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A step towards becoming a world class coach

On June 5-7, two of the most original and authoritative thinkers in coaching come together to offer a unique masterclass. Aimed only at experienced coaches, who seek a significant level of challenge to their practice, and have already started thier …

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What do we mean by confidentiality in mentoring?

When people glibly say that the mentoring relationship is confidential, what do they mean? In helping hundreds of organizations define confidentiality, here are some of the lessons I’ve learned: • Confidentiality is about confidence — trust in the other person’s …

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Creating your coach development plan

As coaches and mentors, we expect our clients to have and to review regularly a Personal Development Plan. But how do we respond, if they ask us about our own Personal Development Plans as coaches? In a series of workshops …

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What’s the half-life of coaching knowledge?

If you’d not heard of scientometrics before, you are probably in good company. I only just learned about it through a fascinating article (Samuel Arbesman, Truth Decay, New Scientist, 22 Sept 2012, p37-39) exploring how quickly “facts” in various branches …

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From dire-logue to dialogue – improving the quality of Boardroom conversation

Over the past 30 years or so, I’ve observed many Board meetings. One of the common factors of most of them is that the quality of the conversation is not as good as it could be. Ideally, an effective Board …

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Managing a coach panel

While there are lots of good coaches around, there are a lot more, who are mediocre or worse. Few HR functions have the internal competence to assess coach competence, and standard methods of evaluation, such as client feedback, how very …

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Leader development: Are executive coaches part of the problem or part of the solution?

Questioning the role and value of executive coaching is likely to raise quite a few hackles. But questioning our own practice is a key component of competent coaching. So it was with both anticipation and some discomfort that I began …

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Diversity and intimacy

One of the interesting aspects of co-editing a new book on Diversity Mentoring (due to be published by McGraw-Hill in August) was the comparative reluctance of the LGBT community to discuss their mentoring relationships – even when the research was …

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“Only” a gender issue?

I took an executive to task the other day, when he talked about gender inequality as a “women’s issue”. The implication was that he and his colleagues would take more notice, the more of an issue female employees made it. …

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