In the coaching community there is a lot talked about both psychological safety and trust. Both are fundamental concepts in the arena of coaching. In the same way that it is critical to understand the differences between authenticity and trust, it is important to understand the differences with these. Psychological Safety Is a group construct. […]
Time to Breathe
A short blog this month because there is so much information out there around self care, awareness, dealing with stress, being resilient and much more. It is easy to get overwhelmed by it all, especially if you are struggling to apply the appropriate filters. This is why we need time to breathe so
This is a topic I visit regularly becuase it is not just important, but becoming more important as time passes. To be clear, this doesn’t mean that people are being less authentic, but the external pressures are getting greater. The need to be faster in business and psychological factors around stress is putting pressure on […]
Navigating Challenging Environments
I refer to a previous blog of about a year ago, when I talked about leading in challenging environments. As I said before, far from workplace hostility and passive aggression ebbing away it seems to be on the rise in certain environments. I am getting more and more enquiries to coach in this […]
The Importance of Feedback
I found a really interesting article by Deborah Grayson Riegel on HBR today. She makes the point, “Reduced feedback, diminished external encouragement, and decreased interpersonal interaction don’t just take an emotional toll; they can take a toll on our work outcomes as well”. Whether it be
How Coaching Support Can Truly Have an Impact in Difficult Times
Professional coaches are professionals because they have a calling. They are not made, they are born and then they develop, honing their skills through training, experience, inner work and personal development. This is what
Patience & Resolve
I constantly keep reminding myself of this. It was the mantra of an old “Boss” of mine, which was his way of saying never give up, or keep the flame burning . Easily said, but not so easily done. Even as an experienced professional coach, I have to constantly keep
To Niche or not to Niche…. That is the Question
As we start 2020 more and people are getting involved with coaching. As the broadsheet newspapers have stated we are in the “Boom” time for coaching. One of the most difficult conundrums for any newly qualified coach while setting up their business is about “Niche” . Having been a coach for ten years now, this […]
Time poor – How do we maintain performance in the VUCA world ?
There are plenty of articles around time management and managing the complexity of life. As a coach, one of the areas I spend significant time is around helping leaders and executives maintain focus. There are so many distractions form work and media channels which make it less possible to focus on a daily basis. I […]
Truly Not Judging
I have posted many times about the theory and practice of non-judgement. I talk about the importance of not judging individuals. In my view judgement is OK for circumstances, events and situations but not people. I fear that in a very politicised and polarised society judgement of people is becoming way more prevalent. I have […]
Unseen Gender Bias ?
I was lucky enough to see a fascinating film “Red Joan” on the plane back from Qatar last week, chronicling the life of Melita Norwood, a Cambridge Science Undergraduate, who ended up working for the allied nuclear effort, and was befriended by communist political activists, being controlled by the KGB.
Short Interval Control & Coaching
Not necessarily a title you would expect to see in a coaching blog, but something I have been giving a lot of thought to recently. I am fortunate enough to do a lot of work as part of my consulting work . This generally includes an amount of group and or team coaching as well […]
Not Being Shy – Let’s Keep Talking
We live in interesting and uncertain times. As I referenced in my recent paper around having impact in hostile environments, we are far from self-actualised. Through the nineties, companies were working hard, to be more open, engaging and collegiate, but
Coaching or Leading in Challenging Environments
I thought I would dedicate this Blog post to coaching or leading in challenging environments, as I will be talking about this at the UK ICF Conference next week. I have decided to revisit the topic, even though I have covered it before. It seems to be becoming more relevant as the world is becoming […]
I was interested to read an article in this months HBR (Harvard Business Review) about giving feedback. It starts to question whether that giving feedback is one of the better tools in the management armoury. There is no doubt that giving a appropriate feedback can be very powerful in the right hands.
Coaching in Times of Great Uncertainty.
There is no doubt that we are in a time of great uncertainty with the geopolitical state in constant flux. I cannot recall a more dynamic situation in my lifetime. I am not going to talk about the VUCA world as I have touched on this before.
When is Coaching not Coaching ?
I often get asked what is the difference between coaching and other forms of performance related interactions? There are many ways in which we can have a positive influence on our clients. We can train them, where we are sharing information and validating their understanding in such a way that they can execute new work, […]
De-cluttering in a complex world.
To most people de-cluttering means removing physical items, either at home or at work. This could also be a process we do with our brains or minds. However, I got to think about this a different way, having read a recent article in the New York Times about freelancing. A staggering 47% of millennials are […]
Coaching in a Factional Culture
Life is getting more complex, with the rise of factionalism. I have referred to this in recent blogs. The geopolitical climate is generating more polarisation, and tribalism, which we see clearly on social media. This of course will filter down to business and the workplace. In turn this factionalism will reduce authenticity and create a […]
Minds Losing out to the Heart – Really ?
There was an interesting article in The Times this weekend by Max Hastings bringing to our attention the steady decline of deep thought. The tenet of his article, is around how we are “dumbing-down” with respect to deep research, academic rigour in respect to thoughts opinions and articles. He cited, the quick access/answer society, […]