What do you want to feel?

30,000 feet above Italy I entertained the thought that I’d been consuming too many podcasts and not creating enough. Clients, current and past coachees and you – my lovely reader – circulate in my head every day and I’m acutely aware I haven’t shared any musings via this mail medium for a very long time. Joshua Fields Millburn and Jay Nash in conversation on episode #194 of The Minimalist podcast are the catalyst for me being back in your box, and my friend Ben is the inspiration for the theme of this edition: what do you want to feel?

Deep acting at work

Mid-afternoon on Wednesday I witnessed an act of tenderness just beyond the men’s polo shirts on the second floor of St Albans Marks & Spencer. It’s stayed with me because it’s uncommon practice and something we need more of in our workplaces.

IWD 2018: Chopping my hair and dying it red

Earlier this week I introduced myself to an audience at the Insuring Women’s Future Live conference by asking them to vote (using their green/red paddles) on whether they, like me, now felt a strong desire to cut their hair short and colour it red. A significant number did. A bit random?

Fear, empathy and IQ @ work

High in the trees on an azure blue day a lady I later discovered to be part of Mary Portas’ team, yelled “you can do it, you’re a strong woman, just keep looking forwards.” It was me she was calling to in response to my shouting down to husband: “I can’t do it, I can’t move. I’m petrified.”

So much time

It occurred to me last week that there’s so much time to do just about anything we want to do. Disagree? Curious? Come with me for 60 seconds…

Recruitment rejection feedback

It’s time for recruiters to offer feedback to every candidate who doesn’t get the job. London Business School research finds this is a key tool for driving up women’s applications for top jobs.


Has anyone ever told you how remarkable you are for the way you plough on despite everything that’s on your shoulders? Or perhaps you’ve wondered how a colleague carries on confidently undeterred by criticism when you crumble and ruminate for days in similar circumstances? I recently spent an evening delving into the world of resilience with Dr Carole Pemberton and in this post I’m offering five key insights to make you stronger and better able to withstand life’s batterings.

Making space for opportunities

In my Sixth Form days I had a wonderful mate who was a bug*er for leaving homework until the last minute. There were too many missed Monday night quizzes at the Brown Cow (with free chips!) because she’d not done the German translations due in next morning. Oh, the first world frustrations I experienced as a girl geek! Come with me for a four-minute deep dive into opportunities – making space for them, missing them and making the most of them.

The horse's mouth

“It’s been remarkable – a huge impact on my personal and professional life.” Nicky’s getting better results from her team, she’s confidently approaching difficult conversations and is fulfilling a secret ambition to write a book. Read how Agnes, Dani, Andrea and Emmy say they’ve benefited from a short spell of coaching.

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