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what’s your sign?

I came across this A-board and it made me smile! How often do we hear people talk about signs which have nudged or inspired them to make a change? Change is hard. It takes us out of our comfort zone. It requires effort to examine our mental clutter, to recognize our habits and to craft …

who’s the teddy?

Last weekend, these were my learning tools! I attended a very interesting and thought-provoking session led by Sandra Wilson at Coaching Development on uncovering our unconscious mind in our coaching practice. The key to this is the use of metaphors and symbols to represent a situation, prompting us to think about people and relationships through …

say what?

Really good day today at CIO WaterCooler Live London! A comment by chair summed things up quite nicely: “We have a room full of technologists but it’s still all about culture and people”. But then I suppose that that’s what everything usually boils down to anyway. I ran a breakout session on communication and listening. …

what’s your plan?

Today, I met a client who I have been working with for a while. He was on to see his financial adviser after our meeting to discuss planning for his pension. This in itself is not that unusual. What is a bit more unusual is how very different this is from where he was one …

what are you blind to?

Last week I joined the very lovely team from Skillspotting SA again to be an observer on a Development Center. The purpose was to put young managers through a series of activities (some involving old-school stationary!) and online tests, and to provide them with tailored feedback at the end. An emerging theme this time was …

where to?

Good to meet up with the #FCC group again today to talk about how to shape the conversation around the future of coaching. In a world where we are all busy with commitments and have double or triple booked diaries, it feels like a real achievement to have carved out some time to think and …

what’s on your desk?

I was delighted to be invited by Owen James to deliver the keynote at last week’s Meeting Of Minds. I spoke about de-cluttering, about why the stuff we accumulate matters, about how our digital clutter affects us even though we don’t notice it as much, and about how our emotional clutter also gets in the …

what’s next?

One of my clients is a senior IT consultant looking for a new career direction right now. He is aware that both his industry and his interests are changing, and feels stuck in an old way of thinking. His mind is cluttered with many ideas and thoughts, all of which are going around in circles …

the art of self-disruption?

Today I attended a very interesting talk on the Power of Diverse Thinking by Matthew Syed. We all know that diversity is meant to be a good thing, and there is now also a fair amount of empirical data to show that this is the case. Diversity however is also not always relevant, it is …

about frenzy, overwhelm, patients and patience…

One of the things that I am involved with in my local community is chairing the Patient Participation Group of my GP surgery. Earlier this month I attended a conference to meet other PPG chairs and various NHS representatives, and to learn from others’ experiences and ideas. The thing that struck me was how overworked …