International Women's Day | Cloud9 Business Coaching

International Women’s Day


It’s 6.30am and I’m out running in my local town…
It’s a time of day I never really knew before having children, and an activity I’m only just coming to terms with. I’m doing it because I do not need to think for anyone else for the next hour.
Running hurts, it’s tough but keep going because although I could easily stop, something in my brain has switched off and my body just keeps going.
You see, that’s what I really love about that hour. For a whole hour, I don’t have to make a single decision.
The rest of my day is not like that. Every second I’m making a decision or telling someone else what to do. Hurry up, we’ll be late for school. What should I take out of the freezer for dinner? At work, how many sales have we hit this month? Who can I outsource that to? Where should I take my client to lunch? And perhaps most importantly, how I do ensure I am always motivating and inspiring others?
As women, we’re told we’re good at doing multiple things at once, but I suspect this is a plot to get us to DO multiple things at once.
Running a company and being a parent is not easy. It requires resilience and grace under pressure. It means you need to constantly show strength, even when you’re not feeling particularly strong,
I now understand the priorities surrounding my main dual roles, I can now live with 80% being good enough and believe that I’m a better business owner because of my role as a mum, and I’m a better mum because of my role as a business owner.”

Women in business now have huge opportunities – the irony is that the one thing standing in the way of them and success is the confidence that they can achieve it.
I witness this in my coaching practice too often. I sit across from women who are unsure of their value within the business, unsure of what they as individuals offer towards the growth and development plans. I can see their worth and to me their potential is obvious; to me they are born leaders.
It is the most rewarding experience to share in a women’s growth journey; to see her overcome the self-doubt and self-sabotage, gain the self-belief and address the balance, to feel the fear, to grit her teeth and to own it!
I think women still need to find their own leadership style and have the confidence to follow that through.
One of the things I want to do, personally, is help inspire women to do that. Part of it is about accepting that it’s good for men and women to have different goals and priorities in life. Not better, just different.

Happy International Women’s Day.

Work/Life Balance

 I sigh with reliefI have done it again!! 

Most of us have come to the end of the summer school holidays and can breathe again! I always give myself a well-deserved pat on the back and smugly congratulate myself for surviving another year! 

September always brings for me a time of reflection, have I achieved the work/life balance that I am comfortable with? 

Work/life balance is a phrase which we are all familiar with but what does it really mean to you? 

For meone of my biggest values is balance. I strive for balance throughout the whole year – not just in the school holidays. If I haven’t achieved a balanced week, I am not performing at my best. 

So what does my balanced week look like? 

To understand this I need to understand my role or the different roles I fulfil, for me they are:- 

Director, Leader, Coach, Marketer, Sales Director, Finance Director, HR Director, IT Director, Mother, Wife, Daughter, Sister, Friend. 

With so many hats to juggle, how can I possibly achieve balance? The answer is with bite-sized chunks! 

Like all great goals, they are easier to achieve if you break them up into realistic chunks. I like to chunk my life into 3month blocks. 

I look at all of my roles individually and break them into 12 weeks, 3 easy to manage months (or in July 6 simple weeks!) 

I ask myself the difficult question: – What do need to do to really move my business/family/relationships forward? This gives me my focus for the next 12 weeks, it feels less daunting and far more realistic. And you can take other demands into consideration like school holidays, annual leave, staff shortages, projects, family commitments. 

All of my roles affect each other, I may want to ease my sales target in August to consider the school holidays and my own annual leave, although this may have more of an impact in September, or I may need to enhance my leadership skills and team to manage my business whilst I am away. 

The real secret is to review. Once you have identified your roles and set realistic bitesized goals, review the challenges and successes in these areas weekly. This will help you implement fixes where needed and to celebrate your successes. 

You may have more than 14 roles to play at any one time, but I believe it is simple when you build your support network. The last 6 weeks will prove how solid yours really is. 

I am incredibly lucky to have an amazing support network and the very best family and circle of friends which makes my balance achievable. Like any great team you need to identify the role (or roles) you play and to achieve the winning formula. It is essential to have structure.  

Work/Life Balance is achieved with the right People, Processes and Structure. 

Do you have the right people around you?  

Do you have robust processes in place? 

Do you have a structure that allows for the help and support you need.  

I suggest to achieve your work/life balance, clarify what makes you happy, be clear on what you want to achieve, set realistic goals, prioritise, detail your processes, implement structure and build your solid support network.  

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Why Two Minds Are Better Than One


I have been running Mastermind groups for over 6 years and it still amazes me the value we all feel in sharing our ideas, challenges and successes to a trusted board of advisors.
How lucky to have access to a group of professional peers who are genuine, honest and willing to help one another.

It is human nature to want to belong to a group and also feel like we contribute. This is the power of Mastermind.

I often hear from professionals that whilst being very comfortable with their business and their professional ability, it is still relatively lonely at the top. Taking work home to families or friends is entirely different to discussing daily challenges with another business owner.

I was once approached by a client’s wife who asked me why her husband could talk to me and not her. The answer is simple, I have no emotional attachment to the business whereas it has a real and obvious impact on her life.

This is the same with Mastermind. Members are able to offer a constructive view on someone else’s business and can often find solutions to other business challenges far easier than their own.

Mastermind is not networking.

I have spent many hours networking with other professionals. Everyone you engage with has a fantastic business and are enjoying enormous amounts of success. I have not met anyone at a network event who has shared a different tale. This is because when we are networking we are more often than not, in sales mode.

How to network effectively is an entirely different subject…

Why join a Mastermind group?

1. A safe environment to share ideas, challenges and successes with trusted professionals, who are willing to learn from others.
2. Find solutions to real business problems

3. A peer group to hold you accountable
4. Extending your business network

A great Mastermind group can have a huge impact but it is vitally important to have the right group for you.

I always offer a 3 month money back guarantee to my new members as I feel it takes at least three meetings to fully appreciate the value of Mastermind. After that you will be hooked for life, the members will become part of your team and your board of advisors.

Experience a true Mastermind group, and ensure you are not the cleverest person in the room.

If you would like more details on the Mastermind groups that we offer please email me direct:-

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