Could you please look up from your computer when I say good morning to you? Could you show some interest in me when I ask you how you are? Could you occasionally remember that I have issues, concerns, challenges – and ask me about them? Could you engage in some water cooler small talk without making… Read More Could you . . .
I was reminded today how hard it can be when you first become a manager. My own experience (yes, many years ago) was of being left to get on with it, managing a small team of bright young things. Lucky for me that they were all more than willing and able –… Read More Bringing it in to land . . .
No. 3 in my Note to self series. Print if off, cut it out, keep it close.
I’m re-reading Sophie’s World – Jostein Gaarder’s “novel about the history of philosophy,” and there’s a lovely moment early on in Sophie’s journey when she suggests: “Grownups took the world for granted. They had let themselves be lulled into the enchanted sleep of their humdrum existence once and for all.” She challenges her… Read More Let curiosity get the better of you . . .
I asked someone the other day to have a guess at my personality type. “Easy! You’re an introvert!” “Hmm, interesting. What makes you say that?” “Well, whenever we talk, you’re always really good at listening.” It surprised them when I revealed that I’m a high-preference extravert. While they weren’t right in choosing… Read More Being heard . . .
The Daily Telegraph this year announced the results of a Glassdoor survey revealing the top 20 employers for work-life balance. My company wasn’t in it. Apparently in the UK, companies don’t have a great reputation; we work some of the longest hours in Europe and 25% of professionals are dissatisfied with how much… Read More Spending time . . .
I wouldn’t be so bold as to comment on my success – that’s for others to feed back on – but what I can say is that the key to my satisfaction, and the essence of my body of work, is to be able to coach. When I found coaching, I felt I’d come… Read More What captivates you?
No. 2 in my Note to self series. Print if off, cut it out, keep it close.