The Wisdom of Winnie the Pooh

Rabbit said, “Honey or condensed milk with your bread?”  Winnie the Pooh was so excited that he said, `Both!’ and then, so as not to seem greedy, he added, "But don't bother about the bread, please." At 54 I still love Winnie the Pooh. He was a regular at my bedside as a child and… Continue reading The Wisdom of Winnie the Pooh

Developmental coaching – why is it different?

What’s the shape of your brain at the moment? This may seem like a strange question and not one that a coach is likely to ask directly. But this is what we’re asking in developmental coaching, along with others like how does this ‘brain shape’ fit your role or the role you aspire to? Are you in transition? What happens to you under stress?

Developing Awareness – Triggers

In my last post I talked about a client who had been unaware of a serious problem perceived by his boss. Of course it’s not uncommon that a CEO has a perspective as yet unavailable to others in their organisation. A leader being informed of a deficit is often the kick-off point for some coaching.… Continue reading Developing Awareness – Triggers

Transforming Relationships

One of the CEO’s direct reports had reached a ceiling. They were blocking the leadership pipeline. What was to be done? I was in conversation with another executive coach. We were sharing success stories in terms of what the organisation got out of it, not just the persons being coached. It came to me that… Continue reading Transforming Relationships

Where will the coaches be when the world is burning?

After the financial crash, Peter Hawkins rightly asked “What were the coaches doing while the banks were burning?” His point is valid. Undoubtedly, a percentage of those involved in creating the conditions of the crash did have coaches. Ethics is a topic I’ve certainly been considering more over the past year and it’s a topic that has arisen regularly… Continue reading Where will the coaches be when the world is burning?

Derailment – The (mostly) ignored phenomenon that hurts us all

In 1988 a train driver ignored a red light and a horn warning. The resultant derailment caused 5 deaths, and 13 injuries. This was the Clapham rail disaster In 1997 the Southall rail crash caused 7 deaths and 139 injuries. Again, a driver failed to stop at a red light. Great Western Trains received a… Continue reading Derailment – The (mostly) ignored phenomenon that hurts us all

Context is king in team coaching

It’s accepted that organisations will perform to a higher level when their leaders work effectively as a team. Good teamwork creates synergy, where the combined effort of the team is greater than the sum of each individual’s effort. An effective leadership team utilise their different perspectives, experience and skills to solve the increasingly complex problems facing… Continue reading Context is king in team coaching

Are you or your people unknowingly helpless?

In 1967, the famous psychologist Martin Seligman and a colleague started a series of experiments looking at how a perceived lack of control relates to depression and mental illness. Sadly this involved giving electric shocks to dogs and as a dog owner I’m glad to say that ethical considerations have changed since the ‘60s. Thanks in part… Continue reading Are you or your people unknowingly helpless?

“You’re all grown ups. Just get on with it.”

I surprised a colleague the other day when I shared Ruth Wageman’s research conclusion that “(leadership) teams do not improve markedly even if all of their members receive individual coaching to develop their personal abilities”. At firstit may be a surprise but when you think further this makes perfect sense. If you don’t have a strong team… Continue reading “You’re all grown ups. Just get on with it.”