Archive for September, 2015

Coaching Fundamentals Part Eight: Hunches

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September 30th, 2015

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Playing a hunch. Where were you when you first heard that phrase? I remember my first time… from the lips of someone far more glamorous, far more experienced, far more knowledgeable than I was at the time. What did she mean?! Surely that’s tantamount to giving advice, or unsolicited feedback, putting your own spin on […]

Coaching Fundamentals Part Seven: Trust

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September 23rd, 2015

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Why is Trust only Number Seven on the Coaching Fundamentals list? Surely it should be up there with listening… Because it takes so long to build. Seven weeks, seven sessions, seven months, years even. Sure, we all rattle off the usual elements of contracting right at the very beginning: confidentiality, openness, trust, non-directive attitude, unconditional […]

Coaching Fundamentals Part Six: Imagery

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September 16th, 2015

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What does the word Imagery conjure up for you? Illustrations, art, colourful graphics? Using non-verbal tools, such as colouring pencils or symbol cards, with clients? While helpful, these are not quite the approaches I had in mind. I was thinking of something far more basic than that… Something that, in other approaches, could be called […]

Coaching Fundamentals Part Five: Choice

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September 9th, 2015

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Even though this is Part Five in our series of Coaching Fundamentals, in many ways it is the most fundamental of the fundamentals. In the same way that having, making and being accountable for own choices is the cornerstone of being human, helping others access the choices they have is the basic tenet of coaching. […]

Coaching Fundamentals Part Four: Multiplicity

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September 2nd, 2015

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One of the biggest transformations in my coaching practice came when I attended a Transpersonal coaching workshop with Sir John Whitmore (widely regarded as the founder of coaching in the UK) some ten years ago. The first words he wrote on the flipchart before even addressing us were: This is not the truth. Coming from […]