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What’s in your coaching kitbag?

Sir John Whitmore in his preface to “Challenging Coaching” by John Blakey and Ian Day states: “A coach’s task and responsibility are to benefit not only the coachee, but also the client company and all of society too… Anything that is appropriate in the moment to help a person move from A to B is […]

Career Coach

As I travel back from Oxford on a busy commuter train I was thinking about how important our job/career is to us all and yet how little time we devote to really thinking and planning what we want to do.  We often leave things to chance or react when there is a problem. Someone said […]

Mothers – Are you the loneliest Exec?

It’s lonely at the top – so CEO’s, and those who write about them, will tell you. The wise CEO will often turn to an external ‘Executive Coach’ to help them review their visions and aspirations in a ‘safe environment’. But, there is one type of CEO that rarely gets the recognition, nor support, that […]

Know yourself, know your client

In order to operate professionally and within the ethical boundaries of coaching,I believe we have an obligation to our clients to undertake periods of sustained self-reflection. My personal mantra that has supported my continued development and ability to self-reflect objectively on my performance,and that of my clients, is ‘know yourself, know your client’. When we […]

Perfect time for coaching

            New Year Post: A new year brings with it thoughts of change, focus and commitment. Commit to doing that something – that something could be change job, lose weight, learn a language; complete that qualification! Whatever it is, it shows that without commitment it wouldn’t have been achieved. History […]

Flip the switch for Reflection & Learning

In my last blog I concentrated on reflection. Whether through writing the blog, I have reflected more or have written the blog due to more reflection and learning I am not sure. However I do know truly effective reflection needs: 1. Time – not necessarily long periods of time but ‘ free’ time free from […]

…silence

… Did you hear that? It was the sound of silence. Sir Conan Doyle had it right when his character Sherlock Holmes criticized Watson for only ‘looking’ and not ‘observing’. We all ascend the same stairs everyday at home, but do we observe how many steps there are? Similarly, it can be easy to ‘listen’ […]

What does it mean to be a coach?

My coaching supervisor, in highlighting further development opportunities, suggested a couple of avenues to consider. One of them was “What is required in ‘being’ a coach- rather than simply ‘doing’ coaching.” This concept intrigued me and made me reflect on the skills and qualities that I think a good coach should possess. In no particular […]

Developing Your Reflective Gene

I have arrived at a point in life, where I’ve started to look back.  Like many I’m sure this was brought on by a life event – in my case it was two major life events.  The death of my dear mother and a cancer diagnosis. This post isn’t meant to be sad.  On the […]

When should a coach not coach?

My coaching supervisor, in highlighting further development opportunities, suggested a couple of avenues to consider. One of them was “What is required in ‘being’ a coach- rather than simply ‘doing’ coaching.” This concept intrigued me and made me reflect on the skills and qualities that I think a good coach should possess. In no particular […]