The Role of Trust and Intuition in Mentorship

Acting as a coach/mentor is one of the best expressions of leadership and, in particular, mindful leadership. An engaged and connected leader doesn’t see coaching or mentoring as an act to be performed or a checklist to be completed, but rather a way of being in the workplace, leading by example and having the time to offer constructive feedback. I want to share some examples to clarify the coach/mentor relationship and how it might work with an emp...

Knowing Your Emotional Triggers

We are all emotionally activated and agitated by different things and to different degrees. For some, it might be noticing arrogance, for others it might be hearing a particular tone of voice. And, sometimes your trigger might even be something seemingly mundane, such as badly made coffee. Whatever your emotional triggers may be, it is very useful to understand them. There’s often a story Our common humanity means that we share countles...

Millennial Managers? What Coaches can Do to Help Prepare Companies

By 2020 Millennials will make up 50 percent of the global workforce, and every day more of their members are eligible to become supervisors, managers and bosses. The only problem is, they don’t want to. At least, not in the usual sense. Reports show that younger workers are less interested in managing people and more interested in things like job mobility and becoming “knowledge experts.” But in fact, Millennials aren’t unwilling to lead, they...

Change your story, change your life!

Do you want a better life? Do you want a life that is full of zest, happiness and fulfilment? If yes, then just change your story. The life that we live now is a result of the stories that we tell ourselves. That small little voice in our head that speaks to us, either in an empowering or disempowering manner. When we feel happy, that story is a positive one and when we are unhappy, that story is likely not. When we change our stories, we change our li...

Exercising Judgement with Mindfulness

Wow! How time flies! We are coming towards the end of the first quarter and as I reflected on this period, looking for some interesting perspectives to share, the word “judgement” came up. It happened in some of my discussions with clients, in class during training and even in my own reflections as I pondered through the events of the day. A student, in our coach certification class, recently asked, “Can we really be judgement free?” What a great qu...

33 Questions to Boost Your Group Coaching Question Bank!

Boosting your coaching muscle is key to any coach's success. So, here are some coaching questions to help you! These questions will help you work with goals, support prioritization and time management, create focus and build trust and connection within a group you are coaching. 1) Questions to work with clients around goals: What's important about this goal? What's important - In the big picture? Short term? Long term? In the weeds? What will s

Leading High Performance Team

It’s that time of the year where many organisation are busy setting and aligning their goals to meet the challenges ahead. Setting and aligning goals are important. However, many companies forget the importance of continuously building their teams that will lead them to greater performance. I’ve been a football fan since I was a kid. My favourite team is Chelsea from the English Premier League (EPL). Over the last 19 months, we have seen C...

Understanding & Leading the Millennials

Millennials are people who are aged between 20 to 35, as at 2016. They are also known as the Gen Y's, Internet Generation or i-Gens, Why do Baby Boomers and Gen X leaders generally find leading the younger generations frustrating? The answer lies in the differences in values, mindset, expectations and preferences between these generations. In order for us to be more effective in leading them, let's understand a few areas of facts and myths about the Mi...

Leadership Development: Which is Best? Teaching, Mentoring or Coaching?

In order to answer this question, we first need to understand the distinctions between them and the value of each approach. While many see teaching, mentoring and coaching as somewhat synonymous and interrelated, they are in-fact distinctly different. Firstly, we need to be aware that there is the label and the process. A label is a name that we use such as a teacher, a mentor or a coach. In the sports world, the common label is a coach such as golf...

Performance Management vs Performance Appraisal

As the year end draws to a close, many HR leaders around the world are scrambling to get the employees within their organisation to complete their annual performance appraisal. For many managers, it’s that time of the year where they dread the most. Form filing, meeting their staff for review, and the occasional heated exchange between them and their staff over the ratings. Performance Appraisal Why is Performance Appraisal becoming a chore for many ...
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