Coaching the Emperor

I recently read the classic bedtime story to my son, Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Emperor’s New Clothes”. You’ll remember the key plot twist in which the Emperor gets tricked into believing he is wearing an absolutely splendid outfit but is, in fact, wearing nothing at all. His tragic mistake arises not solely out of stupidity […]

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Ambiguity and Uncertainty

How to avoid settling for the best of a bad job and use the opportunity to make better business decisions and retain control. In the UK at least, the issue of Brexit is, for many, providing a dark background to the lovely weather we’ve recently enjoyed. People are struggling to even listen to the debate […]

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Coaching: the 21st century phenomenon

Coaching has helped transform many businesses during the first two decades of the 21st century. Introduced by pioneering companies during the 1980s and 1990s, it now features extensively within many businesses’ strategic thinking. It is no coincidence that coaching’s arrival is at a time when society is undergoing enormous changes. The digital revolution has led […]

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What is Coaching?

At its simplest, coaching is a different way of having a conversation. But it’s much more than that. Many leaders and managers have been schooled in and had many years of experience through more traditional leadership. Expert leadership; directive; when the manager knows ‘best’. The responsibility remains with the boss. In my view, coaching provides […]

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Brexit: Which way now?

Keith Nelson, Director of Coaching Programmes at the Møller Institute, contends that there has never been a more urgent need for coaching… Another day, another twist in the Brexit story. It reminds me of the old Stealers Wheel song: “Clowns to the left of me Jokers to the right Here I am Stuck in the […]

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The HR director as a coach: 7 steps for coaching excellence

A consequence of more organisations taking coaching in-house is that HR directors are increasingly finding themselves in the role of coach. But how can they best combine coaching with their substantive role as HRD? Keith Nelson, Director of Coaching Programmes at the Møller Institute, recommends seven top tips to achieve work-coach balance.. 1. Stop being […]

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Taking Coaching In-House

An increasing number of businesses want to create and establish coaching cultures to enable enhanced performance. But how best to go about it? Reliance upon external executive coaches is an expensive option, so many private and public sector organisations have developed internal coaching capacity. Keith Nelson explores the do’s and don’ts of developing coaching capability […]

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Mindfully managing routines

Modern life offers an extraordinary variety of working opportunities – perhaps more than at any time in history. But given their perceived need for control and desire that their people remain accountable, many workplaces oblige their employees to implement sometimes rigid working routines. This isn’t a problem until employees are faced by something out of […]

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