We are our teams

We've all probably come across teams which have some of the following characteristics - toxic bickering, tribal behaviours (I win you lose), bad working atmosphere, poor performance and team members feeling managers are not dealing with these problems. Normally this isn't a life or death situation, unless you happen to be the cardiac surgery unit … Continue reading We are our teams

You are good at your job

I am good at my job. How hard is this  to say out loud? Acknowledging that you are good at something can be difficult - what if people disagree with you, what if you are wrong, what if they laugh at you? I was working with a client recently who was clearly a very talented and … Continue reading You are good at your job

Speaking English can seriously impact your business

In the last 2 years, I trained over 400 international managers and executives from organisations as diverse as NGOs, engineering manufacturers and global entertainment businesses. What did these people have in common? English is not their first language. The main challenge international managers face is confidence. Senior managers and executives usually have a confidence based on a … Continue reading Speaking English can seriously impact your business

How can men promote gender equality in the workplace

International Women’s Day 2015 is probably a good time to sit back and reflect on what men should be doing to help promote workplace gender equality. We can’t simply leave this to women or see it as a women’s issue. It impacts us all. So here are my five ideas on what men need to … Continue reading How can men promote gender equality in the workplace

To succeed you have to accept failure

YOU CAN ONLY WIN IF YOU LEARN TO ACCEPT FAILURE. I have just finished watching the Australian Tennis Open final between Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic. One thing that occurred to me during the match was the similarity between failure in sports competition, failure in business and losing in poker. Winning is easy to cope … Continue reading To succeed you have to accept failure

Fresh perspectives @ StartUp 2015

It is only 2 weeks into 2015 and this year will see some great new businesses launched if StartUp 2015 at Somerset House in London is anything to go by. As an experienced entrepreneur myself and a government accredited SME business coach, I was invited to be one of the resident 'meet an advisor' on … Continue reading Fresh perspectives @ StartUp 2015

Even World Champions need coaching!

I was talking to one of my clients (an ex-international sportsperson) recently and at one stage during our session she said "even world champions need coaches". I was struck by how simple and yet profound this statement is. If you look at the field of sports I can't think of a world champion or professional … Continue reading Even World Champions need coaching!

Follow your dreams

I went to a business growth event recently at the British Museum. I wasn’t sure what to expect – sometimes these events can be very dull, focusing on how to set up a company, taxes and legal advice. Luckily I was wrong, very wrong, and this turned out to be one of the most inspirational … Continue reading Follow your dreams