Mindfulness, Leadership and Managing Change

“Leadership is now understood by many to imply collective action, orchestrated in such a way as to bring about significant change while raising the competencies and motivation of all those involved—that is action where more than one individual influences the process.” —Bornstein & Smith, quoted in The Leader of the Future   How can organizations change and why would they? …

How Do I Become a Great Coach?

“Power comes in many forms, one of which is mastery. As we become expert—in creation or discovery, in helping or healing, in communicating or leading—we gain power. That power is revealed in flow, and in joy.” ― Heather E. Heying, Evolutionary biologist   The first response from me regarding this question of how to become a great coach is that …

Multiplicity: Working with Parts and Selves in Coaching

“We must accept our multiplicity, the fact that we can show up quite differently in our athletic, intellectual, sexual, spiritual—or many other—states. A heterogeneous collection of states is completely normal in us humans. The key to well-being is collaboration across states, not some rigidly homogeneous unity. The notion that we can have a single, totally consistent way of being is …

How do I choose my coaching niche?

“Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.” — Albert Einstein     If you’re not familiar with the term “coaching niche” it means the particular specialty area or client base a coach works with. This could be domains as diverse as a Life or Health and Nutrition coach right through to Leadership and Executive coaching …

Coaching Leaders with C.H.O.I.C.E.

“We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful about what we pretend to be.” —Kurt Vonnegut   On many of my training programs when inviting participants to push things, experiment and explore beyond their habitual behavioral boundaries I’ll often ask them to pretend. By this I don’t simply mean ‘fake it’ but to think about it …

Becoming a Next Level Leadership Development Coach

“I start with the premise that the function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” —Ralph Nader   For me, one of the best places to begin exploring coaching to develop great leaders, particularly if you’re somewhat new to leadership development or even coaching, is simply to start with your own life experience. Find times in your …

Can I really make a good living as a coach?

The answer to this very important question for anyone considering a career in coaching is not a simple yes or no, but very much ‘It depends’. And what does it depend on? Well there are several factors and let’s explore a few of the key ones here.   Firstly, it will depend on how good and effective you are. This …

The Undermind: Why Thinking Less Makes You Smarter

‘Modern Western culture has so neglected the intelligent unconscious—the undermind, I shall sometimes call it—that we no longer know that we have it, do not remember what it is for, and so cannot find it when we need it.’ Guy Claxton, Hare Brain Tortoise Mind   I’m wondering how the statement above might’ve landed for you. Curiousity or perhaps a …

How do I choose a great Life Coach training program?

  A key problem all professional coaches face is that, unlike therapists or counsellors, use of the word coach isn’t regulated which means anyone can hang out a shingle calling themselves one without any formal training whatsoever. Even more worrying is the fact that even many life coach training programs have been set up by folk with little to no …

What does a Life Coach actually do?

“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything.“ —George Bernard Shaw   Having been in the coaching game for about fifteen years now and over a decade of that spent designing and heading professional coach training programs, the term life coach seems to get quite a range of reactions. Some immediately get it …