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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 first it may be a surprise but when you think further this makes perfect sense. If you don’t have a strong… Continue reading “You’re all grown ups. Just get on with it.”

Who are you being at work? Identity and Authentic Leadership

Some people have a tendency to compartmentalise their personalities and identity. It’s like we are one person at work and another person elsewhere. Some do this consciously, others unconsciously. I strongly believe this is a big mistake when it comes to leadership. I’m not talking about maintaining privacy and not over-disclosing, that’s just good sense.… Continue reading Who are you being at work? Identity and Authentic Leadership

Stressed executives often need to make big decisions. What should concern us isn’t what you think

When speaking about the impact of stress on the leadership population at last week’s Trusted Coach Directory event, there were quite a few surprised faces when I shared something quite counterintuitive about stress and decision making. You would think that under stress we would get more cautious wouldn’t you? Wrong.  We certainly become more cautious of others… Continue reading Stressed executives often need to make big decisions. What should concern us isn’t what you think

Does stuff from work contaminate your family time? Here’s one solution

Many a time I’ve had clients talk to me about how upset they become that they allow their work to impact badly their family. They’re stressed at work or just have a lot on their mind at the time. They might think they’re fine but before they know it they’ve snapped at the kids or been short… Continue reading Does stuff from work contaminate your family time? Here’s one solution

Leaders. What should you be focussing on in your own development?

You may have heard about the Johari window before. It seems to be most often used to frame feedback discussions. I certainly learned it as a tool to frame 360° feedback reports and left it there. It was only later I realised how incredible this tool is for examining how a leader leads and where… Continue reading Leaders. What should you be focussing on in your own development?