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Everything can be taken from a man except one thing – the last of human freedoms, to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way

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  • How firm is your handshake? How do you stand to project confidence? “Body language” has crossed from FBI interview techniques to mainstream personal impact strategy. Informed by countless books, articles and courses, we can spot a “power pose” across a
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    • Body Language
    • Coaching
    • Communications
    • Teams
  • Your organisation has grown from a nimble owner-run yacht to a powerful cargo-ship behemoth managed by a consortium. How do you maintain your course, profitability and manoeuvrability while running the engine on full power and keeping everyone on board? Some
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    • Coaching
    • Industry Change
    • Managing Change
    • Team Building
  • “Balance is key to every team. It is impossible to win a football game with 11 goalkeepers.” – Sir Alex Ferguson Imagine a team of 11 goalkeepers. It would not get very far (literally). Sure your goal posts will be impenetrable,
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    • DISC Profiling
    • Personality Profiling
    • Team Building
    • Team Coaching
  • A few weeks ago I attended the Driver Awareness Course. I exceeded the speed limit by 6mph and was offered the course in place of a fixed penalty. There were 20 of us on the course, with varied backgrounds, driving
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    • Coaching
    • Dealing With Criticism
    • Managing Emotions
    • Mind Management
  • Why does January feel like a punishment? Every year, overnight 31 December to 1 January, we expect a magic transformation. OUT with the cluttered, disorganised, unhealthy ways of the last year; IN with the logical, squeaky clean, orderly ways of
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    • Change Coaching
    • Goals
    • Happiness
    • New Year Resolutions
  • “I think I need a completely different career.” Maybe because it’s nearly 2016 or perhaps because 2015 is almost done, I have been getting many more wholesale life/career change coaching requests. I am starting to feel like Father Christmas. So
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    • Career Change
    • Career Coaching
    • New Job
  • Maria* requested leadership coaching. Having been recently promoted, she found herself struggling to meet her own and team responsibilities. We talk about Maria’s role and she constructs a picture of her cobweb of bosses, peer executives and direct reports. Maria
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    • Career Coaching
    • Coaching
    • Spotlight Effect
  • “If you want to go fast - go alone. If you want to go far - go together.” – African Proverb Exactly two years ago, I braced against the helming cage as another colossal wave ploughed into our 70ft sailing yacht. I only
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    • Coaching
    • Effective Communication
    • Team Work
  • What beliefs underpin successful businesses? Working with a number of thriving start-ups, I ask that question every day. I noticed some shared principles. Their founders have a core belief in themselves and their vision, which helps them to keep going
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    • Coaching
    • Self Belief
    • Vision Development
  • Client: I am busy all the time, rushing from one thing to another. Sorting several things at a time. Sometimes they are not even my things, but I feel bad saying no. My to-do-list keeps getting longer. Some evenings when
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    • Coaching
    • Productivity
    • Time Management
  • “I can't change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination” - Jimmy Dean Every day of my coaching career, I encounter and foil strategies of self-sabotage. Self-sabotage does not follow rules of
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    • Coaching
    • Effective Goals
    • Self Sabotage
  • “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new” – Socrates Do you see your future within your current organisation? One of the most common questions I get asked
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    • Career Change
    • Coaching
    • New Job
  • "Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein Research conclusively shows that your education – its length and quality – is a very accurate predictor of your health and longevity. Numerous factors are at
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    • Coaching
    • Curiosity
    • Learning
    • Neuroplasticity
  • There is an old Irish blessing:  “As you slide down the bannister of life, may the splinters never point in the wrong direction” I would like to add to that. Choose your bannister carefully and if you don’t like the
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    • Change
    • Coaching
    • Proactive
    • Self Actualisation
  • How adaptable are you? There are hundreds of leadership and management models out there, and more are “discovered” every year. Have you heard of Holacracity? This decentralised, more flexible way of organising businesses was meant to oust the old-school top-down
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    • Executive Coaching
    • Good Leader
    • Leadership
  • Connecting with others is a basic human need. Yet it comes with a risk of getting hurt. So what’s the answer? How can we relate better to ourselves and others? Have you heard of the Porcupine’s Dilemma? It goes like
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    • Coaching
    • Happiness
    • Relationships
  • We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give - Winston Churchill How does it make you feel when you help others? Have you ever felt resentful when giving? Why was that? What
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    • Coaching
    • Giving
    • Happiness
  • Stay calm. Easier said than done you might think. Yes it is. But think to when you last encountered an angry shouting person. How well did you hear the content of their message? Or do you mainly remember their raised
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    • Assertive
    • Challenging
  • How would better rapport help you? Smile. Simple yet effective icebreaker. Listen to the other person seeking to understand them and suspend judgment. Take in not just their words, but notice their tone and tempo, their pauses, their body language
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    • Rapport