Monday, June 30, 2008

Coaching coaches

One of the techniques I like using in coaching the coach seminars and workshops is getting the delegates to describe the worst coaching sessions they had ever done. It can be challenging but the collective learning is amazing. Nobody starts knowing everything and even the most seasoned coaches can make mistakes in their coaching sessions. The most important thing though is that they learn from it. The lists of 'lessons learned' from simple mistakes can be a real mind opener!

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Coaching and Gender

One thing I've noticed in my years of coaching is the difference between men and women. The women I have coached put more emphasis on verbal expression and talking in great detail about a particular issue they are dealing with. Men on the other hand tend not to. Their sentences seem shorter and some even seem to struggle to articulate issues. This does not mean that one is 'better' than the other, just different emphases. And it is by no means always the case, they are just tendencies I've noticed. I'd love to hear from anyone else who notices similar gender differences among managers and execs - not just to do with coaching. Have you ever been coached by your manager or any one else? Or have you ever coached anyone? and noticed gender differences in communication styles. If so let me know... You can contact me personally at and I will post your comment here.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Article on Executive Coaching

It is interesting in this article that Amanda Vickers talks about the importance of rapport ( I talk about this in my e-book and how critical it is to develop this skill in coaching...

General HR management - How to become an executive coach - 16/11/2004

"According to Amanda Vickers, director of Speak First, one of the UK’s foremost executive coaching companies, it’s all about getting the best out of people. That means being approachable, good with people and, above all, trustworthy. Vickers suggests that those best suited to the role are “people’s people” and those that are naturally good at developing rapport."

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