Ask a trainer: Help! How do I get professional development when there’s no budget left?

You want to develop, both personally and professionally.  You’ve asked for training and been told there’s no budget left.  You’re not alone.  Many a budget holder has got part-way through the year to find there’s not enough budget to go round. If you’re affected by this, what can you do?  Here are some thoughts:  Identify… Read more

Book Review: It’s your life. What are you going to do with it? by Dr Anthony Grant and Jane Greene.

Ten pounds for a lot of life coaching is a pretty good bargain.  I tried it and it worked.  No hype, no hocus-pocus, no hare-brained woo woo nonsense.  This is a refreshingly down-to-earth book, based on sound psychology, made totally practical. If you work through the chapters and apply the tools, frameworks and exercises as… Read more

Lessons in Leadership from NASA

At a recent Association for Coaching conference, we got to hear how they train up leaders in NASA.  As a big fan of Apollo 13 (particularly that scene where the boffins on the ground try to fit the square thing into round thing – can you tell I’m not technical?), I was all ears.  Christine… Read more

Ask a coach: Help! My boss is a perfectionist!

As a recovering perfectionist (I’ll keep trying until I’ve perfected it), I can honestly say I’ve been on both sides of this experience.  As the employee, I’ve felt the dejection when something I’ve worked hard at gets the ‘red pen treatment’, i.e. nothing but fault-finding and critical feedback, ‘must try harder’.  Yet as a manager,… Read more

Ask a coach: How do I praise people without looking a total creep?

Health warning: if you’re someone who curls up inside at the thought of praising one of your team or a colleague – this post could induce queasiness.  But hold it – there are ways to praise and still feel good.  I’m not talking about the over-the-shoulder ‘that was great’, or the pat-on-the-back ‘well done’ or… Read more

Jaw-dropping figures on ageing

For the past few years, I’ve been paying a lot of attention to Generation Y, the people now entering the workplace to the tune of 20% and rising in the UK. Gen Y still fascinate me, particularly how they’re responding to tough times and their views and hopes for the future.  At the same time,… Read more

A novel way of promoting your skills.

Just in case some of you are thinking of brushing up your resumes, curriculum vitae, call it what you will.  Here’s a novel approach – and for those of you who’ve already seen Chris Doyle’s wonderful take on this, I make no apologies, as it still raises a smile.  And the piece got him a… Read more

Soup recipe: salmon and miso noodle soup

With the resident fish refusenik off out, time to experiment – thought it worked out quite well.  Let me know what you think. For each person you will need: 1 salmon fillet, any bones and skin removed 1 sachet of miso soup 1 bunch of rice noodles (Sharwoods are good and easy to prepare) 1… Read more