Shirley

Career change: packing your own parachute

Career change: packing your own parachute

Not all career change comes easily, even for those with a self-directed mindset. Executive coaching maximises efforts and reaps dividends. During your early career moves no doubt you knew when you had peaked? You'd had an accelerated learning curve, performed for a...

Six weeks in and feeling blue?

Six weeks in and feeling blue?

So, you’re a few weeks into the new role which seemed like such a good fit on paper.  And whenever people ask about the new job you say you’re doing well. But deep down, you have a nagging feeling that all is not well.  If you’re reading this, the chances...

What can I do for you?

What can I do for you?

This question is often the opening gambit of anyone who is selling a service, and a clear understanding of the answer is key for the person doing the buying, especially when what they're buying is executive coaching. Understanding what result an intervention might...

Choosing an executive coach; five things you need to know

Choosing an executive coach; five things you need to know

Choosing to work with an executive coach is not something you should rush into, and if you haven't done it before - or if you have, and it wasn't a great experience - these five suggestions should help you make a well-informed choice. #1 Try before you buy The price...

Back to the future

Back to the future

Whenever we feel we're nearing the end of a tricky period, it’s tempting to want to draw a line under the difficulties and move on.  Stuck in the present? Normally, this drawing of a line is accompanied by plans for the future, for things we’ll do differently...

Changing the Blame and Shame Game

Changing the Blame and Shame Game

A few weeks into the first Coronavirus lockdown, I found myself in a situation which challenged my previous sense of who I was.  Eventually I sought out my Thinking Partner but it took a while! Blame and Shame The blame and shame game begins with good intentions. As...

The power of words to define purpose

The power of words to define purpose

I'm fascinated by words and language, which led me to study them in my youth. Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about the words we use to describe the purpose of our work. Purpose, along with perspective and priorities, is a fundamental issue for those wanting to make...