mountains of Mull


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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felix the cat

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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‘High-5’ your leadership + 1

Business needs effective leadership that engages employees in developing and following through plans for success.  Our experience shows that the 5’A’s can have a positive impact on employee engagement and customer satisfaction. ‘High-5’ your leadership, achieve those great results and exceed expectations.

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How to get and keep a positive mindset

A positive mindset evades this dog as he seeks his path in life!

Ever heard that negative internal voice, the one that says ‘oh no you can’t?’ Had that dragging negative feeling causing your shoulders to drop? I guess we all have. Those are the times when we need to reach out to get and keep a positive mindset. We need to tune into to the positive internal voice that is our personal cheerleader and that feeling of ‘YES I can.’ The positive mindset gives us energy, the encouragement to reach out for our dreams. How to get and keep that positive mindset?

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Team resilience hits the big screen!

Well, possibly not the big screen but we are working on a video about team resilience & the programme involving 6 Yorkshire & Humber organisations. Here is a preview of how we will be telling their story of learning and achievements.

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Cricket Bat

Teamwork brings success

Teamwork brings success – just look at many sports. Once more this week, the English cricket team will take to the field, safe in the knowledge that the Ashes have been won thanks to their great teamwork. They are a fine example of teamwork based upon playing to their strengths. How can great teamwork be achieved in the workplace?

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Being inspired to inspire

By being inspired to inspire, we inspire! Inspiration powers our thinking and our ability to engage. By inspiring, ourselves and others, just think of what positive energy we can create. Last week I had the pleasure of talking at Sheffied Coaching Exchange about inspiration and then was engaged in a co-coaching conversation about inspiration at the Yorkshire Association of Coaching event in Harrogate.  Read more

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Energy for high achievement

We all need physical, mental and emotional energy for high achievement. Our work with businesses focusing on strengths to encourage energy shows that: teams become more purposeful, effective and successful; sales and profits increase; individual staff performance, motivation and well-being increase. Working with our strengths helps us all to have the energy for high achievement.

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Finding solutions to problems

Finding solutions to problems in the workplace is vital. Problems arise in all shapes, sizes and levels of complexity; some involve people and some relate to business processes and decisions. Whatever the problem, here are some steps that will support effective resolution by exploring possible solutions.

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Team resilience & leadership, Yorkshire

Workplaces can flourish with positive emotions

Workplaces can flourish with positive emotions. As I write our March update the snowdrops and crocuses are flourishing and soon the bright yellow daffodils will be out. You are invited to take a brief look at how positive emotions can help us flourish and strengthen our resilience. Look out also for the update on the new StrengthsLeader – fresh on to the market.
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