Pragmatic advice for coaches, managers & leaders

Category Archives: Coaching Culture

Great Performance Advice

Here is a great video featuring two leaders in their field. Sir Martin Sorrell interviews Sir David Brailsford on what it takes to develop high performing teams. Sir David was the head of British cycling for eleven years and is the Team Principal at professional cycling team Team Sky. The results he has achieved inContinue Reading

‘Getting’ isn’t ‘doing’ coaching

If I’ve heard it once I’ve heard it at least …twice. Actually it is much more frequent than that. I hear it from leaders of business who commission a leadership/coaching skills programme who then try to keep it at arms length. I hear that they ‘get’ coaching. They understand the rationale of using a coachingContinue Reading

Speed of light coaching

The most frequent obstacle leaders raise to learning and then using a coaching style as part of their approach to getting great results from the members of their team, is that it takes too long. It doesn’t, but that is the impression that many people hold. So, here are several questions you can ask, thatContinue Reading

Red pen? Green pen?

I was reminded recently of a change that some teachers have made following the publication of research in the Journal of Social Science. The article suggested that marking students’ work in red negatively affected their view of their work and their view of the teacher. The impact on these two areas was improved when work wasContinue Reading

The Big Easy

Independence is important to me. I love collaborating and working in teams but I particularly like the control or sense of owning your own destiny that comes with being independent. This self-reliance has its upsides but also comes with some downsides too, one of which is that it can be a challenge for me, andContinue Reading

The Element of Surprise

The end of the year is usually a great time to stop, relax a little, only then for thoughts to inevitably turn to resolutions and goal setting for the new year. I love all that. Yet it begs the question, what did you do with all the achievement and learning that you amassed throughout theContinue Reading

“Hey Boss, Nice Tat”

Looked in the mirror recently? Have you noticed that ever since you started your career as leader in your business that you gained something that everyone of your direct reports can see but that you occasionally forget is there? I am of course talking about the almost-invisible tattoo that you have on your forehead thatContinue Reading

70:20:10

Both a large UK insurance company and a London-based bank that I recently worked with talked about promoting the idea of 70:20:10 as an approach to developing their workforce. It is a well-established way of focusing on improving performance through a range of approaches based on the data from a Center for Creative Leadership study thatContinue Reading

Know your priorities

As I sit here after a morning of windsurfing (read ‘falling in’) on the beautiful Aegean sea and a fun mountain-bike cycle around a little bit of the east coast of the Greek island of Rhodes in the afternoon, I am watching an interesting episode play itself out. The lovely staff at the hotel weContinue Reading

Building a Superteam

Here is an excellent short video from the author of a book I would recommend thoroughly to you: Superteams by Khoi Tu. Here Khoi talks about how teams are necessary for greatness and that teams are made up of outstanding individuals. This presentation was given at the Royal Society for Art,  a charity that hasContinue Reading