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Defuse the ticking mental health timebomb

Workplaces across the globe are facing a mental health crisis of unprecedented scope, as the effects of almost two years of anxiety, uncertainty and fear will transition into another period of flux as we enter 2022. Debbie Goodman, group CEO of Jack Hammer, a global group of executive search, talent

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Three key leadership trends to note in 2021

Making a call on the office/WFH/hybrid strategy During 2020, it was all about logistics – how to get everyone working from home as quickly, efficiently and productively as possible. Sending office furniture and computers to those who needed them, addressing all manner of technology issues from infrastructure to security, and

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work from home policies

To Go (Back to the Office) or Not to Go – That Is the Question!

A few months (which feels like years) ago, almost the entire global workforce was dispatched lock stock and barrel to their homes, relatively overnight, as Covid-19 lockdowns kicked in. Technology infrastructure was sorted out pretty swiftly across the board, so that people would have the devices, data and apps that

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build endurance

How Do You Build Endurance? [Video]

One of the key factors that determines whether someone is successful or not is their ability to endure. VCP’s Director of Coaching, Gavin Shaskolsky, shares 4 questions that will help you build endurance during these uncertain times.  

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How It Works: Managing Remotely [Podcast]

VCP’s CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, was a guest on The Money Show with Bruce Whitfield this week. Is remote working here to stay? And how can leaders successfully connect with and manage remote teams? Listen below, or visit  

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Business Unusual – Moving on After the Crisis

This article was written by Advaita Naidoo of Jack Hammer – Africa’s largest executive search firm.   The past few months have seen the world thrown into turmoil; as one popular meme puts it, we’re all awaiting a return to “precedented” times. But we all know that won’t happen. McKinsey

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How to manage your energy

How to Manage Your Energy Throughout the Day [Video]

Time is finite; ENERGY is renewable! To be effective and perform at our best, it is important to focus on how we manage our energy throughout the day. In the video below, VCP’s Director of Coaching, Gavin Shaskolsky, discusses the importance of managing your energy throughout the day. He shares a few

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How to Work from Home

How to Work from Home

This article was written by Tracy Dawson of Jack Hammer – Africa’s largest executive search firm.   If you’re lucky enough, privileged enough and sufficiently ‘enabled’ from a technological perspective, you might just find yourself working from home a bit over the next weeks or months. Here’s some advice from

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Remote work trends

Latest Trends in the Workplace [Podcast]

VCP’s CEO, Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, recently discussed the latest trends in the workplace with Refiloe Mpakanyane of Radio 702. South African companies are increasingly offering employees more flexibility. Why are these trends emerging, and how are companies implementing new ways of working? Listen below, or visit  

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find your purpose

To Be Successful, Chase Your Purpose, Not Your Passion

“Follow your passion” is one of the most frequently repeated bits of work advice. It’s also one of the most frequently criticized, and for good reason. Experts suggest that, for most of us, hard work makes us passionate for a field rather than the other way around. We develop passion

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SA Is Facing a Burnout Epidemic

Debbie Goodman-Bhyat, CEO of Virtual Coaching Partners, recently contributed to a Sunday Times article on burnout. View the original article on   You can talk about the technicalities of time travel in Silicon Valley, but don’t dare mention cutting the work week. “It’s like I’m proposing to bring back

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online meetings

Weekly Check-ins – Hum-Drum or Deep-Dive?

There’s nothing particularly innovative about the ‘weekly check-in’ as an employee engagement tool. Somewhat different to ‘huddles’ which sometimes occur daily, particularly with teams working on fast-moving projects, the weekly check-in is an opportunity for a team (or sometimes an entire company) to touch base. The objective – mostly to

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Have More Energy

Increase Your Personal Energy Levels With This Advice From a Master Coach

Virtual Coaching Partners Co-Founder, Gavin Shaskolsky, was recently featured in Entrepreneur magazine. Read the full article below, or visit   As a global leadership coach who has coached over 1 000 business leaders across more than 50 countries, Gavin Shaskolsky believes in transforming and leveraging people capabilities. Through his

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Business game

The 10% Investment That Will Get Your Business Game Back On

This article was first published on     Disruption. Uncertainty. Rapid technological advancement. Obsolescence. We all know that the world of work and business is changing and transforming rapidly, even exponentially. I’ve seen some form of a Moore’s Law graph at every conference I’ve attended in the last year,

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Career success

Career Success in the Digital Age

What’s going to put you ahead of the other 1 billion talented people out there? We’d all like to believe that a combination of talent and hard work will lead to career success. This is partly true. Talent and hard work may lead to some success – if you measure

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dealing with pressure

Where Does Pressure Come From?

I often reflect on this question and am curious about its source. I’ve realised for me, and many people I have worked with, that it comes from inside. The pressure to succeed, to look good, to know it all, to deliver results, to be the first, to not make any

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End the year strong

Ending Strong – Don’t End the Year Without This

For many of us, it’s been quite a roller-coaster year. It’s very tempting to spend the last few weeks of the year doing as little as possible, limping to the finish line. This year, you might like to try something different, and end STRONG. Here’s how: Ask yourself 3 key

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get promoted

Not Getting Promoted?

Virtual Coaching Partners Co-Founder, Debbie-Goodman-Bhyat, shares her top tips for getting promoted.    One of the most common career complaints I hear is from professionals who feel that they’re getting overlooked for promotions, or not moving up the career ladder as quickly as they’d like. Here are a few quick

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Performance review

Performance Appraisals – Here’s how to win

It’s that time of year when your performance at work is being appraised. Your organisation may have some kind of formal appraisal structure, some boxes to tick, or some numbers to score. I’m not a huge fan of these kinds of performance reviews, but if it needs to be done,

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Recovery Is King

In our fast paced, ever accelerating, must be busy all the time world, it seems that the collective and dominant response is to do more, go faster, reach higher and multi task while multi-tasking! And yet…And yet what works best, what reinvigorates, regenerates and refocuses our energy is Recovery. The

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Tom Wujec team work

Tom Wujec: Build a Tower, Build a Team [Ted Talk]

Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the “marshmallow problem” — a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average? Watch the full Ted

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Gavin Shaskolsky

Gavin Shaskolsky: How Discomfort Breeds Success [Podcast]

“For me success comes down to this: If I know myself well, I can lead myself well.” – Gavin Shaskolsky In this Seedpod podcast, Virtual Coaching Partners Co-Founder, Gavin Shaskolsky, explains what drives him, what frightens him, and what inspires him.   About Gavin Gavin has been working as an

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Daily habits for success

Building Habits that Support Your Success

Step-by-step plan for great daily habits   How you begin your day, manage your energy throughout it and then close out your day, all have a fundamental and direct impact on what you manage to achieve, and your energy levels. The following steps will help you identify the habits that

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Daily career exercises

10 Minute Daily Practice

Adapted from Peter Bregman Spend a few minutes each day strengthening your professional development with these questions and exercises. Morning 5 minutes: Ask: Which of my key priorities can I realistically accomplish today/this week? How much time will this activity take? Schedule the time in your calendar   Evening 5

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Defining success

Exercise: Defining Success

Adapted from Epiphany ( Traditionally, we define our success in terms of our professional lives. There are many different visions for a successful life, beyond our professional lives. Success may certainly be defined in terms of professional achievement, but it may take other forms. Examples of other definitions could be:

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Body language

Amy Cuddy: Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are [Ted Talk]

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy argues that “power posing” — standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don’t feel confident — can boost feelings of confidence, and might have an impact on our

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Career purpose and meaning

The 21 Day Challenge: Finding Purpose & Meaning

Based on Ted Talk by Shawn Achor   Over the next 21 days experiment with the following 5 core practices that have been proven through definitive research to increase your levels of wellbeing, happiness, productivity, meaning and purpose in the world. Keep a journal of your learnings, experiences and reflections.

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Personal brand and vision

Exercise: Developing Your Personal Vision

Adapted from Resonant Leadership and Co-Active coaching   Introduction:   A personal vision is the deepest expression of what we want in life. It is a description of our preferred future, not a prediction of what will be. In this sense, your personal vision should describe what kind of person

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Leadership brand

Steps for Developing your Leadership Brand

Self-Reflection What are the core values which I aim to demonstrate in my leadership? What do I stand for as a leader/person? What am I here to do in the world? What defines my current leadership presence/brand? (How would others describe me?)How would I like to shift and evolve my

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Journaling exercises

Journaling Exercises

Download the journaling exercises below. 10-Minute Daily Practice Key questions to consider 90-Day Quick Change Plan Sharp, swift focus on one key thing you most want to change Defining Success What signifies success to YOU? Getting in the Zone Daily practice for focus and prioritisation Key Priorities Worksheet Identify and

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