Focused = Best Work

  When I am focused on my core work*, it becomes my best work. When it’s my best work, it generates more great work in the shape of ideas for writing, further connections, new recommendations and time to really explore in more depth the ideas, possibilities and outcomes that emerge from each great client conversation. I work more slowly and have time to reflect, to capture learning, to build on concepts and to get even better at my work. My best work, creates more meaningful and effective results for my clients. Here’s what one dear client experienced within a day of
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Focused Simplicity

  “If I do that one thing as if it’s all I have to think about, it will be extremely well done and my relationship with any other person involved in that task will be better and more relaxed and full of trust than before.” (Steve Chandler) So I have fallen back in love with my core work – pure, deep, meaningful and transformative coaching conversations with inspiring clients. It’s the one thing I am focused on. It’s making life simple and yet profoundly rewarding. In doing so I have come to realise how much of my time and energy
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Becoming found…part two:

  For the fourth year, I have had the honour of presenting, along with a panel of Master Coaches, at the World Business Executive Coaching Summit (WBECS) on behalf of the International Association of Coaching. I take the opportunity to listen to many of the other presentations, thereby keeping my finger on the pulse of what is happening in the coaching world. Despite the WBECS team’s encouragement to focus fully on each session, I would have to admit that I listen with half an ear, waiting for something to jump out and inspire me. This year I sat up attentively
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.Becoming found……part one:

I just came across this Gestalt paradox of change: “Change occurs when you become who you are. Change is effort when you try to be what you are not.” (Arnold Beisser) It seemed to land strongly with me as I increasingly sat in my question and awareness around which direction I wanted to head in with my work. My question, I realise, has been compounded over recent years by the awareness that what I call ‘my wisdom years’ are creeping up on me. Surely I should have everything figured out by now? I’ll by 58 this year. Sounds like a
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I once was lost……

  “Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?”“That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.”“I don’t much care where –”“Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.” ― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland This is an often used quote in coaching circles, given that one of the reasons to work with a great coach is to clarify what direction you want to take – whether it be in your job, your life, with your family, etc. But here’s the thing – like the Cheshire Cat, your coach isn’t going to
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Vulnerable Me?

  So my last few posts were relatively easy to write. When the muse calls me, I sit down and the words flow. It was not, however, so easy to press the button and publish them. In fact, I’ve sat on them for about a week before letting them go out into the world. Why should this be so? A central tenet of my work is the distinction between ‘being the expert’ and ‘being the coach’. In the first, I am assumed to have all the answers and have expert solutions for my clients. In the eyes of many this
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A failed resolution – there is no magic pill!

  So, the first story I’m going to share about my recent months of reflection, makes me laugh. And I know it’s made some of my friends laugh too. I share it with a sense of humility and fun – and perhaps as a lesson for others who get “suckered into” hoping they’ve found the magic pill. My New Year’s Resolution was to NOT sign up for any more online webinars. You know the ones: the kind where there’s a whole stream of marketing emails, promising they have the solution to all your dreams. The magic pill that’s going to
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I’m Back

    It’s been several months since I last wrote here. I’m wondering why that has been but I can’t put my finger on it. No real rhyme nor reason, although all through that time, there has been a stirring in me of ideas that I needed and wanted to put down on paper. Sometimes things take time to shape up and find their moment. On looking back at my last post, I ask myself what reading about Eileen Fisher triggered in me. I’ve read the article several times and I’ve spoken about the way she runs her company to
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Come on Eileen!

Almost twenty years ago, having first encountered the inspirational power of coaching, conversation, experiential learning and the concept of bringing spirit into the workplace, I, along with great colleagues set up our company Inspirational Coaching International Ltd. Our purpose was first to create a work-experience where we could grow personally and have the best experience of work we possibly could. And secondly our purpose was to inspire our client teams to do the same. We built our company on relationships and
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OCEAN

A piece I wrote while in Hawaii, recently: Power and Energy. Water. Amazing. How insignificant are we in the face of nature? The waves could swell up and swallow us. It could wash away our plastic chairs, our snorkels and our iPhones and leave no trace we’d been here. A whale breaches: at one with the dance of the waves. Powerful enough to live with the ocean, part of it. Beauty. Magnificence. Glory.
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