Designing SMART Goals

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Oh dear, March is here. Not long ago it was Christmas and we were all excited about our New Year’s resolutions and intentions. According to the U.S. News & World Report, however, 80 percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by mid-February because the rush of excitement and sense of determination we have at the beginning of the year fades rather quickly and we tend to fall back into our old habits. As an example, we can think of how crowded a gym becomes in January every year, just to go back to its normal volume of attendance by March, as people start forgetting and abandoning their resolutions.

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How to Think Away Your Work Stress

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Years ago, when I was working in a bank, our managing director organised an off-sight for the entire team. The idea was for all of us to gather in Birmingham and for each team to talk about the projects they were working on. But the main objective was for people to get to know each other better and build that team spirit. Being very much of a team person, I found this a very exciting initiative. The train ride to Birmingham from London was full of jokes and joy, and as soon as our team arrived in Birmingham we went straight for dinner, as we were all starving. Once we ordered, my colleague sat next to me went to the lady’s room. The food arrived but she hadn’t come back yet. We almost finished Read More

What is Career Coaching?

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There are some words nowadays that have become extremely fashionable and everyone seems to be making a conscious effort to squeeze them into their jargon every now and then: blockchain, GDPR, mindfulness, coaching, agile talent… and the list goes on. But how much knowledge do we actually have about these terms and is our knowledge accurate?

Roughly two years ago, I embarked upon a career in the coaching world. The skills and knowledge I gained during this time have been invaluable and I wanted to share some of them with you. When I started my journey, I had a Read More