#CIPDCoach14 – Integrating coaching into culture

First up Sean Kent and Michelle Gant about the changes they’ve made in Freebridge to bring coaching into their culture.

When they started out there was no customer focus, the most common answer to anything was ‘no’, there was a lot of process and fear drove people to stick to that rigidly. When Sean first joined they just needed to sort the basics for their tenants. read more

The times they are a-changing

dylan_timesYesterday I was at a conference hosted by the andpartnership about Leading for a Changing World in the great surroundings of The Art House in Islington – a unique and opulent setting (and they do great food too!) – just in case you’re looking for a venue with a difference!

The human side of change is the thing the andpartnership team specialise in, which would make Leading for a Changing World an obvious choice for a conference topic. And yet, it’s not just that. The team at ‘and’ think that change is changing! read more

Sticky Change

When we got home from holiday the other week I was making a coffee. Kettle on, cups out of the cupboard….something felt odd but I wasn’t sure what, so I just carried on. Then as I passed James his drink I realised I’d made it in the mug he doesn’t like. We’d had a laugh a few months before about getting old and set in our ways if we’d got to the stage of having favourite mugs! read more

Why I do what I do….

Yesterday my business cards arrived, today a fantastic testimonial to brighten my day. Making a difference like this is the reason I’m doing what I’m doing……

“Straight off the bat let me make an admission, I am or was a “coaching” sceptic.

I own and run a successful IT Solutions company and was firmly of the belief that coaching would be an expensive waste of my time. I am now, happy to have been proven wrong. read more

Ice Cold Coaching

I seem to be developing a blog-posting Disney theme…First the Lego movie http://wp.me/p45I4E-6t then the Lion King one http://wp.me/p45I4E-7T and now a bit about how coaching can help, thanks to the Frozen movie. It’s about the journey that I’ve experienced from being coached, as well as seeing clients have the same experience. And it can often start here…. read more

Childhood Truths

So does this ring any bells from childhood?

Child 1 – “You’re a big smelly poo”

Child 2 – [say this part in a sing-song ‘nah nah nah nah’ child’s voice for maximum effect] “What you say is what you are”

Child 1 – Urgh no fair!

But it occurred to me the kids are actually onto the truth here!  [Note my use of ‘the’ kids – you really have no evidence that it was my own kids having this high brow discussion during a boring, rainy half term!] read more

Throw out the trash

Inspired by Neil Morrison’s recent post on why HR should hate change (http://change-effect.com/2014/03/24/why-hr-should-hate-change-just-a-little-bit-more/), it reminded me of a true change story I heard a couple of weeks ago from someone from a large organisation.

This is the story from her persepctive….. read more

‘Bring your inner kid to work’ day

There are two little people in our family.

We have a strategy – keep them safe, feed them healthy stuff (mostly!), help them grow and develop to be their best selves

We have expectations of their role – we’re clear on what counts as ‘good’ or ‘unacceptable’ behaviour (be kind, don’t hit!), we ask them to do certain things (like polishing their own school shoes on a Sunday night – a cosy hangover from my memories of my own childhood!) and we try to be consistent with these expectations so they know where they stand read more

Lego Culture (spoiler alert!!)

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Towards the end of last week I was starting to think there’s a lot in the world of twitter & blogs that bemoans the sorry state of work, people, leaders…..(including some of my own tweets and posts!).

Of course, being challenging of what we see around us is an important part of growing, changing and improving so that we create an always-better future. But I started feeling that I wanted to switch into a more positive mode for my next post. And, as if by magic, my inspiration came from going to see the Lego movie this weekend! read more