How to get your boss to help you

As an executive coach I have helped thousands of managers, at all levels in companies over the years, to add coaching skills to their toolkit. They all prove they can do it and go back to work enthusiastic to apply the new skills. Yet there is an interesting challenge for them. How to get ongoing [...]

The 3 hidden traps for a first time manager – No. 1

We promoted him a few months ago, but . . . This is the most common phone call I get from HR. A successful individual has been selected for promotion to manager level for the first time. Everyone has complete confidence and all goes well for a few months. Then slowly things begin to unravel. [...]

Coaching Mastery and the Art of Flying

Throw yourself at the ground, and miss it. The HitchHiker’s Guide to the Galaxy or H2G2 as aficionados call it, is one of the best comic science fiction series in the history of British humour, it is certainly the best five book trilogy ever written. (If you haven’t read it, do so this week.) Arthur Dent, [...]

Father’s advice, improved.

Many years ago I heard the phrase “Live every day as if it were your last, for one day it will be.” I like the sentiment, but it didn’t fit really comfortably. Maybe a connection to the reactions we saw from some people in the movie “Seeking a friend for the end of the world.” [...]