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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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Having a Strong Network

  Having a strong network in coaching is as as important as any part of your personal or business life. We all know that networks have become increasingly more important, especially with remote working, and the reduction in direct social contact on a daily basis. So how do we maintain an effective network ? The […]

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Authenticity

I have written about authenticity before. I am writing this post in the context of balance. There seems to be significant copy in social media about the positives and negatives of coaching. Some are extremely positive, with very positive and life changing experiences. Some bloggers are less happy, thinking that the coaching industry, and they […]

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Heart vs. Head

It is funny what a major life changing event can do. Since setting up on my own, I have had numerous dialogues with friends, associates, ex-colleagues who wanted to understand my decision making process, because they are considering it too. I enjoy working at what I call the “Helicopter” level, where you look down from above […]

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Making the right decision

The festive break is always a time for reflection. Quite often we ask the question what we are doing, or are we in the right job ? This is good, but we also need to be careful of the “lemming effect”, where we are considering a move because others are considering it. This is sometimes known as […]

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Starting on the right path

We are now at the time where most of us will be gearing up for a fresh start in 2017. Some have said that with changing geopolitical landscape that 2016 was a bad year. I think this is very difficult to calibrate or judge, and is totally dependent on the “Minds Eye” or the lens […]

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Staying Chilled at Xmas

We know that Xmas can be a time of festivity and fun, but it can also be stressful for some. The whole occasion creates massive expectations  for those involved, and emotions can run high. If you feel getting into this zone, take a time out. I find listening to relaxing music or meditation, or going […]

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Collaboration

Collaboration is a much used term these days, some say over used ? So what does it really mean ? I like to have my own clear definition, which is the unconditional sharing of information or giving / receiving help or support for the mutual benefit of all parties. The key word here is unconditional, […]

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Digging Deep

I mentioned in an earlier post that is important fro me to “dig deep”, as I start my new business. I have found that this is a rewarding experience. When you dig internally to different levels you have not experienced before, you discover qualities that you thought you did not have.  These newer found qualities […]

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Week One

Just starting “Week One” of my new totally independent career. it is a mixture of all emotions from minor fear to total excitement. Leaving a  secure job was a bold move, but I believe the right one for me. I will have to dig deep and rely on my coaching skills, self awareness to stay […]

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Energy Boost – Taking Time to Talk

I happened to be in London the other week, and I was walking back from a meeting at the end of the day towards Piccadilly Circus Tube Station. I find the heart of London a magical place at this time of year, particularly before Christmas and as it goes dusk. I had a moment before […]

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