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Truth and Story

truth vs story

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“The long and winding road That leads to your door Will never disappear; I’ve seen that road before, It always leads me here, Leads me to your door” – ‘The Long and Winding Road’, by Paul McCartney & John Lennon Almost every experience we encounter is woven into the fabric…

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Flowers

the nine elements of a professional coaching ecology

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Succeeding as a professional coach is not being a one-hit wonder! Coaching is still a relative newcomer to the personal change world, but the last 5–10 years have seen a growing recognition that coaching is a profession, not simply a skill that, once learnt, can be assumed to have been…

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Identity Crisis

is coaching suffering an identity crisis?

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When I started coaching 15 years ago, it was all so simple! Coaching was about helping people move from where they were to where they wanted to be by identifying their main sticking points and planning an active journey to overcome them. This was best exemplified by the GROW model,…

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Spring Cleaning

coaching as spring cleaning

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It often gets messy before it gets better! You might soon start noticing a common theme in my thoughts, and it’s essentially that they largely aim to debunk myths (or at least ideas that I see as myths) that have kept coaching stuck at a certain level of effectiveness and…

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Grammar

me, myself and i: the grammar of selfhood

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In the classic 1937 song, Billie Holiday sings, “me, myself and I are all in love with you”. Quite honestly, it’s a rare thing to have such consensus of the self! Flippant comments aside, though, the grammar that underpins these lyrics offers us a simple way into some complex themes…

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Mastery

slowing down for depth and mastery

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We’re trying to get there too fast. There’s a hunger to be the expert, the go-to-guy or gal, the thought leader, the brand, the personality, the star….without putting the time in. Being a true expert or leader, being a master of your craft, being an influencer – these things take…

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Fantasize

why it’s ok to fantasize about your coaching clients

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Now there’s an interesting statement and, no doubt, one that will get every ethical nose twitching. But don’t worry. I don’t mean it as it sounds! In “Power in the Helping Professions“(1971), Guggenbuhl-Craig states that relationship is fantasy. When I first read that statement, I braced myself for a gloomy…

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Ethics

why a code of ethics can’t help with ethical dilemmas

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As a coaching supervisor, I always have an eye on ethical dimensions in my supervisee’s work. It is rather like a goalkeeper in a football match who, even when their side is dominating play, has to be constantly ready to leap in to action when needed. Ethics concerns itself with…

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utopia or dystopia: coaching in the automated age

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In “The Glass Cage: Who Needs Humans Anyway?“, Nicholas Carr explores the darker side of the increasing move towards mass-automation in both industry and our everyday lives. One of the trends Carr points to is the increasing disparity between an economy’s growth and the growth of employment. Where once the…

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