Why Coaching Works – A Great Tool for Managers

  I first came across coaching about 10 years ago as part of management training and was immediately struck by the power of asking questions. Like many managers I’d believed it was my mission to solve other people’s problems for them – so when they came to me for advice, I gave it freely.   […] Read More...

Assertiveness and how to use it effectively

What comes to mind when you read the word ‘assertive’ in connection with, perhaps, a colleague, client or family member? It’s a descriptor that often has negative connotations. Pushy, overbearing, competitive, even aggressive, when taken to the extreme. Yet, assertiveness is a positive quality that is about getting your own needs met or voice heard. […] Read More...

Tips for a stress-free Christmas

The festive season, particularly the days when everyone is off work and school, brings out the best and the worst in people. Christmas is a time for giving and receiving and, to make it through with minimum stress, being thoughtful and tolerant of yourself and others. Here are 5 top tips to get you through to […] Read More...

Thought Provoking and Inspiring

“The coaching session I undertook with Zoe was exceptionally valuable. She managed to help me to understand some key goals I need to achieve to help move my business forward in a thought provoking and inspiring way. It was extremely useful to spend time out coming to conclusions with practical solutions in a relaxed and professional environment. […] Read More...

My Take on Role Models

Whether it’s in your work or career or in the way you live your life you probably have role models who have shaped your behaviours. This may be conscious or at a subconscious level. These role models might be positive ones or people from whom you’ve taken lessons on ‘how not to do it’. Conversely, […] Read More...

Leading and Managing in Change

“The only thing that is constant is change” – not a quote from the 21st century but from Heraclitus of the Ancient Greeks. Yet we’re still finding challenges in leading and managing people in circumstances of change – those situations when what got us to where we are now is not what will serve us […] Read More...

Four Keys to Unlocking Team Performance

If you employ people or plan to do so, or are a manager, supervisor or team leader, understanding the fundamentals of getting the best out of a team will be crucial to your success. There are many books and models out there – I’ve boiled it down to 4 elements (‘keys’) which done well unlock […] Read More...

A purposeful plan in hand

“Zoe has just helped us greatly in preparing for our latest recruitment drive. Before her coaching we had been struggling to define our requirements from a practical and emotional perspective in order to help us identify the perfect person for the role. Our time spent with Zoe helped us draw this all out very naturally […] Read More...

Helped me action jobs and prioritise

“Zoe Whitby presented a workshop to our local business group, Business Ladies of Knaresborough on Managing our Priorities for Success in 2016. The session was engaging and interesting and got us all thinking. Clear explanations of goal planning terms alongside visual images and the use of props and quotes really helped us to analyse and […] Read More...

I am already standing more proud!

Zoe is such a lovely and warm person the coaching session was really personal yet not at all intimidating. Everything that she said was really useful and helpful and catered towards building my confidence. I’m looking forward to putting it into action – it will change the way I think about some things for the […] Read More...