On 5 December, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule, died aged 95. As the world mourned, we asked how Mandela inspired you and what you think we can learn from him. Below are reflections from leadership expert Brian Bacon. (See also leadership coach Rachel Ellison’s reflections www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-ellison and leadership coach Jackee Holder’s reflections www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-holder and the January/February issue of Coaching at Work magazine for other contributors’ comments) Leadership lessons from Nelson Mandela by Brian Bacon, chairman and founder of Oxford Leadership Academy Two big leadership lessons can be drawn from observation […]
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On 5 December, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule, died aged 95. As the world mourned, we asked how Mandela inspired you and what you think we can learn from him. Below are reflections from leadership coach Jackee Holder. (See also leadership coach Rachel Ellison’s reflections www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-ellison and Brian Bacon’s www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-bacon and the January/February issue of Coaching at Work magazine for other contributors’ comments) Lessons learned from Mandela By leadership coach Jackee Holder Born in 1918, Madiba Mandela both lived through and survived the tortuous conditions of imprisonment and solitary confinement […]
Lindsay Wittenberg How do we help clients find their way back into safety following intense experiences? Lately I’ve become aware of how often extremes of uncertainty come up in my coaching sessions. Any leader’s life is full of the unpredictable, the ambiguous and the complex, but there’s a particular intensity, even threat, to the experiences of three of my clients. One exceptionally bright woman was catapulted, without preparation, to a demanding senior position: her job description was vague, yet there was significant pressure on her to deliver. Scrambling to produce results caused her serious stress. Another client lost four colleagues […]
What do we see when we reflect deeply? This issue: being truly present in the midst of redundancy
by Lindsay Wittenberg
Graham is a divisional director in an international company based in the UK. When he started his coaching programme his team wasn’t gelling and the business wasn’t performing well. Rates of absenteeism, sickness and stress were high, and Graham was facing the threat of closure of the division if performance didn’t improve.
Shortly before the fourth coaching session, the decision was indeed taken to close down the division, and Graham began implementing a redundancy process, working towards his own ultimate redundancy too.
Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault, and other things: reflections from the EMCC conference
What is the optimum size of a coaching cultured company? This was one of the questions that emerged for David Megginson, European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) ambassador and co-founder, at the EMCC´s annual conference last month.
He reflects on six themes from the conference: the learning philosophy of coaching scheme designs in organisations; transformational creation of coaching cultures; positive psychology; Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault; the relationship between refreshment and goals, and “the quiet radical”, Nancy Kline. He shares his reflections below.
There was plenty of cause for celebration on 3 July at the Coaching at Work Awards ceremony in London. It was another tough year for judging, with many deserving people on the shortlists to choose from. The ceremony took place after the Coaching at Work annual conference at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury. One of the highlights was the acceptance speech of David Gray’s Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award by his son, Dan Gray. The awards reception was sponsored by the Academy of Executive Coaching. The process Coaching at Work team pulls together a shortlist of nominees in consultation with leaders […]
How do we best support entrepreneurs and how does the entrepreneurship wider culture vary? Kathryn Pope, Gaetane Lenain, Ave Peetri, Lena Gustafsson and Barbara Asimakopoulou report As coaching someone with an entrepreneurial personality different from coaching anyone else? What are the challenges and potential pitfalls? What skills and resources do we need? These are some of the questions we’ve often been asked by other coaches. What’s the benefit of coaching? What will it help me do that I can’t do now? What results will I get? How quickly will I see these? Is it worth my time? These are […]
By Nicole Berg I overheard a conversation today between a cyclist and a motorist – the latter was a worker for a social housing provider. The cyclist’s path took him up to the window of the company van, and he motioned to get the driver’s attention. The cyclist asked the driver if he could please turn off the vehicle’s engine, as he lived there. We all live here – on this earth, and that is the best reason I can think of to start changing the way we do things. This exchange made me feel delighted and hopeful, until I […]
By Adina Tarry Sam Humphrey and Karen Dean drew on their book about the world of a coach and being a coach, rather than about coaching or coaching clients, to prompt reflection in participants. The session, Coaching stories: Flowing and falling of being a coach, presented by began with Dean introducing herself and the background to the book, with a reference to her earlier career. She worked for eight years with some 700 people delivering more than 3000 hours of coaching, including to cruise ship teams. This constant and significant volume of practice provided the opportunity to reflect on her […]
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