At the start of 2017: How to create your future rather than predict it!

At the start of 2017: How to create your future rather than predict it!

...to paraphrase Peter Druker's original quote "The best way to predict the future is to create it". Unusually many of us are experiencing mixed feelings as this new year begins and we reflect back on the tumultuous events of 2016. From Brexit to Syria, from climate change to terror attacks -  there are so many big issues claiming our attention and touching our emotions, that can all too easily push aside the personal and professional things we're dealing with.  The new year is a such a strong metaphor for a fresh start, for doing things different - but…continue reading →
The new year brings new opportunities…and you have the talent to change!

The new year brings new opportunities…and you have the talent to change!

Before I  launched my business at the end of 2011 I thought long and hard about what to call it. Throughout my career and across many different industries and countries the highlights had always been when people I was working with had one of those "Aha moments". One of those moments when you recognise your own talent for changing something for the better, for making a difference, for overcoming a challenge, for learning something new. So Talent For Change was born. Little did I know then just how much change I’d go through…continue reading →
It’s not changing that’s difficult – it’s managing the transition

It’s not changing that’s difficult – it’s managing the transition

The fact that more and more people are changing the party they vote for and looking beyond the old 2-party system means the outcome of the UK General Election on May 7th promises to be very different - and highly unpredictable. No one's really sure what the new government will finally look like. That sense of the moving into unknown territory is a familiar feeling for anyone who has lived through an organisation change in the company they work for.  It's not the change itself that's difficult. Change is an event: new CEO, different profit centres, new owner, site closure,…continue reading →
Professional Sussex women want more influence and impact

Professional Sussex women want more influence and impact

As Vince Cable announced that the number of women on the boards of companies has almost doubled in the last four years, Lisa Westbury and I did our own survey of the career dreams and career obstacles experienced by professional women in Sussex. Much of what the eighty respondents told us chimed with our coaching and talent development experience, and also with recent research carried out by major institutions. The big stand out was the level of motivation and the positive mind-set Sussex women enjoy. The full report is available here. Top of the career…continue reading →
Are you looking for a calling or a job?

Are you looking for a calling or a job?

It's been nearly thirty years since Pulitzer Prize-winning author Studs Terkel traveled the country conducting interviews for his book, Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. As I read the book,  I found this incredibly insightful quote from Nora Watson who says, "I think most of us are looking for a calling, not a job. Most of us, like the assembly line worker, have jobs that are too small for our spirit."  This quote made me think about all the clients who come to me feeling…continue reading →

Are there men in your organisation who fearlessly speak up on the business case for gender inclusion?

Have you signed the HeForShe Pledge yet? If not, get on board today. This campaign is a great reminder that gender equality is not just a 'women's issue' and it's across generations. Emma Watson, Ambassador for UN Women (and more popularly known for her role as Hermoine Granger in J K Rowling's series of Harry Potter films), made an impassioned speech last week that delivers the message perfectly. Watch her finest performance yet and keep this exceptional campaign going by signing the pledge at HeForShe - Take Action Emma Watson at the HeForShe Campaign…continue reading →
Having it All vs. Having What Matters

Having it All vs. Having What Matters

Have you discovered what is really important in your life? Great post from Kimberley Inskeep on "Having it All vs. Having What Matters None of us can really 'have it all' - life is all about navigating a constant stream of choices and trade-offs. But we can feel fulfillment once we know ourselves deeply and so are able to make choices that resonate with our true values. This quote from Steven Covey sums it up:  "How different our lives are when we really know what is deeply important to us, and keeping that picture in mind, we manage ourselves each…continue reading →
Leading change: yacht race or marathon?

Leading change: yacht race or marathon?

Which race are you in as you lead your organisation through the challenges of change?  To be successful, organisational change needs individual change. Change only truly occurs when individuals in the organisation begin to do things differently: displaying new behaviours, adopting new values, using new processes and working in new ways. Only when all these individual shifts are taken together as a whole, can the organisation start to shift in the direction it needs to go. Yet change at an individual level rarely ‘just happens’. Any change is an emotional roller coaster: we…continue reading →