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About verawoodhead

I help professional women, aspiring leaders and managers to get ahead, progress their careers, be confident and successful by developing their leadership skills and capability...through coaching, mentoring and skills development workshops. Connect with me on Twitter @verawoodhead

Walk in her shoes, Coaching walks

A few days ago, this picture of Celine caught my eye. Instead of going to school, 4 year old Celine walks miles every day to collect water. No school means no education – no opportunity to learn to read, write, … Continue reading

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Am I too old for promotion?

‘Am I too old to go for that promotion?’ asks Mary. At 53 years old or young, she is questioning the possibility of going for a promotion at work. Mary took a career break to bring up her 3 children. … Continue reading

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Banish limiting beliefs to progress your career

Have you ever been in a situation in which you did not perform as well as you could, leaving your confidence at a low and a reluctance to put yourself in such situations again? I know that I have and … Continue reading

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Develop your team by helping them to be problems solvers

Emma is nettled. I can see it in her body posture and hear it in her voice. She is describing her boss and the impact his approach to managing and leading the team is having. Emma is a highly skilled … Continue reading

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Why be a Hero when you can be a Leader?

Katy flops down in the chair. Her shoulders are sagging, she looks drawn and weary. When asked how she was feeling, her response was, “I am worn out, pooped, dog tired’. ‘What’s causing this?’ I enquired. ‘I seem to spend … Continue reading

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Effective leaders coach. 5 guaranteed ways to better conversations

Tony wants to have better conversation with his staff. He is keen to enable his team to experience the benefits of coaching conversations as he did through our coaching sessions.  ‘How will I know that I am engaging in coaching … Continue reading

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Moments in East Africa (3) Selous

…continuing from Katavi to Sand Rivers, Selous Again we were the only ones on the Cessna, and my youngest took the opportunity to sit by the pilot to ask aviation questions (he wants to be a commercial pilot) Selous is Africa’s … Continue reading

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Moments in East Africa 2: Katavi

From Ruaha, we set off at 7 am for the flight to Katavi. We were the only passengers on the 12 seater Cessna. After 1 hour 20 minutes, we landed on the airstrip where we were  met by Mollet, our … Continue reading

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Moments in East Africa 1: Ruaha

For the past few weeks, I have been taking some time out to re-energise, reconnect, re-new, build shared memories with my family… with no emails, internet, social media, telephone… I have shared some highlights in the next 3 posts which … Continue reading

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Get the most out of your team: Start building trust

Last week I was working with a leader who was poor at communicating with his team in a timely fashion, often micromanaging and engaging in excessive oversight. Things came to a head when one of his team members blurted out … Continue reading

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