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I was telling my friend in the weekend how exhausted I felt, and how guilty I felt about feeling exhausted. She told me not to be so hard on myself, and list all the things I can stop doing instead. And the notion of my “not to do list” was born (see below).


Trying to achieve our best in the context of the crazy and challenging world we find ourselves in is hard work. I suspect many of you and your teams might be feeling exhausted too. Why not try creating “not to do lists”?


If you, or your team, would like to talk to me (or my wise friend), about your “not to do” options, please get in touch. In the meantime, if you would like to copy some of the items on my list, feel free :-).

#nottodolist#selfawareness#selfcare



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Coming to you from somewhere near Waiuku (about an hour south of Auckland). I’m here on my fourth writing retreat… enjoying the power of silence…


I am hearing a lot from clients, colleges and friends recently that they are craving peace, slower pace, silence and downtime. We are much better at whatever we choose to do if we intentionally allow space. Our brains are amazingly powerful things, and sometimes all they need is some time to process. A college of mine said recently “from silence the answers will come”. I know my best ideas come when I am walking at the beach or sitting in a park… not when I am sitting at my desk jumping from meeting to meeting, with emails pinging and the phone ringing.


If you would like to talk more about how you and your team can build the power of silence into your lives, please get in touch. (Although I may not get back to you immediately, as I might be walking at the beach or sitting in a park 😊).

#silence#downtime#peace#coaching#teamcoaching



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I have been part of the same coach peer group for around 8 years now. Some of us have moved in and out, and some of us have taken a break for a while, yet most have stuck together all this time. It's a safe yet structured space, to share our personal, professional and client related learning and challenges. Today we talked about resilience - our own, and our clients, what it means for us personally and the implications on our work. We shared personal stories, client stories, tips and research material. Thank you so much to our special group Aenslee Tanner, Alyson Keller (PCC, ICF), Helene Deschamps PCC, Sabine Hillebrandt, Nicky Benson, Gigi Hui (and past peers as well). Love you guys!


And of course, this is not just a suggestion for coaches. I am confident in saying all leaders would benefit from regular, structured, small group discussions, to share personal, professional learnings and challenges. If you would like some advice on how to structure peer conversations, please get in touch with any of us - I am sure we would be happy to help.

#peerpower#learnfromeachother#peergroups




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