The challenge of holding onto your best people

The editor of recently asked me to share my thoughts on the growing challenge of retaining top talent in the food industry. This is an issue for many businesses and is not confined to the food sector. I’d be interested to hear what you think…

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The human side of change management

I met up with two of my Associate Coaches yesterday to share recent coaching learnings and discuss a few opportunities in the pipeline that might enable us to work together. We spent a lot of time talking about the VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) world in which we now all live and work. It’s […]

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Why do you need a coach?

I’ve just returned from a holiday in South Africa visiting my Dad. During the visit I met several of his friends for the first time. In conversation they often asked me what I did for a living; and when I said I was a coach, their next question was usually, ‘But why does anyone need […]

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The importance of following the client’s pace

For the last couple of weeks I’ve been reflecting on a recent coaching session with a new client. Often the first session focuses on agreeing the aims of the coaching: exploring context, gathering data, building rapport and understanding and identifying the long term WHAT – i.e. what the client wants to change. Diving beneath the […]

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The surprising strength of vulnerability

For the last nearly 12 months I’ve been working as an Associate Executive Coach for top-end international coaching company The Preston Associates (TPA), in addition to managing my own coaching assignments for Proven Coaching. (This is my excuse for why I’ve been so poor at updating my blog!). I’ve spent several months focusing on the […]

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I’m going to admit something now. I have been putting off and putting off and putting off writing a new blog for so long that it’s reached the stage where I just don’t know where to start. In fact there are three different drafts hovering in cyberspace that I began over the last three months, […]

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Are you listening?

How often do you get accused of not listening? My colleagues and family laugh about my ability to lose myself in something (usually work!) to the extent that I can have a whole conversation sitting at the computer with absolutely no recollection afterwards. It’s not something I’m proud of. I’m sure we all know other […]

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