The most powerful questioning does not require a question at all; but silence.  That silence that allows the person to take their thinking where they need to take it, rather than where you think it should go next. That’s it.  That’s all there is for today’s post!  That’s not true, […]

Leader as Coach: Powerful Questioning

Active listening is as much about silence as anything else.  Silence is golden.  That includes in your role as leader coach. Silence allows the thinker to think.  So get comfortable with silence. And when the thinker does speak, pay attention.  Notice what they are saying, but also how they are […]

Leader as Coach: Active Listening

coaching presence
One of the things people often say as a result of coaching is that it’s the first time they feel they have been really heard, properly heard, fully humanly heard. That’s because of the total coaching presence of the person alongside them.  Being 100% with the person, no distractions.  How […]

Leader as Coach: Coaching presence

trust and intimacy
Establishing Trust and Intimacy with the person you are coaching is paramount if they are to do their best thinking.  They need to feel confident that they can be vulnerable and share their truths, their whole truths and nothing but their truths.  If they keep certain things to themselves for […]

Leader as Coach: Establishing Trust and Intimacy

In this series about coaching competencies, we move to establishing the coaching agreement, or in one word, contracting. If you add contracting to your conversations, those conversations are much more likely to be transformational, as they will be focused rather than meandering. There are three aspects to contracting: The Big […]

Leader as Coach: Establishing the Coaching Agreement/ Contracting

Last week, I set out the International Coach Federation coaching comptencies.  Now it’s time to delve into each one in turn, starting with Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional Standards. You might think this doesn’t apply to leaders as coaches, only professional coaches.  But it’s just as important for leaders as […]

Leader as Coach: Meeting Ethical Guidelines and Professional ...

coaching competencies
The case for coaching is clear.  Now let’s look at how leaders apply coaching competencies in their work with their team members.  Over the next few weeks, I’ll be highlighting the International Coach federation coaching competencies, and how they translate into the workplace. As a taster, here they are: Setting […]

Coaching competencies for leaders

I often hear leaders saying that they don’t need to use a coach-approach to leading their people; they just need to tell them what to do and their people will get on with it.  They are forgetting the power of independent critical thinkers. Yes you can do that (tell rather […]

Creating independent critical thinkers

team experience
The team experience is crucial these days.  More and more of today’s work is undertaken in teams.  In fact, the Harvard Business Review suggests that collaborative activities have increased by 50% or more in the past twenty years.  I bet you recognise that, given the amount of meetings in your […]

The team experience