The book that almost never was

I almost didn’t write this book. The opportunity came at an inopportune time. I’d just taken on sole responsibility for our family income to release my husband to do a full time Masters. Work and family commitments were already stretching. Besides hasn’t it all been said before?...

Is your can-do attitude getting you into trouble?

Amongst fun stuff like writing, speaking and singing, this is what much of my work has looked like over the last few weeks. Crikey! Deploying 3 Ninjas across 20+ UK workshops, 6 overseas missions across 6 different sites plus 12 webinars, all in the space of 2 months...

5 reasons why we resist self-promotion

A while ago I was nominated to put myself forward for an award in the Forward Ladies National Women in Business Awards. Had I not been nominated, I wouldn’t have done it. What is it about self-promotion that makes so many of us procrastinate? Whether it’s putting yourself...

Sanity check

They say choose your battles, but how do you know which battles are worth fighting? Which battles to pick, and which ones to stand down and let pass? When you’re in the thick of it, how do you tell the difference between single-mindedness and narrow-mindedness? Between...

5 Resilience lessons from a 9 year old’s school test

Last week was a big week for us. My son took his first grammar school entrance test, and I spoke to my largest audience so far: 300 sales professionals at a corporate conference (although my son told me he wins, because he’s performed to an...

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...

What happens when you say “I can’t”

When you say “I can’t” what are you really saying? That you don’t know how? You don’t have the resources to? That you’re not sure you want to? That you’re already committed to something else? Sometimes it’s easier to say “I can’t”. “I can’t make it” rolls off...

Trying too hard to get it right?

When I was a child, I spent a lot of time trying to ‘fit in’. My family moved around a lot, so I had plenty of practice at being the new kid at school. One thing I got good at doing was adapting.  Which comes in...

Doing Learning

When we were on holiday, we took our kids to play badminton. My son loved it, got the hang of it pretty easily, and even invented a tennis-like serve that seemed to work for him. My daughter on the other hand, found it harder, so my husband...

Ever get that “who am I to?” feeling?

That feeling of not being good enough, strong enough, smart enough, important enough, experienced enough, old/young enough, ____ [insert your own] enough to do something? Imposter syndrome. That feeling that you’re pretending, playing a game that’s too big for you, hoping no one will notice, and...

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