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The challenge of holding onto your best people

The editor of just-food.com 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… https://www.just-food.com/comment/retaining-talent-a-growing-dilemma-for-food-companies_id139717.aspx

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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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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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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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Can you coach yourself?

I know it’s been a very long time since I wrote a blog, but the reason is that I’ve been a bit pre-occupied with my other job. (In addition to working as a professional business coach, I’m also the managing director of my own PR company.) I’ve been making a number of changes at Proven […]

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Where are you going?

Yesterday I went to the funeral of a client – and close friend – that I had worked with for maybe six or seven years. Jonray was an amazing man – someone who achieved more in 32 years than most achieve in a lifetime. We shared a great many experiences over the years – some […]

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How should you measure the value of coaching?

I’m currently working on my final essay for my PostGrad in Personal and Executive Coaching and decided to focus on the evaluation of coaching. In the current economic climate when businesses have to justify every penny they invest in staff training and talent development it’s really important for all service providers to be clear about […]

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The problem with promoting on merit

I was talking to someone earlier this week whose wife runs a consultancy for schools and their governing bodies advising on governance, management structure and recruitment of head teachers. As an aside he said, “The problem with academia is that the good teachers are promoted to become head teachers. But as a head teacher you […]

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