Entries by Coach Padraig

How strong are your work relationships?

Strong relationships are built on trust, respect and mutual support. The world’s best teams (whether in the arena or the boardroom) are built on those qualities. So how do you cultivate great work relationships? Team-building events will get you off to a good headstart but it’s really about how you approach everyday interactions. Here are […]

Preventing leadership burnout

Have you snapped at someone when you’d normally be patient? Felt irritable with everyone and disinterested in what you normally value? Reacted to situations disproportionately? These could be warning signs that you are suffering from burnout or close to it. In a recent article on Digital Freelancer, James Sower outlined how to differentiate stress from […]

Why do leaders avoid the truth?

Most organizations will say they invest in their people, and that may be true. They pay for training, they offer benefits. But paradoxically, how often do we as leaders avoid difficult conversations with poor performers until a “last straw” moment and we fire them? (Oops, so much for the investment in professional development!) Sure, there […]

Achieving work/ life balance

There are times that balancing the demands of work and personal life feel impossible (even laughable!). When we work with individuals and companies, we often hear from folks that they’re struggling to find a way to try to balance these demands, let alone actually achieve balance! Advances in technology have changed workplace culture. I read […]

How to Apologize

Asana, our project management software company, recently published a blog post called, “How to Say Sorry at Work” that really resonated for us.   We’ve summarized some of their thoughts and added a few of our own based on our work with hundreds of leaders and leadership teams. Healthy relationships are important for teams to […]

How to deal with difficult employees

I came across this great infographic the other day and it got me thinking about the steps to deal with difficult employees. There are a few things that I’ve learned over time when issues crop up around communication and difficult people in the workplace: It’s often not isolated to one person or one issue; Band-aid […]

How to motivate your team to improve performance

A smooth, dynamic team that delivers results doesn’t happen by coincidence. Even if you already have an awesome team, knowing how to really get the best from them can be a challenge. Here’s a refresher with some helpful tips to make sure that you’re motivating your team without the headache. Step 1: Learn their “why” […]