OPINION: REFLECTIONS – DANCING WITH FEAR

How do you coach a senior leader inhibited by fear of failure? Working systemically and mindfully will help access resources for you and your client By Lindsay Wittenberg I’m working with a number of clients – all in different organisations – who are frightened. And when I look back over previous clients I realise that […]

REFLECTIONS: IN THE SWIM OF THINGS

Leadership is like standing in a fast-flowing stream. Either you’re anchored or you’re buffeted by currents. Coaching enables us to discover our truth By Lindsay Wittenberg Leaders I coach are, in a sense, standing in a stream that is the flow of their life at work – the living of their organisational culture. The water […]

OPINION: REFLECTIONS – DO YOU KNOW WHEN TO STOP?

Line managers may confuse coaching with performance management. Supervision and reflection will guide your decision to proceed or withdraw By Lindsay Wittenberg “We’re going to have to let her go, but we want to know she’s had a go at being coached” “His technical delivery is faultless, but he’s complacent about influencing people appropriately: he […]

REFLECTIONS: NOURISH YOUR PRACTICE

‘Clarity, new ideas, insights and fresh perspectives.’ In her latest column, Lindsay Wittenberg considers the many benefits of reflective work I’m a natural reflector: I reflect in writing before and after every coaching and supervision session, I reflect mentally during those sessions – and I reflect in public for these columns. My reflection brings me […]

REFLECTIONS: WHAT LIES BEYOND?

In a coaching relationship, the client’s stories reflect a fraction of who they are. We must resist jumping to assumptions based on those fragments By Lindsay Wittenberg I recently had the sad experience of attending the cremation of a previous client who had died at the age of just 56. As I watched the projected […]

OPINION: REFLECTIONS

Compass or straitjacket? A client’s lack of clarity in the contracting process may prove problematic at first, but measurables will often surface during the coaching relationship By Lindsay Wittenberg   Measurement – or, rather, lack of it – and contracting are attracting my attention. I’m thinking of the client who resists expressing specific coaching objectives […]

REFLECTIONS: RUPTURES IN RAPPORT

Who is responsible for our mental health at work? And where is the boundary of the coach’s responsibility to call out damage? By Lindsay Wittenberg We hear and read increasingly about the need for wellbeing – and its underpinning of effectiveness. If wellbeing at work relates to a sense of ease in the working environment, […]

REFLECTIONS: LEAN BACK AND LEARN

People live and work in complex contexts. Using constellations as part of systemic coaching can offer profound insights into clients’ challenges By Lindsay Wittenberg When a new client comes for coaching they bring with them their challenges as they see them from their individual perspective. We may work with them on their thinking patterns, their […]