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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.

Should I use internal or external trainers?

This is not an uncommon debate for businesses. Why and when should I use internal trainers and when should I bring in external trainers or use external training courses? Let’s consider some of the key issues as part of that debate...
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Isn’t taking responsibility the same as taking the blame?

Many organisations cite a ‘no blame’ culture whilst behind the scenes fault finding is a major preoccupation. We all like to believe that there is no blame and it’s best to focus on moving forward, but human nature depicts that we feel a lot better about ourselves when something is…
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Speak up and say the right things

It’s risky; speaking up. Many people miss the opportunity for fear of getting it wrong only to regret later not having said anything. Even though speaking up is often spontaneous, a reaction to something unexpected, it doesn’t mean you can’t prepare...
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What to do if Coaching isn’t working

Anyone who’s anyone nowadays has a Coach. Working with a Coach can help you improve your performance, decrease your stress levels, revolutionaries your time management and sort out your work life balance. But what do you do if Coaching isn’t helping?...
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Leaving work early – is it sloping off or could it be good time management?

What’s the attitude in your organisation around the start and finish time of people’s working day? How do your senior team behave and how do they judge other people around when they arrive and leave work. This will determine how people behave much more than any real resourcing issues in…
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Take 5 minutes to … change your life

Having big goals in life is great, over the years working with people I have learnt that making small changes to your habits and lifestyle have a huge impact on your health and happiness. The good news is that this doesn’t have to be hard! Simply doing a few things…
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How to thrive as a female leader

Stepping into a leadership role doesn’t mean you need to change your style drastically, and women and men generally do have slightly different challenges when they are in leadership positions. If you are a leader and a woman, by developing a few keys skills you can thrive as a leader…
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Coaching Case Study - Working with arrogant behaviour

Sandra leads a team of Project Managers for a leading IT software development company. An experienced IT developer, she was promoted 5 years ago because of her ability to deliver projects on time and on budget, her ability to control the project management process was particularly impressive...
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The dark side of nice and friendly team members

If you work in a warm and friendly team environment, the chances are you have a number of affiliation driven people in your team. Harvard Psychologist David McLelland defined three primary motives that drive people Power, Achievement and Affiliation which are the key to understanding behaviour in the workplace...
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How to say no and stay friends?

Do you find it hard to say no? The problem many people have with saying no is that they don’t want to offend or upset people, or they are afraid it will damage the relationship in some way. Here are some top tips for saying no and being polite from…
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Make the most of your social life

It is all too easy for our social life and family time to end up as the ‘thing we do when everything else is done’. And yet if people were asked on their death bed, what they wished they’d done more of in their life - very few people would…
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Head in the Clouds: How to deal with team members who get carried away with their own ideas

Recently training a team of senior Architects they were talking about how in such a creative industry, dealing with team members who get carried away with their own ideas can disrupt projects by going off brief, overriding agreed decisions and not working as part of a team...
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