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Four things nobody told me about being a parent in the workplace…

When I became a parent in the workplace, I was a rabbit in headlights a lot of the time. I was definitely winging it and the energy that it took to maintain a shiny(ish) exterior was next level. There were so many things I wish I’d have known before I returned to work. The reality…
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Money, rates and budgets…the side of a small business you might not see.

This has been brewing in my head for a while. Questioning if I should say anything publicly for fear of judgement. Then I listened to Elizabeth Day chatting to Brené Brown on her podcast. Something Brené Brown said about fitting in, shame and judgement has made me think differently. Parts of what I’m going to…
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The truth about working for yourself.

It’s fair to say I held a lot of expectations about working for yourself. It hasn’t exactly followed a step by step approach. I’ve found some bits full of joy and others bits really chuffing tough. It’s always evolving but I want to share some things that surprise(d) me the most. Spending time ‘marketing’ takes…
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Questions you might not be asking…

This post is for the empathetic and compassionate eyes of employers and line managers (and those that might be working on dialling up their empathy and compassion actually!) I want to explore with you questions you might not be asking your team members who happen to be parents…. It’s fairly common for someone to return…
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Three reasons to define your version of success…

One of the foundational things I do with clients is to define your version of success. It can be a workshop, a coaching session or a chat over a coffee (well, actually tea for me please) but it generally, without fail features. I feel incredibly passionately about taking the time and consideration to define your…
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Strengths in overdrive – too much of a good thing?

When I first started my strengths practitioner training about eight years ago, I had a major lightbulb moment. Well, to be honest I had about 164 lightbulb moments but this one would make the top 20.  Our strengths (the things that energise us) can go into overdrive. Roughly translated, that means we’re overusing them. Sometimes…
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Are you a people pleaser?

I have definitely described myself as a people pleaser before, have you? When I saw this Ctrl Alt Delete podcast episode it immediately grabbed my attention. Being a people pleaser hasn’t always looked like me saying ‘yes’ to others. So spending some time listening to Emma Reed Turrell talk about this topic was incredible, even…
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Getting bold on defining boundaries…

Defining boundaries has been a big part of my work (and life) for a while now. They feature in my workshops, they’re a hot topic in coaching sessions and I don’t have to think too hard at how to bring them to social media discussions. I’m well overdue a blog, so what better timing than…
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Preparing for interview – bringing your whole self to the conversation

At the beginning of September I was the guest speaker for the charity, Careers Springboard. I was there to share my thoughts on how to prepare for an interview. Never one to jump straight to tried and tested (yes I know there’s a time and a place!) I adopted a slightly different run of things…
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You do you…

I’ve used this phrase quite a bit recently probably too freely and almost definitely flippantly BUT I do mean it. We have to live our lives and make our decisions based on what is right for us. I fully appreciate how hard it can be to do it so I definitely don’t share this view…
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