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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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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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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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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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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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Passive Agression

More than ever in the times of rapid change, we need to be self aware, and avoid a situation which could lead us to be passive aggressive. Most of us can recognise it in others, but can we recognise it in ourselves ? It does not have to be directly manipulative or overtly aggressive, it […]

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Avoiding Conflict in Dialogues

Avoiding conflict is difficult when you have strong views or opinions. Sales people will tell you that while you are talking you are negotiating. This is important when we are having difficult dialogues, especially when those we are talking to, are likely to have opposing views. How do we keep these discussions “Above the Line” […]

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Getting Ahead

Getting ahead is critical in both life and the business world. I have used my coaching techniques and my increased self awareness to drive myself quite literally. My passion for motorsport will be obvious from my site. I have been racing for 5 years now and have been gradually making progress up the rankings. However, […]

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One for the Weekend

I heard a great quote in the film, “The second great exotic Marigold Hotel” , by Dame Judi Dench. She said that, “It is a fine line between what we want and what we fear”. This really resonated with me. Quite often what we want, is what we crave, something special, but it is so […]

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Gremlins (Your Inner Critic)

We all have gremlins, sometimes known as our inner critical voice. Howe we deal with these is important to our personal performance. These gremlins are energy blockers that hold us back from working effectively. If left these can fester and magnify. Knowing how to deal with these is the key to success. There are high […]

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Unintended Consequences

It is difficult to understand what the VW leadership were thinking about, when they decided to devise a software system that was designed to fool the emissions testing regime. Now the deception is out, it is likely that this will rumble on, and be costly for the Company in all dimensions, not only in actual […]

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Long Days

I am doing some long days at the moment, and as you get older, it gets harder. However this is not an issue if you stay positive and work with your anabolic ( life giving and building) energy. 

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Winning Form

The driver of Car 77 finally gets onto the top step of the podium. The difference between this win, and my other previous places was the power of positive thought and anabolic energy. I was ready to go home after the second race due to a long weekend and fatigue. However, I centered myself in […]

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Giving Feedback

Giving effective and honest feedback can be one of the most powerful ways of helping friends and colleagues. The keywords are honest and fair. Feedback should never be used as a weapon against people, or in retaliation. Sometimes we don’t always feel comfortable in giving honest feedback to our friends when asked, for fear of […]

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Too Hasty to Judge

I stumbled across an interesting article on the BBC website, about how there is a small section of society who are unable to feel or show emotion. http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150818-what-is-it-like-to-have-never-felt-an-emotion This can have a significant effect for them about building effective relations, and getting on with life. It got me thinking, about how society reacts. There is […]

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Mentoring

A great example of mentoring and leadership in the article.  Whoever we are we all need coaching and guidance, and if we are lucky enough to get it early in our careers. The more receptive we are to this, the better the outcome. There is a difference between coaching and mentoring. Mentoring involves an experience […]

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Win-Win

There is a lot of talk about win-win, but what does this really mean, and how to we get to this holy grail in our work or negotiations. It is critical that we get the results we desire to move forward.  I have given this thought, and tried to put this in my own context […]

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“Lean” , Simple & The Power of Visual Management

Just went to pick up some currency for my holiday, and the lady in the booth did a very smart thing. Instead of just counting it in her hand, she laid it out in a logical grid, by denomination so it was easy for me to see the total, before she re-counted and handed it […]

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Leadership vs. Bullying

An interesting article on the BBC (see link) on why bullies flourish in the workplace. http://www.bbc.com/capital/story/20150108-why-bosses-keep-bullies-around Unfortunately this is the critical reality of the workplace. Bosses don’t necessarily deliberately let this environment flourish, it tends to be passive rather than active. Bosses take the path of least resistance, and for the reasons given in the […]

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