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Are your clients basing their life on Fear or Hope?

19 September 2019
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I am the first to argue against too much oversimplification. On the other hand, we make many many things way too complex. Fortunately we have naturally evolved ‘rules of thumb’ or intuition (what are fancily called heuristics) to guide us. Read More

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Coaching and the Climate Crisis - time to take off the blinkers

08 August 2019

We are in a defining period of modern history. Never before have we seen such change and it is only speeding up. This speeding up has both positive and negative potential depending on what you are looking at. The one overarching issue that we are now beginning to see first hand the effects of a changing climate. Read More

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Are you and your client stuck in their Fish Bowl life? Here′s what to do to break the glass.

13 June 2019

So what′s the dilemma? Well let′s keep it simple. We human beings are paradoxes. We want things and when we get them we don’t want them so much anymore. We live our lives constantly in a push me pull you space of desire that pulls in all directions. Read More

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Is the coaching industry getting too noisy? And how does that affect our coaching practice and business?

21 May 2019

I am in my LinkedIn profile and I get a contact request. As we all know we are only supposed to connect with people we actually know on LinkedIn but I have not yet met anyone who sticks to that. So this contact request is from someone who calls themself a master coaching business building expert. Out of curiosity I accept. Minutes later I get a message offering me free stuff with a pitch about how they can help me get clients, get rich etc etc. I am sure you know the way this goes. Now, being somewhat on the ball in the whole marketing business I know what principles are being put into action by this person who has contacted me. First establish a pain point. Their assumed pain point is that I don’t have enough clients and/or don’t make enough money. Second, tell me they can solve that problem and third give me something for free.Read More

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Do relationships ever end?

09 April 2019

As we circle around the whole IN, OUT, HOW dilemma of the UK’s relationship with the EU, I am struck by how like the Brexit scenario is with relationship issues some of my coaching clients have had. So many of the struggles they experienced are related to the quality and experience of their relationships.Read More

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What we can learn from repeating the same mistakes

15 March 2019

There usually comes a point in my coaching with someone where they turn up to a coaching session feeling a bit down or angry or shameful or a combination of all three. This comes about because they have found themselves repeating a behaviour or set of behaviours that they have done before and which they had hoped or believed that they would not repeat. Read More

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If you focus on ONE thing with your coaching clients make it MEANING

15 February 2019

I recently gave a keynote talk to the East of England Local Government Association in Cambridge. I enjoy giving talks and connecting a great crowd, and this was no exception. The talk was a slightly new one in that it focussed on how we can think about quantum physics in relation to coaching. But this blog is not about physics so no worries! But what again jumped out at me is just how important, indeed live affirming and giving the whole topic of Meaning is for people. In fact, I have never met anyone who does not want to feel that their lives have meaning in them. And we all know this right? Read More

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Want to build your coaching business? This year’s focus for me is going back to a realer world

24 January 2019

The world in which we live is not a fixed place. That might sound like an obvious statement but hiding out in the obvious are simple truths that can easily be overlooked. Change is happening all the time but what is different is the speed of that change. Read More

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Three approaches to help you feel happiness this Christmas

12 December 2018

Christmas and New Year′s coming and frankly I am feeling a familiar, strange ambivalence towards it. I am both happy at the thought and idea of the break and all that goes with it and at the same time, a part of me isn′t.Read More

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Why being very resilient can be bad for you

16 November 2018

There is much talk and discussion about the need for resilience across numerous contexts in behavioural health and organisational development.Read More

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