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
IF you're still frantically searching for the perfect present for your little ones, you may want to skip the expensive tech. Because scientists have found that traditional toys like Lego, puzzles...and cardboard boxes, are better for toddlers than high-tech gadgets. Paediatricians are calling for parents to give their kids old-fashioned playthings that spark their imagination and creativity. A new report by the American Academy of Paediatrics has found that allowing kids to spend hours on electronic media might delay their speech and language development. Because playing on tablets or phones tends to replace playing with parents and being active, that can also lead to a higher risk of obesity. It also found that an astonishing 90 per cent of children have used mobile devices before the age of one. Simple things like cardboard boxes could be used to draw on, or made into a house. "Playing with toys such as blocks and puzzles can support fine motor skills, cognitive and language … [Read more...] about Buying kids Lego and puzzles this Christmas is ‘better for their development than high-tech gadgets’
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
The selection of Borussia Dortmund wonderkid Jadon Sancho was the most eye-catching in Gareth Southgate's latest England squad. The 18-year-old winger has been shining in German football and starring in the Bundesliga. This season he has made 10 appearances for BVB, cramming in a goal and an astonishing nine assists already. Following his elevation to the England senior ranks for the upcoming games against Croatia and Spain, Mirror Football's Adrian Kajumba spoke to four men who have helped him along the way. Sayce Holmes-Lewis: The community sports coach "Jadon was fearless on the pitch when he was in his groove." South Londoner Sancho was on Watford's books from the age of seven where Sayce Holmes-Lewis first saw him while visiting a friend who coached at the Hornets' development centre. Holmes-Lewis then ended up working with Sancho and his childhood friends - Reiss Nelson, on loan at Hoffenheim from Arsenal, and Ian Carlo Poveda, now at Manchester City - in his role as … [Read more...] about Inside story on Jadon Sancho’s rapid rise by the coaches who know him best