Geoffrey Wadhurst
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I am a highly seasoned senior HR manager turned business coach. With over 25 years of senior management experience in a large corporate, I coach C-level executives on fulfilling their career potential.

My rather cynical friend and erstwhile colleague Keith suggests that this is code for “washed up former company man in career nosedive now joining cast of thousands and becoming a business coach”. I find this a tad harsh.

I am married to Sandra, lady of leisure and captain of the Ladies’ Fifth team at the Marshalswick Lawn Tennis Club. We have a 16 year-old son, Ollie, who faces his fothcoming GCSEs with remarkable sanguinity.

I formerly blogged for the Guardian’s Work section. In a deeply ironic twist of fate, the Guardian has now closed its Work section but I am delighted to be blogging for the Huffington Post. If you’d like to follow my journey into the worlds of networking and social media from the very beginning, please take a look the Notworking Blog archives.

Entries by Geoffrey Wadhurst

Leadership Lessons of the Selfie Monkey

(0) Comments | Posted 9 September 2014 | (07:32)

"Wherever we look upon this earth, the opportunities take shape within the problems."

These inspiring words from entrepreneur Nelson A. Rockefeller struck a chord this week. The quiet end-of-summer feeling that pervades St Albans means it's also a quiet time for Geoffrey Wadhurst Coaching Limited. This could have easily been...

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Frozen Out By the Ice-Bucket Challenge

(0) Comments | Posted 25 August 2014 | (17:14)

"You must do the thing which you think you cannot do."

Eleanor Roosevelt's stirring quote came to mind this morning as I had breakfast with the Geoffrey Wadhurst Coaching Limited virtual team (i.e. wife Sandra and son Ollie) in the family kitchen.

But let me back-track. It all started when...

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The Long Wait for LinkedIn Long-Form Posts

(0) Comments | Posted 17 August 2014 | (20:00)

"It's not the mountain we overcome," Edmund Hilary famously said. "It's ourselves."

I use this inspiring quote not infrequently with clients. I say "clients" but, as I may have mentioned in earlier posts, my sole client remains my friend Keith with whom I continue to climb his Everest-scale cynicism.


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Leadership Lessons From Warren Bennis

(0) Comments | Posted 10 August 2014 | (12:12)

People often ask me, "Geoffrey, are great leaders born or made?"

Actually, if I'm honest, people rarely ask me that. They're more likely to ask me something like "Geoffrey, how would you like to join our weekly breakfast networking group for a modest membership fee?" or "Geoffrey, can I interest...

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Open Letter to Esther McVey: Who Coaches the Coaches?

(0) Comments | Posted 1 August 2014 | (14:38)

Dear Ms McVey,

Congratulations on your new appointment. Your recent interview in the Telegraph caused quite a buzz here at Geofrey Wadhurst Coaching Limited. Of particular interest is your idea of coaching people out of welfare, something - as you rightly point out - usually available only to...

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It's Not Pyramid Selling - It's Network Marketing

(0) Comments | Posted 24 July 2014 | (17:34)

The schools have broken up, prospective clients are on holiday - what is a former HR manager turned executive coach to do in order to fill these long summer days?

The answer, of course, in the absence of sufficient funds to whisk Sandra away to a Mediterranean tennis boot-camp, is...

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David Cameron to Launch on Twitter - Some Tips for the PM

(1) Comments | Posted 27 September 2012 | (06:03)

News has broken that David Cameron is to set up his own personal Twitter account, much to the horror of the political journalists on the Telegraph. They tell me that Twitter is where all the "conversations" are happening so I suppose it makes sense to be part of...

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Speaking my Way to Business Growth - and Getting Short-Circuited

(0) Comments | Posted 12 September 2012 | (20:32)

"Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle." Thus wrote Napoleon "Think and Grow Rich" Hill, one of the first self-help gurus of the last century. Those of you that have kept up to date with the ongoing travails of Geoffrey Wadhurst Coaching Limited via my fortnightly blog...

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One Year On and Still Notworking

(0) Comments | Posted 1 September 2012 | (00:00)

It's almost exactly a year since I started my "Notworking Blog". Its first incarnation was in the Guardian Work section which followed a career trajectory similar to my own, folding quietly in June. After a bit of self-coaching, re-reading Steve Jobs's 2005 Commencement Address and immersing myself in...

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Someone Tell Stephanie Flanders - It's Us Notworking Folk Holding Up the Employment Numbers

(10) Comments | Posted 20 August 2012 | (00:00)

Once in a while, Twitter throws up something that grabs my attention. Take Stephanie Flanders for instance, BBC economics editor. "A 501,000 rise in employment in 2 yrs when the economy is supposed to have not grown at all. What on earth is going on?"

Well, Stephanie, I'd...

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Forget The Medals Table - The Olympics Have Struck Gold With Coaching Insights

(3) Comments | Posted 1 August 2012 | (17:42)

I'm so glad we've stopped bitching, whinging, carping and moaning about the Olympics. The opening ceremony turned out to be an uncharacteristic British success and now everyone's got behind the Games. I like to think I was there before last Friday. I may be in what I euphemistically refer to...

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What are Your Life Goals? How Karaoke at the Tennis Club Helped Me Discover Mine

(5) Comments | Posted 20 July 2012 | (07:01)

An inspiring breakfast meeting at the Herts Coaching Club last Friday at the Red Lion Inn in St. Albans. Guest coach Doug took us through the importance of goal setting in order to achieve one's objectives in life and, of course, to help our clients achieve theirs.

Doug was compelling...

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Direct Mail - the New Social Media?

(6) Comments | Posted 5 July 2012 | (18:26)

Followers of this blog (previously in the Guardian Work section - read the archive here) will know that I've recently joined an exciting new business breakfast group that combines face-to-face networking with instruction in how best to use social media to grow your business. Yes HashtagConnect is taking...

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Like a Wimbledon Player on Middle Sunday, I'm Poised for Phase Two of My Blogging Career

(2) Comments | Posted 4 July 2012 | (00:00)

For those of you that haven't been following The Notworking Blog in the Saturday Guardian, I've been blogging since September 2011 on my journey into the worlds of social media and networking as I reinvent myself as an executive coach after many years in HR. If I were to tell...

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