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 […]

TROUBLESHOOTER: HATING ME, HATING YOU

TROUBLESHOOTER A school leader feels judged by her peers and judges them in her turn. She is angry, defensive and exhausted. A focus on compassion could hold the key THE ISSUE Beatrice is a department head at an independent secondary school in which teachers, pupils and management are under enormous pressure to deliver impressive academic […]

BOC: CREATING STRONGER, BRAVER TEAMS

Strengths-based coaching has dramatically improved performance at the UK and Ireland’s biggest producer of industrial gases. And its effects continue to be felt By Paul Brewerton   A combination of team and executive coaching for senior leadership teams at BOC, the UK and Ireland’s largest provider of industrial, medical and special gases, has improved team […]

WELCOMING THE 5CS FRAMEWORK

A new, robust process has been evolved that covers all the bases when coaching leadership teams at board level By Rosemary Harper “It’s going to be like turkeys voting for Christmas,” said the HR director. That was the briefing for my first FTSE 100 level coaching of a board. The company, a conglomerate, was under […]

GENERATING A GIVING MINDSET

GENERATING A GIVING MINDSET How do we, as coaches, develop the sense of human connection that supports our clients and ourselves to move from a fixed to a growth mindset? By Sally-Anne Airey   “I completely wasted my time!” How often have we heard people say this, or voiced or thought it ourselves? I recall […]

WHAT’S YOUR COACH DEVELOPMENT PLAN?

WHAT’S YOUR COACH DEVELOPMENT PLAN? Where will you be professionally in 5-10 years’ time? Coaches need structured self-development as much as their clients, yet few can answer this question. How do we change that? By David Clutterbuck   Professional coaches and mentors are in the business of people development. It might be expected, then, that […]

ROADTEST: INTERNATIONAL TEAM TRUST INDICATOR

TOOLBOX   ‘IT WAS CATHARTIC AND CHALLENGING’ Keary Harper used the International Team Trust Indicator to help mend a disconnect between a media company’s London and Yorkshire-based leadership teams By John Keary   ‘I guess we have the growing pains of any business, but there seems to be a disconnect between our two offices. And, […]

HOW TO…CULTIVATE LEADERSHIP PRESENCE

The ability to connect with the thoughts and feelings of others in order to motivate and inspire them is key to powerful communication. Coaching can help individuals learn how to tap into their own innate magnetism to pitch, present and speak with confidence By Deon Newbronner   Presence. Great actors have it. As do great […]

GENDER REASSIGNED

MENTORING By Lis Merrick In our latest column dedicated to mentoring, we look at using gender when matching. Should we carry on minimising its effect, or start maximising it instead? So much matching actually seeks to play down the gender angle, but I believe that in effective design it is possible to use gender creatively […]