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‘LIGHT TRIAD’ PERSONALITIES HAVE BETTER LIFE QUALITY

We need to devote more time in psychology to exploring the light side of human nature, say researchers. The dark side of human nature, encapsulated in the ‘Dark Triad’ of traits – Machiavellianism, psychopathy and narcissism – has been more heavily researched in psychology than the other extreme, and a team led by US psychologist and author Scott Barry Kaufman from Columbia University set about redressing the balance. Through four studies with more than 1,500 online participants, the team has created a questionnaire that taps into the ‘Light Triad’. “Too much focus on one aspect of human nature at the […]

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OBITUARY – DAVID GRAY: A LIFE OF COMMITMENT AND CONTRIBUTION

To many, the loss of David Gray feels both personal and professional. He was a great colleague who worked to get the best out of you in joint projects and brought immense humanity to the relationship, writes David Lane. I worked with David Gray on projects including the Global Coaching Convention (GCC) in Dublin and Cape Town in which his thoughtful insights were always welcome. The collaborative nature of this initiative suited him well as I found when he invited Bob Garvey and I to join him on a book project to provide a critical review of coaching and mentoring. […]

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THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: SHAKIN’ ALL OVER

An earthquake in England led Neil Scotton to think about climate change – and an earth-shattering conclusion about our profession and planet Earth   It was with great fear of a backlash that in late February I posted on LinkedIn the article which appears in an edited version below. What happened next was extraordinary. Have a read of the edited article, then I’ll share some of the repercussions.   “…the Earth Was feverous and did shake” Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act 2, Scene 3   It’s 04.18am. I’ve just been woken by a bump in the night. Actually, it was an earthquake. […]

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REFLECTIONS: PARALLEL OR CONVERGING?

How should we coach when we find ourselves with shared experiences or mirroring behaviour? Can we maintain our connected separateness? Lindsay Wittenberg   I’ve been thinking about how I bring myself to my client encounters, and factors that influence this. I’m reflecting on what’s emerging around ‘converging’ and ‘parallel’. Some years ago I coached a talented senior woman who’d joined an organisation which was looking for ‘fresh blood’ from a different sector. Once there, she discovered how difficult it was to be different in an established culture. She struggled to maintain her identity and to live her personal values at […]

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REVIEW: THE ZONE OF CONNECTION – SHIFT YOUR ENERGY TO HAPPINESS, LOVE AND BEYOND

Penny Mallinson and Sue Coyne LID Publishing 978 19125 5519 2 5 out of 5 stars   When a curve ball in life hits you, you either fold or grow. The authors both had life hit them full force unexpectedly, but it became a huge growth opportunity. Their quest to find happiness and a way through to the other side is sensitive, funny and deeply practical. They prove it’s possible to rebuild shattered lives and find joy again. What I didn’t expect was that The Zone of Connection would be so funny. I was laughing out loud at times. Unlike […]

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REVIEW – COACHING STORIES: FLOWING AND FALLING OF BEING A COACH

Karen Dean and Sam Humphrey Routledge 978 11383 7010 4 5 out of 5 stars If like me, you don’t feel you need yet another coaching book, then may I politely ask that you nevertheless consider this little one? It has completely new stuff you won’t find anywhere else. I had just finished on the working group for the 2018-19 review of our Mastered programme brochure – months of reviewing new books, articles, TED talks etc, so when yet another book arrived, I gave it the evil eye. But then I opened it. I’m very sorry to tell you that […]

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THE REAL BUSINESS OF COACHING: THE REAL ‘OPEN SESAME’

Questions ultimately speak louder than qualifications say Thomas Chalmers and Russell Borland, our latest hosts in the business of coaching column   When Russell and I were introduced to one another, it transpired that we were each coaching in the financial services sector, mostly in London, although we both live in central Scotland. Same sector, similar family values, a shared interest in people but completely different coaching qualifications and career paths.   In the beginning we both assumed that our joint business experience, coaching qualifications and institutional memberships were the ‘open sesame’ to the marketplace. But we were wrong. We’ve found […]

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TALKING TEAMS: THE GLUE THAT BINDS

Georgina Woudstra seeks to stimulate thinking around team coaching. Guest writer, Declan Woods, examines moving from non-cooperation to collaboration   In this issue I’ve invited Declan Woods to share his ideas on team collaboration, in particular what he calls ‘team glue’, a dimension from Middle Circle® for Teams (Coaching at Work, vol 13, issue 5), a coaching tool for team effectiveness he created, drawing on his doctoral research on dysfunction in senior teams: Teams should be greater than the sum of their parts. For this, they need to collaborate. Teams are the basic means by which organisation’s structures work and […]

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TROUBLESHOOTER: PICKING UP THE PIECES

A serious case of workplace bullying, though resolved, continues to undermine the confidence of an otherwise ambitious manager. How can she move on? The issue Jenny is an ambitious senior manager in a public sector organisation who has been career ‘fast tracked’. During her early training she experienced a very unpleasant episode of bullying and harassment which severely undermined her confidence. She made a formal complaint and the individuals responsible were dealt with – something that ultimately led to their dismissal. Though Jenny received help and support to deal with the aftermath, she has always struggled to put the episode behind […]

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MY SIMPLE LIFE: A PROFILE OF EDNA MURDOCH

Edna Murdoch, one of the founders of Coaching Supervision Academy, and an early mover and shaker in the field of coach supervision, tells Liz Hall why who you are is how you work   Edna Murdoch is one of the world’s most renowned coach supervisors and co-founder of the coach supervisor training organisation, Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA). Core to the CSA’s philosophy is the idea that, ‘who you are is how you coach and supervise’. So who is Murdoch? She’s eloquent, wise and very present, practising what she preaches to students about attending to what’s unfolding in the moment. It […]

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