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Realising your Ambitions

CEO and Senior Manager Mentoring Support – why you need it? The top of the tree can be a lonely place with only a few people to whom you can really open up. There are multiple pressures externally, around strategy and business performance, whilst internally team development and difficult decisions present daily challenges. Sometimes this […]

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Imposter Syndrome or Imposter Phenomenon

In my 18 years of emailing my Meaningful Moments Imposter Syndrome or Imposter Phenomenon has received the greatest interest. The syndrome refers to “individuals believing they are intellectual frauds and underestimating their competence and abilities, despite objective evidence of high achievement” I was on a Continuous Professional Development session on Imposter Syndrome (IS) last November […]

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Circle of Concern

At the end of last year, one of my supervisees mentioned the ‘Circle of Concern’ which had disappeared from my memory after reading about it, years ago, in Stephen Covey’s book the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. An excellent way of becoming more self-aware regarding our own degree of proactivity, is to look at […]

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Secrets of Success in Leadership (from Sky)

I watched this programme from Sky in July when it launched. It is based on interviews with a wide range of successful sports leaders. I suppose we should start off with what does success mean to you? I was adequate at sports but nowhere near the skill level of the interviewees here. I have been […]

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How to prepare for Presentations or Speeches

It seems that a number of my coachees are getting involved with presenting on topics at the moment. This is relevant whether it be a business presentation, best man speech or a funeral eulogy (my most difficult ever presentation). Presenting seems to be people’s greatest fear, sometimes even more than dying, which is a bit […]

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How do we promote ourselves?

I don’t know about you, but I never seem to promote myself in the best possible way. I remember saying once I was a coach and the chap I was talking to, said, what like a rowing boat coach!  Well, I was at a networking session this morning, which is a rare thing for me […]

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What is a Personal Brand all about?

After my last edition of Meaningful Moments about fonts and getting a company’s marketing strategy right, I thought I would follow up with this one regarding personal brands. Talking about a personal bran, sounds too impersonal to me, it makes me think of an artificial layer in front of the real you. I have a […]

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What colour is your Font?

This is the title of a book by Sally Pearce who I coached nearly 10 years ago. The book is a business owner’s step by step guide to creating a great brand. Helping a new business to identify its niche and stand out from the crowd. I wish I had had this book 18 years […]

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Time to Exit your business and Succession Management

It is great when I get feedback from my Meaningful Moments and ideas for the next edition. So, thank you for the suggestions and keep them coming please. For those business owners considering selling their business, it is a bit like buying and selling houses; it takes a lot longer than you think. Getting ready […]

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Mentoring is not a crutch

After my last Meaningful Moments on long term relationships, I had feedback from one of my ex-clients that he thought he might be using coaching as a crutch which made me think I should elucidate. As I mentioned, with specific objectives in mind, coaching is normally a 6-month development activity. Normally this to help the […]

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