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  • Emotions in Coaching
504, 2021

Working with Feelings in Coaching

By |April 5, 2021|Categories: Coach Development|

We are feeling creatures that think, not thinking creatures that feel. The Gry-LaViolette (1981) scientific research, which integrated psychology and neurophysiology, articulated that feelings organise thoughts and that thoughts are filed in our memory bank according to the various “shades” of feelings associated with them. The conclusion of this work is that the mind, with its thoughts, is driven by those feelings. Each feeling is the cumulative derivative of ...

  • Coaching Leaders Through Uncertainty
1703, 2021

Coaching Leaders through Uncertainty

By |March 17, 2021|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

The Agile Centre is a leading provider of Agile consultancy, assessments, training and business services and I recently had the great pleasure to speak at one of their regular Meetups to talk about Coaching Leaders through Uncertainty. You can watch the full webinar here:  Here is an overview of the presentation: The Growth of Coaching In 2020, the International Coaching Federation (ICF) published its fourth ...

2502, 2021

A Picture Paints a 1000 Words: The Power of Metaphor

By |February 25, 2021|Categories: Coach Development|

Metaphor can be powerful in coaching. It is part of ICF Core Competency 7, Evoking Awareness, a competency that I often sense is least used and yet can bring powerful insight and new thinking more quickly. Let's explore what it is, why it is so useful in coaching and how coaches, and indeed anyone, might use metaphor to deepen awareness and facilitate insight. What is a metaphor? The word ...

1502, 2021

Are You Creating a Thinking Environment?

By |February 15, 2021|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Drawing upon coaching psychology to help leaders navigate the “new normal” This article draws upon the book, Becoming a Coach, authored by Tracy Sinclair and Jonathan Passmore and seeks to highlight the benefits and application of a particular coach approach and how it can be applied to leadership. Integrating coach approaches to leadership can be very valuable, especially when it comes to more successfully navigating times of challenge and ...

3101, 2021

Coaching Maturity: Our Philosophy

By |January 31, 2021|Categories: Coach Development|

As we have been planning programming for 2021, it's caused us to reflect upon our overarching philosophy and approach to coach development and maturity—which underpins and positions how and why these programmes have been created. Understanding our underlying philosophy will help you get to know us and how we work a little better and why we've structured our programmes the way we do. Our philosophy of Coach Maturity As ...

2501, 2021

Do We Have What it Takes?

By |January 25, 2021|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Day after day, I see a plethora of articles, blogs and podcasts sharing ideas and suggestions for how to navigate the pandemic and its multiple consequences. In fact, I have also offered a few of my own. However, the question I am sitting with is: how could we possibly know what to do? We have never in living memory experienced anything of the scale, magnitude and impact of this ...

301, 2021

Celebrate What Is Right With Your World

By |January 3, 2021|Categories: Coach Development|

Welcome to 2021! What a year 2020 has been. Last year I wrote about ‘New Starts and New Beginnings’ and this year I would still encourage you to do that exercise again, however, I felt this year I would also invite you to celebrate ... Celebrate what is right with your world! I have taken the phrase from a wonderful National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones (www.dewittjones.com), who has an ...

2012, 2020

A New Kind of Leadership

By |December 20, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Well, this has certainly been a year to remember... so many challenges, so many changes... and so fast. In many ways, our world is almost unrecognisable compared to this time last year. We have new norms around how we work, where we work and what work we do – or not do, as the case may be. Organisations and professions are dying, and others are being born, almost overnight. ...

  • Coaching during Covid
612, 2020

Coaching During Covid: A Case Study

By |December 6, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations, Coaching with Conscience|

Supporting frontline key worker with coaching Coaching with Conscience exists to have a positive impact on society and our environment through coaching. We believe that every organisation should have access to high-quality coaching, and we specialise in offering coaching and coaching related services in support of positive social impact and social progress. By mid-March 2020, the strain of dealing with COVID-19 on frontline key workers was already very ...

1711, 2020

Agile and ICF Coaching – A Perfect Marriage?

By |November 17, 2020|Categories: Coach Development, Coaching in Organisations|

Having noticed an increased in the number of Agile Coaches coming to my ICF-Accredited coach training programmes, I decided to do some exploration of these two professional paths to understand what appears to be an interesting and complementary relationship. What is Agile Coaching? The Agile Coaching Institute defines Agile Coaching as “a collaboration with people in a thought provoking and creative journey using coaching approaches with an agile mindset ...

3010, 2020

The Icing on the Coaching Cake

By |October 30, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

Imagine eating a lovely piece of carrot cake with no icing. It’s a good, well-made cake. There is a thin filling of icing in the middle. When we finish eating, we are full, but are we satisfied? There is something missing… It’s a bit like that when we don’t have a really well-established session agreement (sometimes known as ‘contracting’). So, how do you make sure your coaching session is ...

2110, 2020

Great Coaching Conversations in Your Organisation

By |October 21, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

6 Key Skills “Organizations have embraced the practice of coaching to grow their human capital and advance their goals and mission. Managers and leaders who use the coach approach to management and leadership are better equipped to develop their team members’ value to their organizations, as well as influence their career paths” This quote from recent research conducted by the International Coaching Federation (ICF)* confirms the ongoing development and ...

410, 2020

A Pathway for Growth

By |October 4, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

One of my favourite aspects of coaching psychology is the area of beliefs. I am fascinated by the concept of how several beliefs can cluster together around a core belief that seems to sit at the top of a hierarchy and yet is often hidden, nestled amongst those other supporting beliefs that seem almost to be seeking to hide and protect the central stem of that particular belief system. ...

2109, 2020

It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint

By |September 21, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Back at the beginning of 2020, one could have been forgiven for thinking that COVID-19 was a worrying and yet soon-to-pass experience. With multiple efforts, adjustments and changes to more or less every aspect of our lives, it started to appear as though we were turning a corner and getting control of the pandemic… As of today, various parts of the world are now preparing for or engaging with ...

609, 2020

We speak the same language… don’t we?

By |September 6, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

As a coach, have you ever had a client look at you strangely or ask you to repeat a question? As a mentor, I listen to many coaching session recordings. Often in these situations, I notice that the ‘language’ the two people are using is not necessarily in synch. Let's take a look at the way we use language as coaches and where the ‘language of coaching’ may trip ...

2308, 2020

The Coach Approach

By |August 23, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Many organisations have adopted the practice of coaching to support the engagement, development and performance of their employees. According to research by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), 83% of organisations surveyed plan to extend the scope of their managers and leaders using coaching skills during the next five years (see references). With the use of coaching skills by managers and leaders now forming a significant sector of the field ...

308, 2020

An Introduction to the Updated ICF Core Competency Model

By |August 3, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

Background The International Coaching Federation (ICF) is the world’s largest organisation of professionally trained coaches, with members in more than 140 countries worldwide and over 30,000 credential holders across more than 125 countries. The organisation was first established in 1995 to provide a space for all coaches to support each other’s development and help expand the profession of coaching. The ICF has grown rapidly during the past two decades, ...

  • Becoming a Coach Book
2307, 2020

A New Book for Your Coach Development

By |July 23, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

As you know, Hilary and I are both passionate about continuous growth and learning as coaches. Well, I will share more of my insights to help you mature as a coach in a forthcoming book co-written with psychologist and coach Jonathan Passmore. Becoming a Coach: The Essential ICF Guide is for a coach of any experience level. Not only does it provide a strong foundation for coaching basics and ...

  • Choosing Between Two Directions
607, 2020

The Power and Importance of Choice

By |July 6, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

Choice: An act or the possibility of choosing between two or more options. Over the last few weeks, the word choice has been coming up for me and I wondered what it was saying to me. The reason it became so important during the last six weeks was that at the beginning of May, one day before my big birthday, I tripped on the Thames tow path and ended ...

  • Build Back Better
1506, 2020

Build Back Better

By |June 15, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

For the last few months, I've offered an invitation for individuals and organisations to carefully consider how they engage with and respond to the effects and implications of COVID-19 on their own lives and their organisations. Much of what I have read on this topic references terms such as: “post trauma” and “disaster recovery” and it doesn’t take much to see that this is a monumental experience for the ...

206, 2020

Embodying a Coaching Mindset

By |June 2, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

The International Coaching Federation (ICF) has introduced an updated Core Competency Model that comes into force in January 2021. The model sees the introduction of a brand-new competency: Embodies a Coaching Mindset. This addition underlines the need for coaches to consider how they are ‘being’ as well as what they are ‘doing’ when coaching. This blog will provide you with the details of this competency and will also give ...

1805, 2020

Will you create your new normal…or have it thrust upon you?

By |May 18, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

In last month’s post, I talked about leading towards the new normal and how the most effective leaders that I have been coaching all have one eye on dealing with getting through the current situation and the other eye firmly focused on the future. A key question they are contemplating is: How can I create the new normal and proactively design it rather than just wait for it to ...

  • Setting good habits during times of crisis
405, 2020

Habits and Routines During Times of Crisis

By |May 4, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

Over the last four weeks, I have created and delivered several webinars for my clients’ employees and for small business managers and directors on "How to transition to working at home and stay sane!". I specifically used the phrase "working at home" rather than "working from home" as I see a significant difference between the two. When people normally work at an office, and have a "working from home" ...

1904, 2020

Business as Unusual

By |April 19, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Leadership stories from navigating the COVID-19 crisis One of my coaching clients said to me recently: “There’s no guidebook for how to lead during something like this”. Well, whilst there are some materials and theories for crisis leadership when an organisation is in crisis, they don’t seem to quite cover the scope of the global crisis we find ourselves in with COVID-19. The theme of most of my coaching ...

604, 2020

Coaching with Conscience – the New “Normal”

By |April 6, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations, Coaching with Conscience|

About a year ago, I wrote an article called “Could coaching save the world?” where I shared observations of what I might now call “societal strain” and how I felt that coaching was so well placed to meet an important need in the world. Fast track to today, the world is already unrecognisable in so many ways as a result of COVID-19. Thousands of people have lost jobs, we ...

1603, 2020

Needs, Triggers, Change and Coaching Culture

By |March 16, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

How we respond or react to something often indicates a need that is either being or not being met. This is sometimes called Stimulus-Response theory. We may get triggered by something someone is doing or saying (a stimulus) which reminds us consciously or unconsciously of something (pleasant or painful, positive or negative) leading to our response. These triggers will have their origins in the past and sometimes in growing ...

203, 2020

ICF Code of Ethics Update

By |March 2, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

View the ICF Code of Ethics Every 3-5 years the International Coaching Federation (ICF) reviews the Code of Ethics to ensure that they continue to be fit for purpose, modern and take into account the changing landscape of the coaching world. In addition, any complaints that have been received globally during the intervening years are reviewed to ensure that any ethical issues arising also were taken into account. Starting ...

302, 2020

The Science and the Art of Coaching

By |February 3, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

Whilst we have the expression to describe the “art and science” of something, Michael Grinder (2007) proposes that in fact it is the science that usually comes first when we are learning a new skill. We are often drawn to the pursuit of mastery, actively seeking out the magic of the artistic coaching conversation. However, in reality, our growth and development as coaches usually means that we go through ...

  • Game Board
1901, 2020

How to Win the Game of Developing Coaching Culture

By |January 19, 2020|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Developing a coaching culture can sometimes feel like a game of Snakes and Ladders. You take steps to implement coaching within the organisation, you experience some quick wins and feel like you are making progress and then you face an obstacle and it feels like to you have just taken three steps backwards. If not addressed, these obstacles can very easily sabotage your efforts. Often the benefits of coaching ...

601, 2020

New Starts – New Beginnings

By |January 6, 2020|Categories: Coach Development|

In addition to being a new year, we're also beginning a new decade. 2020 begs the question, "What clarity and vision do you have for the year ahead?" Each year I look ahead at what the coming year may bring for both my business and my life as a whole. I like to ask myself the following questions: What adventures would I like to go on? What experiences would ...

212, 2019

Professional Development?

By |December 2, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

The concept of professional development is one that is probably very familiar to us. We may apply this to ourselves, and also our work as coaches may be in direct relation to the professional development of our clients. In the context of today’s environment, terms like “digital revolution”, “4th industrial revolution” and “VUCA” (volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous) are now heard almost daily. Alongside this, we may find ourselves ...

1111, 2019

Models of Excellence: Case Studies

By |November 11, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

PART 8: COACHING CULTURE SERIES As we wrap up the Coaching Culture Series, I am going to share with you examples of what some organisations have implemented towards fully utilising coaching as a powerful resource within their organisations. One of these examples is a case study developed by the International Coach Federation (ICF) to highlight last year’s ICF’s International Prism Award winner. I’ll also share some examples from my ...

311, 2019

Are You an ASS or an OWL?

By |November 3, 2019|Categories: Coach Development|

Listening to audios of coaches, coaching and also teaching and mentoring around the ICF Core Competencies, I’ve noticed how often an assumption is made in terms of what is being said and what is being heard. How often do we hear what someone says and assume what they mean? Have you noticed yourself in a conversation, be it a coaching conversation or just with friends, when you feel you ...

  • 5 Stars
2810, 2019

A Model of Excellence

By |October 28, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

PART 7: COACHING CULTURE SERIES Up to this point, we’ve helped you better understand coaching culture, walked through key principles and first steps, looked at approaches and strategies, discussed the importance of measuring ROI and establishing sustainability for your programme. As we start to wrap up this series, I’ll be sharing examples of excellence. I hope these will provide practical ideas on how to create your own strategy for ...

2110, 2019

Building a Sustainable Coaching Culture Strategy

By |October 21, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

PART 6: COACHING CULTURE SERIES In this Coaching Culture series, we have now covered the main building blocks for establishing the foundations of a coaching culture in your organisation and how you can fully utilise coaching as a strategic resource. We now turn our attention to how you can not only sustain, but also enhance the impact that coaching can have over time. Here are some of the ways ...

1410, 2019

Coaching Culture: Measuring Progress and Success

By |October 14, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

PART 5: COACHING CULTURE SERIES Now that we’ve covered multiple approaches and strategies for how to introduce coaching skills and coaching related activities into your organisation, it’s time to consider measurement. How do you know that coaching is making a positive difference? Several years ago, while working as a continuous process improvement consultant, our mantra was to measure what’s important, not just what’s measurable. This principle most certainly applies ...

610, 2019

Coaching Across The Career

By |October 6, 2019|Categories: Coach Development|

Coaching has seen several changes over time in terms of how, by whom and for whom it is used. There was a time when coaching was for the few, and now it is much more for the many, becoming a widely accepted and utilised tool for the development of employees at all levels. However, coaching has not typically been viewed as requiring a different method or approach based on ...

  • Coaching Culture Strategy
3009, 2019

Building a Coaching Culture: Approaches and Strategies

By |September 30, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

PART 4: COACHING CULTURE SERIES In this series so far, we have looked at how to define a coaching culture, some of the key principles that underpin strong coaching cultures and three initial key steps to get started. Now, we will look at some practical approaches and strategies you can use to introduce, and begin benefiting from, coaching within your organisation. Before that, a brief word of advice on ...

2309, 2019

Starting to Build Coaching Culture: First Steps

By |September 23, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

PART 3: COACHING CULTURE SERIES Now that you have had time to consider the three key principles to coaching culture, let’s look at the first steps to put this into action. Step One: Be clear about your vision of success. What are your criteria, goals and aspirations for a high-performance coaching culture in your organisation? What does that mean for you? What might be some characteristics of such a ...

1509, 2019

Starting to Build Coaching Culture: Key Principles

By |September 15, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

PART 2: COACHING CULTURE SERIES The term “coaching culture” is being heard more and more within organisations, especially those that want to move from using coaching as a development resource for 1-1 and 1-team interventions to leverage coaching as a strategic resource at an organisational or systemic level. While this might be an appealing idea, some organisations don’t always know exactly what is meant by coaching culture or what ...

  • Coach Community
209, 2019

The Importance of Building Community as a Coach

By |September 2, 2019|Categories: Coach Development|

Community is defined as, “the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.” We all need some of that, don’t we? Coaching can be a very lonely business. Many coaches run their own solo coaching practice. For internal coaches, they cannot readily talk with others in their organization about their work. This leaves coaches feeling isolated and alone, but it doesn’t have to be that way! ...

  • Save the World through Coaching
3008, 2019

Could Coaching Save the World?

By |August 30, 2019|Categories: Coach Development|

I listened to a radio programme the other day about “professional depression,” this caught my attention and I stayed tuned… The programme’s key message was that peoples’ professional lives are increasingly leading to depression. Several examples were shared where professionals are working in organisations and/or environments that lead to significant emotional and psychological disharmony. This can be described as cognitive dissonance, where a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or ...

  • Coaching Culture
1808, 2019

Defining Coaching Culture

By |August 18, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

PART 1: COACHING CULTURE SERIES First of all, this is not the Ministry of Coaching, and I am not an evangelist. However, I do know that coaching as a resource is pivotal to the success of your organisation. It doesn’t matter how big or small, what sector or industry you are in or where you are located — coaching is something that will help advance the performance of your ...

1407, 2019

Don’t Be Afraid to Make Intelligent Change

By |July 14, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Earlier, I shared these five important pitfalls to avoid when building a coaching culture in your organisation: Anti-role modelling Let’s take it all in-house Keep it clean One size fits all Not every conversation needs to be a coaching conversation Now that you’re aware of the pitfalls, here is some insight on how to avoid them. A few years ago, a very successful businessman said, “Don’t be afraid to ...

2906, 2019

Where Does Supervision Fit Into Coaching?

By |June 29, 2019|Categories: Coach Development|

My philosophy of coach supervision can best be explained using the analogy of advanced driver training. Once we’ve obtained our driver’s license (we’ve taken lessons and passed the test), we can go many years without ever having our driving examined. That is, of course, unless we (knowingly or unknowingly) break the law. Advanced training allows drivers to improve, update and check in on how their driving is doing. It ...

1006, 2019

Five Pitfalls to Avoid When Building an Organisational Coaching Culture

By |June 10, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Coaching has seen exponential growth in recent years and has transitioned from being a 1-1 intervention, to a 1-many intervention and then to a systemic intervention. Organisations are rapidly becoming aware of the benefits of coaching as a highly effective vehicle for development, engagement, change management and enhanced performance. Several organisations are also now at the stage where they are successfully using coaching: its competencies, principles and philosophies to ...

  • Building Coaching Culture
405, 2019

Building Coaching Cultures with Millennials and Millennial Leaders

By |May 4, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Organisations today who ignore the needs of Millennials and the next generation (known commonly as Gen Z) do so at their peril. Where does the Millennial generation fit in terms of age? Generation Z: Born 1997-99 Young Millennials: Born 1993-96 Core Millennials: Born 1987-92 Mature Millennials: Born 1982-86 Generation X: Born 1965-81 Baby Boomers: Born 1946-64 In 2011, PwC embarked on a two-year study looking at the future impact ...

3103, 2019

Is Your Organisation Missing Out?

By |March 31, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Coaching is still a relatively young profession and is certainly still evolving and developing with regards to its definition and how it is being used and leveraged to give rise to significant benefits at many levels. What is also certain is the speed at which coaching is growing. Coaching has very quickly transitioned from being a 1-1 intervention to a 1-many intervention and is being extensively deployed now to ...

1803, 2019

9 Ways Coaching Can Benefit You

By |March 18, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Even though coaching is becoming so much more widespread, acknowledged, accepted and used as a way of achieving goals, addressing challenges and developing ourselves personally and professionally, I still notice some people not truly understanding when it can help them. In some of the research I read, one of the reasons people say they would not engage in coaching is because it is not relevant for them at this ...

303, 2019

Coaching is a soft skill … Is it?

By |March 3, 2019|Categories: Coach Development|

How many times do we hear that coaching is a ‘soft’ skill? Indeed, many personal development training is often categorized as ‘soft’ skills. If you dig deeper into those ‘soft’ skills, many of them are about people. People’s interactions with others and people’s interactions with themselves. Yet ask managers or any leader what is the most challenging part of their role, and the answer is often—dealing with others! When ...

401, 2019

Are you ready?

By |January 4, 2019|Categories: Coaching in Organisations|

Would you like the good news or the bad news first? Well, let’s get the “bad” news out of the way first … The new world of work is being accelerated by technology at a phenomenal rate and the way we work is changing forever. We currently have four generations in the workforce and they all think and operate differently. Jobs are changing, new jobs are emerging (65% of ...

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