REFLECTIONS: WHO AM I? SHIFTING THE FOCUS

At a certain point in senior leaders’ careers they pause in chasing outcomes, and start considering who they are, widening and enhancing their perspective By Lindsay Wittenberg   Who am I if I don’t have the answers?” A deceptively simple question – and one which integrates the multitude of issues that so many of my […]

REFLECTIONS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

When Gen X coaches met Gen Z students to express assumptions, they found more similarities than differences. Surely our humanity needs to come first? by Lindsay Wittenberg There were some significant differences in the session I ran at the Coaching at Work conference on 4 July. Perhaps most obvious was that the session featured 11 […]

REFLECTIONS: MY MARKERS IN THE SAND

Organisations that buy coaching to support staff well-being, may find the culture is hostile to its success. How can coaches work with that tension? By Lindsay Wittenberg More and more of my clients are showing up stressed (to the point of being signed off work), pressured to a degree that leaves some of them feeling […]

REFLECTIONS: DROP THE ATTITUDE

How can coaching help end male leaders’ discrimination against female colleagues? A systemic stance may reveal deep and lasting change Lindsay Wittenberg Sadly, I’m finding it as common as ever to hear female clients talk of not being acknowledged or included by male colleagues in discussions and decision-making, being bypassed by people making a beeline […]

REFLECTIONS: OUR ‘PALE BLUE DOT’

The Earth is a tiny point of light in the universe, says Carl Sagan, but it is also our responsibility. Let’s bring our world view into how we coach future leaders Lindsay Wittenberg We had reached the end of a short coaching programme when my client reflected that he was getting a clearer sense of […]

REFLECTIONS: JUST BEING

While measurables are vital in the coaching contract, most coaching clients simply want to find the measure of themselves. But aren’t both connected? By Lindsay Wittenberg Coaching objectives. Measurables. Performance. Effectiveness. These concepts – so core to coaching, and so important as a means for coaching clients and organisations to measure the return on their […]

REFLECTIONS: UNDER THE INFLUENCE

Power and responsibility are given to you as an executive coach, both by yourself and your clients. Is it time to re-examine its implications?  By Lindsay Wittenberg The impact of the use of power has turned up for me in some unexpected places. In a triangular meeting at the start of a coaching programme a […]

OPINION: REFLECTIONS – DANCING WITH FEAR

How do you coach a senior leader inhibited by fear of failure? Working systemically and mindfully will help access resources for you and your client By Lindsay Wittenberg I’m working with a number of clients – all in different organisations – who are frightened. And when I look back over previous clients I realise that […]

REFLECTIONS: IN THE SWIM OF THINGS

Leadership is like standing in a fast-flowing stream. Either you’re anchored or you’re buffeted by currents. Coaching enables us to discover our truth By Lindsay Wittenberg Leaders I coach are, in a sense, standing in a stream that is the flow of their life at work – the living of their organisational culture. The water […]

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 […]