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This is the place to delve into our thoughts and tips. There’s over 120 articles and counting - covering a broad range of topics across coaching, training and personal development and more. Written to be concise and actionable, they’ll give you takeaways after just a few minutes of your time.

Is 2019 the year to make it happen?

Don’t wait until the new year to make big plans for 2019. Every year millions of us make New Years Resolutions that few people ever achieve. If you want to be different from the crowd, get thinking now about what you want to achieve and make a plan with these…
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Tried and tested ways to keep everyone happy this Christmas

Christmas is usually such a mix of people, different styles, generations and needs that it can be really hard for everyone to have a good time. It is possible with a bit of planning and forethought. Consider these three needs:
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Become a domestic God or Goddess this Christmas (without the stress)

I’ll let you into a little secret - no one’s Christmas actually looks like their Facebook post would have you believe. Most of us are just grateful we’ve managed to serve something resembling a dinner and not poisoned anyone in the process.
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How to avoid that Christmas cold

There’s a reason Christmas Eve is the most common time of year for people to fall ill. Exhausted with the pressure of organising and burning the candle at both ends, most of us roll into the festive season and our bodies take the opportunity for a break - and make…
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3 signs that bad behaviour is caused by stress

It can be hard as a manager, leader or HR professional when people do behaviour that is troublesome or difficult to know how best to handle it. We usually suggest that you spend some time trying to ascertain what’s behind the behaviour before deciding, but this can be easier said…
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Coaching Case Study - working with control issues

Helen was a well qualified, competent L&D Manager in the retail industry. Having reached the top end of middle-management she was looking to move up to a Director position but was disappointed not to get promotions on two occasions ...
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Four ways that NLP can improve everything from your career to relationships

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) is a collection of techniques that help people do more of their good ‘programmes’ and change their unhelpful ones. The techniques get your conscious and unconscious mind working together for you, making it much easier to make changes than by will power alone ...
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How to achieve optimum flow in your life

It’s tough when you feel pulled in different directions, unable to spend time doing the things you want to. Being more balanced is a very personal thing because we are all different - to some people sitting on a beach is relaxing - to some it is the very definition…
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3 essential career skills that transcend qualifications

When you’ve worked hard for your professional qualifications, you’d like to think they provide you with guaranteed future career success. They are the foundation, but not the whole picture...
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Meet the Time Masters - Eleanor Shakiba, The Success Orienteer

Eleanor is an Entrepreneur, Success Coach and Master Facilitator based in Sydney, Australia. Running a busy and successful coaching and training organisation requires her to be super organised to stay on top of everything and grow the business. How does she do it? ...
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Does your business live up to its Values?

A lot of organisations have values statements. These are fairly easy to put together but not so easy for organisations to live up to. Companies we work with are constantly asking us to help them implement their values. There are some key reasons why businesses find this so hard...
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There’s nothing wrong with you - so why do you need personal development?

There was a time when doing any kind of coaching, self-help or personal development was a bit taboo - you had to be a hippie or have serious issues to spend your time and money on such things. Times have changed and now anyone who’s anyone has a coach and…
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