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BREXIT – TWO OPINIONS

Brexit: let’s get unstuck Just over a year on from the EU Referendum, Alison Whybrow explores how we can make sense of Brexit   Hard Brexit, soft Brexit, the collapse of Brexit talks: the UK general election results on Friday 9 June have sent the uncertainty around Brexit into hyperspace. A quick Google search just after Article 50 was triggered by Prime Minister Theresa May, yielded these headlines on 31 March 2017: ‘Brexit is a tragedy, but there’s much more we can do before the final act’ The Guardian ‘EU tells UK: We will not punish you. Brexit is punishment enough’ […]

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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 flows around some of them in eddies and currents in which they stand anchored and balanced. However, for many others the currents jostle them this way and that, challenging them to stay stable and upright on what they experience as a slippery and uneven surface […]

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THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: SIR JOHN WHITMORE

“Feisty, outspoken, passionate, wise, fatherly, generous, caring, open.” Neil Scotton remembers an extraordinary man who changed his life Sir John Whitmore is dead. That’s the news I’ve just woken up to. By the time you read this it will be slightly old news. But I sense my heart will still be saddened. My first meeting with Sir John was in 2008. Introduced to us by John Blakey, Sir John was keynoting our UK ICF ‘Making a Difference’ conference. The title says it all. It was a subject Sir John was clearly passionate about. In a pre-meeting at the venue Sir […]

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RELATIONSHIP SOS: CAN YOU RELATE TO THIS?

In this new column, Nicole Berg explores the complex and multifaceted nature of relationships to maximise fulfilment and quality of life for coaching and mentoring clients A quote from author Max Lucado perfectly illustrates this point: “When you are in the final days of your life, what will you want?…Will you hug that college degree in the walnut frame? Will you ask to be carried to the garage so you can sit in your car? Will you find comfort in rereading your financial statement? Of course not. What will matter then will be people. If relationships will matter most then, […]

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TROUBLESHOOTER: A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE?

An IT organisation has grown rapidly in its global diversity. But some individuals are clashing. Is this behaviour personality-led or does it have a cultural basis? THE ISSUE A relatively new software technology company has experienced rapid growth, from five employees a year ago, to more than 50 today. Many come from diverse cultural backgrounds, including Chinese, Italian, German and Indian. Inevitably, there have been problems and complaints with some individuals, including accusations of dishonesty, selfishness and lack of willingness to work with the team. For example, one employee is accused of talking behind other people’s backs, while another has […]

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SPORTING BEHAVIOUR – A PROFILE OF KEITH ANTOINE

Keith Antoine is a rarity in the coaching world. As he prepares his athletes for the World Para Athletics Championships, he’ll be coaching business clients too. He explains to Liz Hall how having a foot in both camps benefits each discipline   This month (14-23 July) sees 1,300 athletes from 90 countries compete in the World Para Athletics Championships in London, with the support and challenge of top sports coaches. These include veteran sports coach Keith Antoine. But what distinguishes Antoine is that he’s also a coach and management trainer in business. “People tend to be either a coach in […]

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HEALTH COACHING FOR THE NHS

In part 3 of our series on coaching for health challenges, Alison Carter and Penny Newman explore how health coaching is delivering cost savings and improving organisational culture, and offer practical tips for coaches If it hasn’t already, health coaching may be coming to the NHS near you. You might not know it, but the person sitting next to you in a GP’s or clinic’s waiting room may already be engaging in coaching conversations about their own health and becoming more motivated and confident to change. As with other coaching applications, health coaching can be delivered in different ways. Stand-alone […]

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A JOURNEY OF DISCOVERY

Self-mentoring can help us navigate in any waters as an invisible leader, explains Dr Marsha L Carr “I want to thank my parents for giving me confidence disproportionate to my looks and abilities, which is what all parents should do” Tina Fey on receiving an Emmy for Best Actress, 2008   The Story After serving for 30 years in public and private education, with the last decade as a public school superintendent in the US, I was ready for a change. I worked a minimum of 80 hours per week to ensure my success, which included many public engagements that […]

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FLOWER POWER

From seed to fruit – Edwina Love-Lawrence’s garden is nourishing both herself and her practice   Several years ago, I was lucky enough to attend a workshop run by Aboodi Shabi, during which we explored the question: “What do you long for?” At the time, I did some personal work around this, alongside incorporating the spirit behind the question into my coaching practice. However, it wasn’t until I moved into a house with a large garden that I finally found my answer. So for the past two and a half years, I’ve been a gardener (and singer) as well as […]

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LOSS ADJUSTER

Coaching can help clients manage transitions and loss including at the end of our and our loved ones’ lives. Naomi Craft and Sue Morrison report Our colleague and former chair of the Association for Coaching (AC) UK Gill Smith talked openly and courageously about her cancer diagnosis last year in Coaching at Work and at the last AC conference: what an inspiration. How good it would be if more people had the skills and courage to have these sorts of conversations. We believe coaching can play a central role in enabling this. We all experience loss in our lives and […]

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