A useful book on change

I’ve just re-read Who Moved My Cheese? written by Spencer Johnson in 1988. It’s a quick and easy read and a helpful reminder of how we tend to react to change in our lives and there’s even a short film on you tube. In this metaphorical story, four characters search through a maze for cheese. […]

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A useful book on transitions

With reorganisation, restructuring and technological changes we live with almost constant change. In his book Transitions William Bridges outlines how transition is not the same as change; change is the external event and transition is the internal psychological process: “the inner reorientation and self-definition that you have to go through in order to incorporate changes […]

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Change is in the air

Summer’s over. Change is in the air. The holidays are over. The schools and universities are back and it’s time to get back to the routine. The temperature dips, bringing thoughts of putting on the heating. Those long summer evenings with all the energy they bring, are gone. There’s loss and sadness. It’s hard to […]

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Fly the nest – transitions all round

I spoke to a parent today whose son got the A level results he needed for university and so will fly the nest shortly. The parent said “my son will be fine but what about us – what we will do?” He won’t be the only parent asking themselves this at this time of year. […]

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One step at a time

My shoe laces are always coming undone. It’s when I’m carrying the shopping on a crowded street or going down steps to the underground that I look down and see a lace has come undone again. A bit irritating. Well no longer! Slip on shoes? Tempting. But thanks to Terry Moore’s TED talk how to […]

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Personal development

Coaching is about supporting change. The change might be big or small but the process will probably feel challenging. It may demand different thinking, new skills or different behaviours. In other words, coaching supports personal development. So what is personal development? I see it as helping yourself to become your best self. This means knowing […]

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Time for the happiness advantage!

I had a big project deadline last week and it got me wondering about time management. The general advice about time management focuses on improving it through direct action. The top tips I’ve found are: • Audit how you spend your time • Review the data your collect critically • Consider the balance of how […]

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This New Year

I’m surrounded by talk about New Year’s resolutions. It’s widely reported in the media that most New Year resolutions fail. Maybe so, but I’m surprised because most goals set by clients in my coaching sessions succeed. It got me wondering about New Year’s resolutions. The word resolution is used in all sorts of contexts. In […]

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“If I’m not a day-to-day parent, what am I?”

“If I’m not a day-to-day parent, what am I?” As many young people prepare to head off to university, their parents may be asking themselves what their role will be after the children leave home. If you’re asking yourself that question, you’re in a transition. You’re aware that a part of your life, your role […]

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