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Being a Confidante to CEOs

Being a Confidante to CEOs

In this blog I explore how I work, being a confidante to CEOs, business owners and Managing Directors. This came about by accident.  A client of mine was clearly struggling with his ambition and finding the people and the structures to make it a reality. “It’s all...

How leaders use failure.

How leaders use failure.

In this blog I explore how leaders use failure in their leadership skillset.  I will argue that when they do, they are in a great place to start building and leading a high-performing team. Wait – what?  How they USE FAILURE? That’s right.  Failure is not the same as...

How do team turnarounds happen?

How do team turnarounds happen?

Have you ever wondered how a "team turnaround" actually happens? I did too … until I enabled my first one. In this blog I explore how I learned lessons that I have been able to apply to teams throughout my career as a change agent. Starting at the beginning ... So how...

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Your “Why?”?

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Your “Why?”?

What gets you out of bed in the morning? Why your “WHY?” is so important. Simon Sinek is famous for the third most popular TED talk of all time, based on his book Start with Why. (Given its continued value, relevance and ubiquity, makes you wonder what the top two...

Drum Roll … the new website is launched!

Drum Roll … the new website is launched!

If you want to know about my company’s services, it’s now even easier – with our shiny new website! For some years, I had had websites which did the job and I am grateful for the support in their development (and continued hosting) to Artisan Internet. However, the...

Reflections on 2020 – a lost year?

Reflections on 2020 – a lost year?

I am writing this on New Year’s Eve, December 31st 2020, joining in what is probably a world-wide reflection on the past year and the fact that, for most, it was a shocker. Does that mean, however, that it was a lost year, as some have described it?  I would beg to...

All lives really do matter – that’s the point!

All lives really do matter – that’s the point!

I saw a post on LinkedIn yesterday decrying the dismantling of monuments to slavery. The "all lives matter" banner used as as a thinly-veiled sideswipe at BAME and other migrants and refugees in the UK was out in force in the comments. Really unattractive stuff. Or...

Want to know about my Coaching? That all depends … on you

I am often asked what sort of coaching I offer. This question is most often asked by potential corporate clients, looking to procure a leadership development coach to work with their top team and tick a box regarding the quality of service on offer. There's lots of...

Still coaching – still “fixing”

Still coaching – still “fixing”

A couple of years ago, I wrote a blog called “Coaching … or fixing?”. It focused on a client whose line manager had sent him to be coached because the boss felt there was something wrong with my client. The truth was, it was the boss who was the problem, because they...

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