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Thursday, 26 May 2011

Bible Society link-up in Swindon

Yesterday I enjoyed talking to the monthly meeting of all British Bible Society staff in Swindon. I was talking to them with the Swindon Coaching Team about the value of coaching at home and at work, in advance of free taster sessions we are offering to staff there next month.

In building relationships with local employers, we see coaching "taster sessions" as a good way of raising awareness of the benefits of coaching. People receiving a taster session may well bring personal rather than work-related issues, but whatever we talk about there will be a knock-on benefit to the employer.

We are interested in doing similar work with other businesses and charities.

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

Government Leadership Grant extended

Last year I was urging people to apply for this UK government scheme (to support leaders of small businesses) in good time before the intended end in April. Nevertheless some people missed out, because the scheme was so popular that it ran out of money!

Changes to government plans meant that I was not expecting the scheme to continue, despite the large number of clients that had benefitted from the £1000 grant.

The good news is that the scheme has just been relaunched, to run until March 2012 - but don't leave it until the last moment to contact me! It doesn't matter whether you have received a grant from a similar scheme in the past.

This time around, the Leadership and Management Advisory Service grant will give up to £1000 (matched funding) to the key leaders of growing firms with between 2 and 249 staff - to help with the development of people and processes in the organisation through interventions such as coaching and workshops. For example if you'd like to increase staff productivity to improve business growth, coaching could help you to develop your communication and delegation skills, review working practices, and develop staff training.

Businesses need to be able to show planned growth of 20% in staff or turnover for each of the following three years (10% for Social Enterprise). Firms less than 12 months old need to show plans for turnover of £500,000 after three years.

Full details of the scheme in the South of England are here:

To explore how best to benefit from this scheme, to talk through the growth potential of your business, or to start an application, call me now on 01249 712446!

Finding True North Executive Coaching

Friday, 6 May 2011

Finding True North Team Pursuits Day

Finding True North enjoyed joining in with the open day at south west England's premier corporate leisure venue today - Team Pursuits, Lacock, Wiltshire.

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Persistence wins when all else fails...

Sometimes, when things are not going as well as we should like, we are wise to examine whether we should be doing something differently. However it may be persistence, not change, that is needed, as Calvin Coolidge noted.

"Nothing in the world can take the place of Persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan 'Press On' has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race."
Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) 30th President of the U.S.A.

Persist: to continue steadfastly or obstinately in spite of opposition or warning; to last, to endure.

From the Internet: Background on Coolidge and this quotation;
More impressive quotations from Coolidge - here and here.

(I find these links helpful, but take no responsibility for them.)

And to finish off, here's a related quote I also like by John Quincy Adams (1825-29) 6th President of the U.S.A.
“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.”

Life isn't all about new information. I know, in my life and in my work with business leaders, that at times what is needed is help in discerning what to persist with and what to stop doing - and encouragement to continue the journey. If you would find such support helpful, get in touch.

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