Category Archives: Executive coaching

Is it time for a Change of Gear?

Are you contemplating a new direction? If you’re ready to think about change you may be ready for GearChange. Drawing on their own experience of switching between employed and self-employed roles and re-launching ourselvs in new directions, Janet Dean and I have developed a programme of support for people who are embarking on major life and career change. What is GearChange? GearChange offers support to individuals embarking on career and life change through a menu of tailored products, including: One to one Coaching, either face to face, telephone or Skype. Mentoring, practical advice, access to knowledge and networks. Action Learning… Read more
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It’s people who make organisations work well…and they do so by using their strengths

Strengths-based organisational development People make organisations work well. Not the procedures, processes, structures or governance mechanisms. These elements can all assist, as well as frustrate, the effective working of an organisation, but they rarely if ever play the pivotal role that people do in delivering what an organisation is about. Our coaching and thought-support work with clients invariably tells us that the deficit or weakness-centred approach to individual and organisational development is strong and worryingly prevalent. It is easy to get stuck in our old ways of thinking. It is also easy to get stuck in our relationships and act… Read more
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The Secrets of Great Groups

I’m re-reading a tremendous book I picked up a while ago ‘- Leader to Leader’, from the Drucker Foundation. It’s a compendium of short, highly readable articles by great leaders and organisational thinkers and researchers. One particular article has my attention at the moment. Warren Bennis in his article, ‘The Secrets of Great Groups’ suggests there are enduring lessons to be learnt not only from studying personal leadership, but from studying group leadership. He suggests that the “few great accomplishments are ever the work of a single individual”. Mythology refuses to catch-up with reality, according to Bennis, so the myths… Read more
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Strengths work for students and graduates as well as senior leaders and managers

I’ve been working with Strengths profiles such as Strengthsfinder  and more recently Strengthscope  for over ten years. My assignments have involved working predominantly with leaders and senior managers of large public bodies, ‘though not exclusively, with my work taking me into the voluntary and community sector and commercial organisations as well. Most recently and very differently, I had the opportunity to provide Strengthsfinder and Strengthscope profile feedback sessions to several younger people; a current student and two recent graduates now looking to start their careers. One of the recent graduates had spent the better part of a year working… Read more
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Executive Coaching

The Positive Psychology website is always a mine of fascinating articles and research write-ups. Take this link, which is to an article featuring a 2008 coaching conference bringing together theorists and practitioners to explore the intellectual and evidenced-based foundation for the emerging field of coaching psychology. The GROW model makes an appearance, as do various short pieces exploring the development of coaching psychology, models of practice and noted authors. Despite being a 2008 article it opens the door into a range of more current articles which those of us keen to explore positive psychology and its organisational benefits find a… Read more
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Developing the Attributes of Effective Leaders

The pressure is on many organisations across all sectors. Leadership is under the spotlight, needing to step-up, turn from external authority to internal authority; from command and control to empowerment and self-direction. Effective leaders recognise that power and influence depends in part upon the breadth and quality of the relationships they forge, not on policies, procedures and job titles. Collaboration rather than competition, win/win rather than win/lose and sustainable progress over short-term profits and bonuses are all features of a new leadership paradigm. The mechanistic model of organisations and individuals has taken almost 50 years to wither, though in some… Read more
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