Avoiding prejudiced AI systems in executive coaching

AI versus CoachOur good friend David Clutterbuck has written an open letter on diversity in coaching (shown below). He discusses how AI systems tend to inherit existing biases in areas such as gender and race. The next phase of our evolution is likely to be driven by those who can successfully harness the benefits of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The major FAAMG (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google) technology players are racing to entrench their assistant offerings as essential parts of our everyday lives. Continue reading


Abandoning goals in favour of emerging principles

Ducks in a row - emerging principlesI’ve always been a goal-setter in life, generally successfully or I tend to give up quickly and relegate the goals to the bin of ‘bad ideas’. However, in 2019 I decided to take a different approach to my life in favour of emerging principles and a more mindful route through the year, noticing what is important to me and creating some principles I want to live by instead of setting goals. We are now 10% through 2019 and already I am feeling good about my new approach. Continue reading


‘Grow as a Coach’, webinar learning programme

Grow as a CoachWe developed our virtual ‘Grow as a Coach’ Programme following our enormous success with face-to-face programmes for new coaches.

The Grow as a Coach programme is facilitated virtually. So it includes four 90-minute virtual webinars run over a two or three month period. The participants attend the webinars and work with an identified buddy coach to practise and complete reflection notes after each session and feedback is provided by the facilitators to help the coach’s development. Continue reading


Benefits of Coaching, research and reality

Benefits of CoachingSo why bother to introduce coaching in your organisation? What are your employees going to get out of it? Can people really support each other in their learning and development through having a simple developmental dialogue?

Read on for the latest research and to learn more about the benefits of coaching. Get the answers to these frequently asked questions about using coaching in the workplace. Continue reading


FLEXImums coaching and mentoring programme partnership

Gender EquityMarie Swarbreck of FLEXImums and Lis Merrick of Coach Mentoring Ltd have formed a partnership between their two organisations to provide coaching and mentoring programme support to the organisations associated with FLEXImums.

FLEXImums have identified Coach Mentoring Ltd as a source of programme expertise. We provide consultancy in mentoring and coaching to grow, retain and motivate people through individual coaching or mentoring solutions. Our bespoke programmes develop employees to have good developmental dialogues in the workplace.

We are so delighted to be working with FLEXImums, we made a video…

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Skills Training Videos in Coaching and Mentoring

7 reasons why you should use coaching and mentoring skills training videos

Skills Training Video

Are your employees short of time? Do you have a small budget for development? Or do you have a geographically dispersed group of coaches or mentors? Then use videos to provide robust skills training and development for your people. They will really create a high standard of mentoring and coaching knowledge in your organisation!

Here are seven reasons why skills training videos are the most effective approach to use. Continue reading


Using Ikigai in coaching and mentoring

Ikigai MountainIn Japan, Ikigai is a popular concept that makes millions of people want to get out of bed in the morning. It is translates simply as the ‘reason for being’. The term ikigai is composed of two Japanese words: ‘iki’ referring to life, and ‘kai’, which roughly means “the realisation of what one expects and hopes for”.

To me Ikigai is a great tool for a coach or mentor to use with both their coachees and mentees and themselves as they develop their own self-awareness.

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Do coaches get coached?

Coaching sessionWith the rise of internal and external coaching supervision, the development of coaches and their practice has been the central concern of both organisational scheme organisers and professionals. However, what is not well known or understood is the extent to which coaches themselves receive coaching as part of their personal development, as distinct from supervision on their professional practice.

Dr Paul Stokes and Lis Merrick completed an initial survey into this area and would like to share with those kind individuals who completed the survey, plus anyone else who is interested, what we discovered. Watch our webinar sharing our data, or read the article outlining our initial thinking. Continue reading



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