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February 28, 2015

Pressure at work: caffeinate or meditate?

Executive coaches are hired for senior directors to ensure they continue to be as clear thinking as possible. Ideally they’ll lead a business onwards and upwards and inspire and motivate (all going well) their colleagues and teams. Realistically though, not every company offers the exec coach benefit to every principal in their leadership line-up. And even in […]

December 8, 2014

Setting up in business – 3 essential character traits from an executive coach

Since being a teenager I’d imagined I would own my own company at some point in my life. I’d come from an entrepreneurial family – but still at 30 years old had no idea how I was going to make the move from my comfortable London corporate job into the grit and fast-tracked hustle of entrepreneurial life. […]

London

October 30, 2014

The no-frills HRD formula for finding an executive coach in London

There are excellent executive coaches in London (or anywhere) who are less than skilled marketeers. Conversely there are unskilled exec coaches who are highly skilled marketeers (be alert for these). If you’re an HR head looking for the highest-skilled coach how do you edit out the diamonds from the dummies – especially when time is […]

Large ship

October 20, 2014

Corporate risk – how big is too big?

Corporate risk is a tricky subject. Too little risk and the competitors will be steaming ahead. Too much risk and it scares the shareholders (and the accountants!) – unless of course it all plays out perfectly … in which case you’re the hero (for today at least)! A certain amount of risk is essential for organisation […]

Open hands

September 3, 2014

Top 5 ways to manage conflict at work

Conflict at work is the number 1 biggest stress factor for those signed off from their work. I covered those stresses in my last post. So here’s my top 5 ways to keep conflict to a minimum at work: 1. Be generous with information It’s a challenge to stay in relationship with a colleague when they can’t do their […]

Woman surrounded by helping hands

April 17, 2014

Leadership development – can I do it myself

Numerous times in my 12 years of coaching and leadership development I've been asked by clients whether I think they'd have got to the conclusion they reach by themselves. I almost alway say 'yes'. When an answer needs to be found and layers of assumptions need to be let go to find it, that process […]

Man waiting with a briefcase

February 27, 2014

How to talk to your CEO …

How easy is it to get to talk with your CEO or board directors? If you’re like most people in medium to large corporates you won’t have clear access to the majority of the senior leaders. And to some extent it has to be like that. Heirarchy’s are not there for the vanity of the […]

Iphone held up showing a different perspective

December 3, 2013

Success and simplicity – in 60 minutes a month

Coaching for executives is the best way, bar none, that a company can expand and encourage a leader to be more, do more, contribute more. It positively impacts the individual leader, the team she or he manages and the end user of the companie’s product or service. The corporate knock on effect is repeat business […]

empty notebook

September 28, 2013

Being clear about your career

Ask any executive coach in London about what their main topic of conversation is and most will reply ‘being clear about your career’. It’s a pretty general desire, but the specifics of a person’s progress through their career is as unique as their fingerprint. There’s no right way to move on or up, there’s no […]

Man looking at business performance on handheld device

February 4, 2013

An executive coach – your ROI

What’s the Return On Investment of working with an Executive Coach? This is such a juicy question. Ten years and over 1000 clients ago, as I tentatively opened my doors to my first incarnation of being an executive coach. I had very little understanding of the value I was bringing to my market. I charged […]

man smiling

September 14, 2012

Successful leadership – genuinely be yourself

‘What does it take to be successful in top leadership?’, I’m asked by a client about to step up to an MD-on-the-board role. And I found my usual coach approach of ’empower the client to discover’ went right out the window. ‘If you really want to lead with style’, I said, ‘then genuinely be yourself’. […]

athlete on running track

August 6, 2012

Leadership Development and Usain Bolt

I’ve been gripped with Olympic fever for the past 10 days. What an honour to watch the world’s elite athletes pitting their decades-honed talents against each other. And the physiques on show? … oh my! For me too, as far as getting athletes’ victory-against-all-odds stories to parallel into my leadership development coaching … there’s been […]

woman thinking

July 11, 2012

Your Ceiling of Success

You know how sometimes it takes an intensity of the same thing to occur multiple times before the penny drops? Like 5 super-valuable executives leave the company within a 3 month period before a CEO recognises that they’ve all been reporting to the same undeveloped senior director. Or targets go unmet over 6 terms in […]

pair skydiving

April 30, 2012

Leadership Success: clarity, passion, teamwork

The great thing about coaching leadership success is that it naturally has a positive ripple effect throughout the rest of the company. Directors get clear, they speak with expectation and inspiration to their managers and in turn those managers create a culture of unlimited possibilities within their teams –  a win for productivity, for the […]

man thinking

March 1, 2012

Coaching conscious leaders

It takes an aware and bold leader to continue to step into areas of discomfort as they stretch themselves in the name of personal & professional development. They know already the link between self development and higher results – and they make conscious decisions to commit the time and effort to the ongoing refinement of […]

open book

February 8, 2012

CEO coaching … leaders who lifelong learn

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard it asked by corporate leaders from directors, to board members to CEOs  “but why would I need coaching … I’m doing everything right”. To which I reply “you wouldn’t be at your level of success if you weren’t doing everything right. And I work with achievers […]

christmas decorations

December 1, 2011

Wow, December Already … Now What?

If I were to knock on your office door tomorrow and say this:  ’Knowing that you’re guaranteed to succeed, what is your plan – personal & professional – for 2012? Would you know your answer? Would you smile with excitement and be able to rattle off the details? And are the people who’re going to […]

minimal desk area

October 4, 2011

The CEO and Business Leaders’ Solutions to Simplify

When conducting seminars and workshops for leaders of medium and large companies, occasionally I’ll meet a“revealer.” These are the people who will speak out about their success process without being nervous of disclosing techniques. It’s a positive trait, and one where I can take the opportunity to further explore a leader’s strategies: “How did you […]

electronics circuit

June 21, 2011

Successful Leadership – Get Plugged In!

I’ve often heard when working with a corporate leadership client – ‘well I haven’t told anyone I’m working with you – I don’t want them to know there’s a problem’. And I have to ask myself ‘where has this message come from’ because I certainly don’t work with clients because there’s a problem (nor do […]

one-way street signs

May 16, 2011

Get Unstuck – THINK Your Way Forward

What happens when you’re totally, totally stuck?! Staying is slowly killing your will to live but you don’t know how to leave. You feel like you want change – but fear of the unknown is paralysing. You’re living a life of conformity and ‘success’ from the outside – but inside the authentic you is screaming […]

phone with facebook app open

March 15, 2011

Social Media Obliterated Schedule

Hands up if you get sucked into an unscheduled Face Book, Twitter or Linked In frenzy more than once a week? Here are the symptoms: you intend to go into one of these platforms and update your status. You then read a ‘quick’ few updates from friends, colleagues, contacts; you comment on a few of […]

empty corporate meeting room

February 9, 2011

Your CEO Legacy

There appears that there’s more transparency now of the activities, successes and challenges of the world’s blue chip and corporate leaders. Because of this there’s more demand than ever for CEO Executive Coaching (for which I’m grateful!); encouraging impressive innovation, considered risk taking and personal skills development that the rest of the company can model […]

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December 27, 2010

12 Principles for Using the Law of Attraction: Part 2

… continued … 6. Law of Connection: nothing happens by chance. Every action has a consequence or a reaction. Everything is energy – light, sound, heat, emotions, thought, even those things that appear static or solid, like rocks, sea, cars, jewels and planets. We are connected through this field of energy to all other beings, […]

man under waterfall with arms open

December 6, 2010

The ‘Way-Showers’ to Attract Abundance

How often have to heard successful business leaders say that their prosperity was attracted to them as opposed to having to work hard for it? Hardly ever right? Whilst space along the extra mile is still pretty plentiful, things are changing and business leaders are becoming more conscious in developing themselves to the full. Shared […]

dollar bill close-up

November 6, 2010

Prosperity – what some?

From the moment we’re born we start to give meaning to what we see, hear, taste and feel. We learn the values of our family, the expectations of society, what’s going to make us happy and what to steer clear of. In those informative years, what did we learn about money, wealth, prosperity? In some […]

woman with hat

October 13, 2010

CEO Coaching – Leading with Soul

I had the honor of talking with one of the world’s most successful team and leadership coaches this morning. Her recent achievements are off the scale of most independent entrepreneurs I know. We got into a conversation about the future of corporates as we know them and what is required of the leadership to enable […]

September 23, 2010

Successful Women Entrepreneurs

They used to be a rarity, successful women entrepreneurs, but since the turn of last century this tribe has been on the increase. Now, in 2010 over 8% of the UKs total working population are women entrepreneurs; with a similar percentage in the US. Classic women business pioneers showed us the way; Coco Channel, Mary […]

looking up at trees

September 4, 2010

Attract Abundance – 10 Simple Strategies

My first entry in my brand new blog – woohoo! I thought I’d start on a high … and with a list (that’s my life!!). So here’s the Jennifer Broadley top 10, for strategies to attract abundance. 1. Think abundantly: filled your mind with the people, places, prosperity and opportunities you want in your life. […]

January 14, 2015

Flower power – diverse workplaces are more profitable long term

In nearly 15 years of working as an executive coach in London, Scotland and around the UK, it’s clearer than ever to me that when employees are accepted equally for their usual and unusual traits, you’ll get a healthier, more productive and successful work culture. In 1800 the world population was just under 1 billion (stay with […]

iPhone

November 5, 2014

Phone coaching – get with the program

In 2014 it’s all change. My UK clients are in London, Manchester, Glasgow & Aberdeen … and even one in a cottage industry on a remote Hebridean island. My overseas clients are in Ireland, US, India and Hong Kong. All bar 2 are phone or skype clients; and 8 out of 10 of my clients […]

Man in office

October 22, 2014

Executive coaching in the UK: happiness + satisfaction = profits

I’ve noticed recently that certain UK business cultures are more open to investing in their people’s ‘soft’ skills; the mental and emotional skills that enrich a corporate environment. They include the ability to effectively communicate, openly negotiate, embrace change, respect diversity and have active and versatile team dynamics. The 2 company types most likely to […]

Athlete

September 23, 2014

You’ve reached your tipping point – top 5 signs

An athlete’s optimum level of performance involves them having the right balance of the right things in place. In sport ‘perfect’ involves: passion for the activity – enough to motivate you to turn up each day smart scheduling – for maximum exertion plus maximum recovery great nutrition – to give body and mind the highest quality […]

Profile of a sullen man

June 5, 2014

How conflict affects the bottom line

Succeeding through conflict at work can be one of the most valuable skills any leader develops. A team whose differences are respected amongst each other – strengths, work patterns, communication styles, personalities and life choices – is a powerful team. A manager who encourages diversity and is equipped to manage difference skillfully is an asset to any […]

March 25, 2014

The top 5 benefits of working with an executive coach

A decade ago it was still relatively rare for corporate senior team each to have an executive coach; that’s not the case now. Human resource professionals have long championed the concept of keeping their key leaders clear, confident and collaborative by supplying them with regular external coaching conversations. Executives themselves are now sharp to the […]

Industrial complex

February 7, 2014

Executive coaching Aberdeen – who’s in?

It’s a funny question to ask: who’s in for executive coaching in Aberdeen isn’t it? Why be so specific about a town, why be so focussed on senior leaders (CEOs, MDs, board members and senior directors)? And what are the benefits of answering ‘yes’ to this question? Are those who’ll benefit genuinely aware of how […]

Sparkling lights

October 22, 2013

An executive coach in London: mine your diamonds

There’s something very privileged about the job of an executive coach – especially an executive coach in London. Those coaches that are sought after by executive from around the world all have one thing in common … word’s got round that they get results. When the time comes a leader doesn’t care if an executive […]

minimal meeting room

July 24, 2013

Business leadership – getting easier?

It’s a question I’ve been pondering for the past few years – is business leadership getting easier? I read articles and work in businesses that say change is occurring faster and markets are ever more complex, my experience however just doesn’t bear that out (and I appreciate it may be because I’m privileged to work […]

glasses on an open book

January 22, 2013

Executive Leadership Coaching – Busting the Myths

Over the last fortnight, in the process of building an ‘extension’ onto my present business activities, I’ve met an extraordinary range of diverse leaders – some corporate, some entrepreneurial, most a bit of both. Here’s what’s been interesting to me – they have each been successful in their own way, achieving well (from my limited […]

leaf branch in glass of water

August 17, 2012

Keeping it simple

As an executive coach, I’m sometimes called on when a leader, manager or company has too much going on – people, projects, development, deadlines, decisions – and they’ve passed the tipping point of working to full effectiveness. It’s not a weakness to have said ‘yes’ to so many things (or, more likely, for additional responsibilities […]

woman at laptop holding phone

July 25, 2012

Executive Leadership – It’s Different Now …

When I took my first job in the corporate publishing industry over twenty years ago the culture was very different to what I know from the various corporates I deliver executive leadership coaching to now. In the 90s there was still a sense of having to do your time. You most likely had to have […]

man adjusting his suit cuff

May 30, 2012

A CEO’s legacy

Leaders define success in any number of ways – increasing turnover, launching innovative products, hiring world-class teams, going global, changing lives. Some CEOs are credentialed and experienced to the hilt; others are risk takers and their own best PR machine. Some step in to lead a share-held company; others start from the ground up turning […]

laptop displaying analytics

March 21, 2012

Executives of the new world …

As a corporate coach, and particularly as an executive coach in London and other commercial-centric cities, I’m beginning to ask myself whether business change isn’t occurring faster that ever before in history. What makes a leadership team, and by extension an entire company, equipped to manage such significant changes as: outsourcing production to global hubs […]

woman in meeting

February 21, 2012

Say it like it is … the ‘whole’ truth

I can talk about leadership development and companies can hire me as an executive coach to encourage more advanced and successful leadership but I may as well be a lorry driver (a secret fantasy of mine since the Yorkie advert era) and they may as well torch their people-investment spend if we can’t talk about […]

colourful pencils in drawer

January 11, 2012

‘I Wanted to Design; Now I Lead’ …

What happens when the thing you loved doing the most – the reason you stepped up for your chosen career – is no longer present in your job? I’ve spoken to directors who were designers, managers who were mechanics, and leaders who were lifeguards – all of whom have progressed far enough in their careers […]

rocket taking off

November 4, 2011

Born for Something Bigger

How much do you think you compromise on a day-to-day basis? Do you do it in work, in your relationships, in the stories you tell yourself about the choices you do and don’t have? Where did you learn those notions, those stories you tell yourself are ‘the one right way’? And is it easier to […]

computer half-closed

September 1, 2011

When enough’s enough: business leaders going AWOL!

Absent Without Leave (AWOL) is a military term used when a soldier is absent from where he/she should be but without intent to desert. I started this week with a list of ‘must do’s’ deadlined for the end of this month. Program development, video re-records, radio show interviews, updates from my team … all this […]

woman laughing

May 30, 2011

The Best Success Coach – You!

What does it take for anyone to be the best at anything? And does being labelled the best success coach in the UK take different traits to being the best runner in the Olympics, the best artist of the Turner Prize, the best actress at the Oscars or the best leader in your organisation? The […]

woman walking

March 22, 2011

The Big CEO Challenge

What am I hearing most about in leadership and CEO Coaching these days? … ‘The stretch’. How do we downsize and innovate? How do we isolate retrainable talent, let go of change resisters and attract inspired leaders? How do we plan our future strategies when we can’t yet see where our products and services might […]

professional swimmer

February 9, 2011

Sporting links to Business Success

Since the beginning of 2011 I’ve been upping the stakes on the fitness front – more swimming, more tennis, more detoxing. And it’s great. I feel energised, positive and focussed to a much higher level than when I’m desk-bound all day. Last week my swim partner and I changed the timing of our training session. […]

Screenshot of YouTube video

January 18, 2011

Future Business Leaders

person standing underneath colourful night sky

December 23, 2010

12 Principles for Using the Law of Attraction: Part 1

Here are the first 6 of the 12 universal principles which form the basis of all success generated on the planet. Being ‘universal’ means that they apply to you whether or not you’re aware of them, much like gravity. However, knowing the principles is the first step to increasing your choices and raising your game […]

tennis player

November 17, 2010

Self Improvement & The Talent Myth

Your self improvement is dependent on a number of factors, 95% of which are entirely within your control. I work in an industry where someone’s excellence is often publicly observed – a tv presenter, a radio host, an author, journalist, politician, sports person, musician, speaker or a CEO or corporate leader. We’ve all heard comments […]

ipad in use in store

October 28, 2010

Does Personal Investment Bring Business Success?

I’ve been in conflict this week. Big time. I’m hiring a new online marketing coach and because my previous multiple-experiences with online coaches have woefully under-delivered, I don’t want to let my past experiences taint the entire industry. But there’s a further challenge … I’m out there in the online market place too. I’m offering […]

surfer

September 29, 2010

Everything is Energy

I’ve been reading this amazing book – The Wave, by Susan Casey. I’m gripped! It’s research into understanding ocean waves, from regular moon pulling currents, to random, ship-splitting, gargantuan rogue waves. And about how surfers use and interact with the ocean, especially now there’s a $500,000.00 price tag out there from Billabong (world’s no. 1 […]

woman smiling in cafe

September 16, 2010

Future Business Leaders – Soulful Success!

If I say ‘successful business leader’, think about a picture that instantly forms in your head. What’s the stereotype? Do you still see a suited, tall, heterosexual, white, man sitting behind a oaken, boardroom table? Yes? Well, it’s time for an update!! Our present day leaders are a much wider diversity – different genders (Anita […]

 

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February 28, 2015

Pressure at work: caffeinate or meditate?

Executive coaches are hired for senior directors to ensure they continue to be as clear thinking as possible. Ideally they’ll lead a business onwards and upwards and inspire and motivate (all going well) their colleagues and teams. Realistically though, not every company offers the exec coach benefit to every principal in their leadership line-up. And even in […]

January 14, 2015

Flower power – diverse workplaces are more profitable long term

In nearly 15 years of working as an executive coach in London, Scotland and around the UK, it’s clearer than ever to me that when employees are accepted equally for their usual and unusual traits, you’ll get a healthier, more productive and successful work culture. In 1800 the world population was just under 1 billion (stay with […]

December 8, 2014

Setting up in business – 3 essential character traits from an executive coach

Since being a teenager I’d imagined I would own my own company at some point in my life. I’d come from an entrepreneurial family – but still at 30 years old had no idea how I was going to make the move from my comfortable London corporate job into the grit and fast-tracked hustle of entrepreneurial life. […]

iPhone

November 5, 2014

Phone coaching – get with the program

In 2014 it’s all change. My UK clients are in London, Manchester, Glasgow & Aberdeen … and even one in a cottage industry on a remote Hebridean island. My overseas clients are in Ireland, US, India and Hong Kong. All bar 2 are phone or skype clients; and 8 out of 10 of my clients […]

London

October 30, 2014

The no-frills HRD formula for finding an executive coach in London

There are excellent executive coaches in London (or anywhere) who are less than skilled marketeers. Conversely there are unskilled exec coaches who are highly skilled marketeers (be alert for these). If you’re an HR head looking for the highest-skilled coach how do you edit out the diamonds from the dummies – especially when time is […]

Man in office

October 22, 2014

Executive coaching in the UK: happiness + satisfaction = profits

I’ve noticed recently that certain UK business cultures are more open to investing in their people’s ‘soft’ skills; the mental and emotional skills that enrich a corporate environment. They include the ability to effectively communicate, openly negotiate, embrace change, respect diversity and have active and versatile team dynamics. The 2 company types most likely to […]

Large ship

October 20, 2014

Corporate risk – how big is too big?

Corporate risk is a tricky subject. Too little risk and the competitors will be steaming ahead. Too much risk and it scares the shareholders (and the accountants!) – unless of course it all plays out perfectly … in which case you’re the hero (for today at least)! A certain amount of risk is essential for organisation […]

Athlete

September 23, 2014

You’ve reached your tipping point – top 5 signs

An athlete’s optimum level of performance involves them having the right balance of the right things in place. In sport ‘perfect’ involves: passion for the activity – enough to motivate you to turn up each day smart scheduling – for maximum exertion plus maximum recovery great nutrition – to give body and mind the highest quality […]

Open hands

September 3, 2014

Top 5 ways to manage conflict at work

Conflict at work is the number 1 biggest stress factor for those signed off from their work. I covered those stresses in my last post. So here’s my top 5 ways to keep conflict to a minimum at work: 1. Be generous with information It’s a challenge to stay in relationship with a colleague when they can’t do their […]

Profile of a sullen man

June 5, 2014

How conflict affects the bottom line

Succeeding through conflict at work can be one of the most valuable skills any leader develops. A team whose differences are respected amongst each other – strengths, work patterns, communication styles, personalities and life choices – is a powerful team. A manager who encourages diversity and is equipped to manage difference skillfully is an asset to any […]

Woman surrounded by helping hands

April 17, 2014

Leadership development – can I do it myself

Numerous times in my 12 years of coaching and leadership development I've been asked by clients whether I think they'd have got to the conclusion they reach by themselves. I almost alway say 'yes'. When an answer needs to be found and layers of assumptions need to be let go to find it, that process […]

March 25, 2014

The top 5 benefits of working with an executive coach

A decade ago it was still relatively rare for corporate senior team each to have an executive coach; that’s not the case now. Human resource professionals have long championed the concept of keeping their key leaders clear, confident and collaborative by supplying them with regular external coaching conversations. Executives themselves are now sharp to the […]