How to stop negative people at work draining your energy

This week I’m answering this question: Hi Barbara, I work in a team with a few negative people and they have a tendency to bring me down throughout the day. What can I do to keep myself positive and in a good mood when I’m surrounded by negative energy? Oh...

How to say no when you’re a people pleaser

This week I’m answering the question: ‘Hi Barbara – Can you give me some tips on how to say no without feeling guilty. The problem is that I’m a people pleaser, and I feel like it’s engrained in me to help, but this leads to me taking too much on, and feeling...

8 Time Management Skills You Really Need

Is this you? You feel like you have too much to do, and not enough time? You feel like you’re juggling far too many balls, and spinning plates desperately trying to keep everything from toppling over? You feel exhausted at the end of your work day, even though you...

5 ways you’re stopping your growth as a leader

Now if you’re reading this, I’m guessing that you really want to get on, get results, and make leaps in your career but for some reason you’re just not getting the traction that you need. Am I right? You might have seen other people that you know get to where they...

How to adapt your leadership style in 5 steps

This week I’m answering this question: “Barbara – I’ve been in a leadership position for a few years and I’ve come to the conclusion that I really need to change my style as it just isn’t working for me anymore. The thing is I don’t know how to go about doing...

5 signs that you’re holding yourself back

This week I’m answering this question: “Everything’s going great at the moment, but I always get the feeling that I’m holding myself back in some way…can you help?” This is a common question, and it really doesn’t matter where...

How to stop being the ‘go to’ person with your team

One of the traps that I see leaders falling into all the time, is becoming the ‘go to person’ with their team. The person that your team always go to to answer questions, solve problems, make decisions, and sense check things. Does this sound familiar? The...

9 ways to give your confidence a much needed boost

This week I’m answering a question about confidence… “I feel as though I my confidence has gone – any ideas how I can get it back?” The thing is that we all have lapses in confidence as we go a long. The way I visualise it is that confidence is like a big...

Leaders – what are your teams learning without your knowledge?

Not long ago I was having a drink with a friend and we were chatting about her teenage son as he just wouldn’t stop using his phone at meal times. “It’s driving me crazy, I just don’t know what I can do to get through to him.” She said. “Oh it’s just teenagers” I...

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