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Reducing stress in uncertain times

Our stress is fuelled by uncertainty and the fear that this creates so by getting situations into perspective, clarifying our options and taking action we can reduce our anxiety.The simplest way to do this is to:1) Identify what is worrying us 2) Get...

The Zeigarnik Effect

Do you find yourself plagued by thoughts of unfinished work and tasks? Like when you get interrupted halfway through watching a t.v episode or a piece of work and it keeps circling your thoughts afterwards?There is a reason why it's so difficult to stop thinking...

Why coaching works

I have been coaching teams and individuals for a long time now, and have had the opportunity to work with a range of fantastic clients.Over this time I've witnessed people experience big shifts in the way they are approaching their life and work. Many realised...

Avoid pointless meetings

How much time do you spend in meetings? Hours? Days? Weeks?Over a year the amount of time the average executive spends tucked away in meeting rooms is an astronomical one thousand one hundred and fifty (or about 23 hours a week).The trouble with meetings...

Creating Atomic Habits

I read Atomic Habits by James Clear about 6 months ago and it's a book that's stuck with me. I often find myself referring to his ideas in coaching sessions, and checking back in on them myself.Clear's argument is simple. Rather than going after big...

Are emotions just data?

What is the point of having feelings?Obviously there has to be some reason behind emotions like joy and anger otherwise we would have evolved away from them over the last fifty millennia. We would be blank slates interacting numbly with the world around...

Eisenhower and productivity

So what does Eisenhower have to do with being productive?Well actually I'm not sure - but he does have a matrix named after him that I have found very useful over the last decade or so. It's also known as the Important/ Not Important tool...

How are you limiting yourself?

What is holding you back right now?Money? Opportunities? Education? Health? Family? Capability?There are many things that we can point to when we try to make sense of why we haven't achieved what we want to. Some of us look outwards, pointing to people...

How to manage difficult or stressful situations

A question that comes up regularly in my executive coaching sessions is how to manage difficult or stressful situations.The reality is that while we all come up against challenges the impact they have on us generally has less to do with the situation than...