Archive for October, 2015

Coaching Fundamentals Part Twelve: Letting go…

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October 28th, 2015

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If this series of 12 coaching fundamentals has an ark, starting with the basic building blocks of coaching practice (listening, questions and feedback), going through the “messy” bits (multiplicity, imagery and choice), then through the “risky” bits (trust, hunches and boundaries), it seems only right to end with presence, silence and letting go… End not […]

Can I be vulnerable, please?

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October 22nd, 2015

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It’s one of those paradoxes. At our most vulnerable we can be at our most compelling and powerful. Vulnerability gets some press these days, thanks to the likes of Brene Brown (2010), endorsements for authenticity (Goffee and Jones, 2015), Amy Cuddy’s invitation to Connect then Lead (2013) and an ever growing profile for emotional intelligence […]

Coaching Fundamentals Part Eleven: Silence

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October 19th, 2015

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Holding the silence – like playing a hunch (Part 8) – is one of those things that more experienced coaches talk about to coaches in training, making it sound like a commandment or a rung that needs to be climbed in the ascent to coaching mastery. And yes, it can be all that, but it […]

Coaching Fundamentals Part Ten: Presence

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October 15th, 2015

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Presence: one of those words that looks easy to use and difficult to define. On my library shelf, I have got two books of that name, both of which have been hugely influential in my development as a coach, counsellor and OD practitioner. But what does it mean to be fully present in life, one’s […]

Being Mindful about Mindfulness Studies

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October 14th, 2015

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A couple of weeks ago I spotted a newspaper article which reported findings from a recent study which had found that the practice of judgment free observation of thoughts and feelings, that is so key to mindfulness, may have the unintended consequence of interfering with our ability to identify real from imagined memories. As someone […]