Posts Tagged ‘coaching’

coach200x233I am often asked what it takes to become an executive coach. My answer? “A business card that says ‘Executive Coach’.”

Business, performance, or executive coaching (it goes by many names) is an unregulated industry. While you know that your doctor or dentist must have the correct qualifications and adhere to specific guidelines, anyone can call themselves an executive coach.

The world recession has left many managers and professionals without a job, and many want to share their knowledge and experience by offering an executive coaching service.

Of course, simply having great knowledge and experience doesn’t necessarily make you a great coach, but you can’t blame people for moving into this field. The industry is worth an estimated $1.5 billion, and there are about 30,000 coaches worldwide. Read the rest of this entry »

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Wellbeing is when you’re physically and mentally in balance and feel healthy and happy. You need to understand yourself – your metabolic type, personality preferences, drivers and emotional balance – and from this awareness, know when you are in or out of balance. Your well-being is good when you feel healthy, motivated and productive at work.

Symptoms of being out of balance

-Feeling unwell or tired, finding it difficult to focus on tasks, meetings, etc.
-Putting on weight
-Becoming unhappy and experiencing mood swings that affect your work
-Building and maintaining relationships become difficult
-Growing uncertain about your position at work or your role in life.

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For too long, we have been mesmerised by the talent of the individual. This singular focus has perpetuated the myth of superstar leaders, heroic top performers and up-and-coming talent. Most organisations have the recruitment philosophy of seeking only the brightest and the best, but are these principles enough to deliver the long-term value needed for today’s organisations?

Successful leaders = successful relationships

How is it that a star performer in one organisation fails to deliver equal value in another? By focusing only on the talents of an individual, we underestimate the influence of personal/professional networks, and the alignment between the culture and purpose of the organisation and individual. In his article Being the change you want to see: developing the leadership culture at Ernst & Young, Peter Hawkins highlights that successful leadership resides in the relationships leaders create, not within the leaders themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

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With Wimbledon in full swing and a busy summer of sport ahead of us, it’s a perfect time to think about the relationships that elite athletes have with their coaches, and the roles they play in making them a success.

Having an inspiring mentor who can lead you down the path to glory and can bring out the very best in you can mean the difference between playing in the finals on centre court and getting beaten in the first round.

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