conversation about maximising value from customer insight

Your biggest achievements just might come from self-awareness

Continuing our focus on your thinking environments & personal development, let’s turn to the topic of self-awareness. Not just in my own coaching & mentoring work, but also in my own experience of practicing mindfulness, time and again I have seen the power of improved self-awareness. Yet, especially without a coach or mentor to work with, many leaders struggle to know where to start. Too much of our working lives.. Read More

How to start 2017 as a Mindful Leader

Two books I’ve been enjoying over the Christmas period have prompted me to reflect on being a Mindful Leader. By that, slightly odd, term – I mean a leader making use of mindfulness principles to improve their effectiveness. Hopefully you’ve enjoyed a relaxing & refreshing complete break over Christmas & New Year (as recommended in our last post). Doing so (with the benefit of pre-scheduled social media posting), has enabled me to ‘recharge.. Read More

How you are using coaches & mentors in business today

As a break from our month focussing on applying insight to marketing, it’s time to share the results of our coaches & mentors poll. You may remember that back in August, we launched a short survey on use of coaching & mentoring. Thanks to those who participated. We now have stable enough results to give an interesting, at least initial, picture. As someone who works as an external coach & mentor, some.. Read More

Show your emotions, why it helps you lead better

Should you show your emotions more or less, in your leadership? I’m delighted to welcome back guest blogger Kevin Watson, to share his thoughts on this topic. My own experience is mixed. I have been in corporate settings where leaders were encouraged to ‘bring their whole self to work‘, openly sharing their emotions with each other. In that case it proved to be a recipe for hurt; for those foolhardy enough to.. Read More

Do you have coaching advice to guide your approach?

Business travel has been the theme of this week (so podcasts have been used of course). Enjoying sunny days in Cardiff, London & Edinburgh. So, I’m returning to sharing other useful online content. With our current monthly focus on leadership development, through coaching & mentoring, I’ve been searching cyber space for coaching advice worth sharing. I kept in mind common questions or objections I’ve heard; whenever I raise the topic of leadership.. Read More

6 leadership styles and why you need behavioural flexibility

As we continue our month focussed on leadership development, including coaching & mentoring, it’s great to welcome another coach as a guest blogger. Kevin Watson is director & lead coach at myown-coach.co.uk and benefits from a broad experience of coaching leaders across industries. In this post, he shares the importance of being flexible in your leadership style. My own experience, both as a customer insight leader & when coaching leaders, confirms.. Read More

Could you be more self aware from coaching?

It’s been a busy week of client work (which is great!), but that has meant less time for this blog. So, to make up the second blog post this week, here are some resources on coaching or mentoring that I’ve found interesting. To help you stay more self aware. These caught my eye because they focus on topics which I find coaching clients often raise. Despite the range of technical.. Read More