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Belonging and wellbeing

As we move in South Africa into the peak of our second COVID-19 wave, I am aware of the continuum of responses to this surge in the pandemic in our …

Leadership Agility

Corporate conversations these days seem to be peppered by the term ‘agile’ and being no IT guru, I won’t hazard an attempt to explain Agile methodology to you (though my …

Resilience in an age of uncertainty

One of the key words of this pandemic must have been ‘resilience’.
It’s a little like the secret elixir that will protect you from the ravages of change, and yet one …

Teaching courageous leadership…

This weekend I had the opportunity/obligation to attend an NPO AGM with my eldest son. It was the first such opportunity to do so and given that my son had …

How do employees co-create leadership?

I haven’t heard from leadership guru, Peter Block, in a while and I managed to catch him looking a whole lot older, (and sounding even wiser, if it is possible) …

Nomophobia – 8 ways to beat it

In working with a really focused, action-oriented client recently, we again encountered the invasiveness of our friend the cell phone. Because he doesn’t have time to go scrolling through internet …

A bridge too far

As I sit down to blog, another tumultuous shower is lashing my window as the week lives up to its name, at the southern tip of Africa of The Cape …

Returning to work…with children in the house

Today I began my day connecting early with a client on the northern tip of my continent, who has a child on the autism spectrum. She waits on tenter hooks …

What are you happy to leave behind?

As I was preparing for a ‘resetting’ workshop with one of my clients today, I was struck by one of the questions recommended for a team undergoing change…dare I mention …

Some key questions for our time

There have been a few articles and webinars of late that have aroused my interest in challenging that getting back to ‘normal’ is not the right place to go. There’s …

Covid Creativity

I was lucky enough to hear an interview with author Elizabeth Gilbert of, “Eat Pray Love” fame. It wasn’t something that I thought was vitally important on my agenda, but …

What lockdown teaches us about motivation

One of the many benefits of being one of the ‘haves’ in lockdown, is that there is  a lot of free material around, which is normally inaccessible or expensive.
My love …

Enabling more space and capacity in 2020

I think the Master of this subject must be Arianna Huffington, and so here I extract from her New York Times article to profile her 10 favourite tips to improve well-being …

You’re more beautiful than you think

This last week I’ve had a family member and a good work colleague diagnosed with cancer. They’re both strong and beautiful women. One is a teacher, one is a mother, …

#Daring Classrooms

Many of you, like me are strong advocates of Brene Brown’s work. In fact I am in fear of her being increasingly viewed as a ‘fad’ with her recently released …

The Fatherhood Penalty

We spent the first couple of years of married life living in Singapore, which is partly why I find studies about Asia-Pacific particularly interesting. When we talk studies of working …

The handstand of time

“I’ve got too much to try and get done, Mum!” wailed my 15 year old son on our way home from school. And he’s right; he’s a busy chap with …

What got us here won’t get us there…

May has been a relatively confusing month for me, awash in new theories and frankly info overload! It has opened my eyes to be expose to some of the digital …

Where the future of work and the STEM gender debate intersect

I have a niece and a nephew who have both studied to be engineers. And yes, when you ask what kind of engineers, even there I draw a blank? For …

The Future World of Work – in SA

I have often ‘poo poo’d, or downright ignored much of this narrative as it seemed to be shrouded in mystery…And the world of a robotic concierge completing all my annoying …

The new World of Work and Resilience

The world of work as we know it is changing. The ‘job for life’ of our parents and grandparent baby boomers rarely exists today, and the ways in which millennials …

The link between mindfulness and resilience

For me, mindfulness has been shrouded in mystery in the past, and as much as I believed that it contributed to decreased anxiety and stress, I didn’t exactly know how…
Be …

The Science of Balance

I’ve been posting quite a bit this March about #BetterforBalance, the theme of International Women’s Day on 8 March.
But I wanted to hone my blogs this month around something I’ve …

Leading with emotional courage

In my first newsletter of 2019 I’m going to profile Bregman’s latest book entitled “Leading with Emotional Courage” , but in today’s post I’m going to look at the four …

Two typical coaching mistakes and how to avoid them…

Ever had a high performing employee (or boss?) whom others fear? I’m not talking about a bully here, but one who is approachable and attracts followers, but who also inspires …

How to Actually Start the Task You’ve Been Avoiding

So I confess to flagrantly plagiarising that title, from one of my virtual mentors, Peter Bregman. What Bregman gets right is, without fail, to send me a free podcast every …

Building a Coaching Culture for Change Management

This recently released study, by the ICF and HCI reveals that,
coaching, whether one-on-one coaching, team coaching or work group coaching with a professional coach, are rated as the most helpful …

Highlights from DDI and EY’s Global Leadership Forecast 2018

So this study is a really extensive one and I was attracted to it firstly because one of the partners was DDI, whose research I have always held in high …

Taming our worrier

So last blog, we put anxiety under the spotlight, and as Tudin so aptly described “It switches on when it thinks you’re in danger, so really it’s like your own …

Anxiety 2.0

On many occasions just trying to blog makes me anxious.
I am anxious that I won’t get the blog out in time, that it won’t be of sufficient interest and that …

#Lifestyle Anxiety

A valued friend and I started a Parent Support Group at our local primary school some 4 years back, with the purpose of raising awareness around learning disorders and helping …

So is the client really king?

At the end of my last blog, we were stranded at the Ethiopian Airlines check-in, with the flight having closed and our long saved-for holiday vanishing before my eyes.
What follows …

Identity Crisis

I have talked quite a lot about the subject of ‘identity’ to my clients over the years, mainly based on the wisdom of, Margaret Wheatley. And I think that fundamental …

Tanzanian Turtle Time

A little over a month ago I set my computer to say the following,
“Sometimes when you work for yourself it’s really tough to take a break, let alone be totally …

What needs to change in the world of work? Part 3

This month my husband and I celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. It’s a milestone in our life together and as a family, and a relatively rare feat in the world …

3 Things that need to change in the world of work – self belief and advocacy

Introduce the word ‘strategy into a sentence and everyone in my training room tries to look ultra-intelligent.
“I’m strategic!” their eager faces say… and it’s always someone else who is not!
Truth …

What has to change in the world of work? Transparency and trust…

Ken Robinson, education guru, speaks often about how our mainstream education system is designed for an industrial world, and how counter-productive it is to produce ‘widgets’ rather than critically thinking …

Getting practical with Emotional Intelligence

“I want to separate my emotions from what I need to do” said a young client to me last week. “I need to stop feeling so emotional about it all” …

I Quit!

Last month I double booked my B&B…in the 12 years we have been running, it hasn’t happened before and I have no idea how, given my somewhat flimsy systems! Truth …

Two things that need to urgently change for women at work

In my previous blog I introduced PWC’s survey entitled, “What has to change for women at work?” I was gratified to note that there are a lot of positives to …