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I’m back in the land of blog: news and updates since my last blog post

So a whole year has gone by since I last updated my blog. It’s been busy with a number of coaching / training and coach-training projects on the go, which goes some way to explaining my absence. I’ve been wracking my brains over what I re-start my blog with….I’ve thought about Women in Leadership, a bit of a hot topic, or knowing how Emotionally Intelligent you are, as there as some interesting information on this spreading virally last week. However, I’ve decided that these things can wait and I’ll simply update you with what I’ve been up to. This has the added benefit of letting any new visitors to my website understand my current range of services; I’ll update the site over the next few weeks but this may help in the meantime.

These days I find myself wearing a number of ‘hats’, all of them complementary and always with the development of people in business at the heart of what I do, but sometimes quite diverse in their focus and purpose. Here is a taster of some of the work I’ve been involved with over the last 12 months:

  • One to one coaching (with psychometric profiling): I have worked with a range of organisations. This has included consultants and business development staff at two multinational technology / software companies, the owners of a small but fast growing construction training business and a senior manager in an FE institution.
  • Bespoke training workshops: Workshops developed in the last year have included getting to know your team better, leadership development and The Manager as Coach.
  • Masters Programme Director: I am responsible for leading a group of students through the Consalia Ltd / Middlesex University MSc Professional Practice in Sales Leadership Transformation, a market leading, work based learning, programme. I act as co-facilitator at course workshops and coach / support the students as they design and deliver course projects. The students I am working with are the global Sales Leaders for a major IT / BPO outsourcing company and they are generating true business transformation through this course.
  • ILM training: I continue to be the Visiting Lecturer for the Institute of Leadership and Management Coaching programme at North Hertfordshire College. This work acts as a form of CPD for my coaching practice; how could I not deliver to best practice models when I am advising others to do so?
  • Coaching supervision / support: I continue to work with a number of former ILM coaching students, supporting them as they develop their coaching practice.

I love this variety to my work and find that it constantly stretches and rewards me. It does mean I have to be quite disciplined around how I spend my time and how I focus my continuing professional development efforts; recently this has included conferences, peer coaching, reading (Coaching at Work, Action Research for Professional Development, The Reflective Journal, Five Dysfunctions of a Team). I’m also trying to be more proactive with my administration and organisation; this has been helped with the addition of a part time VA (Virtual Assistant) to my team, who now manages my day to day accounts / bookkeeping and various other jobs that I quite simply would just procrastinate over – it’s great to know I’ve got an extra pair of hands when I need it.

To conclude then, it’s been a great year of growth and learning. My biggest challenge now is to keep this blog up to date! I’ll try and be in touch every four weeks or so with something engaging and relevant…let’s see how it goes.

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