Pragmatic advice for coaches, managers & leaders

Don’t use a checklist

I want to alert you to a common trap that those new – and not so new – to using a coaching approach can fall into. It is an approach I refer to as ‘The Checklist’. Avoid it at all costs. In this post I’ll explain what it is and the reasons for not employingContinue Reading

Look in order to hear

A short post as a reminder: you will pick up a good deal of useful information from someone that you are coaching by looking intently at their posture changes in their posture skin colour changes eye movement and many other factors. All of this data that you can collect becomes more information to add toContinue Reading

A clearer view of focus

Daniel Goleman, the author that made EQ available to most of us through his written work such as Emotional Intelligence, Why it can matter more than IQ, speaks in the video below on the importance of focus. He discusses what elements help maintain and build concentration and what can detract from our ability to focusContinue 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

Ask the obvious

Many leaders and managers that I have worked with over the years find it difficult to ask the obvious question. They struggle to ask something that will move somebody from stuck to unstuck because the question is either a little too direct, challenging or personal. Reserved Some of this holding back is a good thing.Continue Reading

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

Must do better

It’s not the time of year when schools traditionally give out reports to pupils but the Office of National Statistics (ONS) has just published our finalĀ reportĀ – the UK’s that is – on productivity, for the year 2012. How are we doing? Well, I’m certainly no economist but I do love a bit of statistics andContinue Reading


Have you noticed from where so many people orientate their worlds? Have you observed that people will so frequently engage in a conversation but before you know it, they have managed to turn the topic around to themselves and their agenda? They do it repeatedly. They do it more or less knowingly. As coaches, weContinue 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

One powerful question

When you head up a team within an organisation, there is one very simple question you can ask yourself to transform the impacts you have. My work with business leaders over the last twelve years suggests that many of them are simply not aware of this question and its transformative effects. Much of the time,Continue Reading