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How to grow a great team

How to grow a great team

This week I've been thinking about diversity. Not a subject you'd probably associate with me as I tend to steer clear of political correctness and especially anybody who's trying to tell me or anyone else how to live our lives... But cognitive diversity is something...

read more
Time to get into your flow

Time to get into your flow

This week I've been thinking about flow. It's that feeling of being in your zone of genius. When things are effortless and you feel energised and alive. Your flow is unique to you. How much of your time do you typically spend in your flow? Do you understand what...

read more
Managing remotely

Managing remotely

This week I've been reflecting on how to manage remote and dispersed teams. Many of my clients run companies with people from all over the world and even if you don't, members of your team may be still working from home, at least some of the time. How do you keep...

read more
Time to cut yourself some slack?

Time to cut yourself some slack?

This week I've been giving myself a break. I've had some challenges in my personal life and have been making a conscious effort to be kind and compassionate to myself. The truth is that we all have ups and downs. Life happens. It's often a struggle to deal with what...

read more
What’s your plan for Q4?

What’s your plan for Q4?

This week I've been reflecting on how fast time flies. What an extraordinarily unpredictable and fast-moving year this has been. And now we find ourselves at the start of the final quarter. What are your plans for the last three months of this year and how will you...

read more
Are you on track?

Are you on track?

This week I've been reflecting on how we track progress. As the summer gives way to autumn and we head towards the fourth quarter, many people are dusting off the plans they made at the start of the year. Others concluded months ago, that with so much uncertainty...

read more
How do you measure success?

How do you measure success?

This week I've been reflecting on how we measure success both for ourselves and others. It's so easy to get caught up in everybody else's vision of success but the truth is that success looks very different to each and every one of us. So how do you measure it?...

read more
Are you hard on yourself?

Are you hard on yourself?

This week I've been reflecting on how we speak to ourselves. Most of the things we say inside our heads we'd never dream of saying out loud or to anyone else! There's a balance to be struck between holding ourselves accountable and keeping motivated and beating...

read more
Are you too nice?

Are you too nice?

This week I've been reflecting on what we mean by being 'too nice'. This topic has raised in coaching sessions by several clients who feel that they're not being firm enough, that worry they're being taken advantage of. How do you get the balance right between being...

read more
Making money

Making money

This week I've been reflecting on the tension many feel about making money. It's easy to feel guilty about charging for what you do, especially if you love doing it. Whether you're afraid of 'conning' your customers, doubting the value of what you offer or feeling...

read more
When is it okay to not be okay?

When is it okay to not be okay?

This week I've been reflecting on how to deal with not being okay. I've had an up and down week and although that's not necessarily unusual for me, this time it definitely got me thinking. How do you deal with feeling rubbish when everybody's looking to you to be...

read more
Need more customers?

Need more customers?

This week I've been reflecting on customers and how we connect with them. Almost every day I'm contacted by someone via email or LinkedIn, promising me and my business hundreds of new 'hot leads'. As if there was a silver bullet, an easy way to shortcut the process of...

read more
Taking time out

Taking time out

This week I've been reflecting on time and how we use it. We all have the same 24 hours in each day, and yet some people always seem to have plenty of time while others never have enough. How do you manage your time so you get a sense of achievement without feeling...

read more
Who do you need in your team?

Who do you need in your team?

This week I've been reflecting on who we need around us to make us successful. Most people who've built viable businesses, including me, will tell you that they couldn't do it without their people and yet running your own business can be a lonely place. Many of us...

read more
What kind of leader are you?

What kind of leader are you?

This week I've been reflecting on leadership and what it means to  be able to manage and direct others. As business owners we're usually very capable people, but just because we can do something, doesn't mean we should. You can build a product on your own but building...

read more
How do you sell?

How do you sell?

This week I've been reflecting on how we buy and sell. As business owners being able to connect with clients and sell our products and services is an essential skill. But many people shy away from sales or labelling themselves as a salesperson, even though the reality...

read more
What do you measure?

What do you measure?

This week, at almost the half way point of this crazy year, I've been reflecting on how we look at progress. Are you someone who has a plan and likes to keep track of everything or do you prefer to go with the flow and see where life takes you? Most of us are probably...

read more
What do you dream about?

What do you dream about?

This week I've been reflecting on how to dream big! Most entrepreneurs have wild and crazy ideas and many have big and bold visions. But how often do you dismiss your dreams believing them to be impossible? What would happen if we allowed ourselves the time and space...

read more
How comfortable are you?

How comfortable are you?

This week I've been reflecting on how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Being entrepreneurs requires us to take risks and get used to the very real possibility that we might fail. It also requires us to learn and do things we never thought we were capable...

read more
Keeping your head in the game

Keeping your head in the game

This week I've been reflecting on how to stay the course. It's easy to get distracted or feel overwhelmed and not find the energy to change things or make a plan. Or we convince ourselves that it's the wrong business or the wrong market or the wrong partner, so we...

read more
Are you losing your mojo?

Are you losing your mojo?

This week I've been reflecting on the importance of consistency. Showing up every day whether we feel like it or not. Running a business is a marathon not a sprint. But how do you keep that motivation going, day after day. How do you stay focused on what's important...

read more
Where’s your focus?

Where’s your focus?

This week I've been reflecting on the importance of putting my focus on the things and people that I care about and prioritising what's important in my life. How do you stay focused on what's important and avoid distractions? How do you manage to juggle conflicting...

read more
Time to get clear?

Time to get clear?

This week I've been reflecting on the importance of getting clear. About your expectations, what you want from life and business and what's really important to you. Without clarity, we can feel stuck and dissatisfied. We procrastinate and look for distractions. We...

read more
What’s your story?

What’s your story?

It's World Book Day today and all this week I've been reflecting on the importance of communication in business. Getting your message out to the right people has never been more important and your potential clients want to know more about you. Why you do what you do...

read more
Choices, choices…

Choices, choices…

This week I've been reflecting on choices. There are so many in life and in business! To niche or not to niche or how to niche. To hire inexperienced people that you can train and mold, or experienced hands who you can let run with things. With so many opinions on...

read more
A rollercoaster ride…

A rollercoaster ride…

This week I've been reflecting on perspective. After a long weekend and two short weeks, it can be a struggle to get back into the groove. We can feel that different parts of our life are fighting each other causing us to feel emotionally torn. How do you balance your...

read more
Make it a Good Friday!

Make it a Good Friday!

This week I've been reflecting on how many of us are drawn to a life of service. Of course people start businesses for many different reasons, but at the heart of entrepreneurship is a desire to solve a problem, to help others, to serve. This time of year is a time of...

read more
How important is your health?

How important is your health?

This week I've been reflecting on the importance of both mental and physical health. As business owners how do we keep ourselves healthy and in a good rhythm? Running a business can feel like a rollercoaster ride of emotions, one minute the high of signing another...

read more
A trip down memory lane

A trip down memory lane

This week has been a week of memories. One year on from that moment when my husband sat me down and said 'We need a plan...' and 25 years on from my very first day at Xerox. One of the things Xerox was known for was the quality of its training and I was fortunate to...

read more
How do you negotiate?

How do you negotiate?

This week I've been focused on negotiation. How do we ensure that our voice is heard and how do we really hear the other person without losing what's important to us? Negotiation is key to business success, whether it's with team members, clients, suppliers,...

read more
How that plan coming?

How that plan coming?

This week I've been working with several clients on planning for growth. What to prioritise, who to hire and how to manage their time and keep sane through the process! I've been reflecting on how we plan, prioritise and use our time to meet our goals. How do you...

read more
Feeling the pressure?

Feeling the pressure?

This week I've seen several emails and social media posts telling me the year is racing by, that we've used up 10% of it already! So I've been reflecting on how we set goals for ourselves and how we determine the pace at which we move. Whose version of success are YOU...

read more
Slow down to speed up

Slow down to speed up

This week I've been reflecting on the pace of life. Many of us are juggling family with business, home schooling with caring or volunteering, and life just keeps getting busier. But if we're honest with ourselves, is being busy a chore or more of a badge of honour?...

read more
What are you avoiding?

What are you avoiding?

This week I've been reflecting on avoidance. What strategies do you use to avoid the tasks you don't want to do, the topics you don't want to think about, the conversations you don't want to have? "You cannot find peace by avoiding life." Nicole Kidman playing...

read more
Doing things your way in 2021

Doing things your way in 2021

This week I've been reflecting on authenticity. What does it mean to do things 'your way' and what's the cost of not doing so? "Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." Janice Joplin Several times this week clients have talked about doing things 'their...

read more
What did you learn from 2020?

What did you learn from 2020?

This week many of us have been reflecting on last year. What we learned, what we want to leave behind and what we choose to bring into this new year. "Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will." Vernon Howard My key learnings from...

read more
May you live in interesting times

May you live in interesting times

There is an old Chinese curse - “May you live in interesting times”. With Brexit, oil wars and now the coronavirus Covid-19, it feels strikingly relevant today. Having worked in change roles for many years, responsible for multiple restructuring, implementation and...

read more
How I avoid burnout

How I avoid burnout

Burnout is a bit of a loaded word these days – overused and some might say, overly dramatic. But I’m using it today because I believe that it’s much more common than most of us are willing to admit. And I’m using it because I can now see how close I’ve been to burning...

read more
How to grow a great team

How to grow a great team

This week I've been thinking about diversity. Not a subject you'd probably associate with me as I tend to steer clear of political correctness and especially anybody who's trying to tell me or anyone else how to live our lives... But cognitive diversity is something...

read more
Time to get into your flow

Time to get into your flow

This week I've been thinking about flow. It's that feeling of being in your zone of genius. When things are effortless and you feel energised and alive. Your flow is unique to you. How much of your time do you typically spend in your flow? Do you understand what...

read more
Managing remotely

Managing remotely

This week I've been reflecting on how to manage remote and dispersed teams. Many of my clients run companies with people from all over the world and even if you don't, members of your team may be still working from home, at least some of the time. How do you keep...

read more
Time to cut yourself some slack?

Time to cut yourself some slack?

This week I've been giving myself a break. I've had some challenges in my personal life and have been making a conscious effort to be kind and compassionate to myself. The truth is that we all have ups and downs. Life happens. It's often a struggle to deal with what...

read more
What’s your plan for Q4?

What’s your plan for Q4?

This week I've been reflecting on how fast time flies. What an extraordinarily unpredictable and fast-moving year this has been. And now we find ourselves at the start of the final quarter. What are your plans for the last three months of this year and how will you...

read more
Are you on track?

Are you on track?

This week I've been reflecting on how we track progress. As the summer gives way to autumn and we head towards the fourth quarter, many people are dusting off the plans they made at the start of the year. Others concluded months ago, that with so much uncertainty...

read more
How do you measure success?

How do you measure success?

This week I've been reflecting on how we measure success both for ourselves and others. It's so easy to get caught up in everybody else's vision of success but the truth is that success looks very different to each and every one of us. So how do you measure it?...

read more
Are you hard on yourself?

Are you hard on yourself?

This week I've been reflecting on how we speak to ourselves. Most of the things we say inside our heads we'd never dream of saying out loud or to anyone else! There's a balance to be struck between holding ourselves accountable and keeping motivated and beating...

read more
Are you too nice?

Are you too nice?

This week I've been reflecting on what we mean by being 'too nice'. This topic has raised in coaching sessions by several clients who feel that they're not being firm enough, that worry they're being taken advantage of. How do you get the balance right between being...

read more
Making money

Making money

This week I've been reflecting on the tension many feel about making money. It's easy to feel guilty about charging for what you do, especially if you love doing it. Whether you're afraid of 'conning' your customers, doubting the value of what you offer or feeling...

read more
When is it okay to not be okay?

When is it okay to not be okay?

This week I've been reflecting on how to deal with not being okay. I've had an up and down week and although that's not necessarily unusual for me, this time it definitely got me thinking. How do you deal with feeling rubbish when everybody's looking to you to be...

read more
Need more customers?

Need more customers?

This week I've been reflecting on customers and how we connect with them. Almost every day I'm contacted by someone via email or LinkedIn, promising me and my business hundreds of new 'hot leads'. As if there was a silver bullet, an easy way to shortcut the process of...

read more
Taking time out

Taking time out

This week I've been reflecting on time and how we use it. We all have the same 24 hours in each day, and yet some people always seem to have plenty of time while others never have enough. How do you manage your time so you get a sense of achievement without feeling...

read more
Who do you need in your team?

Who do you need in your team?

This week I've been reflecting on who we need around us to make us successful. Most people who've built viable businesses, including me, will tell you that they couldn't do it without their people and yet running your own business can be a lonely place. Many of us...

read more
What kind of leader are you?

What kind of leader are you?

This week I've been reflecting on leadership and what it means to  be able to manage and direct others. As business owners we're usually very capable people, but just because we can do something, doesn't mean we should. You can build a product on your own but building...

read more
How do you sell?

How do you sell?

This week I've been reflecting on how we buy and sell. As business owners being able to connect with clients and sell our products and services is an essential skill. But many people shy away from sales or labelling themselves as a salesperson, even though the reality...

read more
What do you measure?

What do you measure?

This week, at almost the half way point of this crazy year, I've been reflecting on how we look at progress. Are you someone who has a plan and likes to keep track of everything or do you prefer to go with the flow and see where life takes you? Most of us are probably...

read more
What do you dream about?

What do you dream about?

This week I've been reflecting on how to dream big! Most entrepreneurs have wild and crazy ideas and many have big and bold visions. But how often do you dismiss your dreams believing them to be impossible? What would happen if we allowed ourselves the time and space...

read more
How comfortable are you?

How comfortable are you?

This week I've been reflecting on how to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. Being entrepreneurs requires us to take risks and get used to the very real possibility that we might fail. It also requires us to learn and do things we never thought we were capable...

read more
Keeping your head in the game

Keeping your head in the game

This week I've been reflecting on how to stay the course. It's easy to get distracted or feel overwhelmed and not find the energy to change things or make a plan. Or we convince ourselves that it's the wrong business or the wrong market or the wrong partner, so we...

read more
Are you losing your mojo?

Are you losing your mojo?

This week I've been reflecting on the importance of consistency. Showing up every day whether we feel like it or not. Running a business is a marathon not a sprint. But how do you keep that motivation going, day after day. How do you stay focused on what's important...

read more
Where’s your focus?

Where’s your focus?

This week I've been reflecting on the importance of putting my focus on the things and people that I care about and prioritising what's important in my life. How do you stay focused on what's important and avoid distractions? How do you manage to juggle conflicting...

read more
Time to get clear?

Time to get clear?

This week I've been reflecting on the importance of getting clear. About your expectations, what you want from life and business and what's really important to you. Without clarity, we can feel stuck and dissatisfied. We procrastinate and look for distractions. We...

read more
What’s your story?

What’s your story?

It's World Book Day today and all this week I've been reflecting on the importance of communication in business. Getting your message out to the right people has never been more important and your potential clients want to know more about you. Why you do what you do...

read more
Choices, choices…

Choices, choices…

This week I've been reflecting on choices. There are so many in life and in business! To niche or not to niche or how to niche. To hire inexperienced people that you can train and mold, or experienced hands who you can let run with things. With so many opinions on...

read more
A rollercoaster ride…

A rollercoaster ride…

This week I've been reflecting on perspective. After a long weekend and two short weeks, it can be a struggle to get back into the groove. We can feel that different parts of our life are fighting each other causing us to feel emotionally torn. How do you balance your...

read more
Make it a Good Friday!

Make it a Good Friday!

This week I've been reflecting on how many of us are drawn to a life of service. Of course people start businesses for many different reasons, but at the heart of entrepreneurship is a desire to solve a problem, to help others, to serve. This time of year is a time of...

read more
How important is your health?

How important is your health?

This week I've been reflecting on the importance of both mental and physical health. As business owners how do we keep ourselves healthy and in a good rhythm? Running a business can feel like a rollercoaster ride of emotions, one minute the high of signing another...

read more
A trip down memory lane

A trip down memory lane

This week has been a week of memories. One year on from that moment when my husband sat me down and said 'We need a plan...' and 25 years on from my very first day at Xerox. One of the things Xerox was known for was the quality of its training and I was fortunate to...

read more
How do you negotiate?

How do you negotiate?

This week I've been focused on negotiation. How do we ensure that our voice is heard and how do we really hear the other person without losing what's important to us? Negotiation is key to business success, whether it's with team members, clients, suppliers,...

read more
How that plan coming?

How that plan coming?

This week I've been working with several clients on planning for growth. What to prioritise, who to hire and how to manage their time and keep sane through the process! I've been reflecting on how we plan, prioritise and use our time to meet our goals. How do you...

read more
Feeling the pressure?

Feeling the pressure?

This week I've seen several emails and social media posts telling me the year is racing by, that we've used up 10% of it already! So I've been reflecting on how we set goals for ourselves and how we determine the pace at which we move. Whose version of success are YOU...

read more
Slow down to speed up

Slow down to speed up

This week I've been reflecting on the pace of life. Many of us are juggling family with business, home schooling with caring or volunteering, and life just keeps getting busier. But if we're honest with ourselves, is being busy a chore or more of a badge of honour?...

read more
What are you avoiding?

What are you avoiding?

This week I've been reflecting on avoidance. What strategies do you use to avoid the tasks you don't want to do, the topics you don't want to think about, the conversations you don't want to have? "You cannot find peace by avoiding life." Nicole Kidman playing...

read more
Doing things your way in 2021

Doing things your way in 2021

This week I've been reflecting on authenticity. What does it mean to do things 'your way' and what's the cost of not doing so? "Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got." Janice Joplin Several times this week clients have talked about doing things 'their...

read more
What did you learn from 2020?

What did you learn from 2020?

This week many of us have been reflecting on last year. What we learned, what we want to leave behind and what we choose to bring into this new year. "Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn, and you will." Vernon Howard My key learnings from...

read more
May you live in interesting times

May you live in interesting times

There is an old Chinese curse - “May you live in interesting times”. With Brexit, oil wars and now the coronavirus Covid-19, it feels strikingly relevant today. Having worked in change roles for many years, responsible for multiple restructuring, implementation and...

read more
How I avoid burnout

How I avoid burnout

Burnout is a bit of a loaded word these days – overused and some might say, overly dramatic. But I’m using it today because I believe that it’s much more common than most of us are willing to admit. And I’m using it because I can now see how close I’ve been to burning...

read more