WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

How the ancient mindfulness practice of loving-kindness meditation can turbo-charge your coaching. Paul Heardman reports We all know those quintessential lightbulb moments, when how we see the world suddenly shifts and things are never quite the same again. One of the great joys of coaching is being present when our clients experience such moments. I had my own flash of insight on a small Spanish island a few years ago and it transformed my approach to coaching. It was May 2013 and I found myself in Menorca for a week-long mindfulness course, my first foray into the world of meditation. […]

SOCIALISATION, NOT BRAIN DIFFERENCE, KEY TO GENDER BIAS

Leadership coaches Megan Evans and Lindsay Wittenberg, with neuroscientist Dr Geoff Bird, examine the neuroscience of gender in the latest in a series of workshops   Diversity challenges in our society and organisations, and the lack of equal opportunity, exist not because male and female brains are as different as we tend to think, but because of socialisation, suggested practising neuroscientist and coach Dr Geoff Bird. Among some of the confronting myth-busting concepts presented by Bird at a recent workshop was the concept that the relationship between societal factors (including cultural factors) and gender differences – nurture rather than nature […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there By Liz Hall   Same as it ever was? This month (8 November) sees US citizens finally take to the polls. If we don’t like the outcome, we can take comfort in what we so often cite in coaching – and know from neuroscience – nothing is written in stone; behaviour can change. As artist, songwriter, and social commentator David Byrne wrote earlier this year: “We’re malleable. We, as a species, can change the myths and […]

NEUROSCIENCE: LET’S DIG DEEPER

More and more research is being done into the brain, and our understanding is moving forward at a rapid rate. This article examines the latest updates – some of them quite surprising, reports Amy Brann If you’re reading this article you probably know that neuroscience is the scientific study of the brain. You know that technology has rapidly advanced our ability to see what is going on in the brain as it is happening. But what does this really mean to coaches and their clients? Recently, my husband and I took our three-year-old on her thirteenth plane journey. As she […]