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Leigh chats with Nicki James on her ‘We are Seen’ podcast.
‘LEADING and LOVING your business’ 😍
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Leadership: why self-awareness and curiosity are your secret weapons during difficult times

Leigh Howes - Business woman looking out of office window

As our ways of working have changed, so too have the qualities needed for effective leadership. In today’s challenging business environment, it’s critical that HR leaders have the capacity for self-reflection – and can encourage the same in those they lead.

Check out my thoughts here.


Do you need a reboot?

‘Great workers don’t work all of the time.’

That’s a pretty impactful thought.

Yesterday my Mac kept doing some weird stuff. Blacking out, being super slow, closing things I didn’t want closing. Super frustrating as it always runs quickly and efficiently.

In the end, a thought occurred. I had left it on and not in sleep mode for a few days. I cleared out my downloads folder, closed down the open tabs and rebooted it. Same thing with my boys PS4 station recently. Not working properly, switched it off and rebooted it.

Both sprung back quickly and efficiently. It seems. the problem was solved.

What are your goals for 2017?

Onto my second ‘journal entry’.  Ok – I promise, I won’t keep counting how many of these I do (or maybe I should!).

In this entry – I would love us to talk goals and planning.  I will start as I like to, understanding, just what is a goal?  It gets branded about so much these days, but just what is a goal, and why do those in the personal development space (like me) in particular, say we need them?

The famous WIKIPEDIA defines a goal as a desired result or possible outcome that a person or a system envisions, plans and commits to achieve: a personal or organisational desired end-point in some sort of assumed development.

Many people endeavour to reach goals within a finite time by setting deadlines.

So that is what it is. However, why bother?  You could argue that life is for living. Live each day as it comes and what will be, will be.  You could.


You could say.  Time is ticking.  Enjoy the moment for sure – but do you want to see what you are really capable of?  See just what life could really bring you if you really focused on something and went all out to put your mind to it?

Visualise something for me for a moment……..

Think of a football match.  What do you see?  I am guessing you see players on 2 different teams, kicking a round ball up and down on grass.  The players trying to win the ball from each other and ultimately place it into the goal.  That is the end destination that each team is fighting for.

Now imagine that same game without a goal post at either end. What would that do to the game?  I imagine, the same players would be kicking the ball about – but for what purpose?  What would the players be aiming for?  I would hazard a guess that after a while, boredom and complacency would set in and they would no longer be playing as well as they are capable.  After all, what is the point?

Now think of cars today.  New cars generally have a built in sat nav.  Or we can access maps through our smart phones or maybe use our ‘tom tom’.  Why do we have these?  We have them to help us find the destination we want to go to.  We programme in the postcode, in anticipation, it will provide us with a journey planner of the quickest, shortest way to get to this destination.  Some of these fancy gadgets will then identify any traffic issues en route or at the outset.  The destination will remain the same, we just may have to take a detour on the way or our journey might take longer than we first thought. More often than not though, we don’t give up.  We ride through the bumps, the obstacles and the challenges because ultimately we know exactly where it is we want to be.  Imagine getting in the car, with no end destination in mind.  You would probably drive around and around, wasting a great deal of fuel and time before driving back to where you started……..

I recently held a FB live over in my business page. I have received lots of positive feedback about the content I shared. So, I have attached it below for your reference in the hope it will help you or someone you know with setting their goals and plan for 2017 and beyond. In this, I cover goal setting and a technique I use and coach shared to me by the amazing Tony Robbins. I also talk planning; as having goals is useless without a robust journey planner of how we intend to get there. All of this with MASSIVE ACTION will help you smash those intentions for 2017.


Go be better.



Dear diary

Welcome.  Here it is.  Officially my first official blog or as I would like to call it ‘entry into my public journal’.  The opportunity to see through my eyes, my online diary……

Don’t get me wrong – I love to write.  Love to share my thoughts on / off line.  I write to clear the jumble in my head, to find inspiration and to share insight with others.  I am a massive fan of journalling and will share more on the tools I use another time.

I am not one to shy away from sharing my opinion and have shared insight, thoughts, opinion on various social platforms, if you stop me in the street and want my view, I will share it with you.  However, I am new to the world of ‘formal let the world read it with you online blogging’.

So, what is a blog?

Google has a number of definitions for a blog ( another subject for my journalling, right there!   Google….. the way the world has changed to that of instant gratification…… anyway, I digress).

Taken from blogbasics.com (recommend popping on over, if you are also new to blogging).

‘A blog is a frequently updated online personal journey or diary. It is a place to express yourself to the world.  A place to share your thoughts and your passions.  Really, it’s anything you want it to be.  We’ll say that a blog is your own website that you are going to update on an ongoing basis.  Blog is a short form for the word weblog and the two words are used interchangeably.’

Why Bother?

Let me chat stats……..stay with me – don’t let the eyes glaze over just yet……:-)

The world has changed – it continues to evolve every day – the way we communicate, the way we do business, the way we spend our time, the list is endless.  Stats from Ofcom are that smart phones in the UK alone, have overtaken laptops as the most popular device for getting online. We spend 2 hours online on our smartphones, superfast 4G is helping change the way we shop, bank, watch TV and communicate.  Additionally email marketers have shown blogging to be the most significant explanation for increased email traffic; given those who blog see two times as much email traffic as those that do not.  A massive 126% more growth is seen in small business that embrace blogging compared to those that don’t.

Stats aside.  If you are a small business owner and the face of your company – you will know that before anyone will buy your product/service, they will buy you first.  In todays society, the internet allows your prospective customer to search for you and see what you are all about.  The content that you share will help shape your own credibility and expert status – ultimately, blogging, if done well, could have a really positive impact on your reputation.  Equally showing up and sharing the ‘real you’ will ensure that the right people are attracted towards you and hear your message.

So why am I starting now?  I have endless amounts of information that only a small pocket of my clients get to hear.  Here is the thing.  I want to make a difference.  I want to leave a legacy that is, because of me, someone was inspired to be better.  I want everyone to have the chance to turn up and be their ‘better self’.  If by sharing my insight, I can go some way in building my tribe bigger, I can potentially help more people and of course, if done correctly – my reputation, credibility and tribe should start to evolve.

Writing your thoughts privately in the journal beside your bed and writing and sharing them publicly are two very different things.  It is a little daunting, I won’t lie. Anyone who blogs is opening themselves up to ridicule and negativity and this can be a little terrifying.  However the benefits far outweigh this.  Personally, if I get to hear positive stories that my insight has helped someone grow or someone can resonate with a story I share, maybe that someone has had a breakthrough in making transformational change in their lives – this will definately outweigh any of the naysayers.

So, here I am.  It starts here.  Stick with me, do give some encouragement – I am only human after all.  Today, I have found 20 seconds of insane courage and out I step of the starting stall………