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 […]

REFLECTIONS: THE VULNERABLE COACH

Coaches need to be knowable to their clients. It increases their capacity to hear compassionately as clients open up to explore difficult issues By Lindsay Wittenberg My brief for these columns is to share my reflections on my client work, the learning that’s emerged for me from those reflections, and the impact on my practice. The […]

REFLECTIONS: WHO ARE YOU – REALLY?

Clients can become so embroiled in their work that they lose their identity. Coaching can guide them back to being whole, integrated beings again By Lindsay Wittenberg   I’m intrigued by how the question of how the coaching client’s identity – or more accurately, identities – is manifested in the coaching encounter. For some leaders, […]

REFLECTIONS: SURVIVING POOR LEADERSHIP

OPINION By Lindsay Wittenberg Aggressive leaders and insensitive feedback fail to get the best from staff, yet coaches must not judge the culture – or their client’s view of leadership I’m intrigued by the different perspectives that clients offer me on leadership as it is lived. There was the senior executive with responsibility for a significant […]