Being a Sunbeam – the blog

In this International Coaching Week, Michelle Lucas, Danielle Brooks and I would like to provoke a discussion about coaching supervision; in particular why some coaches don’t feel the need for it. We’ve written a 3 minute storybook about Helen. Helen is a good coach. Read her story (simply click on the […]

Supervision: Seeing Beyond the Blindspots

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During an action learning facilitator training day that I ran recently, one of the participants said that she learned about blind spots she had – by practicing in front of others and getting feedback – that had never come out during her supervision of her action learning facilitation.  She was […]

Making blind spots visible through mentor coaching

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Why coaching supervision?  I recently recorded a 5 minute video for coaches who are not yet convinced that supervision will bring them value.  If this is you, take a look.  I’d welcome your thoughts. You can also read more in this article for Coaching at Work: Stay Sharp, Stay Safe […]

Why coaching supervision? Use your full palette of ...

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Now you’ve read about action learning as individualised leadership development and seen what action learning looks like in practice, let’s explore some case studies of how people have used the opportunity to step up as a leader.  Bear in mind that these have been anonymised for confidentiality as specific details cannot be shared. […]

Action Learning Case Studies

What is team coaching? “Systemic Team Coaching is a process by which a team coach works with a whole team, both when they are together and when they are apart, in order to help them both improve their collective performance and how they work together, and also how they develop […]

Team Coaching – a definition

Creating A Coaching Culture
Creating a Coaching Culture requires the same kind of rigour as any other culture change.  That includes articulating your end-point and how you will recognise success when you see it, then pulling a multitude of levers to enable you to get from where you are today to that end goal.  Those […]

Creating a Coaching Culture

We’ve concluded our series about how coaching can (and should?) support the employee experience.  For those of you who wish to catch up on posts that you have missed, or if you like to have everything all in one place like I do, here is the full catalogue. The key messages […]

Coaching to Support the Employee Experience

Coaching for SMEs: focus is key As I prepare for the New Forest Business Expo, I’ve been thinking about how best to articulate the benefits of coaching to owners and members of SMEs.  In many respects, the coaching process is no different from the process for any other kind of business person; but what […]

Coaching for Small Businesses

Many people assume that face-to-face coaching must be better than virtual coaching (by telephone coaching or skype).  But a 2011 research study* featured in Consulting Psychology Journal shows that coaching at a distance is just as effective as face-to-face. Coaching by telephone is more effective than face-to-face In my experience, […]

The surprising truth about virtual coaching

Last week’s post on virtual coaching got me thinking about the similarities to walking coaching.  I live in the New Forest, in Hampshire, which is the perfect place for walking in nature – and therefore for walking coaching. What’s different about walking coaching? Walking coaching creates forward motion, physically and […]

The power of Walking Coaching

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I often have to explain that coaching is not the same as mentoring, training or counselling. I thought it might be useful to take a step back and reflect on the differences between various forms of capability development options, and their different uses.

Coaching, training or mentoring?

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The drama triangle. Like the parent, adult, child model that we looked at on Friday, this is from the Transactional Analysis world. I use it on myself all the time, to work out where I am operating and whether there is a more useful place to be in the Winner’s […]

Drama Triangle to Winner’s Triangle

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Peer to peer coaching for Individualised Leader Development, using action learning Everyone is unique – and so are their leadership development needs.  So ‘one size fits all’ leadership development programmes often fail to hit the mark. Coaching and action learning both provide more individualised support and challenge. Participants in an […]

Developing Individuals through Action learning

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Are you looking for a (new) coaching supervisor?  Do you mostly work virtually, and therefore need supervision that models good parallel processes for the work you undertake?  Perhaps you are time crunched and would prefer not to travel to a face-to-face session.  Do you want to share your developmental journey […]

Virtual Group Coaching Supervision

Are you looking for a (new) coaching supervisor? Do you want to share your developmental journey with like-minded coaches? Do you want to slow down and take time to reflect in a beautiful location?  Come for coaching supervision! From September, I will be leading a new 6-month group supervision programme in Beaulieu, […]

Coaching supervision group

We’ve heard about Winston Churchill’s amazing leadership during the war, and his lacklustre performance during peacetime.  The same happens with leaders in the more metaphorical sense of wartime and peacetime, and yet leader developers sometimes forget that the skills needed are different.  Peacetime being when things are going well, wartime […]

Peacetime and wartime leadership skills

The Association of Coaching Supervisors is asking this question: what difference does coaching supervision make? If you are a supervisor, please read on. The AoCS writes: We want to gauge what difference coaching supervision is making to the supervisor and people in the supervisor’s network. We would like to reach a […]

What difference does coaching supervision make?

This week’s news in the UK has been fascinating to me, particularly as it relates to Teresa May’s leadership style and her lack of a coach-approach.  I understand why she couldn’t step down from her prime ministerial role, after talking about strong and stable leadership.  Stepping down would make a mockery […]

Teresa May: from command and control to coach-approach

Coachability – an interesting word!  You may be surprised to hear that not everyone is coachable.  As Ginnie Baillie says: “Ultimately clients are not buying you or coaching, they are buying their belief in themselves and their goals.”  So it’s important to help a potential new client to get clear […]

Coachability: a belief in your ability to make ...

Coaching Circle
The ICF Coaching Circle Southampton met for the first time on 15/5/17 to mark International Coaching Week, and we developed the terms of reference below.  If this sounds like the kind of learning and networking opportunity that you are looking for, please join the group: on Monday 26th June at 6pm-7.30pm […]

Join the new ICF Coaching Circle Southampton

return on humanity
A few weeks ago, I argued that coaching needs to be measured by its Return on Humanity, not just its Return on Investment.  I’ve taken a look at the research that proves that coaching really does have a return on humanity. Return on Humanity: Goal-striving, Wellbeing and Hope By that […]

Coaching: Return on Humanity part 2