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 […]
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 […]
Keeping Your Best Employees.
This is an often talked about subject, and there is no doubt that the sands are shifting in terms of what employees want. It is quite clear that it is not all about money and financial benefits, certainly with the younger generations.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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” […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]