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This year, a lot of change has been forced upon us.

For most of us, the way we work and lead our daily lives has been completely turned upside down.

Sometimes that can be an unexpected positive because it forces us out of our comfort zone, and gives us a chance to do the things we might never have considered if the carpet hadn’t been pulled out from underneath us. When you’ve got nothing to lose, it’s the perfect time to go after the dreams you’ve never had the courage or opportunity to pursue.

But what if the carpet is…

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If there’s a goal you want to achieve, or a dream you want to pursue, what’s stopping you from doing it NOW?

You might be familiar with this quote from American historian, Alice Morse Earle:

“Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That’s why it is called the present.”

Or, if you’ve got kids, you might have heard the cut-down version of that quote in the movie Kung-Fu Panda.

Either way, it’s something worth thinking about.

I’m writing this a week before Halloween, although it could be argued that 2020 has already been one long Halloween…

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Have you ever found yourself playing ‘the servant of two masters’?

Most of us have, at some point in our career.

It’s that time when someone gives you a task to do, and then somebody else butts in and says they want it done another way, or you’re working on a project and reporting to one manager, and another manager says the whole thing’s wrong and you’re not giving them what they wanted.

Whatever the circumstances might be, when you’re trapped in the middle of a miscommunication between two (or more) of your superiors, and you’re the one who’s expected…

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Whenever I write these articles or add something new to the Knowledge Base on my website, it’s always in the hope you’ll find my suggestions useful or motivating or, at the very least, they’ll give you something to think about! Because that’s the kind of value I strive to give my clients in my day-to-day work as a coach.

Over the years, coaching has got quite a bad press. Often that’s because people have jumped on the bandwagon and set themselves up as ‘coaches’ because they mistakenly think they’ll make a lot of money and it’s going to be an…

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Actually, to call these ‘uncertain times’ is a massive understatement.

According to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the number of workers on company payrolls in the UK fell by 649,000 between March and June, and the PA news agency said that more than 26,000 jobs were lost at British employers in July.

On top of that, the ‘furlough crisis’ that everyone was concerned about after the Government announced it was winding down the coronavirus job retention scheme is already starting to happen. …

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It was my 40th birthday a couple of weeks ago.

I’m not mentioning this to make you feel guilty about not sending me a card (I’m assuming it was lost in the post, like last year’s 😊) but because the way other people responded to me TURNING 40!!! suddenly started me thinking: what is it about ‘landmark’ birthdays that are such a big deal?

Does it begin when we’re 18, and legally we’re suddenly an adult so we can do all the things we’ve secretly been doing for the last few years anyway, only our parents pretended they never knew…

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Even though remote working has become increasingly popular over the last few years, many employers have continued to resist it.

Now, the arrival of COVID-19 has changed everything, and many businesses have had to implement remote working to stay alive. Even though lockdown is easing, the government has told people to continue working from home wherever possible.

It looks as if, for many organisations, remote working is here to stay. But what are its benefits, and how can you become a more capable remote leader?

The Benefits of Remote Working

Employing remote workers has quite a few advantages, but these seem to be the major…

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There’s a romantic notion that it’s “lonely at the top.” It doesn’t have to be.

That only happens when you make yourself the centre-point of everything and stop communicating effectively with the people around you.

Unfortunately, a lot of leaders do it.

Back in 2012, the Harvard Business Review published a CEO Snapshot Survey which found “half of CEOs report experiencing feelings of loneliness in their role, and of this group, 61 per cent believe it hinders their performance. First-time CEOs are particularly susceptible to this isolation. …

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A successful leader must have a vision.

What’s yours?

How are you going to communicate your vision to the rest of your team, so they feel as passionate about it as you do?

Is your vision even something your employees will want to follow?

Very occasionally, a client will ask me to come into their organisation and talk to their leadership team, interview a few of their staff, and then tell them what their company’s vision should be.

I always turn those requests down because that isn’t the way a vision works.

People don’t buy into a vision that’s imposed…

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“What if I’m a manager or a team coach?

Can a manager be a leader, too?”

That’s a good question. Let’s take a closer look at it.

Managers vs Leaders

In my previous article, we talked about the essential qualities of successful leadership. At the top of the list was ‘vision’. A successful leader has a vision, something they can see so clearly, and they’re so passionate about, that their employees will understand it and feel passionate about it too.

But even though a manager isn’t in charge of the vision, they are instrumental in helping to make the vision a reality. And…

Oliver Hill

Personal development and business coach based in the UK. Director of Hill Coaching Company.

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