Tag Archives: focus

Why should we sweat the small stuff?

As you may have noticed, I like a motivational quote: in fact, I collect them. One very popular saying is Don’t sweat the small stuff. There are even books about how we can use this saying to help us live … Continue reading

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When you’ve made the big changes, what’s next?

During the course of a coaching programme, many of my clients will make some pretty big changes to their work or to their lives. These big changes have dramatic results. What happens after that? Is that it – job done? … Continue reading

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Magpie or eagle? Which approach will serve you best?

Kieran and I were discussing an issue he was having with his team. As we talked, he was writing on a sticky note each element of the problem as he saw it and was sticking them to the wall. We’d … Continue reading

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Trimming your sails – time for a half year review

‘I feel like I’m working really hard but I’m not getting to where I want to be,’ said Mark (name has been changed). ‘It’s a bit like when I’m sailing and we need to trim the sails.’ I’ve been on one … Continue reading

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It’s a ‘mixed bag’ kind of week

‘How has your week been so far?’ I asked my client – let’s call him Matt – as we sat down for his session. ‘It’s been a bit of a mixed bag really: some good stuff, quite a bit of … Continue reading

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Looking for some tranquillity?

In these turbulent times, several of my clients and friends talk about looking for a little tranquillity in their lives. I have been reading about the Stoics lately and was struck by this quotation from Seneca: ‘Tranquillity can’t be grasped … Continue reading

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Job crafting: finding meaning in our work

An old story goes like this: Once a traveller came across three stonemasons, all chipping away at huge blocks of stone. He asks the first one what he is doing. ‘It’s pretty obvious, isn’t it? I’m cutting stone. And to … Continue reading

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