Pragmatic advice for coaches, managers & leaders

Category Archives: Coaching Development

Coach: Heal thyself

I had a client recently ask me, at very short notice, if they could change an appointment that we had in our diaries. Something that was business critical had just arisen and they really needed to stay in the office to resolve it. We agreed a new date and I was suddenly left with a couple of hours of unexpected free time.

My initial thought was to sneak in an extra training session on my road bike. My second thought was that I could use the time very productively to work on something that was affecting the quality of my work. I decided to go with the latter.

Job Done

Two hours later I had resolved some of the issues I was having. An action plan was complete and commitments made in relation to what I would do next. Instead of going out on my bike, I had just spent some time coaching myself to a successful conclusion.

Access denied … or not

It is not always possible to access a coach. Timing or funding issues may mean that engaging a coach is not a practical option. The great news is when you master coaching skills you can also help yourself through challenges using a self-coaching approach.

Self-coaching works really well when:

  1. You are willing to give it a try, possibly over an extended period of time i.e. up to a couple of hours.
  2. You accept that you will need to be really honest and open with yourself and acknowledge when you are not owning up to negative situations that you may be contributing to.
  3. You can find a time when you can give it your full focus. Unbroken time is pretty key to do this well.

I would urge you to practice and refine your coaching skills so that you are able to help others achieve their goals but by getting better you will also be able to help yourself (and it’s free!).

Glenn Wallis is an experienced Executive Coach and Coach Developer who will help you improve your own results and those of your organisation. When you are ready to  raise your performance to the next level, find out more here

5 Inspiring Holiday Reads

I love reading. Mostly, I read non-fiction books. I love to gather all the new ideas and thinking and see how I can apply them into my own views of the world. I love books that take my own view of the world and shake it up too, they force me to re-appraise where IContinue Reading

The pros and cons of being an all-rounder

I was given my first Swiss Army Knife over twenty years ago as a birthday present. I don’t go out hunting wild boar or fishing for marlin – not much cause for either in London – but I’ve certainly changed plenty of plugs, cut my nails and taken the lid off a beer or two.Continue Reading

A Totally Free Coaching Resource

I wanted to take the chance to share more coaching information with you and bring together some of the key insights from the blog and some new thoughts too. I also wanted to offer you all of that in an easy format. So, I have taken some time to create “Please Mind the Gap: HowContinue Reading

Relax your grip

Back in the day, when I was still in training as an International judoka, I was given a good deal of advice that seems so typical of an Eastern dualistic philosophical tradition. An example is, “Slow down, in order to speed up” which has echoes of “More haste, less speed”. In a judo sense thatContinue Reading

Let’s Democratize Great Business Performance

“I’m going to democratize the automobile,” Henry Ford said in 1909. “When I’m through, everybody will be able to afford one, and about everybody will have one.” I would humbly like to update the words of the great man: “Let’s democratize great business performance … when I’m through everybody will be able to afford it,Continue Reading

9th Annual Coaching and Mentoring Research Conference

I had the pleasure of attending the 9th Annual Coaching Conference at Oxford Brookes University Business School, last week. It is an ideal way to keep up with current thinking, meet like-minded folk and learn lots about how to do high quality research (which thankfully everyone presented in a way that was easy to grasp!!).Continue Reading

Attention: the antidote to boredom

Within the last month I have heard at least three senior managers admit, when asked about the obstacles to improving their listening skills, that they stop listening when they get bored. Their mind wanders and they start to think about a range of topics other than the words coming from the person they are supposed toContinue Reading

The single most important ingredient

If you are commissioning a coaching organisation to run a workshop for your workforce focused on introducing or improving coaching skills, there is one element which has got to be right. It’ll make or break the success of the programme. It will also determine the extent to which any classroom learning is successfully transferred backContinue Reading

Expanding Horizons

I love holidays for all the obvious reasons but I also love them because it helps widen my knowledge and appreciation of other cultures, ways of life and parts of the world. It reminds me that my ‘world’ is only one version of an almost limitless number of realities that exist, including the one thatContinue Reading