Category Archives: Mental Fitness

Nature or Nurture

There is nothing like school holidays and the juggle of working life and motherhood to test one’s mental. It’s when I’m both at my best and my worst. All of my best traits can shine through and all of my worst too. And by worst I mean ugly. When I’m stressed, I get mean, snappy,…

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Taking Power Breaks

Taking Power Breaks

Lots of people are anxious, stressed, stressed out and some at the complete burnout phase. Running on empty with the extremely intense experiences we’ve been living through personally and professionally these last couple of years. Whilst there is a lot to diagnosis and solutions, here is a quick technique that can be highly effective with…

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Positively Patient

Like many after 2 years of avoiding it, Covid entered the house in March. We all got it. Hit heavy and hard. So many lessons from the journey around patience and perseverance. Also a timely reminder about one’s own mortality and putting the oxygen mask on self first. Whilst many have experienced mild even no…

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For or Against

Best session ever with a client today. Reflecting on the growth, learnings and improvements made across the last 7 months. As well as a great summary document, we could see the data measuring the growth and momentum achieved. Do you ever stop and take stop of where you’re at and how far you’ve come as…

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Leadership Challenges

Today want to share a really personal experience supporting a young leader through a challenging period. It’s in-house, at home and it was a challenging time. This young man is Henry. He’s just turned 13. Last cricket season he captained the U11’s to win in the 2nd Division of Manly Warringah Rep cricket. It was…

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Fact or Feeling

Is it Fact or Feeling?

Ever find yourself getting caught up rehashing a situation from work, its 3am and it’s still playing out in your head? Or getting worked up over something in the middle of the day, that distracts you from the to-do list, taking action etc. My client Lisa used to have it happen quite a bit. Till…

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Sharing the Big Wins

One of my fave things ever about being a coach, is cheering on the sidelines and watching the big wins. Seeing clients overcome challenges, dig deep, make progress, 3 steps forward and 5 steps back some days, then reap the rewards as the hard work, dedication and persistence pays off. It takes time. It’s not…

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Do you have a PQ Powered Culture?

Did you know only 20% of teams ever achieve 80% of their potential? Is your team one of the 20% of High Performers or one of the 80% that achieve less? A bit less or perhaps a lot less. Many business leaders share their numbers with us. How well the business is doing (or not).…

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Dealing with the Overload

Whether it’s in person or still remote, many people are saying ‘Enough is Enough’. The pace is frenetic, the intensity enormous and the demands too much. Nervous systems are overloaded, it’s creating debilitating anxiety and extreme fatigue. The impact of stress on our body and brain is enormous and affects the way we sleep, eat,…

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Know when to Stop and Take Stock

How often do you stop and take stock with how you, the team and business are tracking? In the last 18 months with so much going on, it’s been pretty easy to get VERY caught up in the day to day. Dealing with the urgent priorities. We get very used to that pattern of behaviour…

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Avoidance is doing Immense Damage

So the irony of this blog, is it sat in my DRAFT box for over a week. I started writing it several times over, the page has been sitting blank with thoughts swirling around, then I parked it and left it because… well I didn’t really know what to say exactly, precisely… wasn’t sure it…

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Top 4 Lessons from Life in Lockdown

No one is super human. We’re all human. In our house a few weeks ago blood was drawn. Just a quick momentary brain snap between both kids which resulted in an inch long fingernail scratch across a child’s face. It was so quick and happened in an instant. As I sat very calmly talking through…

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Pressure is a Privilege

Wholeheartedly agree and in normal world supporting leaders do and be at their best, pressure is absolutely a privilege and the price one pays for holding the senior roles. Likewise in life being the ‘parents/carers’ raising children. Athletes surround themselves with a team to help support them on the journey. Life right now is throwing…

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Being Ok to Ask for Help

Being Ok to Ask for Help

One very common trait of high-performing leaders, I’ve noticed and actually done myself in the past, is not asked for help, when it was really needed. Not reached out when it was vital to do so. It’s a hard learnt lesson, that didn’t serve me and something I practice what I preach now. Commonly it’s…

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WELL-BEING must come first

Are you feeling overwhelmed, anxious, way more tense than normal… is EVERYTHING taking its toll? Is your resilience low, vitality vanished and are you feeling flatter than ever before? If not… that’s fantastic, and if yes, perhaps this is you or someone you know, friend, family member, colleague or a team member, then please read…

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Drama in the Workplace

Have you ever thought some of the drama being played out at work could be worthy of an Oscar award? It’s so intense, long running and well-acted. That is, well, if you’re able to observe it and actually not get entangled up in the drama itself. Not all of us find it that easy to…

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Overriding Negative Thoughts

Leadership is busy enough as it is without wasting valuable time either physical hours or brain space on replaying or rehashing conversations, giving ourselves a tough time or wishing/hoping that others would actually be able to mind-read and do what we want without us actually saying it! Or saying it and it goes pear-shaped, ending…

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Facing Difficult Conversations

Here’s a few ideas on how to stop avoiding the difficult Conversations and be courageous for constructive conversations instead! Are you needing to have a conversation with someone? It could be a business discussion or something personal. It’s on your mind. It’s been niggling, bugging you and you’ve been putting it off? Firstly – ask…

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Overcoming Presenting Nerves

“Staring out across the audience, I could feel the nerves wanting to take over, the feeling of dread coming back into the pit of my stomach… NO, I said to myself, you’ve got this. I focused on the far wall of the room, just slightly above everyone’s head and breathed, in and out, in and…

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Leaders have a People Responsibility

With the role of leader of any kind, whether titled Team Leader, Supervisor, Manager, CEO or Director etc, there comes a very important responsibility. A responsibility to remember people are people. They are not robots. Across a multitude of industries there has been an intensity to the pressure and stress in the last 12 months…

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