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The Who & What of Contracting (Part 2)

Where the key focus is on the INDIVIDUAL, for example internal talent management programmes, or where the coachee directly approaches the coach, then some of the outcomes are about self-motivation; self-belief; confidence; aspirations; strengths and areas for improvement etc. In my experience, this means that the role of the sponsor or line manager is not […]

The Who & What of Contracting (Part 1)

The theme for this blog arose from a recent supervision session. The supervisee was planning for some coaching sessions, and was contemplating who needed to be involved in the contracting discussions – should it be 2 way contracting or 3 way contracting? That discussion, the confidentiality of which I have ensured is observed, led me […]

Supervision & CPD

First, let’s start off with a couple of definitions: “CPD is the holistic commitment of professionals towards the enhancement of personal skills and proficiency throughout their careers.” (www.cpduk.co.uk) Coaching supervision is “The process by which a Coach with the help of a Supervisor, can attend to understanding better both the Client system and themselves as […]

What does creativity mean in coaching?

Creativity is defined as “the ability to think and act in ways that are new and novel. In our minds there are two kinds of creativity: innovation and invention.” In the context of coaching, it seems to me that the word “Creativity” can be seen as an umbrella which covers the following: openness, imagination, flexibility, […]

Contracting Refresher

“Give me but a firm spot on which to stand and I will move the earth”- Archimedes Come on, be honest – when was the last time you looked at you coaching contracts or agreements? Weeks, months or years ago? The probability is that you are using the same document that you created when you […]

Dr. Jill Berry’s Experience of Coaching

When I finished headship in 2010 I decided supporting serving and aspiring leaders at all levels was something in which I was keen to invest my time, and a way in which I could perhaps make use of what I had learnt during my thirty-year career in schools.  I completed an online course on coaching […]

Coaching and Ambiguity

One of the questions that was once posed to me by a supervisor was “how comfortable are you as a coach in dealing with ambiguity?” I was reminded of that question when I reflected upon a series of supervision sessions I have recently had with some of our ILM Level 7 course coaches, and made […]

Making Yourself VITAL

Earlier this month (January 2017), I gave a talk to Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development (CIPD) professionals at John Moores University in Liverpool. The Liverpool group is chaired by Lynn Delaney, a senior practitioner and Executive Coach. A feature of CIPD is the support they offer to their students. The sense of community was […]

Take up the Fully Present Challenge in 2017

How have the first two weeks of 2017 gone? Have you set your goals for 2017? One goal I am working on is to increase the amount of time I am fully present. I know it is the holy grail for coaches and mentors, but as managers, leaders and colleagues should we not strive for […]

Looking After Your Number 1 Resource

If you sell your skills then you are the number 1 resource. Whether you run your own business as a freelancer or work in an organisation, the quality and experience of the service clients receive will be mainly down to you. The experience you provide is your differentiator; clients deserve value from their experience and […]