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Hey Coaches, please don’t over complicate coaching!

  Coaching is a wonderful way of supporting others. It’s meant to be an impactful and rewarding experience. I’ve seen many articles, chapters and papers giving their own specific descriptions of what coaching is. There often seems to be a tendency to over explain or over complicate, especially on process and method rather than impact. … Continue reading

Question less? #WOL

I’m working out loud on some thinking here. It’s refining itself as I spend more time with it. I’m not sure what I will do with it. I know it needs others’ eyes now. If there’s something you can or want to add, please do so. I’d be interested to see what this provokes. Trust & … Continue reading

Feedback is not a gift

Unsurprisingly, I’m a big advocate of feedback. The perspectives of others, especially from those that truly care, adds something to our understanding that we just can not add ourselves. There is indeed something giving in feedback which is possibly why feedback is often described as a gift. But… … I’ve yet to hear a contributor … Continue reading

#SharingReading – What’s been your article of the week?

Throughout 2015, every Friday as an end of week inquiry, a curiosity if you like, I tweeted the question “What’s been your article / paper of the week?“. I had no expectation of a response or  even a conversation – it was just a question I put out there. Some people found it a useful prompt and … Continue reading

Challenging Talent

Some people are very good at putting talented people into boxes. As much as you might like or hate that concept it can be useful in many different ways. Some people are very good at seeing how talented people could be put into “boxes” you hadn’t even imagined. Seeing differently tests people differently which is often a really good … Continue reading

Changing Culture

Culture is something we can help shape and craft only if we are willing to work with it’s beautifully complex fluidity. Continue reading

For Coaching & Mentoring

Some years ago a fellow coach and mentor shared a piece of very simple wisdom that has stuck with me ever since. Very simply they offered the nuance between standing for coaching and mentoring as opposed to standing for coaches and mentors. It’s a very subtle and simple difference at first sight. One supports a … Continue reading

The music of thought and the silence of understanding.

​ Coaching is the music of thought and the silence of understanding. In that duet we discover anew appreciation, challenge and perspective. However, to be truly transformative, we must let the music and silence move us to action. We must let the appreciation, challenge and perspective play into new and different narratives. Only then will … Continue reading

Belief, in Teams

What could your belief create for others? Continue reading

At the heart of things

Various models and similar seem to use a pyramid style hierarchy to intimate the building blocks that allow you to progress to the highest levels. Even organisation charts in their structure are reminiscent of such pyramid style layering with the most senior (important?) role at the apex. Yet the greatest pyramids I’ve ever seen (in … Continue reading