Owning the Agenda

I recently coached a senior leader who had never experienced executive coaching before. I explained that one of the key principles of coaching is that he chooses the issue he wants to explore – he sets the agenda. He thought about this for a while but still remained unclear on how he could make the… Read more

Going Online

Formal coaching with a qualified coach involves taking purposeful, protected time out of the day job with a coach to make progress towards specific goals. This type of coaching can create space for reflection, which in turn often paves the way to profound learning. We refer to this as ‘off-line’ coaching. People typically feedback that… Read more

Completing 2019

As coaches we often support leaders and teams to find ways to finish, close or end well. It may be the completion of a project, the end of a role or the final chapter of a career. It’s sad to hear stories of poor endings, unfinished business or unacknowledged achievements. When insufficient attention has been… Read more

Solid or Liquid?

The sociologist and philosopher Zygmunt Bauman once coined the phrase ‘liquid modernity’ to describe the mobility and complexity of modern times.  We stand on shifting sands where the need to continually adapt, coupled with a pervading sense of impermanence, can make us feel vulnerable and fragile.  Our identity is strongly influenced by our environment, so how… Read more

Depth of Commitment

“Everyone at the team off-site agreed to collaborate more but then we all went away and continued to do our own thing.”  This is one of the frustrations we often hear. Members of a team agree one thing in a meeting and then go away and don’t do it. If there is a sense that… Read more

Recipes and Orchestras

There are some really helpful personality tests and measures on the market. We use several of them in our work with teams, as they provide science-based scaffolding within which to explore and appreciate individual differences. By framing their results in terms of ‘preferences’ rather than strengths or weaknesses, discussions can be open and fruitful as… Read more