The fluff that matters!

Building relationships, running staff engagement and team culture activities and even development conversations are often referred to as fluff! In 2018? Really, that can’t be! Yep it actually is. I’ve heard it used by several leaders over the past few months. Leaders who were in different states, different organisations and different industries…so yep, it’s still happening. If I’d just heard …

You are capable of so much more!

Over the weekend I became a Master NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) Practitioner, which is a huge accomplishment and something I’m so very proud of. Over six months the program forced me to  challenge myself in new ways and do things I wouldn’t ordinarily do or didn’t think I was capable of. One of the biggest mental challenges was believing I could …

Sound advice for new leaders

Reflections from Mali … Coaching people to be better leaders gives me such a buzz. Seeing them transform in their thinking and their approach is so rewarding and I love how life changing it can be. I was chatting with one of my clients, Malith Amarasekera, recently and I had a ‘proud’ moment. We reflected on where he was when …

Operating rhythm

The silver bullet for business success Ok, so I have this love/hate relationship with routine. For years I’ve been bouncing between having a routine and being spontaneous. I discover a way to do a task efficiently and follow the process for a couple of months before getting irritated by the lack of variety and changing it up, delaying it, or, …

Leader engagement

Hear how Spiz engages his people! … Often the engagement of leaders is overlooked. We assume that because they’re in a leadership position they should be able to look after themselves. And while it is important for leaders to own and direct their own development it is still the responsibility of their managers to ensure they remain engaged. And if …

From procrastination to motivation

Making the shift! A couple of weeks ago I wrote about overcoming procrastination. I shared my own, excruciating process of writing blogs and feeling frustrated by it. I offered some questions to help decide whether tasks were worth doing at all and, if so, taking a “just do it” approach. Once I’d published the blog I discreetly slipped back into …

Overcome procrastination

And get moving! I don’t procrastinate over many things but when I do it’s exhausting. Most of my blogs, including this one, take around two weeks to complete. I spend so much time trying to work out the right topic, writing a little bit, getting distracted or finding a reason to stop, then rewriting what I’ve already written over and …

One on one conversations matter!

When they’re done right It’s a conversation I had with a friend recently that prompts the topic for this weeks blog. My friend, we’ll call him James, is on the verge of quitting his job. He’s not bored or uninterested in what he’s doing, he loves the idea that what he does genuinely makes a difference in peoples’ lives. He …

When to take advice and when to ignore it!

Advice advice – Part II  Through every big change in my life I’ve been given advice from people who care and want to see me succeed. And I have always accepted their advice with openness and belief that it was right for me…even when perhaps it wasn’t! When I was backpacking around the UK in my early twenties I was …

Do you give too much advice?

Advice advice – Part I After spending a large part of my working life in banking I’m always nervous about using the term ‘advice’. For a banker, giving advice is only allowed after training and accreditation and then it must occur within strict parameters – anything outside of these is considered a serious breach. Yet, in the leadership space, when …