As Executive Coaches we work every day with extremely busy people, with great demands on their time. One of the many challenges we help our clients with is managing multiple and often competing priorities. Work life has changed radically over the past twenty years, technological advancement has brought with it a constant stream of text messages, e-mails, phone calls, data feeds, etc. Today’s working environments are extremely distraction friendly: gone are the offices; the many benefits of open-plan work spaces also bring with them more noise, movement, interruptions, etc. Similarly a lot more work is now done “ on the go”….phone calls as we walk or drive; remote access to the office from home or from our mode of commuting. Read More
… Beyond Fear
As 2017 kicks off, the economic, social and political landscape is foggy: the impact of Brexit is uncertain, the Trump presidency heralds change - but how much and what type? The political system in Europe is leaning towards the right, and here in Ireland we are living with a social housing and healthcare crisis. It feels like the world is on the cusp of a major pivot point. What will happen next? Fear of the unknown prevails. Read More
Some thoughts on the Power of Attention!
As Coach it is vital to work from a position of respect and genuineness, knowing that the client has within themselves the ability to work out their own path. The coach’s role is to provide the attention which enables the client do their best thinking. Our challenge as coaches is not to fall into the trap of providing advice, which is often what the client requests of us, and which can also satisfy our own ego need to share wisdom. Mostly, though, the client doesn’t need our wisdom….they need their own! Oscar Wilde put it beautifully “ I always pass on good advice, it is the only thing to do with it, it is never of any use to oneself”. Read More
The Case for Taking Some Time Out!
Organisation psychology - the study of human behaviour in the workplace dates back to the early 20th century, and in the last 30 years topics like work-life balance; work related stress, and their links to productivity have been the subject of multiple studies. Amongst the reasons for this are the impact of what Larissa Barber, a workplace psychologist at Northern Illinois University, calls ‘workplace telepressure’ – technology and globalisation which have enabled us to stay connected to work 24/7 and the associated pressure of immediate responsiveness. Read More
As the Olympic Games conclude…. what leadership insights can we gain from top sports coaches?
Many sports psychologists say that despite a multibillion dollar industry of books and seminars on the subject, the concept of ‘leadership’ remains nebulous. What is emerging, though, is a move away from a disciplinarian coaching model to one which is more relationship based with autonomy encouraged and motivation nurtured. Top US based sports psychologist Jonathan Fader says ‘Performance coaching is largely about relationship development and enhancing intrinsic motivation – if I can convey information to you in a way that allows you to participate in the information giving, rather than just telling you what to do, you’re likely to be more effective’. Yet, Fader believes a surprising number of coaches do not get this. ‘I tend to mainly see screamers when I work in college athletics,’ he says, ‘You probably can’t survive coaching like that at a big-league level. If you’ve gotten to a pro level and not realised the importance of creating relationships and focusing on the positives, your chances of success aren’t nearly as good.’ Read More
‘Lets Take The Emotion Out Of This’
How often have we heard or even used the phrase “lets take the emotion out of this” in business discussions? Frequently when conversations become intense or heated be they feedback sessions; presentations; pitches or negotiations …..someone will suggest taking ‘the emotion of out this’ ……but can we… Really? Read More