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Positive Psychology in Organisations

Positive psychology focuses on what makes life worth living, on how human beings can flourish and lead a fulfilling life. This evidence-based practice has been widely researched and successfully used by individuals, communities and organisations to increase wellbeing, resilience and achievement. Despite that, positive psychology may not be what naturally comes to the mind of […]

Ingredients for Coaching Supervision – Reflection and Reflexivity

According to one resource (researchgate.net – Paul Hibbert – 2014) reflexivity is described as reflection + self change. Hibbert argues that the learning gained by reflection on its own is learning that leaves you as the “same person” you were before, whereas reflexivity, “achieves learning but also leaves the learner changed as a result.” He […]

Top Tips for Preparing for Coaching Supervision

In the previous 2 blogs on Coaching Supervision, we have explored the concept in theoretical terms, but what are the practical steps one needs to take to engage in this vital aspect of ethical coaching practice? Judith Barton, Director of Coaching and Mentoring, suggests there is often a push and pull to supervision. What has […]

Coaching Supervision – So what?

As coaches, we are encouraged to display a high level of emotional intelligence, with self reflection with self-reflection key to growth.  However, one may argue, that, no matter how hard we try to develop the same neutrality and absence of preconception when dealing with our coachees, it is almost impossible to self reflect with total […]

Coaching Supervision – What is it?

Coaching is, by its very nature, a potentially isolating profession, one where a high level of trust is required, where potentially delicate situations need to be handled with sensitivity and where there may well be complex relationships to be managed.  A coach may feel some anxiety and stress when continually faced with such issues, and […]

“From Young Adult to Leadership Executive” answering the “Why?”

The origins of the word “mentor” go back to the ancient Greeks.  Odysseus appointed “Mentor” who was to oversee the teaching of Odysseus’s son Telemachus.  From this the word “mentor” has evolved to mean trusted advisor, teacher and wise person. So, the concept of mentoring has been around for many centuries, and, today, is seen […]

Mentoring v Coaching – A Balance of Power

It could perhaps be argued that in the promotion of “coaching style” conversations, we have sometimes overlooked the value of mentoring, or at least, not always recognised what it can contribute to an organisation, when properly managed.  Combined with the fact that mentoring and coaching have become more and more intertwined in that style of […]

My BSC Coaching Network Experience

‘Rocking up’ 15 minutes late, not being entirely able to remember the name of the event you are attending in order to get directions from the hotel reception staff, probably, (at a guess) isn’t the most ideal way to begin exploring a potential career in coaching… However, I was received with such welcome at the […]

Making Goals Stick – Learning from Outside My Boundary

If you are reading this as a BSC Alumni then I imagine you will have heard what I am about to say from one of my Faculty colleagues. Coaching is coaching, it is discipline, where we coach, the context in which we operate is used to narrow your offer to the market place. For example, […]

Coaching & Mentoring Confidentiality

Confidentiality is the essence of being trusted” Billy Graham Contracting is one of the key skills that a coach needs to master as it is the foundation for building trust, confidence and rapport with the client and creating an effective coaching relationship. One of the key elements for contracting in coaching and mentoring is dealing […]