#CIPDCoach14 – Internal coaching & optimum environment

Got a couple of people now. James Hutton from News UK and Katherine St John-Brooks rom Working Solutions. They’re going to tell us about getting the most from internal coaches and some of the benefits and challenges of making this happen.

Keen to hear this because my belief – and ready to have it challenged – is that the role of internal coach is one of the most difficult as you don’t have the objectivity and fresh perspective to bring the same level of challenge. I believe that the greatest power of a coach comes from holding themselves in a place of not knowing and of not seeing things as their client sees things. So I’m keen to hear what James and Katherine have discovered…. 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

Zebras at work

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[Photo Credit en.wikipedia.org]

Saturday was a big day for us – we went to see The Lion King at the Lyceum in London!  This was a delayed Christmas present that various relatives had contributed to and we were all very excited – the kids’ first normal train ride (i.e. not a steam-train-on-holiday ride), a trip to the theatre, a night in a premier inn – that always makes their day! read more

Flat as a mountain……reflection from #CIPD13 Conference

Last week I was lucky enough to attend the CIPD Annual Conference, and even to speak on the Thursday about the small part I played in the recent CIPD Hackathon.  It was an amzing event.  The CIPD turned a significant corner about this time last year, when Peter Cheese joined as Chief Exec, and things continue to improve now.  A year ago, I was on the train to Manchester feeling embarrassed that somebody might find out I was involved with the CIPD and HR – we were going nowhere.  This year I was full of pride for what we, as a collective body, are striving to achieve! read more