Listen Up!

Coaches talk about listening to listen, rather than listening to respond or comment.  Listening usually means paying attention to someone speaking, following the conversation and taking in what is being said.  Listening takes concentration, effort and skill. When you...

The Power of Silence

What does silence do for you? I find when I am in my office alone, I put on music to fill the silence.  I sometimes find myself singing along and turning the music up little by little.  I hadn’t...

Thinking Strategically!

Do you ever look back at strategy from past years and celebrate what has been achieved? I always think about strategy as a future focus, but recently I found a strategy I created in 2018. I was amazed and...

Changing Seasons

As we enter Autumn in the UK, I notice the environment changing. the farmers where I live have been persistently busy through harvest, to planting new crops for the Spring. The colours have changes from bright greens of hay...

Six Months into 2020

In June 2020 Zia Savel Ltd celebrates the first six months in business.  I know each year gets faster, but 2020 has been the fastest year so far, so what has been achieved? In my first post of 2020...

Dress Up Friday!

Throughout my career I have longed for Fridays to wear my jeans and be really comfortable at work. I always loved that Friday feeling and made a point of going out for lunch on a Friday. At times Friday...

Bicycles and Flowers!

The past week of lockdown mainly involved bicycles and flowers.  My youngest daughter has found a passion for cycling.  The more challenging and greater distance the better.  This has resulted in the whole family touring around the Mearns on...

The Cycle of Uncertainty

  For many years I found myself worrying about what might be in my career.  I worried about organisational change, reorganisations, mergers, acquisitions, disposals and delivering a role that had a meaningful impact to the business and the people...

Paying it Forward!

Mentoring at the University of Aberdeen is a true learning experience. I have had the pleasure of fantastic mentees across a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. My mentees to date have all been international students (Swedish, French,...

Being Present

More Time to Think by Nancy Kline is was a book that really drew my interest into coaching deeper than I would have believed possible. Nancy outlined the importance of being present, removing distractions and really really focusing attention...

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