coaching, leadership, school

Coaching school leaders

When I’m talking to school leaders about coaching they sometimes ask me what would be a good objective for a series of coaching sessions.

I know that some school leaders have had limited experience of coaching.  So I thought it might be helpful to share some objectives which other leaders have explored and resolved through their work with me.

  • Developing and sharing their vision and personal leadership style
  • Creating alliances within the school and beyond
  • Hitting the ground running in a new leadership role
  • Working with staff who aren’t making a positive contribution
  • Tackling issues which are holding them back or keeping them awake at night
business, collaboration, leadership

Powerful collaborations


Today I’m thinking about collaboration –  part three of my simple triad of business success:

⭐️  Mindset

⭐️  Marketing

⭐️  Collaboration

When I set up my one-woman business I knew it would be really important to create strong collaborative relationships to support me and help my business to thrive.

Collaboration for me comes in many shapes and sizes – I’d like to share just three.


🐝 Support and coaching from a critical friend. Sandra Norval, Managing Director of Catalicity has been my coach for the past year, and I’ve been Sandra’s coach – a win-win collaboration of mutual support.


🐝  Sharing complementary skills. I have just started to work with Jane Midwinter, ex-headteacher and coach.  We’ll be delivering some training together next week and we’re talking about future projects too.


🐝  Developing large-scale projects. Sometimes turning a big idea into reality means bringing a team together. I’m doing just that with some other associates from always possible – watch this space for more on this in the come months.

business, leadership

Business lessons from dog training


An unlikely title for a blog perhaps, but a recent training session with my anxious German Shepherd has got me thinking.  Chica is a gentle giant, but gets scared around other dogs – especially small ones.  Her anxiety manifests in apparently aggressive growls, snarls and fierce body language.  However, when challenged she either runs away or hides behind me for protection.  I’ve been at a loss about how to help her.

In just one training session I have learnt to distract Chica so that she forgets to feel anxious.  I have discovered that I’ve been confusing her by talking too much and that she is eager to give the behaviour I’m looking for when she understands what I want.  And I also now know that she’ll do anything for cooked turkey!

This experience has provided some useful learning to apply to some current business challenges.  Rather than sharing what I have learnt, I’d be interested to know whether this story resonates with you.