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Astrid Davies

Astrid Davies MA is an Executive Coach and change consultant who uses her 30 years of leadership experience to help her clients make positive changes which last. She is a mentor and guest lecturer at the University of Southampton, including supporting their Enactus chapter for social entrepreneurs. She also runs a series of successful leadership training networking events across the South of England, where she helps young professionals to build an ethical and effective leadership career alongside their professional development. A passionate champion of diverse and sustainable workplaces, Astrid integrates several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals into her client projects. If you would like to find out more, please go to www.astriddaviesconsulting.com.

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Purpose and the Maverick. I was working with a client, exploring his Why?”. We’ve heard about Simon Sinek’s bestseller, Start with Why. A sense of purpose is a core tenet of strong, positive leadership. So what were...

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Compromise, consensus and the Maverick. Compromise is often recommended as a way forward in the workplace, but it often ends up being “Win - Lose”, to use Covey’s description from his 4th habit of highly effective...

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The Lockdown Resilience Quandary. Here we go again – another lockdown.  For many, this is the toughest lockdown yet; the phoney lockdown-lite of Autumn 2020 raised too many hopes, for businesses and personal lives alike. Just when...

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Misanthropic Maverick – reflections on a lost year I am writing this on New Year’s Eve, joining in what is probably a world-wide reflection on 2020 and the fact that, for most, it was a shocker. What...

Shifting along the Maverick Continuum™

Shifting along the Maverick Continuum™. I was working with a client recently, and as we explored the issues behind their workplace challenges on our joint project, it became clear that it was always "the others" who were at...

Optimum – A Maverick approach

Optimum – A Maverick approach to coaching? When I trained as a coach over 20 years ago, I was taught to use the GROW model. Its chief proponent, Sir John Whitmore, was a baronet, a...

Lesson from Lockdown-lite

Lesson from Lockdown-lite – looking to a brighter future. Well, we’ve been enduring the Covid crisis for eight months. On virtually every networking Zoom call I attend, there is someone complaining, wishing it could be over...

The tale of the professional woman and the amateur mum

Maverick Mothering – the tale of the professional woman and the amateur mum. “The joys of motherhood”. It’s a pat phrase, often bandied about ironically by tired mums laughing amongst themselves. (And before this raises hackles with...

Lessons from Lockdown – “Trust no one”

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