So I recently came out – for those of you who know me, you’re wondering, “What do you mean? You came out as gay years ago!” Well this was a different coming out – this time I came out to admit that I suffered from a mental illness – depression. It was a culmination of… Continue reading A coming out story: 7 similarities between coming out and acknowledging mental health issues
The other day, I found myself in a meeting with a number of colleagues, discussing a complex topic. Whilst there were many different views around the room, there was (seemingly) general consensus on a particular approach – except for me. I strongly felt a different view, and decided that it was important that I share… Continue reading Why it’s OK to be the Voice of One
There are times when those around you shine (for me, especially my family, friends and those who work for me) and there are times when those around you don’t. We all seek validation, reassurance and guidance from those around us, and we learn to trust and believe in others, but ultimately, we need to seek… Continue reading Why your motivation should always come from within!
As the year draws to a close, it’s always a good time to reflect. The end of another year and the imminent start of the next is a perpetual cycle, and there’s certain things that you should be doing with your team. The end of the year for me drives 4 key actions: remember, reflect, plan,… Continue reading What year end messages should you be sharing with your teams?
I recently took part in an interview withJulia Streets and Andy Woodfield for Divercity Podcast, a series of podcasts focused on helping organisations and individuals drive change in the field of diversity and inclusion in financial services. The topic of conversation focused on the role of allies in diversity and inclusion. As Co-chair of Mercer’s LGBTQ… Continue reading The role of allies in Diversity & Inclusion
Those amongst us who are wise have started planning for 2018, and the various deliverables we need to achieve, I was reflecting on how best to drive motivation with my team. As with any experienced manager, I have a few tools in the armoury to help me and the team achieve what I know we… Continue reading 4 techniques to motivate your people
This week’s blog is about the sensitive subject of challenging bosses. We all have, at some point in our career had a boss who doesn’t listen, or even worse, thinks they listen but really doesn’t. I’m going to share 3 scenarios from my own experience, and advice on how to handle this – and I… Continue reading Handling a boss situation!