Bateson’s Logical Levels: A powerful challenging coaching tool

Oslo is a beautiful city and it was with some sadness that I walked through its streets this week. For eight years I have been working with leaders in Telenor, one of Norway’s largest organisations, and this week that assignment finally came to an end. I have the utmost respect for Telenor and its executives and have learnt a great deal from working with them as a coach; it has been a fantastic opportunity to practise challenging coaching skills. This week’s coaching proved no exception and, on this visit, it was Bateson’s logical levels of learning that popped into focus. Continue reading →

Is coaching the new rock n roll?

Rock music has always been about breaking the rules and pushing the boundaries. Rock music is about passion and singing from the heart. Maybe coaches have something to learn from rock music.

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What is your courageous goal boot camp?

What is the role of performance measures in achieving a courageous goal? This was the question asked of me by the HP sales managers at their recent leadership summit in Dallas. For it is one thing to have a dream but how do you build the capability to make that dream happen? In search of an answer I re-visited my experience working with Olympic athletes, such as Team GB rower Alan Campbell. Continue reading →

“Being in my head is a scary place” the power of reflection

“Being in my head is a scary place” said a participant at a developmental programme. During workshops consciously using open space to encourage reflection, I observed the palpable power. This impact of this has encouraged me to think about my own response to reflection.

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I’m a coach…. Get me out of here! The tension of entering the ZOUD

I was once climbing the Eiffell Tower and this guy near to me froze three-quarters of the way up. He stood like a human statue poised to make his next step. But he couldn’t make that next step because he’d just found out that he was scared of heights. Everyone was looking at him silently urging him on but he was paralysed by fear. Continue reading →

Negative effects of coaching on coaches

In the International Coaching Psychology Review journal September 2014, I read an interesting study by Carston C. Schermuly into the negative effects of coaching on coaches. Do you connect with these?

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