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  1. coaching blog - when we encounter adversity

    coaching blog - when  we  encounter  adversity
    I so often hear in my coaching sessions in the language from the coachee sat in front of me that they are struggling with adversity. What do I mean? When we all encounter adversity, we react by thinking about it.  These thoughts then rapidly congeal into beliefs. These beliefs then have consequences – they are direct causes of what we feel and...
  2. News - Are old-school training courses dead ducks?

    News - Are old-school training courses dead ducks?
    As bite-sized, self-directed online learning continues to evolve, should we be saying goodbye to classroom-based learning? Or is there still value in adopting formal training, alongside experiential approaches, for enhancing learning transfer? Read the article by Mark Bouch on the Learning Zone website here.
  3. training blog - is your training just ticking a box?

    training blog - is your training just ticking a box?
    I had a great conversation with someone on twitter about e-learning, and they raised an excellent point about other training.  They asked me if I found that like e-learning, did I find that people had the same approach to other types of training such as classroom training? You’ve probably like me experienced that e-learning is (in many cases) something that is...
  4. management blog - staying calm as a manager

    management blog - staying calm as a manager
    There is no doubt that as a manager, you are likely to get frustrated.  If we are honest this could be reasonably often; people may not work the same way we do, and of course, sometimes people may have different values and work ethics, and we will get frustrated and angry.  Of course, this is called life; we will always...
  5. coaching blog - when was the last time you reflected on your role at work?

    coaching blog - when was the last time you reflected on your role at work?
    A fantastic question for everyone to think about. When was the last time you reflected on your working day? If you are brutally honest with yourself, I suspect not very often. I do hear the word  ‘rarely’ a lot when I am coaching, the most common word I hear from coachees when I ask this question. Why is this? Are...
  6. training blog - when things don’t quite go right

    training blog - when things don’t quite go right
    In previous blogs, I’ve written about how critically important it is to be adequately prepared before delivering any training session.  The fact is though, no matter how well prepared you are, there’s always likely something that will go wrong and how you handle it will affect you. If things do go wrong (and they frequently do), I like to think...
  7. management blog – watching what’s really going on

    management blog – watching what’s really going on
    I am very, very lucky. One of my hobbies is travel and also music so last weekend I had the great experience of taking my son to see one of his favourite bands, ‘Muse’ in Cologne, Germany.   It was a boiling hot weekend with temperatures above 40 degrees sometimes. My son made it to the front of the stage, but my wife...
  8. coaching blog - coaching, why it continues to grow?

    coaching blog - coaching, why it continues to grow?
    I still like Timothy Gallwey's statement on performance coaching. He said the worst opponent is in your head, this is so true. The most critical person about your performance will be you, and most of it will be self-created by your inner voice, the voice that only you hear and only you listen to. Coaching provides techniques to take away...
  9. training blog - Improving as a trainer can be tough if you do this

    training blog - Improving as a trainer can be tough if you do this
    I’m a very professional person when it comes to doing things whether it's part of my career or as part of a hobby, I relish the chance to improve.  I can’t help wanting to learn and importantly, improve in everything I do continually, but there’s one major obstacle I always face personally when I try to improve that holds me back...
  10. management blog – don’t ask them and there won’t be anything negative

    management blog – don’t ask them and there won’t be anything negative
    I was delivering a training course recently, where we were talking about the importance of training evaluation.  A delegate on the course then said: “My boss won't let me do any evaluation”. I said “Why”, and she answered, “Well he said if you don’t ask them and we won't get anything negative”. Yes, I know its incredible, the fact that this...

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