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Ramadan/Summer Reading Series: 1

Ramadan and summer time provides an excellent opportunity for reflection and self-development. Following the tradition established last year, I will hopefully provide some suggestions to tempt your learning. When we are in the midst of studying for a coaching or mentoring qualification, we spend a lot of time reading numerous source materials – but what […]

Focus and Energy in Coaching

“The higher your energy level, the more efficient your body. The more efficient your body, the better you feel and the more you will use your talent to produce outstanding results.” Anthony Robbins I am sure that you will all have experienced sessions that went fabulously, when everything just seemed to flow and it was […]

Reflections on Group Supervision

“The beautiful thing about learning is that no one can take it away from you” BB King. This blog was inspired by the group supervision session following one of our regular British School of Coaching network events. I thought it might be an interesting blog to share my reflections on how the group supervision session […]

The Courage to be Vulnerable – for Client and Coach

If you are in the United States and switch on breakfast TV the majority of the stations have a bright breezy air with short popular segments. One programme that bucks this trend is “Morning Joe” on MSNBC. Morning Joe is co-hosted by Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Joe was a former lawyer and Republican member […]

Coaching with Silence

“As we must account for every idle word, so must we account for every idle silence.” Benjamin Franklin In a couple of recent supervision sessions two coaches discussed sessions where they had asked few, if any, questions and yet at the end of the sessions it was evident that progress had been made and the […]

The content of the coaching session – the art of elephant spotting

My previous blogs explored the topics of “Beginning A Coaching Relationship” and “Endings In A Coaching Relationship”. In this blog I will be exploring the content of the coaching session and, in particular, how the coach needs to ensure that the true topic/issue has been issued – the art of spotting the elephant in the […]

Endings in a Coaching Relationship

“Endings are not always a bad thing; it just means that something new can begin” In this blog I thought it may be useful to draw on the lessons I have learned from my own coaching and supervisory practice relating to endings in a coaching relationship. Ironically, before I explore the topic of endings, […]

Beginning a Coaching Relationship

“Let us watch well our beginnings, and results will manage themselves” –Alexander Clark In this blog I thought it may be useful to draw on the lessons I have learned from my own coaching and supervisory practice relating to the beginning of a coaching relationship with a new client. Frequently coaches say that they achieved […]

Implementing your research project: Writing your report

The final blog in this series looks at writing up your coaching research project in the ‘appropriate style’ (see section 3, below). 1. The writing process For many people, the prospect of writing their research report can be quite intimidating!  It can help to remember that basically what you are doing is to tell a […]

Implementing your research project: analysing your data

Once you have collected your information you will need to analyse it. In this blog I will be looking at two broad methods of data analysis – quantitative (numbers) and qualitative (words). Then I will comment on drawing conclusions from your data. 1.  Quantitative data analysis. First, to say that sophisticated statistical analysis should probably […]