Why Coaches Should Not Ask The ‘Why’ Question?

There is a rule that coaches should not ask the ‘why’ question. But I find that I ask ‘why’ quite often. ‘Why’ is an incredibly useful question, it stimulates reflection, it is thought provoking and surfaces underlying assumptions. But why are my thoughts on the ‘why’ question at odds with a lot of other coaches,

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Extinction Rebellion and Coaching – bias and extremism. Is it OK to be biased if it saves the planet?

At a recent coaching conference, the keynote speaker gave an address about the climate crisis and stated that she was an Extinction Rebellion activist. In the latest edition of Coaching Perspectives, the Association for Coaching’s global magazine, there was an article “Climate Crisis: how can the coaching profession respond.” But can we coach if we have an agenda and hold passionate views that could influence the coachee?

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The Age of Intolerance.

The world is becoming more and more intolerant. Differences are becoming more obvious, distinct and profound. Extreme left or right wing politics, Brexit remain or leave, impeachment in the USA, the rise of antisemitism in Germany, environmentalist or capitalist, and extremist terrorism. We have entered an age of intolerance. How do we reconcile and unify,

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The Next Lamp Post – what doesn’t kill us, makes us stronger. My greatest challenge, a story of recovery and resilience

I’ve not blogged for a long time. Some of you may know I’ve been ill. Here’s my story of illness and recovery, this is longer than a typical blog, but I hope this inspires you to live a better life. Feel free to contact me if you want to talk:

“What’s it like to be dead?” he said over coffee.

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What is the future of coaching?

Coaching has grown significantly in popularity and in professionalism over the past 30 to 40 years, but has this development plateaued? The hot topics of the last few years have been supervision, neuroscience, team coaching and mindfulness, but are these just small incremental changes that have broadened coaching rather than moving it on?

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Brexit and VUCA – volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity

On 2nd July, Huffington Post published the headline, “EU Referendum: A Guide To The Most F*cked Up Week In UK Political History”, well I might not agree with the wording, but the sentiment is pretty true. I don’t intend to go into blame and accusations as have been seen in many articles this week,

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