The Meaning of Courage

In Challenging Coaching we talk about courageous goals. These are goals that create a feeling of excitement, inspiration, wonder, but also involve risk and fear. What is the basis of courage that enables a courageous goal and what are the implications to leadership and organisational development?

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8 words to avoid when giving feedback (Part 2)

Back in October 2013, I posted a blog on the 8 words to avoid when giving feedback. Since that time, it has become one of the most popular blogs on our website. Before Xmas, I re-posted the blog on LinkedIn and was startled when it received over 14,553 hits, 229 likes and 63 comments. Given its popularity, I thought I would re-visit the topic and dig a bit deeper. Continue reading →

McKinsey, what really matters in leadership

According to a new article published by McKinsey, leadership development is receiving a renewed focus. 90% of CEOs see this as the most important people issue and plan to increase investment. The article raises the big question about what is leadership and how should CEOs best spend their money on development to ensure great leadership?  McKinsey claim to have identified the core leadership behaviours that are relevant to most organisations.

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The Red Pill: How much truth can a leader take?

‘This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.’ Such are the words of Morpheus in the cult film ‘The Matrix’. Morpheus offers our hero, Neo, a stark choice. Those of you who have watched the film know that Neo took the red pill. Neo chose to face the facts. But what choice do we make in our coaching and leadership? How much truth can we take? Continue reading →

Inspirational Leadership – what it takes.

What is it that makes an inspirational leader? If we can identify the components of an inspirational leader, can this be developed? Dr John Pates, sports psychologist, has conducted a new study that is about to be published into the traits of inspirational leaders.

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Coach Contracting: Do you suffer from coach-guilt?

This week I was introduced to a new phrase by a client of mine: coach-guilt. My client operates as an internal coach in a large organisation. She raised three coaching dilemmas wth me and concluded, ‘you know I think I am suffering from coach-guilt’. We laughed at the turn of phrase. However, there is a serious side to this quip that merits further exploration because it threatens the very credibility of the coaching profession. Continue reading →


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