7 Ways To Be Assertive Not Bossy.

7 Ways To Be Assertive Not Bossy.

This was the essence of a question I was asked last night at  a talk I gave about my book, Strategies for Being Brilliant . “How can I be assertive, without being bossy?” My answer last night was rather long and conversational –  today I’ve been able to crystallise those thoughts. …

Influence Is A Matter of Choice – Are You Making One?

Influence Is A Matter of Choice – Are You Making One?

Reading twitter last night, my eye was caught by a tweet from a friend and fellow coach here in Lincoln, Neil Denny. Neil specialises in mediation and conflict management  and his tweet  – “When in conflict we can deny the existence of choice. Just because a choice is hard or …

Making The Tea & Other Mistakes – 3 Things You Shouldn’t Do At Work Pt1

Making The Tea & Other Mistakes – 3 Things You Shouldn’t Do At Work Pt1

In my early years as a teacher, I was an ambitious young thing. A year or so into my career, a visiting high-flying head teacher led a staff INSET day with us. I arrived, and as usual, made everyone a cup of tea. Half way through the day, my own head …

5 Reasons You Won’t Say ‘No’ – and Maybe Never Will

5 Reasons You Won’t Say ‘No’ – and Maybe Never Will

By Susan Ritchie How do I say ‘no’? This is one of the most frequent questions I’m asked. My usual response became a chapter in my book last year – a recipe for saying no that works. Most of the time. However, recent experience has taught me that there are occasions when …

3 Simple Ways to be Happier

3 Simple Ways to be Happier

By Susan Ritchie What is happiness? Happiness. That much sought after and widely debated term. What does happiness, or subjective wellbeing, mean to you? And how you can be happier? The field of Positive Psychology calls  talks about the difference between Hedonic happiness, and what it calls Eudaimonic happiness. Hedonic happiness refers …

9 Reasons Why I’ll Always Be A Risk Taker & Maybe You Should BeToo

9 Reasons Why I’ll Always Be A Risk Taker & Maybe You Should BeToo

By Susan Ritchie   This week I gave a talk about my book, Strategies for Being Brilliant:21 Ways to be Happy, Confident and Successful as part of the Lincoln Inspired Arts Festival One of the questions I got asked at the end, was whether or not I considered myself a risk …

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I had met Sue through my workplace and had enjoyed her thought provoking workshops, which had helped me to improve my work immensely. Several months later, I was experiencing difficulties within my personal life and had begun psychotherapy sessions with a counsellor. I had decided it was time to deal …

Are you Playing to Your Strengths?

Are you Playing to Your Strengths?

  Over the Easter weekend I had a long standing friend come to stay; it was fabulous to see her and many hours were spent chewing the fat over a cuppa (how times have changed!). She was a colleague and member of my team when I worked as a primary …

Why You Need to Bare All in Business & 5 Ways To Be OK

By Susan Ritchie Last week was tricky. Very tricky. Uncomfortable. Scary. Challenging. Those are the words I used to describe my experience to my husband, friends and colleagues. A two day training session in front of the most senior audience I have worked with, demanded much of me, and left me …

7 Signs You’re Going To Fail And What To Do About It

7 Signs You’re Going To Fail And What To Do About It

By Susan Ritchie ‘Failure is an event, not a person.’ I’m not sure who said that, but it strikes a chord with me. Labelling ourselves a failure is like trying a lead weight to our ankles and then diving off the nearest bridge, and expecting to float. I believe that very …