Life And Career Coaching Blog – Lesley Strachan

Do you procrastinate?

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Acting is the most important first step toward success. But most people fear moving forward because they don’t know what the ultimate outcome will be.

Just leaning into it is a way to get started—without seeing the whole path—that gets an achiever into motion so that possibilities and opportunities and other forms of momentum can show up. They can see if they like the opportunity, career, relationship or other goal they’ve been dreaming about—perhaps for years.

So why not stop preparation, planning, research and other forms of procrastinating and JUST LEAN INTO IT?

Sometimes, success happens when you just lean into it—when you make yourself open to opportunities and are willing to do what it takes to pursue it further—without a contract, without a promise of success, without any expectation whatsoever.

You just start. “Success Principle #14 from Jack Canfield’s Success Principles – Just Lean into It” teaches us to start without knowing the whole path. You see what it feels like. And you find out if you want to keep going versus sitting on the side-lines deliberating, reflecting, and contemplating.

Now I can’t tell you what to do unless I’m prepared to do it myself so here’s a story for you.

I knew I was going to leave my full-time, so I started to try out other things that interested me to see if “the shoes fitted any better than the one’s I had”. I simply leaned into an opportunity that came my way.

Some ideas fell by the wayside and others starting sprouting seeds for me. The good news is that learning into the situation you find yourself in creates momentum. More resources appeared, more people surfaced that could help me which led to not only leaving my full-time job but also led to the opportunity of writing my latest book.

However, this blog is not about me, it’s about you.

Using examples from your own life I’d like you to look at your life. What are all those things you’ve been hesitating doing, delaying, postponing, procrastinating or flat out avoiding?

What are you going to do about it?

What are you going to do about it?

What an amazing event!

 

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I was proud to part of The UCL Apprentice” event last week at Plexal.

Plexal is Europe’s largest innovation hub, based on the 1.2 million square-foot former London Olympics Press & Broadcast centre.

The event was organised by Dr Jeffrey Pittaway and his team from University College London. The challenge for the teams of students was to integrate their Communications, Consumer and Market Research, Business Intelligence, Information Technology, Organisational Behaviour, and Project and General Management knowledge from all of their courses.

They then had to apply that knowledge to make decisions on marketing strategy and pricing, sales, operations, and R&D using a leading cloud-based business simulation platform. The simulation we used is called SimVenture Evolution.

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160 first-year students competed to be one of the most profitable teams as the live business simulation progresses through time (10 years). Four teams progressed to the final challenge to win it all for the best presentation before a live panel of experts. The invited audience included real innovative companies searching for talent, such as BT Sport, Studio Wayne McGregor, Ford, and creative and tech entrepreneurs!

My colleague Juliet Tomlinson and I taught the students how to use the simulation using core activity skills, one-page case studies we’ve written for the simulation and lots of hands-on experiential learning activities. Then they were left to work out a strategy for global domination!

I also want to mention to staff on reception who were absolutely fantastic and made our visit even more pleasurable. Always happy to help and on hand all the time. Well done guys, excellent job.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

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Author of “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Order Lesley’s Book Now and watch a mini video which explains what the book is about.

Mentoring at Chamberlayne School

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We have now come to the end of the Year 11 Mentoring Programme at Chamberlayne which I have been part of,  and it was lovely to be thanked for my time, commitment and continued support that I have given on the Activate Mentoring Programme.

EBP have a year 10 programme starting at Chamberlayne and as a valued volunteer mentor I have been invited to continue there which I am over the moon about.

As a Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles I have worked with my mentee on:

  • Taking 100% responsibility for their own lives
  • Being clear why they are here and pursuing their passions with enthusiasm
  • Exploring their unique personal qualities
  • Employability skills
  • Deciding on what they want from life and making a plan
  • Vision/mood boards to inspire and keep them focused
  • Writing their CV based upon who they are as individuals

If you’d like me to inspire and support your young people in workshops designed for you please feel free to contact me at lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk.

Author of “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini video which explains what the book is about.

Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

Web |​Facebook |Twitter |LinkedIn| YouTube

 

 

Enterprise and Entrepreneurship

I’ve just read the new QAA documentation for Enterprise and Entrepreneurship (2018) and was particularly pleased to see that there is going to be a new model offering a better way of capturing the outcomes for students who take non-traditional routes, including entrepreneurship, self-employment or freelancing.

The new format Graduate Outcomes Survey will replace the new DLHE and may also provide insightful evidence though more longitudinal insights. Since many students do not follow a traditional pathway of employment this model is welcome. The full documentation can be found here if you haven’t seen it yet, Enterprise-and-entrpreneurship-education-2018

As one of the learning of development managers at Venture Simulations Ltd we’re currently mapping  SimVenture Evolution to the new QAA documentation. We’ve already mapped the simulation to the QAA subject benchmark statement for Business and Management (2015) to enable tutors to have the confidence that the software has been fully mapped for quality purposes and all the learning outcomes are met.

SimVenture Evolution fast tracks learning through the immersive experience of running a virtual business from start-up and runs for 10-years. Research studies show that students become more aware of and develop key employability skills whilst running their virtual business.

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Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book out now is called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini video which explains what the book is about.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

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Why I wrote a book!

I was recently interviewed by Sheryl Andrews who asked me why I’d written my book called The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help you kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.

You can watch the interview here.

Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book is now available on Amazon and is called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini webinar which explains what the book is about.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

Web |​Facebook |Twitter |LinkedIn| YouTube

 

What markets and jobs are evolving?

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Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, with Southampton Solent University and Business South, has undertaken important research into the future skills needs of employers in the Solent area.

This research was funded by Higher Education Innovation Funding (HEIF) which is set up to support and develop a broad range of knowledge-based interactions between universities and colleges and the wider world, which result in economic and social benefit to the UK.

The ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ will drive development in the digital age by fusing technologies and continuing to blur the lines between the physical, digital and virtual, and biological spheres. A new age is emerging, where new technologies, such as drones, virtual and augmented reality, genetic breakthroughs and self-driving cars – will dramatically change skills needs globally, nationally and in the Solent area.

This research includes a literature survey of global, UK and Solent trends and identifies future predominant sectors, geographical hotspots and evolving jobs over the period to 2025. This is supplemented by research into evolving job roles and future skills needs. Potential disruptors to employment, skills and competencies are then identified. This all enables identification of challenges for employers, schools, colleges and higher education institutions.

Focus groups and an on-line questionnaire of local employers gained important views on how jobs will evolve and the skills, competencies and behaviors’ that will be needed in the workplace towards 2025. It was also found that employers will need to change behavior’s in the period to get the best from employees.

Respondents covered the range from micro enterprises (1-9), through small (10-49), medium (50-249), to large firms (250+), with more representation at either end of that scale. The questions put to business are in the Annex to this paper and were qualitative in nature.

If you’d like to know more you can access the full report here.

 

Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book is due out soon called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini webinar which explains what the book is about.

 

Learning & Development is focusing more at how content and programs are consumed

 

Goals for learning and development (L&D) in 2017 were focused on compiling employee data to understand employee interests for the promotion of content and programs.

In 2018, L & D is focused more at how content and programs are consumed and engaged while shifting the user experience (UX) to be more of a social reflex.

Aberdeen has found that more than 80% of learning management systems (LMS) remain fully automated. However, full automation inhibits social engagement and feedback, detracting from two-way communications which Aberdeen has found are functional to what employees seek in a good workplace.

My experiences working in the L & D space is that learners want to be engaged with their learning, have some social engagement and two-way communication. So, how can this be achieved. Perhaps, L & D professionals might want to consider different learning platforms and experiences such as playing business simulation games in teams on a face-to-face basis which would alleviate learners’ concerns.

Gamification also brings staff from different levels together and has proven to be effective in the development of skills such as self-management, teamwork, business and customer awareness, problem-solving, communication, numeracy, IT skills and developing positive attitudes.

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If you’d like to read the whole report can be accessed here: https://lesley-strachan-consulting-training.com/free-resources/

If you’d like to know more about using gamification as an L & D resource, please drop me an email to lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

 

Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book is due out soon called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini webinar which explains what the book is about.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

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Why you will fail to have a great career

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Hi,

There are two questions people frequently ask me…

Question #1:

“Lesley, how do I know if I’m on the right career path?”

And Question #2:

“What should I be doing to ensure I’m successful?”

A lot of times, I’ll answer by telling people to simply invert their question. In other words, “What are the things I shouldn’t be doing?”

And the things we shouldn’t be doing show up in our lives as “yellow alerts.” These are the advance warnings you get in the forms of tell-tale signs, gut instincts, or feelings that you are off course.

You know when you suddenly get a “bad feeling” about something or notice people acting differently around you? I encourage people to listen to those feelings. Lean into them and trust your instinct.

Discover the specific yellow alerts that could veer you off your path, here.

Another thing you should absolutely avoid at all costs is not believing it’s possible and not believing in yourself. This TED talk video by Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions

I understand this is easier said than done. There is a lot of fear, limiting beliefs, and negative thinking that we must overcome. It’s human nature. In fact, our brains are designed to keep us comfortable, complacent, and to not take risks.

That’s why I have committed my life’s work to researching and studying how to overcome those obstacles and how to have a strong sense of belief in yourself. I work with people age 14 upwards and adults to really get the bottom of who they are and what they want to do which will enable them to get a job or career that will make them happy – interested?

I guarantee that if you put in the work you will see results because I use proven strategies specifically designed to increase your confidence and turn you into an unstoppable success. Join our free member area to get loads of free resources


Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book is due out soon called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini webinar which explains what the book is about.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

Web |​Facebook |Twitter |LinkedIn| YouTube

The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.

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“The future depends on what you do today.”

Mahatma Gandhi

Free excerpt from my book:

As the publication date for my book gets closer (end of May 2018) I feel grateful for being able to write this book which helps parents, and career advisers to really add value to our young people’s lives. The exercises in the book will help young people to really understand themselves and what they want from life. This in turn helps them to choose academic subjects, colleges and universities which fit their future aspirations. To achieve this all young people, need a coach.

“Everyone needs a coach” – some of the most successful people in the world have a coach including Bill Gates, Eric Schmidt and Tony Robbins. Coaching is an excellent technique for both adults and young people to gain a different perspective on life and to get feedback on what they’re doing.  I agree and strongly believe that whether the coaching is professional or voluntary, it needs to be more closely in tune with the needs and aspirations of those being coached to be effective, because we’re all different.

Thinking back to our school days, we were taught various subjects, given a bit of guidance about what career we should follow and that’s about it. There weren’t, and still aren’t, any excellent coaching programmes in school unless you’re an athlete. Furthermore, with recent UK government policy suggesting that all young people should have a coach or mentor, it’s difficult to see how this would work in practical terms. This situation continues to be of concern since the education sector continues to cut budgets and careers services, which I’m going to talk about in greater detail later.

During my teaching career I’ve never seen or experienced how schools, colleges and universities and, for that matter, workplaces tap into the root passions that we are all born with. Imagine if the education system tapped into our core passions and promoted educational subjects around those passions instead of trying to pigeonhole everyone?

As we get older it doesn’t get much better. How many adults do you know that are stuck in a job they have no passion for? It might even be you! Employers who have training budgets train them in the skills and capabilities to do the job. What they don’t do enough of is align people’s passions, skills and abilities to the organization’s purpose. Wouldn’t the country be more productive if we all loved our lives and our jobs? Maybe it’s something we should all aspire to?

Having worked with thousands of young people, my purpose in life is to inspire and support parents, guardians and those who meet young people to coach them towards a life and career filled with purpose and have fun doing it. That is the reason why I’ve written this book.

I love what I do because of the results I get working with both adults and young people. I see people’s eyes light up when they realize what’s possible and they see a future for themselves. This is particularly important for what we describe as the lost generation of children. With adults I experience people ditching the jobs they hate and starting to follow their true passion in life. With young people I love to see them discover what they want to do in life as this helps them focus on their choice of studies. What’s your story going to be?

This is not a book of good ideas. This is a book of timeless principles used by successful people all over the world. I have studied these Success Principles for over 10 years and have applied them to my own life. My success includes being an award-winning coach, consultant, trainer, speaker and adviser to thousands of young people and adults in the UK, Europe, USA and South Africa. I get to travel which I love to do and network with positive like-minded professionals daily.

 

Lesley Strachan (MBA) is an Award-winning coach| consultant| speaker| trainer and adviser and is based in Hampshire, UK. She is also a Certified Jack Canfield Trainer in The Success Principles and uses her creativity and experience to inspire others through teaching, mentoring and coaching all over the world and has loads of fun doing it. Lesley has over 30 years of experience working in the corporate and education sectors as well as years of experience as an Entrepreneur. Her areas of expertise include: personal life coaching, communication training, leadership training, corporate training, health and wellness, and educational consultancy. Lesley is also a mentor for young people for EBP and an Enterprise Adviser for The Careers and Enterprise Company

Lesley’s latest book is due out at the end of May 2018 called “The Ultimate Guide for Parents: How to help your kids become self-confident, happy and passionate.” Pre-Order Lesley’s Book and watch a mini webinar which explains what the book is about.

 

Lesley Strachan Consulting and Training

“Getting you from where you are to where you want to be”

Award winning Coach| Consultant| Speaker| Trainer| Adviser

Tel: 0044 (0)7739 172447|Email: lesley@lesleystrachan.co.uk

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