3 common myths of coaching (and what’s true instead)

Coaching is a leadership superpower. Coaching saves you time. It helps you delegate. It improves performance, builds capability and helps tap into everyone’s creative process. It’s also pretty good for organisational performance.  A comprehensive study  on the effects of an organisation adopting a ‘coaching culture’ showed some startling results. Coaching led to: A 10 to 20%…

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Feedback tips for the conflict-avoidant

My dad was so conflict-avoidant that he once chewed through half an avocado at a dinner party, even though he detested the things with a vengeance. He couldn’t bring himself to let the host know he didn’t like them, even though they had asked everyone prior if there was anything people didn’t like to eat.…

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The End Of The Beginning: Leadership into Level 2 and beyond

Here’s a date to save for this coming Wednesday afternoon, when you’ve had enough of boring Zoom meetings. This one happens to be on Zoom too – but knowing it’s with Harold and Russell, it certainly won’t be boring that’s for sure! Plus you’ll see my face there too – hopefully that’s a plus. This…

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Beware the ‘Boss Shadow Effect’

Shadow of a person on the grass

Loads of leaders have a blind spot when it comes to underestimating the shadow they cast.  I call it the Boss Shadow Effect. Many of us assume our teams are open and honest with us. About what they’re really thinking about our latest idea, how we ran that Monday morning meeting or what they think…

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4 Ways To Prevent Feeling Lonely At The Top

If you’re feeling lonely at the top of your organisation, ironically, you are not alone. A  survey conducted by Stanford University*, found that almost all (over 90%) CEOs find the process of receiving coaching and leadership advice highly effective and rewarding. BUT, almost two-thirds of CEOs do not receive coaching or leadership advice from outside consultants or coaches.…

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Phrase Your Praise: How A Leader’s Praise Can Influence Mindsets

I’ve just stumbled across this little gem of information. In this enlightening video clip, psychologist Carol Dweck talks about the results of a study she did on 5th graders, where she tested the effect of praise on mindsets. It shows the difference between praising children for their intelligence versus the effort they made i.e. “Wow,…

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