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7 ways that coaches could DAMPEN the spark of creativty

One would think that any and all kind of coaching activity would encourage creativity in those embarking on it. But I am not so sure about that. I suspect most coaches intend to encourage creative thinking in their coachees, but there are a number of reas...

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Mentor Coaching is for Life, not just Credentialing

Mentor coaching.  What is that?  Have you even heard of it?  Like coaching, it is often misunderstood. Mentor coaching is ‘observed coaching with feedback against a set of competencies, that sharpens the coach’s all-round presence’ (Norman, 20...

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Using the Wheel of Life to Look at Where you are Currently and Where You Would Like to Be

Using the Wheel of Life may be a useful starting point it can enable you to look at where you are currently and where you would like to be. ‘My true self vs My ideal self’ Boyatsis , R E & Akrivou,K, (2006) - The ideal self as the driver of change...

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Physician Heal Thyself

A long, long time ago, when I first trained to be a coach, I remember one particular exercise I and my fellow trainees were asked to undertake.  It was very simple and very powerful and has stayed with me ever since.  In pairs, unsurprisingly, one of us...

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When can we expect coaches to be replaced by Robots?

It may have taken 26 years, but I was delighted to attend the EMCC’s first UK based conference on 16 January - the topic was ‘future proofing your practice’.  There were many enjoyable elements to the day, the networking, the breakout sessions but ...

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Why Ask?

Why ask? As leaders we can often feel like we need to provide answers and give good advice.   Using our experience and skills in this way provides value added for the organisation, and to a certain extent helps us to feel good about ourselves as we f...

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Confessions of a supervisor

I must confess, when I am supervising groups of coaches I sometimes come away somewhat disappointed.  All too often the coaches come from one of two stances.  They either come in 'lazy mode', where they haven't reflected on their own work but come inste...

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Why Does Mindset Matter in Leadership?

“Whether you think you can or think you can’t — you’re right,” said Henry Ford. I believe Henry Ford was speaking about a term called Mindset: whether you believe that qualities such as intelligence and talent are fixed, or can be developed. ...

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You don't have to HAVE BEEN successful to BE successful. 

You don't have to HAVE BEEN successful to BE successful.  THE PAST DOES NOT EQUAL THE FUTURE!  Sometimes we just need to get out of our own way.  I work with women, entrepreneurs and leaders, and I run my own business. I would be rich beyond m...

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Under My Umbrella

How can you cope when your boss provides you with less than ideal conditions to thrive and perform at your best? When you take a leadership position, it is often with a mixture of excitement and a little bit of fear, “Will I be successful?’  You s...

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