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Who - or what - is pressing your buttons?

"When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier" Roy Disney   Thursday 18th October is 'World Values Day'. It's an ideal opportunity to stop and take the time to think about your most deeply held values. What are Values?...

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"You are not listening to me!"

People long to be heard by others, yet listening in a way that ensures that the speaker feels understood is hard to do and rarely encountered.  Why is that?  The riposte, ‘you are not listening to me!’ often comes when an individual has expressed ne...

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The Power of Dialogue in Coaching

Have you ever been in the situation where someone said something that made you so angry that you reacted defensively?  I have.  It is usually when I feel that either I am or someone close to me is being criticised unfairly…in my opinion.  My reaction...

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"You don't need eyes to see, you need vision." Maxi Jazz

Inspiration comes from many sources... who'd have thought the dance band Faithless would inspire me to create a blog? The title of the blog is taken from one of their songs and it got me thinking about vision and leadership, and what we really see with ou...

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What Matters Most

“One dark night a plane crashed in Florida. Over 100 people were killed. It was just 20 miles from safety. After the accident, investigators tried to determine the cause. The landing gear had indeed lowered properly.  The plane was in perfect condit...

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Getting out of the corner

Sue was feeling really stuck with feelings of inadequacy in her new role. Despite a string of qualifications and plenty of experience, she was fundamentally worried that she wasn't up to the demands of her recent promotion. We used an exercise based on Cl...

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How Clean Language helped Mary

One of the issues Mary wanted to deal with when working with me was that she felt overlooked in meetings and struggled to get across her point of view. In particular she felt very intimidated by some senior men in her organisation, whom I will kindly des...

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How's your physical health?

When you work with an executive coach, you will probably be looking at high level skills such as negotiation, strategy, innovation and all aspects of what you might call 'people management'. This is very important and the changes you may make in these are...

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How to have an effective meeting...

What does it take to have an impact in a meeting… When I reflect back on my own experience my approach to meetings developed.  I showed up differently to different meetings and noticed my impact was different as a result. I spent the first 18 years...

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Unconditional Positive Regard

In my last discourse, I discussed ‘Empathy’ as being one of the three core conditions of a successful coaching relationship.  It was Carl Rogers (1) who suggested employing this, along with ‘Unconditional Positive Regard’ and ‘Congruence’ as ...

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