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Alison Maxwell
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Being helpful vs being useful
 I was reminded last week by the wonderful systemic facilitator, John Whittington , about the difference between being useful and being helpful.   Lots of people (including myself) got drawn to coaching because of a desire to make a difference in the lives ...
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Coaching as a sticking plaster?
Don't get me wrong, but sometimes I wonder about the motivation of some organisations when they buy in coaching services. Are they genuinely using coaching as a way of growing their people, or as a sop to mask other problems? I was recently asked to work wi...
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Awkward triangles
I've been caught a few times in my coaching career in an 'awkward triangle'. By this I mean situations where the commissioning client and the coaching client have relationship problems. Both sides try to enrol you in their point of view and expect you to si...
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Who shouldn't coach?
Now this is a tricky question! As you probably know, i) everyone seems to want to be a coach these days and ii) there are absolutely no barriers, other than those self-imposed, to becoming one. So it is perfectly possible to set yourself up in business with...
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Coaching in different cultures
I've been asked to speak at a conference on London in March on the topic of coaching across different cultures. This always seems to a bit of a hot topic for many coaches and my guess is that this might speak to our sensitivities and uncertainties about wor...
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Getting the shift - using pivot points
What does it take to 'get the shift'. Coaching clients all to often show up for coaching with best intentions of making changes in their lives and relations, but somehow never making them. The change becomes overwelmingly difficult - "If it wasn't for my di...
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Mastery in coaching (or anything)
I've been asked to speak at a conference this month in London on the topic of growing mastery in coaches, so have been reflecting on my own development as a coach and the work I do supporting coaches development as a coach supervisor. In short, I find the t...
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Breaking the seal
Confidentiality is a central tenet of the coaching relationship - without belief in confidentiality the client is unlikely to open up and talk about what is really going on.  If they find we have blabbed to the HR department about what has been said in a co...
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Untangle & Grow: Being 'triggered'
Untangle & Grow: Being 'triggered'
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