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So your company needs you to find quality executive coaches

So your company needs you to find quality executive coaches

“So you need to find an executive coach.” That’s what the first episode of The Coaching Question was about but on listening again I wanted to add a few things. I wanted to give some data also as to how people find coaches. This research comes from the 2019 Sherpa...

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A Great Training Robbery? How Team Coaching helps.

A Great Training Robbery? How Team Coaching helps.

I was thinking about an upcoming webinar and for some reason felt compelled to re-read an article, ‘The Great Training Robbery’ but I wasn’t sure why. Funny how our unconscious does that, serving up things that are relevant even though we’re not consciously aware why....

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Get clear on purpose – leadership 101

Get clear on purpose – leadership 101

It’s very rare in my experience that a coaching engagement doesn’t involve the area of purpose. It may be more personal issue- “What’s your purpose?” as in “Why are you on the planet?”, but more often in my work it’s in an organisational context - “Whats the purpose...

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Leading high performing teams

Leading high performing teams

This is a really simple thing to do that can make an INCREDIBLE difference to the long term performance of your team. Are you a learning organisation? I often hear “We’re a learning organisation” but sometimes when I test this, that’s not actually what I see on the...

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Coaching for Change – You’ve got to get to Meaning

Coaching for Change – You’ve got to get to Meaning

I had this great maths teacher at high school. I wasn’t a natural mathematics student but his enthusiasm meant that his classes were really enjoyable. His name was Mr Zitkus - over six foot tall with big saucer-like eyes and a booming voice. One day he put up an...

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The Wisdom of Winnie the Pooh

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...

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Developmental coaching – why is it different?

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?

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Developing Awareness – External Triggers

Developing Awareness – External 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...

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Benefits of coaching – Transforming Relationships

Benefits of coaching – 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...

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Where will the coaches be when the world is burning?

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...

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