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News: C@W conference roundup. Coaching’s here to ask questions

Coaching’s here to ask questions – Aboodi Shabi Coaches need to be bold and ask the questions others dare not ask – that’s when we best serve our clients, said Aboodi Shabi in his keynote address on whether coaching still matters, writes Kate McGuire. “Coaches have to navigate between working in and challenging the status quo. The coach represents in some way a shaman who helps people to question and go beyond what we take for granted,” said Shabi, head of coaching and training at Newfield Network Europe. “Coaching’s here to begin to ask questions. I don’t think we have […]

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Three minutes to midnight

Save the planet? You’re having a laugh! This new column explores our role in tackling the complicated combination of economic, environmental and social challenges we face. It will be a place to question, offer, share, explore, challenge, dissent, celebrate, reflect, learn and enjoy. Chris Smith, chairman of the Environment Agency, was a guest at a recent client event. He shared a story of a taxi driver who asked him what he did. Chris told him about the agency’s work. “Haven’t we got better things to think about than saving the planet?”, the driver said. It’s a funny, serious, fascinating question. […]

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Myth buster: Choice words

Aboodi Shabi Life is full of possibilities, but what if your client disagrees? Is it your job to ‘fix’ them? Or is it more productive to ‘meet’ them in their stuckness? A given of the coaching profession is that everyone has a choice in life – without choices, there are no possibilities, and coaching is all about enabling or accessing what’s possible. Or is it? I think these assumptions are worthy of further investigation. When I explore them with coaches during my training sessions and presentations, I usually ask for a show of hands from those who agree that everyone […]

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Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter “Coaches have to navigate between working in and challenging the status quo. The coach represents in some way a shaman who helps people to question and go beyond what we take for granted.” This was one of the messages from Aboodi Shabi in his keynote at our Coaching and Mentoring at Work conference on 11 July (conference report in the September issue). “We need to be bold and ask the questions others dare not ask, that’s when we really serve our clients….. if we don’t ask these questions, we are doomed […]

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Welcome to the May 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the May 2012 issue of the newsletter We’re feeling like good sports and in somewhat of a celebratory mood, what with the recent bout of sunshine here in the UK and the international sporting event taking place so we’ve launched a special 15% discount offer on digital subscriptions. We know many of you still appreciate receiving a hard copy of the magazine and enjoy our quality paper and illustrations, but for some of you, particularly if you’re based overseas, the digital sub can make sense. So here goes: here’s the code for the 15% discount. CADSUM2012. Please feel […]

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The what, why and how of it

I’ve been thinking about why we do what we do and how we do it, a lot recently. I blame Tatiana Bachkirova. In the first term of her postgraduate supervision course at Oxford Brookes, we had to write about our model, demonstrating that we understood why we worked the way we did. We had to show congruence between our personal philosophy (values, beliefs, assumptions, perceived purpose for supervision), desired outcomes and the processes we used when supervising. It was a time for burning the midnight oil and searching the soul – 78 books and articles later, I began to understand […]

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Myth buster – We’re only human

ABOODI SHABI ‘Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children’ 
Kahlil Gibran I was at a party the other day, having a discussion with an old friend about what she might do next in her career. I suggested coaching could be one possible path. “God, no!” she exclaimed, “I’m far too messed up for that!” It’s not an especially unusual reaction – the idea that one has to be sorted out, ‘coach-like’, to do this work. And yet, it’s an idea I react […]

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