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Making Sense of Work with Jean Balfour

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How’s Work at the Moment? We all work - and yet we often struggle with work. Even very ambitious people find parts of work difficult. This podcast is for you if you'd like to build a new and better relationships with your working life. We explore everything to do with our working lives, starting with how do we find our purpose, how do make sense of our organisations and what can we do to work in our zone of genius? Do you have topic you'd like me to cover? Send me a note on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Find out more about our ICF Accredited Coach Training - www.baileybalfour.com

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How’s Work at the Moment? We all work - and yet we often struggle with work. Even very ambitious people find parts of work difficult. This podcast is for you if you'd like to build a new and better relationships with your working life. We explore everything to do with our working lives, starting with how do we find our purpose, how do make sense of our organisations and what can we do to work in our zone of genius? Do you have topic you'd like me to cover? Send me a note on Linkedin https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/Find out more about our ICF Accredited Coach Training - www.baileybalfour.com

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English


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Ep #87 Career Coaching Series: Visualise Your Ideal Day

7/18/2024
Have you ever wondered how your life could change if you spent just a little time dreaming about your perfect day? On this episode of Making Sense of Work, I invite you to join me on a transformative journey where I'll share my experiences of visualizing my ideal day and how it provided clarity and direction in my career. You'll discover why it's crucial to dream without limits and how guided visualisation can turn your ideal day into reality. Together, we'll engage in a detailed exercise to imagine every parts of your perfect day—from your morning routine to how you navigate work tasks, interactions, and even challenges. I'll also share tips for finding a balanced approach that brings you closer to your ideal work-life harmony. Tune in and get ready to start crafting the life you've always aspired to live. Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:19:35

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Ep. #86 Yoga, Coaching & the UN: Finding Purpose in Bangladesh with Betsy Kimmel

7/2/2024
Join us for an inspiring chat with Betsy Kimmel, our incredible PCC-level alumni and coach! Betsy takes us on her exciting journey, from tackling coaching projects in high-pressure environments to starting her own yoga practice. Her work is all about inclusivity, making sure everyone from leaders to drivers benefits from her coaching. Betsy also emphasises the importance of setting personal boundaries to avoid burnout and shares heartwarming stories of leaders who have successfully reclaimed their personal time. Don't miss out on this uplifting conversation! Meet Betsy Kimmel Betsy has over 25 years of experience in coaching, consulting, and creating well-being solutions for individuals and organizations in the humanitarian sector. As the President of Betsy Kimmel Consulting, she partners with clients to enhance their personal and professional growth, performance, and resilience. She offers humanitarian leadership coaching and social impact career coaching. Betsy is also the founder and Chief Yoga Officer of an international wellness firm and holds certifications in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Mental Health First Aid. Follow Betsy on her Social Media LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/betsykimmelcoaching/ Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/betsykimmelconsulting/ Book an appointment: https://calendly.com/betsykimmel/complimentary-consultation-with-betsy Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:40:58

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Ep. #85 Breaking Free from Office Drama: Drama Triangle Insights

6/14/2024
In this episode, we dive deep into the complexities of office dynamics and explore the Drama Triangle, a powerful psychological model developed by Dr. Stephen Karpman. Join Jean Balfour as she uncovers the roles of the Villain, Victim, and Hero that often play out in workplace interactions, leading to unproductive and toxic environments. Jean Balfour shares practical strategies for recognising and disrupting these patterns. Learn how to transform your office culture by promoting healthier communication, fostering accountability, and building a supportive work environment. Tune in to discover how you can break free from the cycle of drama and create a more positive and collaborative workplace. Resources: Blog on Understanding the Drama Triangle at Work Check out Conscious Leadership and their work on Drama Triangle Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:25:22

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Ep. #84 Transformative Breathwork with Céline Fontaine

5/14/2024
Have you ever paid attention to your breathing during times of stress? Most likely, we don't, yet it's a powerful tool we can harness to maintain calmness within ourselves. Meet our special guest Céline Fontaine as she shares how conscious breathing impacts creativity, mindfulness, and well-being. Discover how controlled breathing enhances leadership and personal development, inviting you to experience its transformative power firsthand. From practical methods to integrating breathwork into daily work routines, Céline Fontaine guides you toward a more present and focused self. Meet Céline Fontaine Céline Fontaine is an executive coach, facilitator, and certified breathwork practitioner with over two decades of corporate experience across Europe and Southeast Asia. After years in high-pressure corporate environments, Céline pivoted to focus on her well-being and embrace her full potential outside the traditional workplace. For Céline, It was love at first sight with breathwork, a practice she describes as her "holy grail." Breathwork proved to be a transformative tool, helping Céline calm her mind, release emotions, and reconnect with her highest self. Her journey into breathwork deepened her understanding of its power and potential, making it an integral part of her mission to help others. Céline believes breathwork is the antidote to our relentless, fast-paced world and is passionate about sharing this extraordinary art with as many as possible. Currently based in Phuket, Thailand, Céline leverages her extensive background in Learning and Development to integrate breathwork into her coaching and leadership development practice. She works with corporate professionals, educators, parents, and anyone curious about enhancing their health and overall life satisfaction, guiding them to unlock and harness the extraordinary power of their breath. Céline is a certified Advanced Breathwork Practitioner by the Global Breathwork Professional Alliance. Céline has 2 breathwork demonstration videos which you can use to help you in your own breathwork quest. Links below! The Grounding Breath - https://youtu.be/07WCFZ08JC0 The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique - https://youtu.be/jdoghm0bTdY Visit her LinkedIn profile at https://www.linkedin.com/in/celinebousquetfontaine/ Visit her LinkedIn Page for Breath@Work - https://www.linkedin.com/company/breathatwork/ Vist her Website at https://breathatwork.net/ Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:35:56

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Ep. #83. Finding Ease Amidst the Hustle at Work

5/9/2024
Imagine finding a sense of calm and ease amid the chaos of your workday; I believe it's not just a fantasy but a tangible goal. In this episode I share how the philosophies in Beth Kempton's "Kokoro" and Nancy Klein's "Time to Think," introduce how leaders and professionals can reclaim tranquility in their our hectic lives. I look at society's traditional definitions of ease and how they often clash with our rushed existence, revealing that there's more to work than just ticking boxes and beating deadlines. We can embrace coaching's potential to foster spaces free from pressure, and I share insights on how we can infuse a serene flow into our daily grind. For a different perspective ,aided by Byron Katie's "The Work," I dissect the deep-seated belief that slowing down is a luxury we can't afford. You can find the resources I reference here. Beth Kempton - Kokoro https://bethkempton.com/kokoro-2/ Nancy Kline - Time to Think https://www.timetothink.com/ Bryon Katie - The Work https://thework.com/ Jean Balfour https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/ https://baileybalfour.com/ Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:22:20

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Ep. #82 The Neuroscience of Misery at Work - Part 2

4/17/2024
Ever feel like you're just going through the motions at work, weighed down by stress and dissatisfaction? This is part 2 of the neuroscience of misery at work and it’s your invitation to discover how you can turn misery all around. We're not just talking about the everyday gripes of excessive workloads or lackluster recognition; we're diving into the science that shows our brains are directly wired to our work experiences. Join me, Jean Balfour as I share steps you can take you mitigate misery and how you can perform in your most creative and productive zone when you don’t feel like the most. Resources mentioned in this episode: View masterclass on-demand on neuroscience of misery at work: here View video: Choice point by Russel Harris Read and download our guide: Overcoming Burnout: Leveraging the Power of Glimmers Read and download out guide: 10 Root Causes of Feeling Overwhelmed Read and download out guide: Find your career values Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:24:57

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Ep. #81 The Neuroscience of Misery at Work - Part 1

4/3/2024
Ever feel like you're just going through the motions at work, weighed down by stress and dissatisfaction? This episode is your invitation to discover the neuroscience that explains why—and how you can turn it all around. We're not just talking about the everyday gripes of excessive workloads or lackluster recognition; we're diving into the science that shows our brains are directly wired to our work experiences. Join me, Jean Balfour, as we pull back the curtain on common workplace woes and shed light on global studies that reveal the widespread nature of these issues, especially among younger workers and those under financial pressure. Resources mentioned in this epsiode: View masterclass on-demand on neuroscience of misery at work: here Read and download our guide: Overcoming Burnout: Leveraging the Power of Glimmers Read and download out guide: 10 Root Causes of Feeling Overwhelmed Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:25:55

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Ep. #80 Breaking into Your Zone of Genius

3/13/2024
Today’s episode is inspired by Marianne Williamson and Gay Hendricks. Jean Balfour shares insights and experiences on overcoming self-imposed limitations to embrace our true potential. Join us as we navigate the zones of incompetence, competence, excellence, and ultimately, genius, uncovering how to push ourselves out of our limiting beliefs of what we can't do! Recommended book reading: The Big Leap: Conquer Your Hidden Fear and Take Life to the Next Level Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:21:05

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Ep. #79 Navigating Overwhelm: From Chaos to Clarity

2/28/2024
In today’s episode, Jean Balfour shares her own experiences of feeling overwhelmed, and shares insights on identifying, understanding, and overcoming the chaos that comes with being overwhelmed. From uncovering the root causes to implementing practical strategies, we'll embark on a journey towards reclaiming energy and joy in our daily work. Tune in for tips, stories, and inspiration to navigate the feeling of overwhelm and emerge stronger in your everyday and work life! You can download the guidebook here: https://baileybalfour.com/10-root-causes-of-feeling-overwhelmed/ Sign up to Jean's blog here : https://jeanbalfour.substack.com/ Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:21:45

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Ep. #78 The Key to Unlocking Deeper Trust in Relationships

2/13/2024
In today’s episode, we explore how being fully present with another person is not just a skill, but a critical gift that fosters genuine connection. Join Jean Balfour as she shares the journey of how we can master this skill, how we can be aware of our own pitfalls and together, we'll uncover practical strategies and insights to enhance our ability to truly hear and understand others. To download our guidebook mentioned in this episode, click here: https://baileybalfour.com/blog-listening-and-presence/ Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:22:07

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Ep. #77 Persisting Through Challenges: Lessons from Netflix's Nyad's Swim

1/25/2024
Welcome to Season 3 on "Making Sense of Work" Today’s episode is drawing inspiration from the impactful Netflix film, "Nyad." The documentary encapsulates the awe-inspiring story of Diana Nyad, who, at the remarkable age of 64, achieved the extraordinary feat of swimming from Cuba to Florida. Jean reflects on Nyad's resilience and tenacity, drawing parallels to personal challenges and contemplating the profound impact of persistence on individual aspirations. Drawing from personal experiences, she shares insights into overcoming low confidence and the enduring efforts required to construct a foundation of self-belief. Acknowledging the merits of persistence, Jean delves into its potential drawbacks, emphasizing the importance of self-care and recognizing when a goal, despite persistent efforts, may come at too high a cost. This sets the stage for a balanced perspective on the journey toward achievement. There are key strategies for embracing persistence, from setting clear and ambitious goals to creating visual representations for motivation. Jean underscores the importance of a robust support system, resilience cultivation, and the fostering of a growth mindset. Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:21:02

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Ep. #76 Endings and Beginnings

12/18/2023
Picture this: I started the year with a grand plan—a visionary roadmap for my business and a commitment to its growth. Little did I know, the universe had a different script in mind. The first half of the year threw some serious challenges my way. By the year's end, we not only weathered the storm but exceeded our initial expectations. However, let me be real with you—2023 was no walk in the park. In this episode, I talk about how the struggles forced me to dig deep into my own resilience, revoking my goals and accepting redirections. I encourage you to join me in reflecting on your own journey, learning from the past, and stepping into the next year with a sense of wholesomeness. Here's to embracing the uncertainties, finding joy in the unplanned, and growing into the next beautiful chapter of our lives. Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:13:55

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Ep. #75 Values: The North Star of Your Career

11/14/2023
Have you ever taken a moment to reflect on your career values? It's a practice that often gets overlooked amid the hustle of our daily lives. However, these values serve as the underlying motivation for our actions and reactions, influencing our experiences both professionally and personally. In this podcast, Jean Balfour explores the importance of recognizing and embracing our values, offering practical insights and tools to help you identify and harmonize with them. Download the career values handout here: https://baileybalfour.com/download-our-career-values-handout/ You can also read more here: https://baileybalfour.com/values-the-north-star-of-your-career/ Follow Jean on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/ Follow Jean on Instagram: Jean.balfour Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:15:58

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#Ep. 74 How to Develop Emotional Intelligence

11/2/2023
Emotional Intelligence (EQ) is the ability to understand and manage emotions effectively. It is no longer considered a soft skill—it's a critical competency for us all - both individual contributors and leaders. Higher EQ has been shown to improve job performance significantly including higher sales, increased productivity and reduced stress. In this podcast Jean Balfour shares practical strategies to help you: Download Guidebook for strategies to build your self-management skills: https://baileybalfour.com/download-your-guidebook-to-building-self-management-skills/ To read blog on emotional intelligence and future of work, read here: https://baileybalfour.com/emotional-intelligence-and-the-future-of-work Connect with Jean Balfour on LinkedIn Connect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jean.balfour Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:26:28

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Ep. #73 Marking Life's Important Milestones

10/13/2023
Frequently, significant events like birthdays can indeed lead us to contemplate what we haven't achieved, our past mistakes, and our regrets. And they occasionally pull us into negative thoughts. Today's episode of "Making Sense of Work," is a special one. I discuss how we can leverage significant life milestones as chances for celebration and gratitude, while also acknowledging both the positive and challenging moments that contribute to our legacy. You can also download our free coaching prompters so you can reflect on your life's journey along with me: https://baileybalfour.com/marking-lifes-important-milestones/ Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:15:38

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Ep. #72 Becoming Powerful Influencers at Work

10/11/2023
How good are you at influencing others? In this episode of Making Sense of Work, we'll explore the fundamental principles of influence and why it's essential in various aspects of life, from personal relationships to professional success. We'll discuss a three step strategy and seven ways you can influence effectively. To read the full blog, head over to https://baileybalfour.com/how-to-influence-people-at-work/ Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:21:29

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Ep. #71 Taking Responsibility of our Working Experience

10/4/2023
For many years, I've held the belief that we shape our own work situations and experiences. And by that, I mean the story we tell ourselves or the actions we take. True empowerment comes from assuming personal responsibility, examining our role, and understanding how we contribute to the way we perceive and navigate what's happening around us. In this episode, join me as I share ways we can take responsibility of our working experiences instead of assigning blame to external factors. Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:19:00

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Ep. #70 Navigating Difficult Conversations

9/27/2023
Navigating difficult conversations can be hard, but when done right, can be powerful and life changing. In this episode of Making sense of Work, master certified coach Jean Balfour shares with us how to tackle those difficult conversations with a coaching mindset. Learn techniques to offer constructive feedback in an empathetic and thoughtful manner. Connect with Jean Balfour on LinkedIn Connect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jean.balfour Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:22:41

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Ep. #69 Five Steps to Get Your Next Promotion

9/21/2023
Over the years, I've had the privilege of coaching countless individuals on their journey to success, and I've witnessed some incredible transformations. Whether you're eyeing that next big promotion or simply want to level up your career game, here are 5 tips you should consider applying in your role today. Podcast recommendations Ep. #8 Nine Ways to be Politically Savvy at Work Ep. #40 The Gift of Feedback - Even if it Hurts! Ep. #54 Building a Growth Mindset Ep. #63 Making a Bold Career Move with Vanessa Teo Connect with Jean Balfour on LinkedIn Connect with Jean Balfour on Instagram @jean.balfour Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:20:55

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Ep. #68 11 Ways to be Happy and Successful at Work

9/14/2023
After 30 years of consulting to organisations, developing leaders and coaching - there are a few core beliefs Jean has come to believe about what makes for a happy and successful working life.In this episode she introduces her top 11 ways to think about work to create a fulfilling work life. You can contact Jean via LinkedIn to share the beliefs you hold about how to be happy and successful at work. Connect with Jean Balfour on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeanbalfour/ Experience an Introduction to our Coach Training Programmes with our Free Taster Course: https://courses.baileybalfour.com/course/coach-training-introduction Sign up to our newsletter to learn more about upcoming programmes: https://baileybalfour.com/subscribe/

Duration:00:19:42