Recently, I sat on a training course delivered by a business coach. He expressed the interesting (and quite divisive) view that you can only be a proper coach when you work on people’s businesses. He mocked the concept of a ‘life coach’ as someone who isn’t measuring any real goals. They instead waffle on aboutContinue reading “It’s Personal, Not Business”
Category Archives: life coaching
We Are Robots, Not Humans
The title of this article, are the literal words of the line manager of Shona Hirons, which were spoken to her when she was being reprimanded after having made a mistake at work. Working for a highly competitive law firm, Shona was told that people in her position are not allowed to make mistakes. JustContinue reading “We Are Robots, Not Humans”
The True Purpose of Coaching People
Currently one third in on my Vision to Action group coaching program with three wonderful solopreneurs, I found myself reflecting on what it is that we coaches actually do. The word ‘coach’ was first used to mean ‘someone who trains of instructs others’ in University slang of the mid-19th century: coaches were private tutors which ‘carried’ a student throughContinue reading “The True Purpose of Coaching People”
What is your relationship with time?
Have you ever wondered why some people get so much more done, despite having exactly the same available time as you do ? Time might feel like a linear concept for most of us, but this is mostly an illusion. In reality, you are the source of your time and therefore you can create allContinue reading “What is your relationship with time?”
My Story: How I Came to Help People Overcome Adversity and Find Personal Freedom
I have always believed in personal freedom and everyone’s right to be given the space and time to become the best version of themselves. At the age of 15, I was already on a mission to become a psychotherapist. Way before my classmates had figured out what they really wanted to do, I had takenContinue reading “My Story: How I Came to Help People Overcome Adversity and Find Personal Freedom”
Empathy is Learned, so Learn it!
I have always had a keen, almost unhealthy interest in psychopaths. I studied forensic psychology and while my past professional interest has mostly been helping victims of crime, I couldn’t help feeling an abundance of morbid fascination for this small, incomprehensible cohort of people who seem to lack remorse, moral compass and compassion. They lackContinue reading “Empathy is Learned, so Learn it!”
How a Gratefulness Journal Can Help With Your Isolation
Keeping a Gratefulness Journal can help you train your mind to reframe your experiences in a positive way; you will gift yourself some of the structure and routine you need to get through the social distancing isolation during the lockdown. Having committed your thoughts to paper, you will also be able to return to them at a later stage and remind yourself of your strengths, resources and coping strategies during some of your difficult times.
No to Advice, Yes to Feedback
I want to make a bet with you. I bet that you have probably never met a person who thinks that they are a bad person. And if you have met someone who says so, you know they probably don’t mean it. Most people think of themselves as good, ethical and part of the ‘correct’Continue reading “No to Advice, Yes to Feedback”
My Journey as a Pro Bono Coach for The Coaching Academy
Most of us, the people who have gone on a learning journey in order to be able to provide a service that improves people’s lives, are faced with the prospect of doing pro bono work at some stage in the early stages of our practice. Whether you are an aspiring therapist, counsellor, mentor or coach,Continue reading “My Journey as a Pro Bono Coach for The Coaching Academy”
#Inspiringstories II: Interview with Creative Artist Daniel Neagoe
One of the challenges I face as a coach, is many people’s limiting beliefs that they are not creative. I often come across such beliefs when I ask my clients to think out of the box and come up with creative solutions to change what needs to be changed in order to start achieving theContinue reading “#Inspiringstories II: Interview with Creative Artist Daniel Neagoe”