The first step to getting help is, it is universally accepted, to acknowledge you need it. But sometimes the barriers go up before you can get to that point. Coaching is expected in disciplines such as sport, dance, music, but what about in life and in business?For two Lancashire businesswomen coaching is not just their chosen calling, it has changed their lives.Kate Pollitt of Desire Branding is due to qualify as a business coach in March, a skill she will offer as part of her services to clients.Her journey to qualification started when she decided to invest in coaching for her own business which she set up 14 years ago. The Ribble Valley-based graphic designer and branding expert said: “I was seeking a business coach for me and this ran in parallel with the fact that working very closely with small business owners they would sometimes come to me with things that were not branding and marketing-related and I didn’t feel equipped to help them - things like work life … [Read more...] about Can coaching change your life for the better? These two Lancashire businesswomen believe it can.
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HANDS up if you’re excited about returning to work tomorrow after two weeks of sleeping in late, sitting around in pyjamas watching Netflix and eating too much? Don’t all shout at once. I get it. There is nothing cosier than the cocoon of Christmas. And leaving it is a wrench. So a lot of people will be full of dread at the prospect of going back to work. But I actually think that January can be one of the most productive, exciting and dynamic months. And just in case you don’t agree, I’m going to share my tips on how to make January into Fan(tastic)uary. The first step is to focus on what you want out of this new year. Because if you don’t make a plan you will end up exactly where you started, but this time in 2020. If you hate your job, don’t just keep saying that: Work out why you hate it and what steps you need to take to change it. Brush up on your skills. Look for learning opportunities wherever you can — and take them. From eating … [Read more...] about Focus on making January your most productive month by learning skills, developing your CV and applying for jobs
0 Have your say Toby Wood, Peterborough Civic Society: A couple of weeks ago Peterborough Conservatives announced Paul Bristow as their candidate for the next parliamentary election, whenever that might be. Almost immediately he announced ‘a new campaign’ #proudofpeterborough.Peterborough Civic Society already knows what our priorities might be if we were (heaven forbid!) a political party.The Society’s long-standing aims are to campaign to influence the public authorities and other agents of change to:Promote good design;Encourage an imaginative approach to the city’s future;Value and care for the local heritage of buildings and other features;Promote local knowledge and pride of place.Here are ten headings that encompass what we in the Civic Society consider to be essential for Peterborough’s continued growth and which might form a manifesto.Housing – perhaps the issue that, in the long term, will define the quality of life … [Read more...] about 10 ways to achieved continued Peterborough growth
Maughan wasn't a pioneer for his community, nor was it his place to be. His endeavours might have inspired other Travellers to play but it didn't alter the landscape to any great degree. Travellers didn't flood into GAA clubs in vast numbers as a result. They remained marginalised in sport as much as in society itself. Forty years later a group of men gather in a Wicklow hotel on a November night. All share one thing: a devotion to the blue and white of St Patrick's GAA club in Wicklow town. There is the club chairman, John Gill, a Galway exile. Michael Neary is a former county hurling goalkeeper, now manager of the club's senior hurlers. And the seven others present have hurled, and most still do, for the club. They differ from Gill and Neary in one respect: all are members of the Traveller community. St Patrick's, recent winners of the Wicklow senior football championship, field three adult hurling teams where the majority of players on each one are Travellers. Jim O'Brien, now 42 … [Read more...] about Pioneers in embracing integration: How one Wicklow club has welcomed Traveller community
The colossal skills shortage is one of the greatest problems currently facing Manchester and UK businesses as a whole. Experts believe that employers should be prioritizing the retention and recruitment of older workers as the ever-shrinking talent pool has narrowed further in the wake of Brexit. A recent report from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) found that the number of EU-born workers coming to the UK between the first quarter of 2017 and 2018 fell by 95%. In addition to this, according to the government’s Business Champion for Older Workers, Andy Briggs, who is also chief executive officer of Aviva Life, there will be 14.5 million more jobs by 2022, but only seven million younger workers entering the workplace. Jo Sellick, founder and managing director of Manchester headquartered recruitment specialists Sellick Partnership believes that the over-50s demographic is an untapped talent pool, which could hold the key to combating the skills gap. … [Read more...] about How hiring the over-50s is the key to beating the skills crunch