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Coaching

We’ve just posted an update on training and have an example of how we use some software to make easy to follow video user guides. You can find the new page here – or watch the sample system[read more]

For the last few months, I’ve been working with a brilliant coffee vending business near Gatwick. In terms of culture and atmosphere, it’s quite a contrast to BOTH other venture capital[read more]

The results of Google’s “Project Oxygen” have been reported all over the place in the last week. The London Evening Standard and the New York Times both carried this, follow the[read more]

‘Coaching’ Articles

Application of coaching to develop IT Managers and teams

Training Update

We’ve just posted an update on training and have an example of how we use some software to make easy to follow video user guides. You can find the new page here – or watch the sample system here. Tweet [read more]

The same but different

For the last few months, I’ve been working with a brilliant coffee vending business near Gatwick. In terms of culture and atmosphere, it’s quite a contrast to BOTH other venture capital backed businesses  and some very large organisations in the public and private sector I’ve been working with. Despite being a fairly mature [read more]

Googles eight rules for great managers

Google gets IT management

The results of Google’s “Project Oxygen” have been reported all over the place in the last week. The London Evening Standard and the New York Times both carried this, follow the link to see the full article. It’s a great story, put simply they discovered that great technologists did not necessarily make great team leads [read more]

Problems and confrontation – how they become a constructive part of organisational and staff growth

Problems and Confrontation

How do you feel when you hit a big problems, or there is a confrontation? Does it represent an opportunity, or a scary threat that makes you want to avoid the person or situation involved? Where do problems end up in your team – the top or bottom of the pile? Who ultimately fixes them [read more]

Does your brain like you to be told what to do or to be its own problem solving engine?

Why do our brains like to be coached?

Do we need to understand how coaching works in order to benefit from it? What does increasing awareness and responsibility actually do? I was coaching a coach the other day (he coaches me too) and as he was thinking about how you sell coaching, we got onto how coaching works. Should we try and explain [read more]

Should we invest in developing our technology teams the same way sports management does?

Premier league IT management?

As the new football (soccer) season kicks off, it’s amazing to hear all the talk of new, expensively bought in talent. Of who is going to make space for the new stars, who will stay but rarely play and who might be good enough to keep them out of the team. Which coaches are involved [read more]

Is adding and developing skills and experience to your CV, good for you and your employer?

Are your team’s CV’s up to date?

In the consulting world, the CV is taken very seriously. Each client proposal includes the CV’s of the key (sometimes all) of the team. It is often the deciding factor for the client – when they look at those achievements, they want to recognise people who will make similar things happen for them. Good consultants [read more]

Using questions to raise awareness, responsibility and understanding

The Power Of Questions

We believe in the power of good questions. Questions that connect to the client, that are based on good listening and provoke, encourage and promote honest, different and sometimes difficult answers. Answers, worryingly, that may challenge the questioner. Tom Peters highlights this in his daily quote today (see below) – so what do you do [read more]

Could getting rid of your best staff be good for your organisation?

Get rid of your best staff.

You must be joking. why would I do something as dumb as that? But its not just me asking this question, others have too. Your best staff are ambitious, in need of change and growth and will tend to be the centre of management attention. Sometimes these star performers completely skew what goes on in [read more]

Do coaching and NLP have similarities?

NLP vs Coaching – the same or different?

If coaching is a way to help someone else release their potential, is NLP the equivalent for releasing your own? In the introduction to Brilliant NLP David Molden and Pat Hutchinson say NLP is a “set of tools to help you deal with unhelpful patterns of thought and behaviour”. In Coaching for Performance, Sir John [read more]

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