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Business Coaching

First time coaching….and trying too hard.

My CIPD students have recently completed a coaching module as part of their qualification.  One of my more enthusiastic students  is already trying to incorporate the ‘coach approach’ when dealing with some of her staff. However being a novice in coaching practice she was finding it difficult to adjust to the principle of enabling the coachee to solve their own issues.  "Most of my staff are bu...
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Coaching and mentoring – what does it take?

I've just started delivering the coaching and mentoring module for the CIPD level 3 Learning and Development to a lovely and enthusiastic group. Contrary to popular opinion among my students coaching is not an easy option but if delivered well can have a stunning impact on the recipient of the coaching.  There is far more to the role than just knowing your subject – although, if you don’t know ...
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Why have a business coach?

Finding someone to talk to about your ambitions, goals and ideas is difficult if you work in a smaller business.  Finding time to develop the skills you need to run your business effectively is even more difficult.  That’s why so many managers and business owners turn to a coach for help when the going gets tough or you just cannot see the wood for the trees. Having a business coach is the cata...
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Is your training just a tick in the box?

A business colleague of mine had a scary experience a few weeks ago at a well known, recently opened, supermarket. This supermarket, which will remain nameless, appears not to have invested in any safety training before they opened.  It seems so unlikely and yet they nearly had a disaster on their hands.  When the alarms went off customers were almost knocked down by fleeing staff who were them...
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Insight into Action Learning

I am delighted to welcome back Mike Morrison of Rapidbi as this month's guest writer.  In this article Mike share the rules for effective Action Learning - an excellent peer approach to developing skills and knowledge. Mike is is an established interim manager, coach, business adviser, mentor instructional designer and trainer, on occasions he writes, blogs, twitters and takes the odd day o...
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