Entries by Coach Padraig

How to have a performance conversation (today)

We’ve talked before about how to turn difficult conversations into essential conversations. You know, the times when you should talk with someone about something but you just don’t want to get into the discussion because it could get ugly. Unfortunately, staying quiet to avoid conflict or upset can backfire. Not only can things get worse, […]

8 Ways to Get Motivated at Work

Some days it’s easy to be enthusiastic and excited about work, while other days it’s a struggle to stay focused, overcome writer’s block, or just find some joy as you juggle myriad demands. There are different reasons for feeling unmotivated. Maybe you feel you aren’t challenged enough and boredom certainly snuffs out motivation. Some may […]

How good leaders handle criticism

You can’t please everyone is a truism that is particularly important to leaders.   Leading others in an organization practically by definition means having to make decisions where there is no obvious easy choice. Realistically, there is no choice that will make everyone happy.   Part of the responsibility that comes with the benefits of […]

How to set boundaries at work

One of the topics raised by our clients everywhere we go is work-life balance  – or perhaps more aptly, a lack of it. It’s a perplexing dilemma. You want to prove your worth and reliability and being indispensable is certainly a good thing during economic downturns. Many employers (perhaps unwittingly) reward “face-time” – or time […]

How to cope when everything goes wrong

You sleep through your alarm the day of a big client meeting and then get stuck in traffic. You’re late, there’s absolutely no way to change it, and you can feel the tension as you walk in the room. As awful as all of that is, you’re desperately hoping no one notices your shirt is […]

When a lateral career move makes sense

When you think of career success you might think mainly of climbing up the corporate ladder, but don’t rule out moving laterally. It’s becoming more common these days, particularly in industries hit hard by the economic downturn, to move or pivot sideways. What we’re seeing is that a lateral move isn’t just about survival. Making […]

The coach approach to leadership

We often hear people talk about leadership styles, or perhaps read articles about which is the most effective approach for leaders. Maybe you’ve seen the results of Daniel Goleman’s study about leadership behaviours for the 2000 Harvard Business Review. In Leadership That Gets Results, Goleman and his team identified six leadership styles after they studied […]

Which leadership style are you?

Some people we click with, understanding each other with very little effort and working together with ease. Then there are others who take, well, a bit more work, but sometimes we discover we can get there with some extra care and effort. If you’ve ever had the feeling that you just can’t get through to […]