Book Review: It’s your life. What are you going to do with it? by Dr Anthony Grant and Jane Greene.

Ten pounds for a lot of life coaching is a pretty good bargain.  I tried it and it worked.  No hype, no hocus-pocus, no hare-brained woo woo nonsense.  This is a refreshingly down-to-earth book, based on sound psychology, made totally practical. If you work through the chapters and apply the tools, frameworks and exercises as… Read more

Lessons in Leadership from NASA

At a recent Association for Coaching conference, we got to hear how they train up leaders in NASA.  As a big fan of Apollo 13 (particularly that scene where the boffins on the ground try to fit the square thing into round thing – can you tell I’m not technical?), I was all ears.  Christine… Read more

Ask a coach: Help! My boss is a perfectionist!

As a recovering perfectionist (I’ll keep trying until I’ve perfected it), I can honestly say I’ve been on both sides of this experience.  As the employee, I’ve felt the dejection when something I’ve worked hard at gets the ‘red pen treatment’, i.e. nothing but fault-finding and critical feedback, ‘must try harder’.  Yet as a manager,… Read more

Ask a coach: How do I praise people without looking a total creep?

Health warning: if you’re someone who curls up inside at the thought of praising one of your team or a colleague – this post could induce queasiness.  But hold it – there are ways to praise and still feel good.  I’m not talking about the over-the-shoulder ‘that was great’, or the pat-on-the-back ‘well done’ or… Read more