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How we coach professionals to become leaders

The ART of Performance is the framework that guides our coaching, and it comprises Act, Relate and Think; the three inter-related factors shape a leader’s effectiveness. We have identified a number of patterns in the way professionals act, relate and think that we address through coaching to help them transition to leadership. In addition, we…

Increasing our power

Overcoming our barriers to power

Our Difficult Conversations newsletter really struck a chord. So I want to build on this by addressing the underlying dynamic, which is power. How can I be powerful? How can I have impact? These are questions that dog us from the cradle to the grave, with a good deal of family and organisational life in…

Remote coaching – the key lessons

Over the past year we’ve been working with clients who are based in Africa, South East Asia and the US.  Global companies already rely on virtual communication; so coaching by phone and Skype is readily accepted.  We’ve been pleasantly surprised at how effective remote coaching has been – it’s challenged our own bias for working…

Onto the podium

Jonathan Males explores the difference that a 1% improvement in performance can make for top athletes. London welcomed over 10,500 athletes for the 2012 Olympics.  They competed for some 307 gold medals awarded for 39 disciplines in 26 different sports. Allowing for team events such as hockey and rowing, this means that only about 4%…

We’re all coaches now, aren’t we?

William Winstone provides some tips on how to introduce coaching skills into your management style. Like it or not, coaching’s an increasingly important aspect of management. But coaching as a line manager is very different from bringing in an external coach – not least because people won’t be expecting you to sit them down and…

Practice makes perfect…or just do it?

Jonathan Males compares and contrasts the worlds of business and sport, and sets out the lessons for managers from athletes. One of the big justifications for hosting the 2012 Olympics is that success on the sports field motivates and inspires the whole nation, and that Olympians are valuable role models. In the words of UK…