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An idea stays an idea if not put into words. We encourage the people we work with the tell us what’s on their mind, so we share with you what’s on ours:

Doing what I love

Why do we work? Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs tells us that the physiological, or most basic of human needs, is food, water, warmth and rest followed by security and safety. In order to provide these for ourselves and our family, we need money and therefore need to work. However, do you love your job and…

Well played Andy.

Last year you confirmed your intention to retire from professional tennis. You had many defining moments, from winning your first grand slam at the US open to being crowned Wimbledon champion. You’ve changed the public’s perception of being a grumpy Scotsman, to being a dedicated family man, and you’ve even received a knighthood from the…

Tea or Coffee? Black or White?

I’m travelling by train as I write this and the offer is made. Tea or coffee? Black or white? It’s a typical way of interacting, offering limited choices to enable quicker decision making. However, it made me think about how I hold conversations and how I can improve my coaching style. It’s all to do…

I wish that I was good enough

I am well qualified and experienced for the role I do.  I have a Masters in HR Management, I am a Chartered member of CIPD, I am a qualified Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) coach and I am accredited in both Insights and C-me psychometric colour profiling tools.  But sometimes there is an internal…

When a bot cannot

We are in the golden age of coaching.  We hold our heads high as executive coaches as we explain to fewer people that we aren’t tennis coaches, we can’t help with their golf swing and would be useless at perfecting their breaststroke.  Leadership teams in large organisations and solopreneurs alike understand the power of executive…

Impact of stress

It’s been a challenging few weeks as I’ve been working through the process of buying a flat. There was a lot to think about and decisions to be made. Finance was put in place, we found an ideal flat and our offer was accepted. All the paperwork was then collated however two weeks before the…

How can two cultures become one?

Any organisation implementing a leadership development programme would be highly regarded for investing in their leaders, right? What if the culture the programme was being delivered in was particularly challenging following a merger of two very different organisations with differing values and ways of doing things? Then this makes for a very different objective for…

The Disney Rule

What do Cinderella, Snow White, Moana and Elsa have in common?  Absolutely nothing. My niece told me that Disney princesses aren’t allowed to look at each other. I thought this couldn’t possibly be true, but to my dismay it might not be the ‘fake news’ I had hoped for a fairy tale ending. If my…

Listening for Impact

A common theme in the development of soft skills is that of listening. If I had a pound for every time someone has said to me that a partner/manager/child has told them they do not listen, I’d be worth a fortune!  Make no mistake, listening is a trained skill that few people master fully. There are…

Are you on track?

“I went to a train station today and learned that the distance between railway tracks is always 143.5 centimetres, or 4 feet 8.5 inches. Why this absurd measurement? I asked my girlfriend to find out and this is what she discovered. When they built the first train carriages, they used the same tools as they…

Leadership lessons

When I first became a leader it was a really satisfying experience. It was in a sports context and as captain I had the opportunity to make game changing decisions, such as, whether we would kick for goal or drive forward as a pack. I naively thought leadership was about being the person who made the…

Managing later life

I was facilitating a Coaching training course some 6 years ago in the lovely Lake District. Two of the delegates had me in their group and they asked me for a coaching topic. When you’re a Coach you tend to be well coached and sometimes it`s difficult to be put on the spot. At that…

Diagnose

Every company faces its unique challenges and it would be wrong to presume to know what these are, so we take the time to find out.   On the same day it can be sunny in Banchory and baltic in Balmedie!  We know to check the forecast before we pack a picnic as we cannot approach…

Design

We know that ‘nae bad’ sits alongside ‘pas mal’, 'ikke verst' and '不错'! The North East provides a unique melting pot for global workforces. Whether that be offshore in the North Sea, on dry land in our traditional manufacturing industries, or in the region’s world-leading food and beverage sector or life science research, we know…

Deliver

Approaching a seagull can be terrifying: will it want to share your chips, chase you across the street or leave you with a reminder you wish it hadn’t? “Team building” can be feared by companies in the NE in the same way. The services we deliver are always high quality and deliver results. We won’t…

Meeting of the minds

I’m a proud Aberdonian.  I’m a sociable person and get my energy from being around others (that’s the yellow colour energy of my C-me profile).  For me, this is the only downside of being a sole trader as working on my own can be a lonely experience.  That’s why a chance conversation with Linda O’Donnell…

Bio: Linda O’Donnell

Linda is a highly motivated and conscientious business psychology professional. She has extensive experience of coaching and career development as well as designing and delivering leadership and team development programmes. Based in Aberdeen, her clients include the energy sector, SMEs and business professionals. She has also worked in the public sector delivering employability skills training…

Bio: Nicky Carnie

Nicky is a fully qualified and experienced Institute of Leadership & Management executive coach, facilitator and chartered, MSc HR professional. Her approach is pragmatic and flexible, supportive and above all effective. She is passionate about developing people and has a proven track record of achieving outcome-based results with both individuals and teams. Nicky has coaching…

Bio: Brian Shanks

Brian has a passion for working alongside senior leaders in business to influence leadership skills and organisational culture around values and integrity. He is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development, a professional accredited executive coach, member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and a member of the Institute of Stress Management.…

Bio: Karen Slupinski

Karen is a caring, curious and competent communicator who sincerely wants to know more. She asks the right questions to find out more about the situation and to use her skills and personable approach to support people to be the best they can. Karen has worked in New York, London and Melbourne, with a broad…

Bio: Stephen Hibbard

Stephen is an experienced qualified executive coach, leadership consultant, and facilitator. He is passionate about leadership development and business growth in Scotland working with senior leaders to bring out the best in them and their teams. He has coached in the private, public and third sectors with a broad range of clients. Stephen is known…

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