Archive for August, 2015

Coaching Fundamentals Part Three: Feedback

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August 25th, 2015

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If – to use the metaphor from Part Two of Coaching Fundamentals – “coaching is a relationship between two people, in the moment, where one of them spins meaning out of their life story, and the other holds – and occasionally adjusts – the spinning wheel, and notices the patterns emerging”, how do those patterns […]

In service of the group: Why good facilitation matters

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August 20th, 2015

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May be I’m a facilitation snob, but over the last few months I’ve seen quite a few facilitators who are well-meaning but to a greater or lesser extent, unskilled. That’s not to say that there isn’t latent potential in these facilitators, but it is, as yet untapped. As we recruit for either full time or […]

Why don’t we ever learn (vertically)?

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August 19th, 2015

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Much is invested in organisational and individual learning, so how come deep learning is still relatively rare? I don’t mean ‘horizontal’ learning, where the objective is to extend an existing base of technical expertise. I mean ‘vertical’ learning, where we change assumptions and frames that shape our perception, decision making and action (Brown, 2014). Those […]

Coaching Fundamentals Part Two: Questions

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August 19th, 2015

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What makes a good question? Was this a good question? No. Why not? Because it was too wide, too open, too unoriginal, just plain too boring, to provoke a meaningful answer. Yes, you can get answers to just about any question, but not every answer makes the question worth asking. So then… what is a […]

Coaching Fundamentals Part One: Listening

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August 12th, 2015

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Are you a good listener? Do you get constant feedback how you always offer a sympathetic ear and a compassionate presence? Do your friends and acquaintances come to you with their problems and moans, safe in the knowledge that they will get a warm welcome, good hearing and no challenge? If so, you are probably […]