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My thoughts on executive coaching

1 March 2021

ONE FOR
THE PLANET

The Climate Change challenge.









I remember as a child having a 'Stop the bloody Whaling' poster on my bedroom wall and avidly watching anything that featured one of the two Davids (Attenborough or Bellamy).

My parents were from the 'make do and mend' war generation and big lovers of nature and the great outdoors. We holidayed in the remote west Highlands of Scotland, where crofters scraped a living off the land with a few sheep, some chickens and possibly a couple of cows. READ MORE


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CORPORATE RESPONSIBILITY
AND
SUSTAINABILITY

What have we learnt from living through the pandemic?









This month I’m looking forward and thinking about one of my hot coaching topic predictions for 2021, which is Corporate responsibility and sustainability. READ MORE








MY GUESS AS TO 2021'S HOT COACHING CONVERSATIONS

It's going to be an interesting year.

I finished 2020 with a look back over the year that had passed, as well as reflecting on the issue of trust and how it had fared during the Covid-19 pandemicREAD MORE



DO YOU STILL
TRUST ME?
DO I STILL
TRUST YOU?

2020 has been a challenge.









December is a good month to consider the year that has passed, so I thought I would take this opportunity to reflect on my first blog post. READ MORE







FROM COWS TO COACHING

What you learn in life shapes you.






This month I am looking at how my career influences my coaching. To start with, my professional journey has been quite varied. I started working for Unilever in their animal feeds business, creating high protein vegetable alternatives. READ MORE






QUESTIONING

Because the right questions matter.








This month I am looking at the use of Questioning in coaching, the fifth and final skill that the Academy of Executive Coaches identified as the five hottest skills in coaching! READ MORE









MEASURING SUCCESS

What I do and why I do it.

According to Peter Drucker (pictured), a key player in modern business management, “If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it”. READ MORE





PRESENCE

Focus on the client.











This month I examine the fourth of the five skills that the Academy of Executive Coaching see as the key coaching skills, which is the importance of Coach presence. READ MORE


CREATIVE
TECHNIQUES

Imagine & solve.











In previous blog posts, I have looked at two of the five skills that the Academy of Executive Coaching see as key to good coaching (listening and facilitation). This month I am looking at a third, which is the use of creative techniques in coaching. A couple of years ago, I had a client who was having a tough time with his manager. My client felt the manager was too picky. READ MORE




FACILITATION

It's background and value today.



In my April blog, I looked at the key coaching skill of Listening and this month I am looking at another key coaching skill, which is Facilitation. READ MORE



CHOOSING
THE RIGHT
EXECUTIVE
COACH

How to achieve
a successful relationship.



If you have never engaged the services of a business or executive coach before, it can be a little bewildering knowing what to look for or to ask of potential coachesREAD MORE



ACTIVE
LISTENING

And why it matters.




In my blog posts to date, I have looked at what executive coaching is, how my life experiences shaped me as a coach and the benefits you can expect from coachingREAD MORE


HOW COACHING CAN HELP US THROUGH COVID-19

Navigating and supporting others through the 'new normal'.



I recently took part in a webinar hosted by WBECs, with David Peterson and David Goldsmith, on how coaching can help through the COVID-19 crisis, and found the key messages from it helpful in shaping my thinking as an individual and a coach. It was also useful in a discussion I had with a new client, who is accessing coaching to help him prepare for the challenges aheadREAD MORE


WHAT DO
CLIENTS
GET FROM
COACHING?

Five skills & examples.




In this month’s blog, I focus on what the client gets from the coaching experience and, in doing so, I hope to be able to help you visualise what a coaching experience can be like and what you might get out of it. Last month I shared on my social media a short article from the AoEC regarding the key skills required by an Executive Coach and I think it is helpful to use theseREAD MORE


MY JOURNEY

Experiences & lessons.




As an Executive Coach, I am often asked about by my background and values, and why I got into coaching in the first place. So, I thought it would be helpful to share some of my background in this blog, so you can get a better feel for who I amREAD MORE


JUST WHAT IS
EXECUTIVE COACHING?

An introduction to this professional discipline.


As I consider my developing coaching practice and the conversations I have had with people about executive coaching, I recognise that there are gaps between understanding what executive coaching entails, how it works and where it differs from other forms of professional support. READ MORE


THE IMPORTANCE OF TRUST

My reflections as an Executive Coach on this vital topic.


Whilst reflecting on my developing coaching practice, I started to think of the key principles that belong to all client/coach relationships. One of the most critical is trust. READ MORE