Kate Smith

June 19, 2024

How to say no

In conversations I’ve had with clients who are overwhelmed, stressed and too busy, we almost always discover that they struggle to say no. It’s almost become an automatic habit to say yes to any request – […]
May 14, 2024

How introversion can be a super-power

The other day I was discussing with a client how she could explain her preferred communication style to her new boss. She has an introversion preference and was worried that he would misinterpret her quietness as […]
May 14, 2024

Why positive change starts with self-awareness

Have you ever felt out of kilter with some of the people around you – be they work colleagues, friends or family? Does it seem that the way they approach or think about things can be a bit odd? It […]
October 3, 2023

How to delegate (and what’s stopping you)

One of the most common issues I hear leaders talking about is delegation. Either they want to do more of it but feel they can’t, or they don’t do it even though they could. In a […]
October 3, 2023

How to build your confidence

I’ll let you into a little secret. I’ve had an issue with confidence lately. Not in my ability to do my job, but in putting myself ‘out there’ in order to build my business working with […]
October 8, 2021

Coaching skills every leader needs

How good are you at coaching your team and colleagues? Asked this question, many managers will say ‘pretty good’. However, a study published in the Harvard Business Review showed that managers consistently over-estimated their own ability […]
October 8, 2021

It’s the little things that count

Everyone is talking about returning to the office and how it will work when some people are in the office, some are not, and some are both. Hybrid working, like the words ‘furlough’, ‘double-jabbed’ and ‘covid-secure’, […]
August 20, 2021

When you’re trying to influence, choose your language

You only have to listen to the news or read social media to see that there are so many issues where people are trying to persuade others round to their way of thinking. Whether its politicians, […]
August 20, 2021

Use your strengths to grow

Over the years, I’ve noticed that many of us (including myself) have tended to focus on our areas of weakness – the bits of our job that we need to get better at in order to […]
August 20, 2021

Incongruence in a leader

Whenever we used to visit my grandma as a child, my mum would always remind us before we arrived: “Don’t talk about politics, religion or the royal family” – a guiding principle that has influenced my […]