Train To Gain coming to an end

If your organisation has between 5 and 249 staff, you may be eligible for a Government grant of £1,000 to spend on leadership & management training, coaching or mentoring.  Bad news is that this scheme will expire on 31 December 2010.

The Train-to-Gain scheme applies to all organizations that:

  • Are private, franchise, public and voluntary bodies.
  • Have between 5 and 249 employees. This is for the whole company, not an individual site.
  • Did not benefit from Leadership and Management grant in the last 12 months.

While the train to gain scheme is applicable to a broad range of coaching, mentoring and training services available to employees in any position within their organization the Leadership and Management section states that:

Train to Gain can help your business:

  • get the essential skills to boost your business performance
  • improve your business efficiency and increase profits
  • help your staff grow in motivation and confidence

To benefit of this service, once checked your eligibility, simply identify a suitable provider for the service you are interested in and then contact the local train-to-gain office.

MaGa Coaching offers a broad range of coaching service to business owners, senior executives and teams.  Please enquire today and check how we can boost your performance: your chance of getting £1000 off your coaching package will expire soon so hurry up!

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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 12 November 2010

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Successful launch for the first Coaching Group for Business Growth

The first session of the new MaGa Coaching Group for Business Growth (MCGfBG) took place in Cambridge at the end of March.  A total of 7 business owners in the high tech industry, spanning different sectors such as agile software development, hardware and software consultancy, development of applications for iPhone and web design joined together to be among the founders of this first group.

Running a small business can be a very lonely job, missing the support of partners, fellow directors and colleagues to share problems, bounce ideas and keep focussed on the main business objectives: this can have a very negative effect on the personal performance of the business owners and the organisations they run.

The MCGfBG structure offers the possibility, for businesses owners, to meet and exchange ideas, share experiences and help each other growing their own business.  This is obtained by keeping in touch regularly and reasonably often: a monthly face to face meeting for a 3 hours session as well as a monthly one hour conference call.  It is like having a board meeting and a brainstorming session at once.  Somebody’s problems are often a past experience for others and the typical “have you tried x, y, z?” question is usually enough to unlock an idea for a possible way forward.

The coaching main contribution to this process is to help people to come out with their own answers by asking the right questions.  The second and very fundamental one is to keep the attention and focus on the solution and maintain an accountability process for members of the group to report back at the next meeting.

MCGfBG is organised and run by a professionally trained and qualified business and executive coach. Apart from facilitating the smooth running of the meetings and ensuring that both agenda and structure are followed he trains members about how they can help themselves and others to work more effectively and improve areas that need attention in order to achieve they own goals.

Massimo Gaetani, Business and Executive Coach who designed, planned and executed this project for MaGa Coaching, declared: “I am impressed by the success of this first group and by the interest it is attracting among other business sectors: it is well beyond our initial expectations…” he also added “…the accountability process and the self directed approach that we implement in MCGfBG have a very powerful impact on the decision process of members and it helps them to focus on essential activities that help to grow their business”.

The indirect advantage is to build consistent and trustworthy relationships among the members of the group fostering a strong community of talented entrepreneurs.

Each MCGfBG is centred around a specific business area: it groups business that are compatible and complementary while avoiding direct competitions and big differences in levels of success of the members.

“High tech professionals have their own language and they communicate freely with others that understand them…” adds Massimo Gaetani who was a software and systems engineer for over 10 year, “…so we created this first group around this topic: it’s also preferable to have people that can relate to each other so we carefully selected businesses with similar size and background”.

Coaching programmes have a permanent effect when they are applied for a period of six months or longer therefore the suggested minimum participation to a MCGfBG is 6 months.

MaGa Coaching is now organising the launch of a second MCGfBG in the high tech sector as well as presenting the initiative and business model to a selected group of professionals and business owners in the Marketing and Creative industry on Friday 23 April.

Successful launch for the first Coaching Group for Business Growth

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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 14 April 2010

warning: a SPAM that looks like from the VAT office

We have received this morning a SPAM from a source that looks like the VAT office and we would like to warn everyone reading this to ignore it or forward it to phishing@hmrc.gsi.gov.uk  We have contacted the VAT office by phone and they confirmed it’s a SPAM.

The Email has an attachment (html form that displays like a web page in a browser) that requires you to enter company and bank details to receive a payment of £256.99 but, stupidly enough, they say that the claim should be received by 15-Jan-2010!  Here it is:

Subj:  Reminder: Please Submit Your Refund Payment

Dear Applicant:

Following an upgrade of our computer systems and review of our records we have investigated your payments and latest tax returns over the last seven years  our calculations show you have made over payments of ?256.99 Due to the high volume of refunds due you must complete the on line application, the telephone help line is unable to assist with this application.
In order to process your refund you will need to complete the attached application form.
Your refund may take up to 3 weeks to process please make sure you complete the form correctly.
As we are upgrading our records we require the completed form showing your full current details by 15 January 2010

Please submit the form attached to confirm the refund.

S. M.Roberts
Senior Manager
HM Revenue & Customs

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© Copyright 2010, HM Revenue & Customs UK All rights reserved.
TAX REFUND ID: A29R119

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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 26 January 2010

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Massimo Gaetani interviewed by Radio 209 Cambridge

MaGa Coaching’s MD, Massimo Gaetani, was recently interviewed by Karl Hartland, station manager at 209 Radio http://www.209radio.co.uk during the 209 talk, a four weekly behind the scene of the community radio and the people that contribute to its success.  209 Radio is a local community Radio that broadcasts from Cambridge on 105 FM.

In this interview Massimo explains the work he has been doing with the various teams at the station as well as various aspects of coaching and the benefits it brings to business owners.

Please listen to the interview here:

Radio209 Massimo Gaetani Interview Jan 2010

If you prefer to listen to the whole program please check this page.

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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 22 January 2010

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Season Greetings 2009

Another year is coming to its end and Christmas 2009 is just a few hours away.  MaGa Coaching wish the best Christmas and a super prosperous New Year 2010 for you, your family and friends.

And to finish the year with a bit of fun please have a look at Massimo dancing video, below:

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I just wanted to take the opportunity to wish you a Very Happy Christmas.
Before we know it another year will be behind us and 2010 will be upon us. It seems like only yesterday when we were watching the Millennium celebrations. Heavens where does time go ?

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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 23 December 2009

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Free Coaching Calls from MaGa Coaching

MaGa coaching is announcing for the beginning of 2010 an exciting new opportunity of being coached for free during a monthly conference call.

MaGa Free Coaching Calls are ideal for those people that would like to check, at no cost, how professional coaching can help them in better running their business.

If you are interested please check the Free Coaching Call page and follow the instructions about how to benefit of this great opportunity.

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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 23 December 2009

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Keynote Speech at 209 Radio AGM

209 Radio AGM 2009 Presentation209 Radio is a community radio based in Cambridge city, broadcasting on 105 FM as well as offering casts on their web site. 209 Radio is a charity, all of its programming is dedicated to the local community and it rely entirely on volunteers.

Massimo Gaetani, MD of MaGa Coaching, was keynote speaker at their AGM held in October.   Following a number of conversation he had with 209 Radio management he chose the following title for his presentation:  “Team Work: inspiring, motivating and supporting success at 209 Radio“.

Team work is an essential component of success in most organisations and in this presentation, after a brief introduction to team work and essential key concepts of its advantages, Massimo highlighted how Team Coaching will help 209 Radio to move more steadily toward its success.

Please have a look at the speech in the three following videos:

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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 21 December 2009

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How coaching can help your business

Massimo Gaetani during the workshop

Massimo Gaetani during the workshop

The workshop “Coaching Skills for Business and Life” (CSBL), organised by MaGa Coaching,  was held on the 2 December at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre and once more it exceeded the original expectations of both organisers and delegates.

CSBL was developed, targeting owners of SME and professionals, to cover three main areas:

  • essential coaching tools and techniques to address typical hurdles that can affect your smooth day to day business and can seriously hinder your performance at work.
  • hints about maintaining focus and motivation high, both in yourself and the people you are managing
  • basic understanding of how stress, frustration and anxiety develop and a hints about avoiding them

A total of 7 entrepreneurs from business as diverse as software development, electrical services and low power computer manufacturing attended CSBL.  They all had the opportunity, throughout the workshop, to share their key topics and address different aspects of their work. They all managed to learn some valuable methodologies to assess and improve the way they run their businesses.

The workshop was delivered by Massimo Gaetani, Business and Executive Coach and Managing Director for MaGa coaching. Massimo was once more very impressed by the motivation and determination that was driving the group: the level of participation to the workshop and the exchange of ideas was stunning throughout the whole duration of the workshop. He commented:

“we delivered dense and fast paced content, offering broad variety of concepts that for most people were totally new: given their responses and feedback all delegates received key information that will have a strong impact on the way they run their respective companies. Given the success of this workshop we are now planning others in 2010.  Once more we had the proof that these workshops are excellent tools to connect and engage in highly targeted conversations with our audience, while helping them to boost the way they run their businesses”.

Maga Coaching offers qualified expert coaching services in Cambridge, nationally and internationally: whether you are a solopreneur, a professional or manager in a SME you will benefit of the top quality expertise and bespoke service offered by MaGa Coaching.

Please have a look at the video with some of the testimonials:


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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 4 December 2009

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Another success for Make More Money While Working Less workshop

mmmwwl200911The Make More Money While Working Less (MMMWWL) workshop was held on the 11 November at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre and once more it exceeded the original expectations of both organisers and delegates.

MMMWWL was developed, targeting owners of SME and professionals, to cover two main areas:

  • essential business management tools to better understand and quantify how one’s company is doing, offering several alternatives about how to improve profitability and reduce working hours at the same time;
  • essential coaching tools and techniques to address typical hurdles that can affect the smooth day to day business and can seriously hinder one’s performance at work.

A total of 7 entrepreneurs from business as diverse as graphic design, car finance and building attended the workshop. The various delegates had the opportunity, throughout the workshop, to share their key topics and address different aspects of their work.  They all managed to learn some valuable methodologies to assess and improve the way they run their businesses.

The workshop was delivered by Massimo Gaetani, Business and Executive Coach and Managing Director for MaGa coaching. Massimo was once more very impressed by the motivation and determination that was driving the group: the level of participation to the workshop and the exchange of ideas was very high for the whole duration of the workshop.  He commented:

“the content we delivered was dense and fast paced, offering broad variety of concepts: although each person arrived with a clear starting point for their own business they all received key information that will have a strong impact on the way they run their respective companies.  Given the success of this workshop we are now planning others in 2010 while we are still collecting participants for the next one planned for December.   Once more we had a proof that these workshops are an excellent tool to connect and engage in highly targeted conversations with our audience, while helping them to boost the way they run their businesses”.

Maga Coaching offers qualified expert coaching services in Cambridge, nationally and internationally: whether you are a solopreneur, a professional or manager in a SME you will benefit of the top quality expertise and bespoke service offered by MaGa Coaching.

Please have a look at the video with some of the testimonials:


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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 16 November 2009

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Two new exclusive workshops from MaGa Coaching

Please join us at the David Lloyd Leisure Centre on the 11 Nov 2009 and 2 Dec 2009 between 9:30 and 1:00pm for these exclusive workshops.  Each workshop will have a maximum of 12 participants so please book your place a.s.a.p. to avoid disappointment:

  • Make More Money While Working Less to address specific issues about how to better run a business and increase your profitability
  • Coaching Skills for Business and Life to learn how to better deal with various issues like motivation, procrastination, focus and direction.

MaGa workshops offer to all delegates the possibility of gaining hands-on experience on a broad range of topics.  The formula used by all of our workshops is to coach people toward the various topics explained rather being trained or lectured.

Please check our events page for more details book your place here.

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This post was written by MaGa Coaching on 19 October 2009

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