Perspectives – The happiest of outcomes

Rachel Ellison What can we learn from how others see the world? This new column peers through different lenses, exploring how ideas and perspectives might be woven into coaching and mentoring The premature birth of a child is an intense, frightening experience – and it will inform everything you do Two minutes. Two pushes. A baby boy is born. I was only six months pregnant – I’d got my MA in coaching just the week before. I thought I was meeting a friend for coffee, followed by a civilised summer of theatre and concerts, client coaching programmes and buying baby […]

Perspectives – dying to know the truth

What can we learn from how others see the world? This new column peers through different lenses, exploring how ideas and perspectives might be woven into coaching and mentoring David Megginson, Bob Garvey and Paul Stokes The great thinkers of ancient Greece and Rome have valuable lessons for 21st century coaching We have learned much about coaching approaches from thinkers in classical antiquity. Here we give perspectives from Greece and Rome. Socrates’ life and thoughts were chronicled by Plato. Athens had developed a rich culture and invented many of our democratic ideas and ideals, but there was complacency too. Socrates […]

Perspectives — Out of the mouths of babes

What can we learn from how others see the world? This new column peers through different lenses, exploring how ideas and perspectives might be woven into coaching and mentoring LINDSAY WITTENBERG Just as children learn by observation, coaches can maximise their learning too – through focus and without judging It’s lunchtime and I’m watching my nine-month old grandson. A tiny crumb of food falls from the spoon onto the tray of his high chair. He dabs at it, intent on the contact between finger and crumb. He pushes it, and contemplates with intense concentration what’s now on the end of […]

Ready for your close-up?

What can we learn from how others see the world? This new column peers through different lenses, exploring how ideas and perspectives might be woven into coaching and mentoring News reporters and coaches have more in common than it seems. Both look at stories from a variety of angles… Rachel Ellison Roll theme tune, camera swoop shot to presenter… run headlines, cut to pictures… cue first news package. It’s a typical opening to the BBC’s Six O’Clock News television bulletin, bringing information, education and entertainment to living rooms across the nation. My career as a news correspondent – first with […]