period of interviews with various companies then, yes, I think that a series of coaching sessions would be very useful in the lead-up. Going into an interview, you need to be ready for anything – […]

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Let’s Talk About…Managing Employee Ambition

Q: We hired strong young staff for our international start-up. A sizeable group has now assembled to complain about lack of promotions! What can we do? Start-ups are full of dynamic, clever young people, promised great opportunity at “a great time to get in”. They work hard. […]

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Let’s Talk About…Promotion Nerves

Q: I am nervous about putting myself up for promotion to Team Manager, leading a team of ten. What can I do? When we discuss Leadership, we often speak of it from three perspectives: above, below, and within. ‘Leadership from above’ refers to the freedoms you are […]

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Let’s Talk About…Avoiding Phone Calls at Work

Q: I increasingly avoid taking phone calls in work. I panic when I don’t know who is calling, or why, and wait hours to listen to voicemails. Many people dislike talking on the phone, but there is a difference between ‘dislike’ and ‘panic’. Did something change recently, […]

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