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May 11, 2021
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Psychological Safety

It is understood that within companies today that Health and Safety is a critical component of all workplaces and over the last 10 years mental health […]
April 12, 2021

The ROI from being able to move from a Sales to Revenue function

In our last article, we detailed how coaching has moved from being a niche area of a business executive to a mainstream norm, as well as the possibility […]
April 12, 2021

Meet the Coach – Petra Breiner

About PetraPetra has been a Sonata coach for almost three years.   She has been focusing mainly on helping managers in start-ups grow and refine their skills, […]
April 12, 2021

The question is no longer why should you have a coach…the question is why don’t you have a coach?

Over the last decade or so business coaching has gone from a niche offering to more of a mainstream norm. Whereas in the noughties, when somebody […]
January 26, 2021

Standing on the shoulders of giants

A sad reality of success is that it can be lonely at the top. Anyone at the pinnacle of their field may find they have limited […]
January 19, 2021

Does Human Resources have a bad name?

Article authored and contributed by Susanne Jacobs – Sonata Coach Does ‘Human Resources’ have a bad name? On the surface can it be read as levelling […]
November 3, 2020

Meet the Coach – Diana Moffat

About Diana Diana is one of SBC Sonata`s Executive coaches. Diana brings her own insightful and analytical focus into the coaching sphere primarily within the Senior […]
November 2, 2020

Coaching Through Covid

Article written by Sonata Coach – Robert Cuming During times of national emergency and the consequent organisational change, it might be understandable that Company Boards and […]
November 2, 2020

Can Psychological insights help VC funds make better returns?

During the “noughties” I had the good fortune of being a VC for around 3 years. This was a Seed and Round A fund that was […]
July 21, 2020

Meet the Coach – Robert Cuming

About Robert Robert has enjoyed a career that has spanned Corporate Leveraged Finance work with Barclays Bank PLC through to leadership roles in the wellbeing and […]
June 25, 2020

The Blended Workplace

As governments across the world begin to unlock their economies and ease lockdown conditions, we are all contemplating the future of the workplace. An ongoing question […]
May 14, 2020

How to Skype (or Zoom) well…

As we find ourselves adapting to the new world we now inhabit and many of us are forced to work remotely, for the majority, this is […]
May 12, 2020

You can look but you must not touch

As a child I remember my parents telling me that I can look at my Dad’s new car (phone, briefcase etc) but I must not touch. […]
May 4, 2020

When is it all going to end?

This is the question I think that many people around the world are asking themselves. When are we going to go back to normal life, when […]
November 10, 2019

Protecting your values

If vision is where you are going, it is culture that gets you there’. This message is at the heart of Spotify’s value system and if […]
November 2, 2019

The Simon Principle

  In 1969 Laurence J Peter published The Peter Principle which rather neatly described a phenomenon that blights many businesses. Someone who is good at their job will […]
June 29, 2019

If you are happy and you know it

There is a certain perversity in the idea that one can be too happy. There is so much in life that causes one stress and discomfort, […]
June 20, 2019

The Red Mist

“Anybody can become angry – that is easy – but to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for […]
June 13, 2019

The black dog

Sadness is one of the hardest emotions to deal with. Yet, if one knows how to process it, sadness can be one of the most positive […]
May 25, 2019

When guilt weighs heavy

Guilt is one of the most unpleasant emotions. At its worst, it can be debilitating, taking over every thought. Unlike other emotions, guilt really does weigh […]
May 6, 2019

When greed really is good

The 1987 film Wall Street made famous the expression ‘ greed is good ’. The myopic lead character Gordon Gekko, who is focused solely on making as much […]
April 28, 2019

I am what I am

One of the most difficult emotions to experience is shame. When one experiences shame, one feels worthless and powerless. It is an emotion born out of […]
April 16, 2019

Nothing to fear but fear itself

As we explored in the last article, one needs to learn to listen to one’s emotions, understand them and react proportionately. We have to control our […]
April 3, 2019

Impulse control

Awareness of emotions, as we explored in the last article, is just one step towards being a successful CEO. Once we are aware of our emotions we […]
March 13, 2019

Understanding emotions

It is easy to believe that there is no place for emotion in business. Decision making should be dispassionate and rational and free from the inevitable […]
March 1, 2019

Know Thyself

Once one acknowledges the realities of cognitive bias  – be that sub conscious or otherwise – the next step is to understand one’s own skillset. It is […]
February 23, 2019

What do you really know?

There are two key responsibilities every great CEO must carry out effectively: allocating resources and developing the senior management team. To do so requires an unfettered […]
February 15, 2019

How not to be obsolete in 2020

Eight hundred million people will be out of a job by 2030 as the rise of the machines replaces humans as a source of cheap labour. […]
February 12, 2019

When is the right time to ask for help?

In the late 1990s a book entitled ‘Why men don’t listen, and women can’t read maps’ highlighted the differences between the genders. While those differences may […]
January 27, 2019

How to be a good manager

How many people fall into leadership? Perhaps more than we might like to admit. It is typical for an individual to train for years in a […]