I’ve been amazed in the last two or three weeks how many coaches have made twitter comments and blogs about using “Mindfulness” practice to make you healthier, calmer, more creative, successful etc. However, there is so little written by anyone about how they as a coach are using “Mindfulness” apart from signposting their clients towards mindful practice.
Interestingly in the same week as David Clutterbuck and Kirsten Poulsen have published their new book, “Developing Successful Diversity Mentoring Programmes: An International Casebook”, I have been given an assignment to support a disability mentoring programme in Higher Education with a remit to look at exactly what is going on within the programme and work with the team of mentors to make it more effective for everyone involved. Continue reading
I discovered Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) last week at the Coaching Conference at York St. John, when John Groom who was visiting from New Zealand showed us some of it’s potential. I loved ACT’s focus immediately – to accept what is out of your personal control, whilst committing to action on things that will improve your quality of life. It uses mindfulness and your values to support you to live a rich, full and meaningful life and to support you in managing your daily stresses. Continue reading
Whilst there have been considerable developments and expansion in the label “coaching”, there seems not to have been a corresponding development in mentoring. However, rather than seeking to work with the old debate around what the differences are between mentoring and coaching, Paul Stokes and I are planning to use our latest research findings on modern mentoring practice to develop our understanding of mentoring as a field of practice. Continue reading
Organisational Change through Coaching Conference at York St. John 05 July 2012
The York St John Conference was introduced by David Fleming, Vice Chancellor and hosted by Prof Bob Garvey from York St John. The first keynote was by David Megginson from Sheffield Business School, who had a humorous look at the challenges and benefits of adopting a coaching style of managing change and how coaching can develop or change organisational culture. We then had an opportunity to try some different workshops out around Brief Coaching, Listening skills, unblocking techniques in coaching and the fascinating ACT – Acceptance, Commitment Training based coaching based on emotional intelligence and mindfulness. Continue reading