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Gratitude is regarded as a mega-strategy for achieving happiness. Studies suggest that one of the best ways to cultivate gratitude is to have a daily practice of intentionally noticing and appreciating what's working well in your life and why. Our brains have a...
Stepping out of a meeting room with a colleague, we continued our passionate debate on the best way to develop our first line leaders. We were mid-design; pulling together a new program for the business on leadership development. We’d just been tossed out of the...
Think about one of the most difficult relationships you’ve ever had at work. The type of relationship where you cringe when you have to go and speak to this person, where your chest tightens when you're put on a project together, and you get heart palpitations when...
Sitting around the dinner table is a 10-year-old primary school kid, a 13-year-old high schooler, a 43-year-old business owner, and a 44-year-old Project Director. They have finished eating and each has a piece of paper in front of them with a list of 24 strengths...
Last year a friend asked me to attend a meeting at work as her support person. As she relayed to me the email that had been sent to her from HR, I gently suggested that it was likely she was going to be made redundant (as gently as one can suggest this…) We...
1. They don’t bullshit 2. They don’t shy away from uncomfortable conversations 3. They don’t multi-task during conversations and meetings
Seniority in business is often coupled with isolation, which compromises wellbeing, decision making and subsequently leadership effectiveness. As organisations continue to look for efficiencies, senior leaders often find themselves juggling operational, people and...
There’s a new topic emerging in the conversations I’m having with my clients recently, and it’s all about the dreaded F word ‘feedback’. This word has so many negative connotations; I’ve had leaders in workshops and coaching sessions talk about how their blood starts...
I’ve been reflecting on many of the conversations I’ve had with friends, clients and ex-colleagues recently, and so many of these discussions end up in the area of ‘career ambiguity’. Many in my tribe are ruminating on making a change in their career, and their...
February 2019 Last year was a year of positive change for me. I decided after three years of study completing a Master of Coaching Psychology and four years in the same job, that it was time to take a leap of faith and leave my safe, secure and comfortable corporate...
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Independently, and through his ‘Bersin by Deloitte’ business, Josh Bersin has been at the forefront of thinking around talent management for decades. Always pushing boundaries, and rarely far off the mark in his predictions, his articles are always a good developmental read for those interested in this area.
From her book ‘Dare to Lead’ there is so much to be learned about bravery in leadership, being courageous, and how straightforward it is, yet how powerful at the same time. A brilliant Ted Talks resource to inspire great leadership.
Introduced to Carol’s work on vulnerability from another contact, she has since become essential reading for many clients. Her work on the growth mindset has been inspiring for a number of leaders and teams, challenging their own internal views of personal development, their definition of talent, and how to recognise when their ‘fixed’ mindset takes hold.
We met Marshall whilst at the Tuck School of Business, at Dartmouth in New Hampshire, and found his boundless energy and enthusiasm for the outcomes of coaching leaders infectious. His library of content is free to access and well worth the rummage – ‘Leadership is a Contact Sport’ still an all-time favourite.
As an organisational psychologist, Adam has some amazing insights around ‘Originals’ – the non-conformists of the world – and how ways of working in organisations are not always the obvious ways.
Margaret is an amazing author and hugely stimulating read. Her books such as ‘Wilful Blindness’ and a personal favourite ‘A Bigger Prize’ really hold up the mirror and explore why we choose to ignore the obvious about ourselves. Great self-development content.
Sought around the globe for her playful approach to translating cutting-edge research in positive psychology and neuroscience into practical actions, Michelle helps people and workplaces to thrive – even in challenging times. Michelle hosts the widely acclaimed Making Positive Psychology Work podcast. Her site is full of free resources on change, wellbeing and positive psychology.
Watching Dan Pink’s youtube RSA animate of ‘Drive’ was life-changing from a leadership perspective. Since then, his 60 second Pink podcast has been a regular feature on my watch list, as well as his subsequent Ted Talks.
A stimulating speaker, he has always managed to create quotes and comments that really resonate. Simple, yet really effective and always getting to the issue. Well worth watching.