Coaching Blog 2018

Flower 2Each month I write a coaching blog with topics varying from coaching tips, ideas on learning & leadership, to random thoughts on things generally. 

Scroll down to see the blogs for this year.

In each blog I also give away a photo that can be used as a reflection tool. Click here to see all of the coaching reflection photos in one place

See blogs from previous years 

Different Behaviours

Although this video is aimed at teachers it’s broader message applies to everyone. Not everyone fits the stereotype for ‘normal’ behaviours and for some people behaviours that others don’t understand are a coping mechanism. 

Let’s be clear this is not about saying any behaviour is acceptable, and it’s important to understand that all behaviours must be appropriate and reasonable within the context they are in. The behaviours we are talking about here are the little ones that often irritate us or which don’t always see as the social norm, particularly within a work environment. It is, however, important to bear in mind that people are different, with different needs, and that what may seem like an odd or irritating behaviour to one person may have a reason and actually be something to positive for them. 

Recognising and embracing someone’s different behaviours is a great leadership quality as it helps us get the most out of those we work with. 

Think about the people you work with:

  • How does their approach to situations differ?
  • How do you respond to the behaviour of different people?
  • How might behaviours that irritate you or which you find odd be a positive thing for the other person?
  • Why do certain behaviours irritate you? How important are they are overall e.g. do they have a negative impact? Does the issue sit with the other person’s behaviour or your acceptance of it?


This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.

Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk

To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar

Group & Team Identity

Are you part of a group/team in the workplace?

What are the benefits of group/team identity, particularly in the workplace?

How can we have a group identity in the workplace whilst still being an individual? 

There’s a famous saying about there being no ‘i’ in team. What do you think of this saying?


This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.

Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk

To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar


Contact:     Tel 01159 607061    Mob 07972 749240   Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk
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Overcoming Challenge

Lauren Woolstencroft

Laura was born missing her left arm below the elbow as well as both legs below the knee. That didn’t stop her passion for sport and she went onto to be one of the most decorated Paralympic champions in skiing. When she retired from competitive skiing she said she wanted to be remembered as being an athlete who faced challenges and who overcame them to achieve success. 



This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.

Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk

To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar


Contact:     Tel 01159 607061    Mob 07972 749240   Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk
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Jar of Fleas

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The video below is a famous one about fleas whose behaviour can be changed to limit their behaviours. I’m not sure how true the claims in the video are but it’s an interesting starting point for coaching discussions around habits and behaviours, and how environments and mind sets can limit what we aim for and prevent us from changing or seeing things differently. 


What habits and behaviours are ingrained without you really thinking about them?

How does your environment limit what you do?

What imaginary ceiling do you put on your goals and ambitions?


This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.

Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk


To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar


Contact:     Tel 01159 607061    Mob 07972 749240   Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk
You can also find a contact form under 'About'  on the top menu bar

Bucket Lists

Lots of people have ‘bucket lists’ of things they would like to do within a given time frame. This is basically a target setting activity that many people feel helps them live life to the full. This interactive poster is a similar idea with 100 places to visit before you die. Here the element of choice is taken away, as someone else has chosen the list, but it still has the same purpose of leading a proactive lifestyle. 


What would be on your work bucket list?

What would be on your wider ‘life’ bucket list?

How can you ensure you start to achieve what's on both of your lists?


This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.

Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk

To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar


Contact:     Tel 01159 607061    Mob 07972 749240   Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk
You can also find a contact form under 'About'  on the top menu bar

Home Town

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I was born in Nottingham and lived there until I was about 10, after which my family moved around quite a bit because of my dad’s work. We still visited Nottingham a lot because of family, and when I was at College my parents moved back, although I my studies and then a job in Birmingham, meant it remained somewhere I visited rather than being somewhere I spent long periods of time. After a few years working in Birmingham I moved back to Nottingham, partly because of ill health, but also because I was in need of a change. 

Once my health improved after an operation (gall bladder problems, which at 24 I was apparently very young to have, but boy, was it painful!) I got reacquainted with my home town, and even bought my first house in the area, and got a job in a local school that I have fond memories of. After living back in Nottingham for a few years I met my husband to be and off I went on my travels again, this time to live in London, where I spent the next eleven years, loving the fast pace of London life. 

As much of my life has been spent moving around I often get a bit restless - it seems to work out around every 7 years! In London I managed to combat this with a major redecoration of our flat but eventually we moved to Hinckley (for 7 years) and then to Shepshed (you guessed it, for 7 years). Throughout all of these years Nottingham remained the constant, and eventually we decided to take the plunge and move here, although the decision was more to do with it being convenient for work rather than it being a conscious desire to move back to my home town.

Although I sort of ended up back in Nottingham by accident it’s something we’ve never regretted. One of the things we love is the sense of community, something we experienced before but not quite to the same level as where we currently live. In particular, the fact that we are very close to a big town means there’s lots going on which we particularly like. Ironically, there’s more happens in Nottingham than when we were in  London, simply because the size of London means things are often quite a way away or a bit of a pain to get to (no just popping into town in your car!). 

Although I love living in Nottingham for personal reasons, one of the big differences is the impact it’s had on my work. I’m self employed and often have to travel so it’s central position makes this easier. In between travelling I also work a lot from home, and perhaps this has been one of the reasons why the sense of community and being close to what is happening is important to me. I also find there’s a lot to inspire me in the creative work I do, despite the fact that London has lots more galleries and places to visit. Maybe it’s because things are more accessible because I can just pop in the car, or even walk into town because we live just under 2 miles from the city. Getting ideas and being inspired is an important part of my job and I consider my workplace to be both my home office and the city and streets around me. On a bad day a quick walk to some of the places on my doorstep can really clear the cobwebs and help me come up with ideas to move a current problem forward. 

Night light

A ‘Night Light’ event reminded me of how much this easy access to community events means to me both personally and from a work perspective. In particular, Sneinton Market, an area I remember well from my childhood, has been redeveloped as a area where lots of creative things take place, after many years of looking very much worse for wear. Although the Night Light celebrations were relatively small I came away have enjoyed the event personally and feeling inspired with ideas for work. 

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As someone who is self employed the definition of my place of work is different to what it has been in the past, and to what it is for many other people. I consider myself fortunate that I have both a home office I enjoy working in, as well as a wider local area that inspires me and supports the work I do. Who knows if we will stay in Nottingham or if I’ll get the 7 year itch again (it’s 6 years as I write!) but for now I love my inside-outside office! 

What area, town or city inspires you?


This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.

Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk

To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar


Contact:     Tel 01159 607061    Mob 07972 749240   Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk
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Action for Happiness

Happiness is a difficult concept to pin down, meaning different things to different people. The Action for Happiness website defines happiness within the context of our lives as a whole, rather than in terms of individual moments. This therefore includes the ups and downs of the daily human experience, along with how we deal with them, in order to have an overall sense of satisfaction with life.

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The website identifies 10 ‘keys’ to a happier life and these can be seen in the image on the right. This image can be downloaded as a poster here. There are also a range of other free to download posters for some of the individual areas. The website also has ideas on how each key skill can be focused on whether it be as an individual, in a work environment, with family and friends, as part of a local community, or on a broader national and international scale. 

The website also has a calendar each month with actions for each day that might contribute to both personal and community happiness. The one for March shown below can be downloaded here

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What makes you happy in the workplace?

What makes you happy at home?

Download the action calendar for March and make a difference to yourself and others.


This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.

Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk

To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar


Contact:     Tel 01159 607061    Mob 07972 749240   Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk
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Job Applications

If you are looking for a new job and need to top up your CV and application and interview skills these links might be of some use.

Applying for jobs: general information


Interview tips

Tips for D&T interviews from John Donnelly’s blog

Example interview questions teachers are asked

Pivotal Education podcast on interview techniques

34 general interview questions


Leadership roles 

Example interview questions for leadership

50 leadership interview questions - example interview questions

Video on going for a senior leadership post

Video on going for a middle leadership post

Video on going for a middle leader post




This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.

Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk

To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar


Contact:     Tel 01159 607061    Mob 07972 749240   Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk
You can also find a contact form under 'About'  on the top menu bar


Tim Minchin's Life Lessons

I saw this clip of a speech given by the comedian Tim Minchin to a group of graduates at their degree ceremony. With the start of the new year, and this traditionally being a time for reflection, the theme from the speech focusing on the lessons we learn from life seems particularly relevant as we welcome in 2018. 

What did you learn from 2017?

If you had to share one life lesson to a group of graduates at the start of their careers, what would it be?


This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.


Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk

To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar


Contact:     Tel 01159 607061    Mob 07972 749240   Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk
You can also find a contact form under 'About'  on the top menu bar


A Change is as Good as a Rest

A recent working holiday in Portugal. Even work is bearable with views like these as you work! 

What do you do to treat yourself and make the more boring bits of life more bearable?

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This month's free photo download to prompt reflection:

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How can the image be used as a metaphor for something that is happening in your life (good or bad)? What does it spark inside you in terms of seeing a new way forward you had not previously considered? 

Save the image to your downloads folder.


Let me know how you used the photo julie@julieboyd.co.uk

To view other blogs I write for D&T teachers & those interested in textiles follow the links in the side bar


Contact:     Tel 01159 607061    Mob 07972 749240   Email julie@julieboyd.co.uk
You can also find a contact form under 'About'  on the top menu bar



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