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Fancy a coffee? Why taking an hour out on World Mental Health Day is a good idea.

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October 4th, 2019

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In 1993, the American psychologist James Hillman published a book called “We’ve had a hundred years of psychotherapy and the world’s getting worse”.   In our Management Agenda 2019 survey of 760 managers in the UK and Ireland, almost three-quarters agreed that work-related mental health and well-being issues are on the increase.  Yet only 40% of […]

Leaving your baggage behind

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October 25th, 2018

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At Roffey Park, we start most development programmes and workshops by a process of so-called “checking-in”: the invitation to participants to speak in the group, and share anything that might get in the way of them being fully present to each other.  Often, these are thoughts, niggles, feelings, worries, unresolved tasks from a previous meeting, […]

Responsiveness and response-ability

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June 27th, 2017

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A friend of mine was recently negotiating flexible working hours in a new senior leadership position.  While we were sharing our mutual assumptions about what “working from home” really meant, we seemed to agree that what you wanted from your team, and yourself, if you were working from home, was instant responses to work emails […]

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 […]