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Self-care is your number one responsibility as a leader

If you’re in a leadership role, a key responsibility you have is taking care of yourself. I’d never thought about this before, until one of my mentors pointed it out. I find this idea very challenging because it takes the wind out of all of my excuses for not fully embracing self-care. What excuse can I have really for not caring for myself? In a way, self-care is my number one responsibility, because if I don’t take care of myself, it impacts seriously on my ability to do my job. The same is true for every leader. If you are

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Digging deeper into values

I’ve been digging into values lately, so I can start living my values more wholeheartedly. Some people will probably cringe at the mention of the word values. Perhaps it feels like values have been done to death. I would say it’s actually the opposite – we need to be exploring our values more.  Leadership experts talk about values so often, because values really matter. When I talk about values, I’m not talking about things you like doing – like travel or gardening. You might value doing these things, but they are not your values. If you dig deeper, underneath a

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The secrets to building an engaged and productive team

Whether you’re leading a small team or a whole organisation, engaged and productive teams are an essential ingredient if you want to have an impact through your leadership. Teams are the lifeblood of an organisation. If teams are not engaged and productive, you probably won’t get very far, either as a leader, or with the purpose you’ve been employed to serve. There are so many strategies you could adopt to build a more engaged and productive team. Lots of these strategies will work. And yet some teams never quite manage to fully engage with the vision the organisation is trying

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How Emotional Intelligence can make you an outstanding leader

Emotional intelligence is so important for leaders to be able to navigate the waters of emotion that are present in the workplace. The waters are sometimes smooth and sometimes choppy. When you take the helm, steer with awareness of your own and others’ emotions, collaborate with the people who are travelling with you, and maintain awareness of where your colleagues are going. Steer purposefully, appreciate the skills others bring to the journey, inspire those who wish to follow, and enjoy the ride! Emotional intelligence in leaders is more important than ever before because of the complex and uncertain times we

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It takes courage to lead. Are you ready to take the leap?

What is your greatest fear? Perhaps it’s spiders, or heights (that’s one of my favourites), or one of the most common fears in the workplace – fear of public speaking. Whatever it is that really scares you, it’s always more helpful to lean in instead of pulling away. Moving towards the things you’re afraid of can be scary, but have you ever regretted it when you’ve done this? I haven’t, because I’ve discovered that when I face my fears, the things that scare me are really not as bad as I thought they would be. And there’s the boost in

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When disaster strikes, gratitude is really worth the effort

Last week I dreamed about my own death. A big truck drove right up close to a high-rise building and slammed into a pillar holding the building up. As I sat in my car nearby, I watched the building falling on me. No fear. Just the thought – I am going to die. Just like that. I can’t stop it. It’s happening right now. Then I am gone. The dream was intensely vivid and when I woke up, I knew it was telling me I don’t have to be afraid of death. This was an important message for me because,

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Self-Care in the time of COVID

I’m the first person I know with COVID! I really don’t recommend that you get it, if you can possibly avoid it. I don‘t know if I’ve had the Delta or Omicron variant. Whichever it was, it was NOT mild. It’s taken more than three weeks but I’ve now officially been released from isolation.  I still have lingering symptoms, so I really hope I’m not heading towards long COVID! I’ve actually had chronic fatigue twice in my life, so I’m pulling out all stops with my self-care to support my full recovery from COVID. My previous experience of chronic fatigue

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How to make your New Year’s resolutions succeed (if they usually fail)

I remember a conversation I had in January 2021 in which I talked about my intentions for the New Year. I deliberately called them intentions, not resolutions, because over the years, I have not had much success with resolutions. Unfortunately, the word “intentions” turned out to be a free pass for me to not follow through. Despite my best efforts, not one of my 2021 intentions was achieved.  This is because — whatever you call them — resolutions often fail. In 2022, I want my resolutions to stick. So I’ve been thinking about how real change happens. When I used

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Distraction is addictive: Here are 5 ways to kick the habit

I’ve been watching re-runs of Big Bang Theory. It’s amazing how I manage to find time for TV even though I don’t have time for all the work that’s piling up. Let alone time to go to the gym! Big Bang Theory is hilarious, and I do enjoy watching it, but I’ve started binge watching it at all times of the day, and late at night when sleep eludes me. Distraction really is addictive! All the research says it’s rewiring my brain, so the more distracted I am, the more I need a fix from my distraction of choice. Judson

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What do you really, really want? (It’s not about you)

A classic coaching question that gets people thinking more deeply is “what do you really, really want?” It often trips people up because when I ask this question, I’m not talking about your personal goals. I’m talking about Purpose. By Purpose I mean the deep-seated purpose that is the source of your passion, inspiration and fulfilment. To explain what Purpose is, Simon Sinek has popularised the concept of finding your “why”. So as you dive into exploring your own why, it’s important to remember it’s not about you! Purpose is often described as your North Star.  The North Star is

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