Volunteering – what you have that the world needs

Volunteering matters Volunteering is big business. In 2016/17 more than one in every three of us volunteered at least once in the year, whilst one in five volunteered at least weekly. Apart from the broad and deep social value of volunteering it’s an activity that carries a financial value, currently estimated at over £20bn (around…

Reflection

7 Reasons why taking time for reflection really matters For busy professionals taking time for reflection can often be a low priority. It’s easy to get caught up in the busyness of your day and neglect to pause for thought. In fact, when you have lots to do, the very act of stopping may not…

What’s stopping you working with a coach?

Evan Davis explores coaching and mentoring for The Bottom Line What do senior professionals make of coaching? Is it a rare privilege for the entitled few, just something to help people through a crisis, or something more universal and equitable? I recently went back to an episode of BBC’s The Bottom Line in which journalist…

How to make New Year Resolutions work for you

Are you one in five? In 2017 around one in five UK adults said they would make a New Year resolution (NYR). Were you one of them? And if so, were you among the one in five resolvers who had given up before the end of January? In a survey by BUPA, around half the people…

Who you are does not depend on where you are

  “It’s just not me any more.” Have you ever heard someone talking about their job , when they’ve said: “It’s just not me any more”? More importantly, is the latest voice you heard saying it your own? What could be behind this statement and, more importantly, how can we address it? The role and…

The conversation you need to have

One of the questions I sometimes ask at the beginning of a coaching session is this: “What’s the conversation you most want to have, that you keep putting off?” Perhaps you know what the answer is to that one, and just need to decide to get on and make it happen. Or perhaps you’re not…

Actors directors and other guides to a great performance

If life really is a stage, what roles are you performing? Have you ever been doing a job, or performing a role where you’ve said “This is not really me“? Almost all of us will be there at some point in our lives, discharging responsibilities that are not really our best fit. But whilst we…

How to be happier at work

Whilst there are some very contented people who feel they are in their perfect job, I suspect most of us would like to feel a greater sense of happiness in our workplaces. The good news is that it usually is possible to be happier at work. Join me in exploring the following ideas. Create your…

Beneath your “because.”

Welcome to 2017, and a Happy New Year to you. Considering the year ahead Even if you are not a practitioner of new year’s resolutions, it’s likely that you will be undertaking some kind of forward planning, either at work or at home. You have probably already had some conversations around what you are hoping…

Coaching spaces

When reflecting with clients on the value they get from coaching, one common theme is that of “space.” Coaching creates a space in people’s lives to stand back, reflect, review, re-energise and recommit. In particular, there are four kinds of “spaces” that regularly appear through coaching conversations. Coaching provides, first and foremost, a safe space….

What’s your relationship to ageing?

For all you visual learners out there, here’s a somewhat abstract blog post. Ready? I’ve been reading some research from Jeanette Leardi who explores, in a brief post of her own, the question “What’s your relationship with Aging?” Jeanette invites us to think about living with ageing as like having a relationship with another person….

What do you want to be when you’re grown up?

Remember that question? I expect we have all been asked that by various people. Can you remember any of the answers you gave? The only one I remember was after a particularly memorable lesson at school when I was ten or eleven. Our teacher, the fabulous Mr Wilson, was quite possibly the most creative educationalist…