What I’ve learned in the last 12 months

On the 27th October 2019, I’ll be celebrating Ad Florem’s 4th birthday. I can hardly believe it was a whole 4 years ago when I started my business. It’s been…

The Time I Was Brave

Bravery and fear Fear is a funny thing. On the one hand, it keeps us safe by ensuring that we avoid dangerous situations. On the other hand, the things we…

Is it time to discover yourself?

Self-discovery The leadership clients I work with are often surprised when I suggest the first step to being a great leader is self-discovery. Aren’t they already themselves? What is there…

Do you know what gives you joy?

When was the last time you felt joyful? As busy leaders, we’re constantly juggling priorities and curating never-ending lists of things to do. What if that to-do list was filled…

Do you feel underappreciated at work? Show gratitude

Feeling underappreciated at work can leave you feeling frustrated and demotivated. When you’re putting in a lot of effort, and you think it’s going unnoticed, you might start to wonder…

How to Find the Real You

Do you ever feel like you’re a vastly different person at work than you are at home? I’m not talking about dressing and behaving in a professional manner. But when…

Do Leaders Need To Look After Their Wellbeing?

A Centre for Mental Health study found that presenteeism from mental ill health alone costs the UK economy £15.1 billion per year, and absenteeism costs £8.4 billion. To combat this,…

Time to Think – Is It Worth It?

How often do you take the time to just think? I don’t mean a momentary pause before you make a big decision. How often do you take the time to…

How to Handle your Imposter Syndrome

Have you ever had the feeling that maybe you’re just not cut out for your leadership role? That your colleagues are better than you are? That perhaps you’ve made a…

Vulnerability in Leadership

Nobody really wants to be vulnerable. We usually see it as a weakness, something to avoid at all costs. Especially in leadership roles, where we learn that we need to…

Productivity Tips to Restore your Focus

My executive coaching clients often tell me that they want to be more productive. It’s a lofty goal, but what does ‘productive’ really mean? When we talk about productivity we…

5 Steps to Help you Declutter your Mind

Decluttering is big right now. Almost everyone I know has heard of Marie Kondo and her brilliant methods for claiming back some of your physical space in your home. And…

Why is Compassionate Leadership Important?

Leaders are increasingly recognising that compassionate leadership is essential if you want to build an engaged workforce. There are lots of benefits arising from compassionate leadership, including: Higher employee engagement…

Habits are the key to great leadership

One of the books I frequently recommend to my executive coaching clients is Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. It’s as relevant now as it was on publication…

Handling anxiety and overwhelm in leadership

One of the most common issues I help my leadership clients with is anxiety. They often link this with a sense of feeling overwhelmed. Anxiety and overwhelm is something that…

Want to be a better leader? Be true to yourself

Being ‘authentic’ is a popular concept at the moment, but what does authenticity look like? Surely you are ‘authentically you’ just by existing? Well, not exactly. We often put a…

How to be Assertive in Leadership

Assertive leaders are able to express their thoughts and feelings in a direct, honest and appropriate way. They naturally tend to gain the trust and respect of their teams and…