7 ways to easily boost your communication skills

This week I’m answering this question: “I’m a manager of a team of 8 and although I think I’m doing a good job on the whole, I’d really like to improve my own personal communication skills. Any tips?” Great question and music to my ears…having effective communication...

5 ways to make change happen

At the end of last month we had a big change happen in our house. Our second child went to university – and although we’ve still got two left at home, all of a sudden the house felt empty and A LOT quieter!! As we drove home from dropping him off, Dave and I couldn’t...

5 ways to re-address your work life balance

Today we’re talking about something that has been coming up a lot over the last few months…and that’s work life balance. Now, I personally am not a huge fan of the term ‘work life balance’ just because I don’t feel like...

3 ways to boost your confidence and stop hiding at work

Years ago at the start of my career I went through a stage that I can only describe as ‘hiding’. Not the hiding behind a sofa kind of hiding – but the hiding your light under a bushel kind of hiding and it’s something that I now see a lot in other people – the...

7 steps to mastering the art of consistency

I’ve always had an on off relationship with getting fit…sure I understoood the benefits, but just getting up and doing it was always a struggle. Then a while back I had the realisation that unless I’m working towards an event – like a sponsored...

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...

10 things that you shouldn’t delegate as the Boss

Leading a team can come with all sorts of problems. There are different individuals to consider, different needs, different personalities, and different situations. All of these take time – which when you’ve already got a packed schedule can feel like a huge time...

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...

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