What do you do when things don’t work out?

Last week I wrote a column for my local paper on ‘how to find your dream job’. The punch line was essentially: you don’t, you create it as you go. Here’s an extract: The job I do these days didn’t exist when I was choosing my degree...

The Happy Helpful Human approach to selling

We had our "International Ninjamboree" at Think Productive last week, where Productivity Ninjas from around the world congregated in Brighton. In one of the sessions, I was asked to share how I do ‘selling’ which was rather amusing, as in my mind, I don’t do...

The curse of the capable

“I wish there weren’t so many things that I can do!” My husband said this a little while ago. He was at a crossroads at his career, and was trying to decide which direction he wanted to steer in. His problem was, he was too capable. For...

More than we expect

Sometimes plans change, sometimes things don’t go to plan. And sometimes, when we are wiling to abandon our plans, we can find ourselves with far more than we expected. In the last days of writing my book I had this nagging feeling. Several people had suggested that...

Reclaiming Good

A friend said to me the other day “I’m trying to stop aiming for progress.” It stumped me at first. I’ve always though of progress as a good thing - the antidote to perfection even. But what she meant was that she kept finding herself...

Unlikely leadership

I was at a leadership conference this weekend and had the privilege of being asked to be on the Q&A panel. It wasn’t until I got there that I caught myself wondering - what am I doing here? Who am I to be on this panel?...

12 questions to start the new year

How are you feeling about the year ahead? Are you ready and raring to go, with some big, hairy, scare-the-pants-off-you goals? Or are you still getting your bearings and wondering what day it is? If it’s the latter, don’t worry about playing catch up. Just start...

What’s your hidden strength?

What would come to mind if I asked you about your weaknesses? The stuff you struggle with and stumble at. The things you think you ought to be better at, or resigned yourself to being rubbish at.  The words you’d choose to complete the sentence “I’m...

Who do you want to be today?

Not when you grow up. Not in five years' time. Today. If we were about to start working together - in a workshop, or a 1-1 coaching session - one of the first questions I’d ask you is What do you want? And you might start telling...

Renegotiating Rules – why I write

Why do I write? Seems like an easy enough question. I was invited to be part of a writers’ blog tour by the lovely Erin Casey - writer, book coach, editor, and contributing editor for SUCCESS magazine. The remit: blog about why you write. Then introduce your...

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