EMCC CONFERENCE: PARADOX MINDSET

How often do we treat paradoxes as problems to be solved in our coaching? Many coaching dilemmas have no ‘right’ solution – it’s more a case of shifting mindsets from ‘or thinking’ (absolve – “it’s not my problem” and solve – “someone has to choose”) to ‘and thinking’ (resolve – “there’s an opportunity here” and dissolve – “let’s think about this differently”), said Dr Jenny Denyer, in her workshop at the EMCC conference.

EMCC CONFERENCE: TANNI GREY-THOMPSON – AIMING HIGH

“Aim high, even if you hit a cabbage,” Tanni Grey-Thompson’s grandfather used to tell her, and when others told her she’d “never get an education or have children”, her parents “ignored it for whatever reason”, said Dame Grey-Thompson during her keynote at the EMCC conference. Paralysed by the age of seven, she said: “The perception for others was that the wheelchair was the worst thing; for me it was the freedom to do stuff.” She went on to take up wheelchair racing and became one of Britain’s greatest Paralympic athletes, achieving eleven gold, four silver and a bronze medal throughout […]

AICTP: COACHING ENHANCED BY THERAPEUTIC INPUT

By Mark Farrall Around 100 practitioners identifying professionally as therapists, coaches and/or somewhere in between, gathered at the inaugural conference of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals (AICTP) on 21 January. What stood out for me was just what richness and variety of integrative practice means in the field of coaching. Examples provided by attendees ranged from collaborative working where a psychiatrist addressing direct clinical issues around substance misuse would then refer the client on to the coach to address related work and professional issues, to a coach who only works in settings one to one outside of the business […]

OPINION: VIEWPOINT – BEAUTY OR THE BEAST?

Is your coaching all about happy endings? Probably not – and nor should it be. For most of us, the real success happens in very small increments Everyone loves a happy ending. It’s the basic assumption that we all have when reading a story or watching a film, and as writers we know that’s what our readers expect. However, that doesn’t reflect real life and it got me thinking about how the coaching community describes its own success. I hugely appreciate the effort people make in writing books, but it’s these examples I’m pointing a finger at in this column […]

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 just assumes he’s right, so he doesn’t really fit here” “Her performance hasn’t been managed for years and there are some issues. We’d like her to have some coaching sessions with you”   I’ve encountered all these comments from line managers over the past few […]

OPINION: THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT – WOULD YOU COACH DONALD?

If you were asked, how would you respond? We used our Legacy Thinking toolbox to come up with predictable answers – and an interesting solution It was a question I posed to the wonderful Guildford Coaches Group in the UK. I was invited there to share tools from our Legacy Thinking toolbox. The US election result had just come in, and in the context of gaining insight and wisdom by seeing a situation from the perspectives of others (one of the concepts at the heart of Legacy Thinking), and taking responsibility for the ripple out of our work (another concept) […]

OPINION: THE REAL BUSINESS OF COACHING – BE THE OWNER OF YOUR SUCCESS

Do we abdicate true responsibility for our business success? Don’t look for inspiration in another coach’s experiences when the answer lies with you By Ginny Baillie Imagine that, like me, you work with clients on being self-directed, taking inspiration where they find it, but holding ultimate responsibility for their own actions and results. Then why do so many coaches, including myself at times, think they’re going to find the answer in another coach’s experience? Why are we enthralled by someone else’s five-step plan or exacting process to a six-figure business? Just because they have accomplished this doesn’t mean we’re going […]

TROUBLESHOOTER: CAN I MANAGE THIS?

A company CIO has been tasked with launching a digital change programme. He is worried he lacks the expertise to lead it. What can be done to support him? The Issue The board of a customer-facing business expect the CIO to lead a major digital transformation because they view it as “about technology”. But technology is only one aspect of it. It also impacts the customer experience and the way the business interacts with its suppliers and other stakeholders. So the challenge is far more profound: it is a fundamental transformation of the entire business. The organisation also has a […]

IT’S ALL LUCK: A PROFILE OF ABOODI SHABI

What gives life meaning? It’s a question often pondered by Aboodi Shabi, executive coach and co-founder of UK ICF. Coaching, he tells Liz Hall, can help us find that meaning – if we approach it with compassion and humility   Aboodi Shabi, independent executive and personal coach and former head of coaching and training for Newfield Network Europe, isn’t one for preciousness or earnestness. He’s irreverent, witty, eloquent and fond of asking questions others won’t. He’s passionate, too – about being of service, and making meaning of life for himself and for others. Even when he was very young, Shabi […]

SPECIAL REPORT: COACHING IN A CRISIS – PART 1 – WORKING WITH MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES

In this series of articles to mark UK Mental Health Awareness Week on 8-14 May, we look at supporting individuals and organisations in challenging times. Part 1: Is a blanket refusal to work with coaching clients with mental health issues tenable? By Liz Pick and Liz Hall Many people with mental health issues fail to get support from coaching because coaches and organisations believe it falls outside their remit. Yet with mental health issues on the rise and mental ill health costing UK employers an estimated £26bn a year (London’s City Mental Health Alliance), a blanket approach of refusing to […]