leadership and executive coaching
"That is what learning is...you suddenly understand something you have understood all your life, but in a new way."
- Doris Lessing


How Will You Measure Your Life

One of the theories that gives great insight on the first question—how to be sure we find happiness in our careers—is from Frederick Herzberg, who asserts that the powerful motivator in our lives isn’t money; it’s the opportunity to learn, grow in responsibilities, contribute to others, and be recognized for achievements. Continue reading

Meditate for More Profitable Decisions

Meditation has become an increasingly popular practice amongst the C-suite elite. And, with CEOs such as Rupert Murdoch (News Corp); Bill Ford (Ford Motor Company); Rick Goings (Tupperware); and Marc Benioff (Salesforce.com) all touting its benefits, executive coaches are picking up on the trend introducing mindful techniques to programmes to calm the mind’s “chatter”, assist focus and manage stress. But new empirical evidence suggests it’s more than just a “feel good” exercise, and as little as 15 minutes of meditation can actually help people make better, more profitable decisions, by increasing resistance to the “sunk cost bias”. Continue reading

New Leadership Skills for Success in a Global Business Environment

To be effective, leaders over the next decade will need to develop new skills to address the increase in business volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity that they confront. Executive coaching has a distinct role to play in developing these skills and abilities as it extends to multiple life domains and has the potential to affect leader performance. By reflecting on that which is hidden or taken for granted, leaders become more aware of they see situations, deal with paradoxes and dilemmas and so on. A recent research project on the development of executive coaches sheds light on the events that lead to productive change and suggests that coach development has implications for the ways in which we develop leaders. Continue reading

Life’s Thumbprints

Coaches do not come to practice as a blank slate. However, there is little documentation of the impact diverse life experiences have on coaches’ skills, professional evolution or presence in practice. Analysis of a critical events question included in a long-term global study of coach development identified three different clusters of life experiences each of which has an impact on a specific range of coach characteristics and coaching practices. Stressful personal experiences impact characteristics such as empathy and self-awareness. Coachingfield specific experiences influence practice skills and knowledge base. Some prior professional training and experiences influence coach practices and perceptions of client workplace. Continue reading