Yearly Archives: 2013

What do we mean by success?

One of the exercises I frequently conduct with audiences is to ask them to define what they mean by success. It

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Making space for female entrepreneurs

When a successful female entrepreneur is held up as a role model, is it a good thing or not? There is now so much evidence that women can be as effective (and in some circumstances, such as rural economies in …

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Step forward the ethical mentor

Ethical mentoring is a fairly new term, but it’s likely to be one we are going to hear a lot more of. The concept comes from a recognition that unethical and illegal behaviour in organizations rarely happens because an individual …

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Reflection on the coaching/mentoring relationship

On a recent visit to Taiwan, I was introduced to the thinking of the Chinese philosopher, Wang Yang-Ming(1472-1529).  One of the elements that I particularly liked was that he placed equal emphasis on tranquility and activity, on thinking and doing. …

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The problem with research in mentoring

One of the remarkable aspects of mentoring is how extensively researched the topic has been. However, extensively-researched isn’t the same as well-researched. Having had to trawl through hundreds of papers and a fair pile of dissertations for my own current …

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Team coaching: what’s the point?

Coaching one-to-one is a very powerful way to help someone reflect upon issues that affect their performance and well-being. But just focusing on the individual and what is going on for them internally, is only part of the picture. All …

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Why mentoring is increasingly replacing coaching

Mentoring as been around, in one form or another, for 2,500 years or more. Coaching, the new kid on the block, has a history of at most a couple of hundred years. Yet, while mentoring in the past three decades …

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Where next with research in mentoring?

It would be easy to conclude, from the vast numbers of research papers and studies on mentoring, that the field is pretty well covered. In practice, that’s far from the truth. It’s noticeable, for example, that there are far more …

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When coaches and therapists work together

An increasingly common issue in my supervision is whether and how a coach or mentor can work alongside a therapist. How do you decide when it is appropriate to continue the coaching relationship and when you should withdraw until the …

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The competencies of an effective team coach

Team coaching requires a portfolio of skills beyond those in one-to-one coaching. Most of these relate to the difference in context between individual conversations and group dynamics. For example: Managing varying paces of learning. In team coaching, it is common …

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