Inspiring. Uplifting. Humbling. Just a few words that spring to mind as I think about the 2012 Precious Awards, held at London’s Waldorf Hotel on November 24. And as inspiring woman after woman (with one man sprinkled into the mix) took to the stage to claim their awards, most eyes in the room prickled with emotion more than once. From established senior women, such as Charlene White, presenter and journalist for ITV News and ITV London, who won the Woman in Public Life award and Nadia Jones, support manager for the London Youth Support Trust, who was crowned Mentor of the Year, to young women who have already achieved a phenomenal amount, such as Amie Samba, named Young Entrepreneur of the year for Fun Run Startz, the event was a veritable storybook of striving, success, and celebration. Read more
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I’d heard about the 15 minute raisin. I’d read about it and in fact I’d spent more than 15 minutes worrying about it. And now here I was, in the first session of Michael Chaskalson’s Mindfulness for Coaches course, confronted with my very own 15 minute raisin. I knew we were going to spend a lot of time up close and personal with this particular piece of dried fruit, so I deliberated before picking my specimen from the bowl: I wanted a big, juicy one, to maximise my odds of meeting the challenge of the exercise.
‘I don’t play golf and therefore couldn’t give a technical instruction even if I wanted to. But the golf coaching that I give is pretty successful.’ This amusing and at the same time amazing quote captures the style of this book, which combines a sense of fun with being a committed champion of the power of non-directive coaching. Turning to the age-old 80-20 rule, Myles Downey claims to spend 80% of his coaching time at the non-directive end of the spectrum, because, to quote the definition of the School of Coaching, of which Downey is the Founder, ‘coaching is the art of facilitating the performance, learning and development of another’. He adds ‘the coach does not need to impart knowledge, advice or even wisdom. What he or she must do is speak, and act, in such a way that others learn and perform at their best.’ Read more
My official start date was April 1, but it wasn’t an April Fool’s prank: I have officially joined the Alliance coaching partnership! In a way, it still doesn’t feel quite real. It’s such a privilege to be asked to join this close-knit group of experienced business coaches in their (or rather, as I should say now, ‘our’!) extremely successful partnership/business that I can hardly believe it’s happened. Yet at the same time, because everyone has been so welcoming and inclusive, both individually and as a team, I feel I’ve been on board for ages. I must make sure I don’t get too comfortable too quickly, as one of the things I’ve promised to bring is a fresh perspective!