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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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How to stop sexual harassment in the workplace

It may feel a bit early in the year to start talking about sexual harassment in the workplace :0 but this January, it’s come up top of the agenda for one of my corporate clients. In many ways their enquiry is positive; this is an organisation that my have historically ‘looked the other way’, but now knows that’s no …

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Female global leaders lost fewer people during Covid – here’s the likely reason

As an American citizen living in the UK, I will not be the only person who has speculated how things might have been different, if at all, with more female global leaders over the last few years.  We’ve been living through overconfidence as male leaders talk about how they’re handling Covid, the economic crisis, and now readiness to tackle climate change. It …

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Equality in the workplace comes when women outnumber men – 4 to 1

When I first began coaching in male-dominated sectors, leadership thought it sufficient if women were 20% of leadership were women. Let’s be honest, at the time (and still in in some organisations!) a single women in a group of 4 other men was ‘real progress’. After all, for some that’s a move towards equality in …

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Handwriting analysis suggests larger signatures = higher company costs

Who says size matters? Well, bigger, it turns out, is not always better when it comes to handwriting analysis – and indeed it can be a lot worse. It turns out that signature size is correlated to narcissism, and the bigger the signature a CEO pens, the more overconfident they are. So what’s the bottom-line …

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