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The Coach’s Journal

A high flyers guide to confidence and learning to say no

I had the opportunity this week to attend a lunch hosted by The Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce.  I enjoy their ‘Woman in Business’ series and this month was no exception.  Professor Heather McGregor, Executive Dean of Edinburgh Business School, was the speaker yesterday and what a joy she was to listen to.  Her current title …

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How to be a more authentic leader

How to be a more authentic leader According to the Harvard Business Review, “Authenticity has become the gold standard for leadership” —Harvard Business Review, January 2015. So what is authenticity? “The secret is authenticity. The reason people fail is because they’re pretending to be something they’re not.” Oprah Winfrey For me, being authentic in your …

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10 Things You Need to Know About Building Your Resilience

I was grateful to have the opportunity recently to listen to the Vice Chancellor of Napier University, Professor Andrea Nolan OBE, talk about her career journey. A couple of things stood out for me. She spoke about ‘resolve’ and always being open to possibility. When I googled ‘resolve’ the definition offered was ‘to have a …

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Unlocking the value of your true authentic self

One of the things my clients often bring to their coaching sessions is dealing with ‘overwhelm’. That sick and debilitating feeling that creates stress and anxiety and stops us from being our true authentic self. I’ve seen this show up in many forms. Sometimes it’s being overwhelmed with the responsibility of a new role. Other …

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How to make giving effective feedback easy

My clients have been discussing the topic of ‘how to give effective feedback’ recently.  Interestingly when I dig into what the challenge is, often it’s not giving feedback that’s the problem. Leaders establishing agreements up front with their teams about how to work together and what is expected seems to be missing. Gallup found in …

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How to say ‘No’ to your boss and make it sound like a ‘Yes’

For anyone who has ever experienced a toddler in full meltdown mode, I’m sure the above image sends shivers down your spine.  It certainly grabbed my attention and made me laugh.  All the children in our extended family are now well and truly past that stage.  It did make me think about a topic that’s …

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