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OPINION: REFLECTIONS – THE END AND THE BEGINNING

How do you coach an enthusiast for change or a resister to it? Coaches should look to the Buddhist image of the caterpillar and the butterfly by Lindsay Wittenberg   Buddhists tell us that what the caterpillar perceives as the end, to the butterfly is just the beginning. That everything that has an ending has […]

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REFLECTIONS: INCONVENIENT TRUTHS

Why are we so reluctant to face uncomfortable facts? Maybe we should look past conformity and constructively challenge the norm in ourselves and others Lindsay Wittenberg When you get to know an organisation because you’ve had a few coaching assignments with them, you begin to notice themes and patterns in behaviours and attitudes. My attention […]

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REFLECTIONS: WHO AM I? SHIFTING THE FOCUS

At a certain point in senior leaders’ careers they pause in chasing outcomes, and start considering who they are, widening and enhancing their perspective By Lindsay Wittenberg   Who am I if I don’t have the answers?” A deceptively simple question – and one which integrates the multitude of issues that so many of my […]

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REFLECTIONS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

When Gen X coaches met Gen Z students to express assumptions, they found more similarities than differences. Surely our humanity needs to come first? by Lindsay Wittenberg There were some significant differences in the session I ran at the Coaching at Work conference on 4 July. Perhaps most obvious was that the session featured 11 […]

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Coaching at Work conference 2018 – Working with and learning from the younger generations – Lindsay Wittenberg, Victoria Niroomand-Rad and guests

By Molly Hall One unusual session at the Coaching at Work annual conference on 4 July saw coaches, young female students and their teacher come together in a lively exploration of assumptions different generations hold about one another, potential differences and common ground between the generations, and offered coaches a chance to try out coaching […]

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REFLECTIONS: MY MARKERS IN THE SAND

Organisations that buy coaching to support staff well-being, may find the culture is hostile to its success. How can coaches work with that tension? By Lindsay Wittenberg More and more of my clients are showing up stressed (to the point of being signed off work), pressured to a degree that leaves some of them feeling […]

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REFLECTIONS: DROP THE ATTITUDE

How can coaching help end male leaders’ discrimination against female colleagues? A systemic stance may reveal deep and lasting change Lindsay Wittenberg Sadly, I’m finding it as common as ever to hear female clients talk of not being acknowledged or included by male colleagues in discussions and decision-making, being bypassed by people making a beeline […]

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REFLECTIONS: OUR ‘PALE BLUE DOT’

The Earth is a tiny point of light in the universe, says Carl Sagan, but it is also our responsibility. Let’s bring our world view into how we coach future leaders Lindsay Wittenberg We had reached the end of a short coaching programme when my client reflected that he was getting a clearer sense of […]

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REFLECTIONS: JUST BEING

While measurables are vital in the coaching contract, most coaching clients simply want to find the measure of themselves. But aren’t both connected? By Lindsay Wittenberg Coaching objectives. Measurables. Performance. Effectiveness. These concepts – so core to coaching, and so important as a means for coaching clients and organisations to measure the return on their […]

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OPINION: REFLECTIONS – DANCING WITH FEAR

How do you coach a senior leader inhibited by fear of failure? Working systemically and mindfully will help access resources for you and your client By Lindsay Wittenberg I’m working with a number of clients – all in different organisations – who are frightened. And when I look back over previous clients I realise that […]

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