Types of coaches

An Outline of the 8 Types of Coach 

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The core skills and practices of coaching underpin every coach's work.  However, the way in which those practices show up and are used will depend on how the coach works, where they work and with whom they work. In a sense, this is utterly unique to each coach but we…

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What’s the Difference Between Coaching Supervision and Mentor Coaching?

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If you’re a coach looking for professional support from a more experienced coach, you’re going face the choice of whether to choose a coaching supervisor or a mentor coach.You might be wondering what the difference is between them or even if there is a difference. Certainly, I have had many…

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The PROSPER Model – 7 Ways to Continue Developing as a Coach

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A while back, I was running a coaching business mentoring group when one of the participants asked the group: “I know this group is all about business but I’m curious how other coaches continue to develop as a coach after qualifying.” What a great question! It’s all too easy for…

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Why the professional coaching associations matter more than we realise.

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As a coach, do you find yourself wondering if and why you need to be involved with professional associations like the ICF - why you spend money each year on membership and why you have to bother with accreditation?Or maybe you don’t bother. Perhaps you have rejected them wholesale as…

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Collusion vs Empathy in Coaching

Separating Empathy and Collusion in Coaching

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As coaches, we’re taught not to collude with our clients.  But what does that really mean?   Quite simply, collusion happens when we validate and reinforce beliefs and behaviours in ways that shrink possibilities for change and risk a client remaining stuck with their problem.   So far, so good.…

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Can Coaches Ever be Truly Non-Judgemental (Part 2)

Can Coaches Ever be Truly Non-Judgemental (Part 2)

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This is the second in a two-part article. If you haven’t yet read part one, my advice would be to do so. Not only is it a rip-roaring yarn in its own right, but it’ll help this second part make more sense.For the lazy (or let’s say, time-efficient) amongst you…

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Can coaches ever be truly non-judgemental? (Part 1)

Can coaches ever be truly non-judgemental? (Part 1)

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For various reasons, I’ve been thinking about the issue of non-judgement in coaching recently. I’ve been wondering whether it’s truly possible to be non-judgmental and if there is a more useful way to think about judgement in coaching. When I first became a coach in the early 2000s, it was…

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coaching supervision

6 Reasons Coaching Supervision is a Must for Transformative Coaches

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If you’re a coach (or want to be), you’ve probably heard of coaching supervision. But you might not know exactly what it is or how it could benefit you and your clients. As a coach, you work to support and ‘hold’ your clients, often through challenging periods of transition and…

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Reflective Practice in Coaching

A Journey Towards Reflective and Reflexive Learning

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It goes without saying that new coaches need to learn new skills.  That’s typically why someone joins a coaching programme.  To learn how to coach. Yet, time and again, we hear that the journey is about so much more than learning to coach.  It also changes how the learner relates…

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