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FIND YOUR VOICE and BE HEARD

Find your voice, be heard, have your say and share your ideas. In an earlier article I offered some basic ideas for how to achieve a  positive impact. A key part of personal impact is being able to express yourself with confidence and clarity; here are some tips on how to find your voice and be heard, even in those situations where we may feel uncomfortable and challenged.

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Spring into action

Spring into action as the seasons change. Spring is with us. Spring is often associated with a clean out, a new beginning, change and positive action; hopefully it brings with it some warmth and brightness. The good intentions of New Year resolutions have now been achieved, or long abandoned.

Spring is a time to refocus and look ahead, life and work can be reviewed and refreshed. As the Spring flowers bloom, so can you …..

If you wish to take a fresh look at your life and consider some changes, then a Spring into action is for you.

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Personal impact – are you having the impact you want to have?

Personal impact is important. Are you having the impact you want to have? Are you feeling listened to? Do you influence others in the way you would like to? Are you able to get your point across, in meetings and 1-1 conversations? When delivering a presentation, do you communicate your message effectively?

Some people and situations may make you feel that you are not valued, that you lack confidence to stand up for your point of view. The good news is that you can develop your ability to have personal impact in these different situations.

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How coaching can make a difference

Coaching can make a difference to you and what you achieve. Coaching can support you in defining and achieving your aspirations. Here I talk you through how coaching can make a difference, highlighting what you can do to make coaching work for you.

Increasingly organisations are using coaching as a key aspect of personal and leadership development. Last year organisations reported[1] an anticipated increase in coaching of over 80% in the coming two years, matched by a 73% increase in spend on coaching.

Equally, many individuals seek out a coach when facing various challenges. The evidence is becoming clearer that coaching make a difference to working through personal change, facing career cross-roads and at times of uncertainty.

Coaching is an investment that we make because we believe it will enable us to move forward and to achieve certain outcomes. Coaching can make a significant difference. My personal experience of being coached and my professional experience as a coach have highlighted for me five key steps to ensuring that coaching makes a difference.

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The GIFT of resilience

Throughout the second half of 2016 I was in a personal dark place, and yet in this I found the GIFT of resilience. I thought I would share this gift with you as my first posting since May last year.

The GIFT helped me, strengthened my appreciation of personal resilience and provided me with much needed space and support. Importantly, by being true to myself and being authentic I have been able to emerge positive about the dark period and appreciative of what I can take with me as I move forward.

Let me share with you this GIFT ….

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EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED

In life and at work, we need to expect the unexpected. In my experience the unexpected happens. A few weeks ago I was sailing past the Isle of Mull. It was early May and the mountains of Mull were covered in THICK snow. Beautiful and very unexpected. The unexpected is not always beautiful, sometimes it can highly disruptive and can knock us off track. How can we handle the unexpected, especially in the workplace?

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Optimize your Strengths

Optimize your Strengths is the new book recently published by James Brook and Dr Paul Brewerton. It reveals how you can use your strengths to get the best out of yourself and your team. The Director of Learning at Facebook (Stuart Crabb) describes it is a trove of ideas to help you have a greater impact at work.

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Much Ado About Business

It can all be much ado about business, whatever we do. In business, we all need new ideas and to seek out lessons from other business people, both current and in the past. Which got me wondering, as we celebrated the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, about his business skills and overall success. Was he as successful in business as he was as a playwright? Well, there’s a contentious idea! And so, can we learn from his success? Was he, in fact, the Alan Sugar of his day? What, another mad idea?!

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Feeling drained? Get slinky

 Do you feel drained? Facing endless change, new demands, tightening resources? To-day’s shifting workplace pressures can make us feel drained when we need to feel energised, strong and flexible. Get slinky; like a slinky you can learn ways to overcome challenges and move forward. So the good news is that resilience can be learned (Southwick & Charney, 2012), thus increasing your ability to cope well in the face of all that is draining.

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I don’t know … grow your curiosity

Curiosity may have harmed the cat but it can work wonders for us!

“Knowledge is finite,

Ignorance is infinite.” (Karl Popper)

I spent an energising day yesterday at the Yorkshire Ladies Be Inspired Conference to celebrate International Women’s Day. There were many inspirational speakers and some fascinating business women exhibiting their work. It made me appreciate how much we all know, and how much we don’t know.

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