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Coaching Wednesdays: Coaching on the spot

Many of our clients encourage their team leaders, managers and heads of department to develop a coaching style of management.  Typically this focuses on the need to hold back from directing staff members.  Let’s face it, it’s so much easier and quicker to simply tell someone what to do.  Or another approach often used by managers […]

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Coaching Wednesdays: Coaching for resilience

What is resilience? Resilience is often described as the ability to bounce back after facing some difficulty.  Or getting back up when you fall. Recent research by Lawton Smith (2017) suggests that resilience is actually more than bounce-back from past events.  It also includes acceptance about the current reality whilst being able to envision the […]

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Coaching Wednesdays: Coaching in the VUCA environment

Many of us are working in what is commonly referred to as a VUCA environment.  VUCA stands for: volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity.  Or put another way; ‘the ongoing churn in the business environment’ (Bennett & Lemoine 2014). The term VUCA originates from the US military and was applied to the emerging contexts that organisations […]

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Coaching Wednesdays: Fit for purpose – design your in-house programme to reflect the VUCA environment

Change is the common denominator amongst many organisations these days – from full restructures and redundancies, through changing processes and procedures in line with government and professional body policies to new or upgraded software systems. This is known as a VUCA environment – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. Coaching is one very effective way to […]

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Coaching Wednesdays: Improving psychological flexibility through coaching

If you are a coach working in the UK’s NHS, or an NHS manager or clinician who coaches, you will no doubt be familiar with the term Compassionate Leadership. To explore how we might coach with compassion I have been researching the work of Frank Bond and  Steven Hayes and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy).  […]

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