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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 […]

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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, […]

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Peaks & Troughs

I was in an interesting conversation with an associate the other day. She had explained that her business was going well, but  she was experiencing some extreme “mood” swings to use her words. However, I had chance to reflect on this, and actually think what she was experiencing was rapid fluctuations in energy. As I […]

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The Devil Is In The Detail – It Certainly Is

Having coached numerous leaders and executives over the years, there is a clear pattern of top performance. The most effective leaders can clearly differentiate between when detail is required and when it isn’t. I find this is analogous between either looking from the perspective of being in the helicopter, or looking from a position where […]

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Having Powerful Conversations

It was a real pleasure to be given the opportunity to speak at the BWN (Business Women’s Network) in Colchester last week.  The group was lively, interactive and hungry to learn.  The subject matter was not about how to sell or  gain business, but  use both your cognitive and emotional skills to structure a conversation […]

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The Power of Coaching Diversity

It was really energising to attend a CPD event organised by the Cabinet Office last week. It was foremost a programme review, for all the coaches who are coaching  the current cohort of  government high potentials.  There were some great speakers their too, with different backgrounds ranging from manufacturing, engineering, fashion, commerce, facilities management and […]

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Connecting Multiple Dimensions

We can’t underestimate the importance of connections when we are coaching for transformation, whether it be individuals, teams or groups. We will never achieve sustainable transformation, by only working on one dimension. All successful transformations have key multiple dimensions. As I have mentioned in more detail within the link,  cultural transformation can only  properly delivered […]

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Change Management

I just delivered a 3 day module for an eMBA course,  on ” Change Management” and it had me really thinking. Firstly the levels of engagement were really high from all the students. I have talked about  VUCA , and the rate of change numerous times before, but the changing world is real and is […]

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Personal Expectations Misalignment

I read a recent article from the US. It was written from a “Faith” background and was discussing the thorny subject of marriage failure. There were the usual discussion points around money, sex, at the high levels, and other disagreements further down the order. However it postulated that the main reason for marriage failure was […]

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Team Coaching Reflections

I am currently involved in a large consulting engagement that involves a significant level of coaching at senior levels. It also involves some local coach training, both individual and group. I thought I would share some reflections on these types of coaching because away from the specific coaching techniques, ethics and confidentiality, there are some […]

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Trust – Different Things to Different People

I had occasion to think about what “Trust” really meant yesterday. I am working in Russia and it has some significant cultural differences to what I am used to in the UK. We spend a lot of time talking about building trust, as it is important and fundamental in the coaching arena. I experienced what […]

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A Rapidly Change World

  I am back from a very interesting and thoroughly engaging conference. The Future of Work or FOW London last week had a great combination of senior business leaders and high end thinkers. There was a very wide range of topics from working in the gig economy, impacts of “robotisation” and creative collaboration, to job […]

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Systemic Team Coaching

I listened to a brilliant talk by Peter Hawkins yesterday of both Renewal Associates and Henley Business School. His point was clear, we are clearly in the VUCA world now and it is accelerating. He has interviewed CEO’s and business leaders, and they have confirmed VUCA as the new reality. We need some radical thinking […]

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Mental Health

As we start the week that is “Mental Health Awareness Week“, there have already been great recent initiatives on this. Princes Harry and William with their openness and support for recent UK events like the London Marathon. Raising awareness is the first step of the journey. It is more prevalent than ever in this VUCA […]

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How do you coach for “Transformation”

  There is significant discussion about “Transformation“, specifically  cultural transformation. I regularly go into  consulting clients, and they ask for the “Cultural Transformation” magic bullet.  I politely remind them that there is no magic bullet. Firstly. I tell them that I can facilitate the transformation, but they have to do it themselves. If they don’t […]

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Working on our Skill Set

I recently came across a great quotation, “Successful People work on the skill set and don’t rely on their talent”. This is directly linked to coaching because in order to truly work on our skill set, we need to be both driven, and self-aware. These are two key elements that coaching clients have in abundance. The […]

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Collaboration

  I have to say the Friday Feeling is particularly good today. My son has turned 18, and we will be celebrating tonight. At these times, we talk about physical and emotional maturity, however collaboration is critical to everything we do. One element that exists in families is “unconditional collaboration”. We underestimate the power of unconditional […]

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Energy Leadership

I have been reflecting on “Energy” recently mainly in the context  of Leadership. The ELI or Energy Leadership Index Assessment is one of the powerful tools the iPEC trained coaches can use as a pre-cursor to a powerful coaching relationship. The process involves understanding how we show up in the world relative to our ARL […]

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Challenging Respectively

  Being able to challenge in a respectful way is an underrated and under utilised skill. It is interesting to see how social media is developing. Its intent to let everyone publish, is having some positive effects. There are of course some of the obvious adverse affects such as “Public Ranting” , and “Jingoistic Language”. However I […]

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