Advanced coaching skills: Part 6 – Changing the world, one person at a time

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April 18th, 2017

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Arguably, this is the most controversial coaching blog that I have yet written…  The potential controversy lies in the fundamental question of: what is coaching for?  Beyond skills development, or behaviour change, or adapting more skilfully to the systems our coaching clients operate in.  Is the role of the coach to drive development towards any […]

Advanced coaching skills: Part 5 – Coaching for diversity

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April 11th, 2017

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How do we, as coaches, approach diversity?  I’m sure that many of us hold a firm belief that this is the one profession which really makes us acknowledge difference of race, gender, ability, age, skill, motivation… and work with our clients, wherever they are. Yet, how true is this really?  Do we only accept diversity […]

Advanced coaching skills: Part 4 – Ability to pay attention to the full data

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April 4th, 2017

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Virtually all coach training emphasises – with good reason – the importance of listening skills.  Paying attention to what’s being said, asking about what’s not expressed, interrupting a well-rehearsed story… these are all competencies that most practising coaches have. What about the other senses though?  How do you “listen” with your eyes, with your sense […]

Brexit – just keep calm and carry on?

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March 28th, 2017

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Whether it was shock or elation that people felt on the morning of 24 June 2016, there was a shared feeling that nothing was going to be quite the same again. It is this feeling more than any other that gives the label to the period we are currently living though – and that is […]

Advanced Coaching Skills: Part three – Paying attention to the wider system

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March 28th, 2017

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Recently, I’ve read a 20-year-old book with the catchy title: We’ve had a Hundred Years of Psychotherapy, and the World’s Getting Worse!  It was written in 1993 by the American humanistic therapist James Hillman and the writer Michael Ventura.  In a series of conversations, both in person and by letter, they explore – and sometimes […]