THE GRID™ UNLOCKED

Dr Magdalena Bak-Maier shares how organisational coaches and their clients are using her Grid™ work-life balance and productivity tool to achieve results in balance with life   Working hard and being well-known in the field of performance coaching across the world, I am no stranger to high-intensity work that can result in burnout. On the flip side, as Daniel Kahneman, research psychologist and author of Thinking Fast and Slow, shows through thinking errors and habitual behaviours, even the most efficient people can get caught up in bad decisions. As a trained neuroscientist and coach, I invented the Grid™ to help […]

TRIED & TESTED: THE HORNS OF THE DILEMMA

Eve Turner shares her ‘Halos and Horns’ model for exploring our practice and client systems systemically   The purpose of this tool is to look at our coaching, mentoring, supervision or consulting practice systemically, rather than considering individual elements, cases or clients. I devised it a few years ago, partly because I felt that some clients were rarely brought to supervision, staying ‘in darkness’ instead – and I strongly believed all our clients deserved their time ‘in the sunshine’. Also, I believed that when we look at clients individually, we may miss the patterns and themes: for example, what sort […]

TOOLBOX: TRIED AND TESTED – GAME PLAN

Hazel Russo shares how her board game, Lumination™, is being used as a powerful coaching and facilitation tool in organisations   Two decades ago I invented a treasure trail in my local woods which invited people to explore a question they had about their lives. Fifty people took part. We divided them into small groups, gave them a map and they set off. Once in the woods they met characters who held an activity designed to prompt new thinking. At the end, a number of participants described it as one of the most impactful experiences of their lives. Zoom forward […]

TRIED AND TESTED – ERSHAD: A CULTURAL CONTEXT

Jenny Plaister-Ten road tests the Islamic Ershad coaching framework   The coach: Jenny Plaister-Ten The client: Samira Ben Omar, head of systems change, NW London Collaboration of CCGs, NHS   Originally from Morocco, Ben Omar moved to the UK when she was 15 years old. Our coaching sessions often included a conversation about her not liking to let other people down, which sometimes necessitated an enquiry into her self-care. In her role within the NHS, she often finds herself entrenched in complexity that could be overwhelming to some. She is also an active volunteer. Ben Omar appears to take it all in […]

TRIED AND TESTED: THE 7CS OF A SHARED HUMANITY

Elaine Patterson from The Coaching Supervision Academy introduces ‘The 7Cs’, a lens for coaching and coaching supervision which shows how we can bring more of our innate human qualities to our work to free others to do the same, gaining new insights and fresh perspectives Our work as coaches and coach supervisors is people work. We are in the crucible of the relationships we create. Rocked by the waves of continuous change in our VUCA world, I noticed in myself, my work and life the limits of technical competencies. Something was missing. Edna Murdoch coined the mantra, “Who we are […]

TRIED AND TESTED: THE ‘PERILLS’ OF COACHING

David Clutterbuck shares PERILL: a pragmatic model of team function and dysfunction for use in team coaching Over the past 10 years, I have introduced a stream of trainee team coaches across the world to two models in particular: Lencioni’s (2002) and Hawkins’ (2011). In their feedback and presentations on practice, it’s clear that clients and coaches like the simplicity of Lencioni’s deficit model, which proposes five key dysfunctions of a team: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results. However, it only reveals the limited set of problems contained within the model; […]

TRIED AND TESTED: ARE YOU LAZY ENOUGH?

Judit Ábri von Bartheld shares her simple yet powerful LAZY model for coaching Being lazy is not a quality that one should be proud of, yet when you use it in coaching conversations it can carry a different meaning. Let me explain how.   The LAZY coach As a coach trainer and mentor coach, I notice that the most difficult behaviour for new coaches is to learn how to refrain from giving advice. Most of the time, as coaches, we’re so eager to help our client that we struggle with how to hold back suggestions and advice that otherwise we […]

TOOLBOX: TRIED AND TESTED – I’VE CHANGED MY MIND

Sue Green shares her CBC-based model for helping people change self-limiting thinking   Most agree that having a negative mindset has the power to limit performance, wellbeing and potential. There are, of course, many ways coaches can support people to shift negative, unhelpful ways of thinking. One evidence-based and powerful approach, which many will be familiar with, is the cognitive-behavioural approach. In this article, I share a model I have developed to help coaches work more easily and effectively with this approach. Cognitive-behavioural coaching (CBC) is based on the principle that an individual’s thoughts play an important part in shaping […]

TOOLBOX: TRIED AND TESTED – HOLDING THE SPACE. ART IN COACHING PART 2

Art works beyond words, offering a powerful way to create shift in coaching, reports Anna Sheather in the last of a two-part series on working with art in coaching One of the most powerful aspects of coaching and one of its great joys is witnessing the moment of transformational shift in our clients; those moments when everything falls into place for them. I also believe it is one of the main reasons why people come to coaching: looking for the ‘magic’ that will bring about the success they are seeking. Through my own research and practice I’ve discovered that using […]

TRIED AND TESTED: PART 1 – CAN YOU PICTURE THIS?

In this two-part series, we look at working with art in coaching. Part 1: One way to get clients unstuck is to break out of the straitjacket of words by using diagrams and pictures. Sarah Gornall and Jenny Bird report We’ve all had times when we get embroiled in coaching in the client’s morass of thoughts, resulting in us both being stuck together. Clients give us huge amounts of information about their worlds and their processing as we work with them. The information they offer may come predominantly through their words and word patterns (their idiolect) and this is certainly […]