The 5-Second Fix for an Inadequacy Attack

I’ve had the pleasure of coaching professionals at all levels of large organizations and I can tell you this: whether their title has had Chief, Director, Manager, or Assistant in it, every single one of them has felt inadequate at some point in their careers. Think of the most self-assured, confident person you know. Even[…]

Feeling Like a Bag of Nerves? You Should – You’re a Chemical Factory!

You know that feeling. Stomach churning, wishing the ground would swallow you up, you feel like a bag of nerves with sweaty palms and tunnel vision. Causes include having to deliver an important presentation or meeting the in-laws for the first time? I know I’ve had this feeling. What’s happening to you when you feel[…]

How I Taught a Group of Managers to Breathe Well

I remember standing in front of a group of managers and being asked to demonstrate what I meant by “breathing well.” I have to admit at first I thought they were pulling my leg but no this was a serious request. I realized they must be thinking, “Surely you just breathe in and breathe out[…]

Feedback – how personal do you want to get?

Why is it that some people can handle feedback and others take it badly? Is it something about their personality, their approach, their skill level or something else altogether? Well this is a conversation I get into quite a lot, probably because I believe it’s soooo very important. It doesn’t matter if we’re talking about[…]

The importance of switching off

Okay, so the holidays are over. They might not have been as relaxing as you’d hoped but at least you managed to get some time to de-stress, kick back and enjoy life. And why not, you worked hard throughout the year. And as you prepare to psyche yourself up for work in the New Year,[…]

Protect yourself – learn how to say NO!

Saying ‘yes’ to every request for your time may win you friends in the short run but is likely to leave you feeling burdened and exhausted. Ever notice how some people just have the knack to do this well? They are able to empathise with you so you feel ‘heard’, use the right words so[…]