Egg salad sandwiches at 6am

It started as a way to use up some egg salad that was in the fridge.  I took the diced egg, spring onion and mayonnaise mixture from the Tupperware and put in between two slices of bread, then added a few slices of cucumber,  wrapped it all in greaseproof paper and gave it to my husband to take to work.  The next morning, while I was …

When staying strong and powering through, isn’t working

Have you ever tried so hard to stay positive and power through, only to end up crashing and burning out? Then rally and try even harder only to crash and burn again a few weeks later? ‘Staying positive’ when you’re feeling anything but and ‘powering through’ even when you’re exhausted, is the emotional equivalent of holding a beachball …

‘I just work better under pressure’

Are you not getting an awful lot done at the moment? You aren’t alone. With no pressing deadlines and a lot of people on leave the pace has slowed right down for many. There’s no problem with things slowing down, except if you have the feeling you’re not making the most of your time. And …

The best seat in the Coffee House

Have you ever been in a Viennese coffee house?  If you have you’ll know that the waiters wear jackets with tails, white waistcoats and bow ties because Coffee is serious in Vienna. They don’t smile, these Waiters. If they’re exceedingly jolly, they’ll have a twinkle in their eye or slightly upturned mouth edges but never any teeth on show. Definitely no laughing or merrymaking of …

The coached mind vs the uncoached mind

There’s only one difference between a coached mind and an uncoached mind:  The uncoached mind believes every thought it thinks.  The coached mind doesn’t believe every thought it thinks.  That’s it. An uncoached mind thinks ‘I’ve nothing contribute here’ and believes it. The thinker of that thought stays quiet for the duration of a meeting and then comes out and gets annoyed that she …

The biggest waste of time there is

What is it? All the engagement management stuff that takes up so much time and is a complete headwreck? Zoom calls that go on and on? Children who interrupt you mid-flow every 5 minutes? Clients who don’t have their stuff ready when they said they would? Staff who aren’t as committed as they could be and send …

The Urge Jar

We don’t do time outs, naughty steps or sending to rooms. As an adult; if someone asked me to do any of those things, I wouldn’t be able to do any self reflecting for the shame and dread I would feel as a result of the person I loved and trusted most banishing me out …

What are you getting paid to do?

Did you get coffee on your way into work this morning? When the barista handed you your coffee and you handed them more or less than a fiver depending on how fancy the coffee shop was and where you live, you both completed a value exchange. You paid money to receive a warm, caffeinated beverage made …

Time Management is a feminist issue

I recently spoke to a female leader – also a Mum – whom I very much like and respect. We were talking about women in management and leadership, and specifically how women who are also Mums are coming through to leadership roles in the Big 4. She said this: ‘We have to accept that there …

The most important hour of the week

Every Sunday, I take around an hour to plan out my week. I make as many decisions as possible about the week ahead with the benefit of perspective and my best interests in mind. Then I write it all on my calendar. Some people think this is crazy – they tell me the last thing they want …