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Why don’t we do what we say we are going to do?

  You have probably long given up on New Year resolutions in the knowledge that they don’t work.  They don’t work because the old you does not metamorphosise on the stroke of midnight into the new you.  The new you  that is required to exert the necessary will power to ...
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Feeling Upset Write About It

I recently met a hero of mine, James Pennebaker.  You may not have heard of him, but he profoundly influenced my work, because he taught me the power of expressive writing.  30 years ago James Pennebaker, a Professor of Social Psychology made a discovery, which is both obvious and often ...
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Grief: The Elephant in the Workplace

  Sheryl Sandbergs new book 'Option B' has received wide attention because of her profile as COO of Facebook, but its' real importance is that she has brought into the open a universal experience that receives little attention, that of grief at work. In a society that looks to massage ...
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Resilient Leadership: The Performance Difference Between Pressure and Stress

If you are a leader you are subject to pressure, because pressure is the demand to perform well.  You may love pressure.  You know you do your best work under pressure.  When the deadline looms is when you kick into gear.  It is because of your ability to absorb pressure ...
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Why do I need a coach supervisor?

You have been coaching for years , and have plenty of clients. Why do you need a supervisor?  You have just completed a coaching course and are eager to go it alone without being constantly assessed.  Why would you want a supervisor?  These are challenges which are often put to ...
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Are you reflecting or ruminating: the key difference in staying resilient

Talk of being stressed by work has become a norm. The blurring of lines between work and non work because of technology, means there is no longer a buffer between work and home. The volume of work constantly increases because of what technology can deliver. The demand to do more ...
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Confessions of a Failed Mindfulness Practitioner

What if you know mindfulness is good for you, but you still find reasons why it can’t be fitted into your day.   What if you have studied innumerable raisins close up in the service of mindful attention but you still don’t like raisins.  What if your mind is always full ...
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What is Grit?

Images of exhausted refugees determined to succeed  in their quest to reach Europe in the hope of safety, have shown us people with admirable grit.  They have refused to give in or be deflected by danger, cold or hunger.  They meet difficulty  with a determination that challenges us to ask ...
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If you can’t find a supporter find an imaginery one

Today is a special day.  Through the post arrived copies of my new book Resilience: A Practical Guide for Coaches (McGraw Hill).  The title makes  clear what it is about and who it is written for.  I obviously hope it will help coaches do good work with their clients, but ...
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