Jack of all trades, master of none... valuing the "Generalist"

I've had that phrase "Jack of all trades" levelled at me for many years.  (So I'm a psychologist who's also trained in Law, History, Teaching, Business, Aerobics, Drama, Acting, Lifeguarding...and my career has taken me from a village primary school (which was probably my toughest gig) to the set of Bond, and now currently the UCKG TV studio with The Chrissy B Show and my own Leadership Training programmes...via Advertising, PR...oh and authoring a couple of books!)  I am hugely lucky to have had so many opportunities to learn, and working through a number of job roles has meant I have a wide understanding of organisational styles - what works, what doesn't and where I fit in (...even if "Li

Do you remember your first time...in my profession?

Someone said to me recently "That was my first time on TV and I really enjoyed it!", and on reflection I have been privileged to be the "first time" introduction to a few things I do - to the coaching experience, to being on stage, to being on radio. I have often spoken about how much I respect my work - when I was a drama teacher I used to give workshops at a cost of £20-£30 (for around 1.5 hours open to up to 25 children).  I remember speaking to someone once who flatly said "That's a lot of money, my niece does some drama at school, she'll do it for free."  Maybe she was brilliant, maybe they don't need props/costumes/workshop structure, maybe she has the nuance to know that some children

Being "brave" is more important than being "confident"...and a lot tougher

I'm reclaiming the phrase "be brave". I too have known the head tilt "you're so brave" actually meaning "I think you have little talent, but well done for putting yourself out there", or the "Be a brave boy/girl" which is - though not maliciously - often the start of not accepting our more negative emotions. Indeed, one of the most common questions I get asked in training sessions is "How do I build confidence?"...and often, when we get into coaching, it's much more about "How do I find the inner strength to do something I might fail at." The secret - confidence is simple - you just have to do it...and keep doing it. It's like learning to walk, ride a bike, drive a car - the more you do it

"Well, thank you": acknowledging an apology allows you to move forward

Juliette: It really sucks when you think someone's got your back, and they don't. Avery: Is that an apology? Juliette: I got invited to join the Opry tonight. And you know what the first thing that came to my mind was? "I can't wait to tell Avery. " And then I realized it was my fault that we're not talkin'. So, yes. I'm sorry. Avery: Thank you. (Nashville, Season 2, Ep5) I've written previously about my guilty pleasure of watching Nashville and while I'm a sucker for soaps the common opinion that they have pushed through storylines faster than Game of Thrones geographically connected the Seven Kingdoms is not lost on me. However, one thing I recognised that may have allowed them to do this

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