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Benefits of coaching to the coach - available to all?

Over many years I've listened to coaches who are passionate about learning coaching skills, that inspired them with confidence to go and help others. That's marvellous, but what if others aren't ready to be helped through coaching? They don’t feel re...

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Back to Work Doesn’t Have to Be Back To The Grind

Just as August gives way to September and the familiarity of autumn, returning to work after a break allows us an opportunity to reconnect with our work, examine our feelings of familiarity and approach our leadership anew. Rejuvenation If we don’...

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The Perils of Friendliness

I was reading an article in the Coaching Psychologist on the way to a client this morning.  The article reported some research into whether client factors – described as clients’ “core self-evaluations” - are a significant factor in the effective...

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Confused by what's going on in your life? Maybe you need a developmental perspective.

Jean Piaget (1896–1980) was the father of developmental stage theory but he originally thought that cognitive development stopped once you became an adult. Not so! We continue to develop ‘vertically’ if we are challenged by new circumstances. Where ...

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Repetition, Misunderstandings and Repetition

One of the situations leaders frequently face is repeatedly telling stakeholders the same things. Often leaders ascribe this to their direct reports and other staff not sufficiently understanding the task and instructions being set. But sometimes, often i...

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Untangling - with a 'Clean' approach to Supervision

Sam (not their real name): I have a client who sort of outmanoeuvres me; she keeps telling me what to do, how I could be running the sessions.  We’ve had three now but it’s sort of unsettling. Ken: And is there anything else about telling you what...

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Kindness in life, at work in being

Our capacity to give to another, to think of other’s needs before own and to love is the essence of being human. Such inner resources are our greatest wealth. It doesn’t cost anything to be kind in life, at work, in being. Kindness in life Being k...

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Managing Transition to Facilitate Change

Transitions are tough on everyone including senior executives, who we tend to assume are experienced enough to cope on their own. We need to support everyone through transitions, but especially senior executives, where the ripple effect is the greatest, b...

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Push vs Pull

If we are open and willing to learn, life has a way of teaching us by pulling us towards something. On my way down to London (again) recently, I got to thinking about pushing and pulling amongst all the jostling in airport security. It struck me, ...

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What do you think of it so far?

A business I was working with recently had been experiencing the impact of some personality clashes within their office team and, in one case, there was a call for some mediation to take place. I was quite looking forward to it. I do enjoy a bit of mediat...

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