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Category Archives: Coaching Philosophy

A Coaching Experiment

I have recently read a very interesting book written by Eric Ries, titled, “The Lean Startup”. It provoked a lot of thought and reflection on how I tend to go about business development. Whilst much of it was quite oriented towards tech-start-ups, some of the advice probably holds true for all businesses. One of theContinue Reading

The afterlife

When you finish a conversation you can’t possibly know what the impacts of it will be on you or the other person you were talking with. The conversation will have more or less of an impact on how you both feel what you are thinking about what actions you take your mutual senses of confidence,Continue Reading

Storm the castle

Of all the differences that people list when asked to distinguish between leadership and management there is one that rarely makes an appearance: a willingness to take control. Many leaders and entrepreneurs won’t wait to be told, they’ll make things happen. They wouldn’t lay siege to a castle, they’ll storm it. Nurtured Inertia So, itContinue Reading

Diversity of Thinking

This week we heard that the Football Association of England have introduced two new members to an all-white, all-male Commission looking into the England football team. The fact that those new members were both male didn’t do much to alter the gender diversity. The introduction of Rio Ferdinand did, to some extent, broaden the ethnicContinue Reading

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

Breaking Newton’s Third Law

Newton’s Third Law suggests that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Whilst this may apply specifically to the physical world we can see it too in a similar way within coaching conversations and it is something that you need to be aware of. Push and Pull When a coach is helpingContinue 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

Relatively speaking

I’ve written in previous posts about how we should, as great coaches, aspire to empathise with people that we are working with but also about how difficult – nay, impossible? – it actually is to achieve in reality. You can’t put yourself in someone else’s shoes. You haven’t lived their lives, you haven’t been throughContinue Reading

What have you got to gain?

Why would you bother with executive coaching? Let’s be truthful, the first thing most people ask when considering engaging in change is “What’s in it for me?”. The great news for you is that the answer to this question, is “Within reason, pretty much anything you want”. Results Great executive coaching is about generating changeContinue Reading

Mindfulness, coaching and purpose

As a coach, I can spend two hours with a client and feel that for a high percentage of the time I am able to be fully ‘present’. I’m able to be fully with with them and also be aware of my own state. I’ve practised this mental endurance over the last twelve years toContinue Reading