Blog Posts

Love what you do #3: Maximise your strengths

10th February 2012

I’ve always found that making the most of what I’m good at ensures I enjoy my job more. Knowing what I’m good at comes from different areas: I get feedback from others when I coach or train them I feel…


Love What You Do #2: Stretch Yourself

7th February 2012

… Not quite what I meant!¬†Although I admire you if you can do this! In this second post in the Love What You Do series, I’m talking about stretching yourself mentally … encouraging you to venture out of your comfort…


Love What You Do #1: Get Clarity

6th February 2012

To celebrate International Coaching Week I’ve put together a series of tips to help maximise what you do at work. This Love What You Do series starts today with Tip 1: Get Clarity! [NB I write this series of tips…


Motivate me! (Part 2)

3rd February 2012

So … how do you know that you’ve done a good job? In Part 1 I posed this question and encouraged you to answer it as fully as possible, and in relation to a particular work-based target. If you’ve not…


Motivate me! (Part 1)

28th January 2012

Leaders beware … your staff may appear enthusiastic, driven and motivated, but is it just for show? Do your staff say what they think you want to hear? Or are their responses an honest reflection of how motivated they are?…


Getting the balance right at work

20th January 2012

Thinking about¬†how I’ve been spending my time recently, listening to music has played a large part (no pun intended!) This is perhaps unusual for me, as I’m more of a visual /kinaesthetic person, than auditory. But I’ve really enjoyed it,…


How often do you set exciting challenges for yourself?

3rd October 2011

What kind of exciting challenges have you faced recently (both in your personal and working life)? During a recent walk through a nearby forest, which took in a Trim Trail, I came across this climbing wall. When I was young,…


Reflecting back and moving forward

31st August 2011

When I coach Head Teachers, the most common benefit they say they gain from coaching is “time and space to reflect”. As we come to the end of the school holidays and begin a new term, it’s time to start…


Are you making the most of who you are? (Part 2)

24th August 2011

In Part 1 we set the scene for making lists of your skills, strengths and personal qualities. I also introduced an exercise to provide you with external feedback. So what did you find? Were there common strengths that crossed over…


Are you making the most of who you are? (Part 1)

17th August 2011

I often hear, and have used, the phrase “maximising your potential” in the context of personal and professional development. But what does it mean in practice? From your perspective … In order to make the most of who you are,…