Coaching

Executive coaching

Focus on self-improvement by asking ‘What’s important?’

Asking ‘what’s important’ is a great hack for releasing yourself from judgement and a great way towards self-improvement. In an increasingly anxious world, letting go of that can help you, your family but also your colleagues. Digging deeper into what’s important can unearth real value and help you shed unhelpful judgements.  My guilty secret? ‘Judgement’ …

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How to Work a Micro-Question

As part of my continuing theme on how to use coaching skills with your team members, I thought I’d share how to use ultra-powerful ‘micro’ questions. Have you ever had a difficult conversation where you’ve left thinking ‘I probably said too much… and not enough of what should have been said’? The truth is we all often say too much, not only when we are …

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Effective open questions

How to use effective open questions

What’s the difference between ‘Did you have a good day?’ and ‘What did you do today? The first seems engaging, the use of ‘good’ even suggestive of a potentially positive result. It’s a winner, right? Well, it actually depends on what you need.  When you are with your colleagues, you’ll often get more out of them by …

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Victim of workplace bullying

How to handle workplace bullying in the moment

Office idiots – or those who get off on workplace bullying. We all know one, perhaps work with one now 🙁 I’m not talking about incompetent people who are out of their depth, but those who aggressively use their behaviour or comments to bully others. Let’s be clear, incompetence and bullying can overlap in the same ‘fun …

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Interrupted

Interruptions at work: What difference does gender make?

Interruptions at work are common, but perhaps men and women interpret them differently. A few years ago, I was pitching a new idea to a roundtable but left the experience of being routinely interrupted as I tried to get my key points out, feeling a bit battered, bruised and afterwards felt near to tears. The …

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