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Interview with Vicki Jakes, Online Marketing and Website Optimisation Consultant at Hey Vicki Jakes

Ally Jones

Vicki is one of my biggest success stories as an executive coach.  We met in 2018 - she'd just left her board-level role at a leading digital marketing agency and had approached me to help navigate her new business venture, Hey Vicki Jakes. Less than a couple of years on Vicki has…

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Inspiring Action: Starting with Why

Ally Jones

Let me paint a picture... When people are looking for their next opportunity and reading a job spec, they'll see the 'what' - the tasks and responsibilities that detail what they'd be doing in the role. Some might include a little bit of the 'how'. For a lot of people, this…

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How to coach your team remotely (and make it worthwhile)

Ally Jones

As we approach the end of 2020 (a year that seems to have flown by, yet dragged at the same time!), it seems working from home will continue to be a given during 2021. It's not all doom and gloom - there's lots of positives to remote-working. Everything from cutting…

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The World of Work Post COVID-19: What Can We Expect?

Ally Jones

More businesses are closing their office doors for good each week as we settle into a 'new normal', but that is no longer something we can associate solely with the end of trading. Remote working is becoming a permanent part of work life for many people as businesses are increasingly following…

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How to Make Virtual 121s Count

Ally Jones

You know that feeling when a meeting that's important to you gets pushed back, or worse still, postponed indefinitely? Or when someone asks you to give them a rundown of what you wanted to speak about on the phone or in an email instead? Yep - that's the first pitfall…

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Looking after your mental wellbeing through COVID-19

Ally Jones

One of the best pieces of advice about working from home is to create a separate working space. Somewhere that's just for work, that allows you to close the door at the end of the day and return to your homelife. But throw in a partner working from home too,…

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Father’s Day 2020: Why you need to get your internal comms right this year

Ally Jones

As consumers, we're going to be seeing a lot of content around how to celebrate Father's Day in lockdown and you might be wondering how to mark the occasion with your teams at work, but there's a bigger question to ask here: What if they don't want to celebrate it…

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Being human is almost always the best way to handle an exec going off-piste

Ally Jones

Johnson grilled by MPs amid Cummings row. That's the headline dominating the media right now. Before I start, let me make something clear. This article isn't about politics. Far from it. But it does raise an important question: What should you do when a key member of your executive team…

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Remote one-to-ones… are they really any different to a regular one-to-one?

Ally Jones

At first glance, you might think not really. Though, in reality, there's a few fundamental things you'll want to consider. From awkward "hellos" to desktop notifications taking your mind away from the conversation you were engaged in... Then there's COVID-19. A whole other ball game. Enforced remote-working for many, higher levels…

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Leading Remote Teams Playbook

Alison Jones

Download your (totally free) copy of our playbook, filled with hints + tips on leading remote teams, as the UK continues to battle against COVID-19, here. Let's call out the elephant in the room right now - things are not normal. They won't be for a while. The way we live…

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