Seeing Yourself as Others See You

Google CEO Eric Schmidt explains about his experience with a coach:

One thing people are never good at, is seeing themselves as others see them.

You can watch Eric’s 40 second clip of an executive’s view of coaching here

With the rapidly increasing complexity of demands facing corporate leaders, one-on-one coaching by a trusted professional has become the favoured pathway for development for many executives and business leaders. The outcomes of effective coaching have been widely established: as well as the growing self-awareness identified by Eric Schmidt, leaders have attested to effective people management, better relationships with managers, improved productivity, increased engagement, and more effective communication.

An important question remains for many leaders… what do I look for in a leadership coach? The actual competencies and skills of effective coaches have been researched and a number of coaching associations have a version eg International Coach Federation , however the person attributes are often harder to define. Continue reading

Belonging Identity Purpose

Motivational studies conducted over many years in different countries and in different sectors show a surprising similarity in terms of identifying what motivates people in the workplace. When identifying the top ten motivators, pay and conditions tend to consistently come in around sixth to eighth. At the top of the list of factors that motivate workers are: acknowledgement, achievement, recognition, and doing something useful and beneficial. This is the foundation of belonging, identity and purpose. Continue reading

Solution Focused Leadership

The solution-focused approach is a conscious and deliberate approach to changing the way you view situations and circumstances. It represents a shift from causes to future actions, from giving directions to helping others find solutions. As you adopt solution-focused coaching, this will enable your team to access and apply the wealth of skills, experience, and expertise that is often hidden. It helps them find individual and creative solutions to the situations they face in their role. Continue reading

Relinquishing Control By Becoming a Coaching Leader

There is no doubt we are all experiencing massive changes in the way we work, which requires us to change the way we manage others. How do we reconcile these paradoxes…on the one hand you are responsible for the outcomes, on the other hand you must not over-control? Faced with this risk, some managers try to exert greater control. Continue reading

Leaders look with fresh perspectives

The only man who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew every time he sees me, while all the rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them. – George Bernard Shaw

Leaders can have a tendency to view people in terms of their performance. To a certain extent this is necessary; however the coaching leader continually embraces the opportunity to view people according to their potential and how they are developing toward this. Continue reading

Leadership begins with understanding self

“To understand leadership is to understand yourself”, has been one of my by-lines of for many years, particularly in MBA Leadership lectures.

At the end of the day when we think of leaders that inspire us, we see someone who… Continue reading

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