Category: Coaching

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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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Staying on Top

I am sharing a great link from the Huffington Post about self care and looking out for ourselves. A simple 6 point self check to ensure we are fit always for what we are doing and how we present ourselves. The point about doing things we enjoy, which are not directly related to work, particularly […]

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Faking

A very interesting article in The Times this weekend .  “All sorts of psychopaths, congenital liars and Machiavellian schemers could be slipping through the net of psychometric testing with disastrous effects scientists have warned. The classic “Big Five” traits used by psychologists to measure personality – extroversion, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness and neuroticism – are said […]

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Complexity vs Simplicity

If we have a think about the vexing question of Greece’s mounting debt , repayments to the EU it looks like a very complex, involved political problem. However, when we start to look at the principles and values at stake the discussion could be a lot simpler. If we join a club (EU) and we […]

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FIFA

Well as the situation with FIFA unfolds, and the organisation continues to unravel itself, we can see the power of truth, authenticity and trust which are the key attributes of what we believe in within coaching. It was only a matter of time before the truth began to surface, and one can only imagine the […]

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Sun Rising

Not quite sun rising over the blue ocean, but a lovely sunrise over Copenhagen harbour. We can see construction cranes building, as we see in most places now as the economy builds

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Do Accidents Happen ?

This is a moot point. The word implies that things can happen which are out of our control. For years the British Police Force have been trying to change the anacronym RTA meaning Road Traffic Accident to RTI for Road Traffic Incident because accidents don’t just happen, they are made. Incidents happen when we take […]

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Effective Coaching

We are all living a very volatile environment. This puts pressure on us, because it is not easy to deal with perpetual change.  This effect can cause us to retrench, or into survival mode, similar to the base of the Maslow Pyramid. This could be the time when we are the most vulnerable, and need […]

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Toxicity

I saw this post from www.entrepeneur.com today. This really puts some perspective on the negative, debilitating and catabolic energy that can be around, and engulf you. http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/246016

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Science helps define Human Problems

Stress is often talked about. In the scientific world stress has the same definition as pressure, which is force/area. We talk about the stresses of life, which is similar to science. We have to deal with intellectual, personal, relationship, and financial forces. These forces can be internal and external. Our ability to cope with these […]

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Focus

Well I am here at Brands Hatch which will be an awesome weekend of close racing. A lot has been going through my mind recently with work, and offspring doing critical exams. Racing allows me to both escape and really focus hard on the end result. All my energy has to focus on a short […]

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