The rise and rise of the toxic culture.

Have you noticed a rise in toxic cultures? Sometimes I feel helpless as a coach, that there is nothing I can do or say to support a coachee. I’ve noticed this feeling recently when I’ve been working with people struggling to preserve their own health and wellbeing in the face of increasing pressure from demanding managers or when experiencing poorly communicated or flawed decisions.

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Level 5 Leadership: The Four Keys to Personal Humility

Some weeks ago, my Vistage CEO advisory group were treated to a session with Carole Gaskell, a leading coach, entrepreneur and speaker. It was inspiring watching Carole engage the group; she ‘walked the talk’ by coaching them through a learning cycle rather than putting on a showy performance.

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How does the choice of your words impact on your actions?

“This is the biggest change in the history of the division, to ensure that the business is scalable,” said the coachee describing his vision for a restructuring. This restructuring was being communicated internally as an ‘evolution’, but the actions of the coachee didn’t match the importance of this task as there was no project plan to turn the vision into reality.

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The Support / Challenge Matrix: Coaching Moments of Choice

It was an uncomfortable moment. I was conducting a coaching demonstration as part of a challenging coaching workshop. Around five minutes into the coaching, my volunteer from the audience told me the topic they had chosen was not a real issue; it was something they had made up. I paused and realised that,

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Alex Ferguson: The greatest leader of all time.

Is Alex Ferguson the greatest leader of all time? Well this is the opinion of a Harvard Business School Professor and former Prime Minister Tony Blair. In a fascinating documentary, Nick Robinson, BBC correspondent, reported on Sir Alex’s leadership as he presented to students at London Business School (LBS) with Professor Anita Elberse.

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Celebrating 20 Years of the Global Coaching Tribe

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is celebrating its 20 year anniversary. Happy birthday, ICF! From a standing start in 1995, this leading professional body has grown to be 25,000 members across 121 countries; impressive growth by anyone’s standards. As part of the 20-year celebrations, the EMEA region has organised a series of over thirty autumn events across Europe,

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