3 ways a good routine can supercharge your productivity

You might have read the same articles as I have, that super successful people have morning routines that go something like this…get up at 4am, meditate, do some yoga, drink a green juice and then when you’ve done all this, you can get started on your daily...

The one interruption that is slowing you down…

And that’s having a massive impact on your productivity When I ask people about the main time suck in their day…what do you think is in their top 3? Interruptions It’s always up there in the top 3 as the thing that really stops them doing what they need to do....

3 things that you should do before e-mails to boost your productivity

And how to get your day off to a really productive start Picture this, you’ve just arrived into work. You get your coffee, switch your PC on… and then what do you do? After asking this question to an awful lot of people over the years I’m willing to bet that the...

7 ways to manage remote workers

Here’s a question I got asked this week: “Hi Barbara – I have a team that consists of some remote workers and find managing them a challenge as they’re not in the same place. Any tips?”   I loved this question as I could completely relate. Back when I had a ‘proper...

7 ways to deal with interruptions

Picture this, you’ve got into work and you’re motivated to get on. You sit down ready to tackle your mammoth to-do list and then this happens “Hi, have you got a sec? I’ve got a quick question…” and so it begins…the endless stream of interruptions that eat up your valuable time, making it near to impossible to get anything done, or for you to focus long enough to get anything crossed off your list. Sound familiar?

4 ways to stop getting ill right before your holiday

Picture this… Your desperately needed holiday that you’ve been looking forward to for months is finally getting close, so you look down at your list and have a brain wave…’If you work like a crazy person in the last week you could get everything done and go away with a clean slate and then really relax.’

Leader – 3 signs that you’ve become a bottle-neck

Being the leader of a growing business or a busy department can be extremely demanding. There are so many plates that you need to keep spinning just to ensure that everything is heading in the right direction. In fact, without you keeping track of everything it would...

5 tips to improve your public speaking

So, this week I did something that pushed me way way out of my comfort zone. Something that to be honest I never thought I’d ever do (but actually something I’d secretly wanted to have a go at) and definitely something that taught me so much about me as a person. I...

Bed time reading for Leaders

As a self confessed book worm one of the things that I absolutely love to do when I’m working with people is recommend some bed time reading – and it’s also something that I get asked about a lot. So, I thought I’d put together a quick list of some of my favourites. This isn’t an exhaustive list by any means and even though it’s a list of 10 it’s not a top 10 so in no particular order. I’ve also tried to choose great reads from a variety of different topics depending on where you are at the moment.

How to take the fear out of having a difficult conversation

Every job has its ups and downs, with tasks that you love and the tasks that you’d do anything to avoid. For a lot of leaders, one of the dreaded tasks is having a difficult conversation. The thought of having to give someone potentially bad news can strike fear into...

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