Vasectomy or Mindful Mentoring, what’s your choice for March?

In ancient Rome before Julius Caesar’s calendar reform, March was the first month of the year. It is the month when winter starts to end and spring begins. To me it feels like a fresh, new beginning each year, I’m always slightly sad that the ski season is coming to a close, but at home in Yorkshire, it means nature waking up and beautiful spring flowers. However, it is also apparently the worst month for productivity and the best month for vasectomies! March was actually named for the Latin Martius, or Mars, the Roman God of War. Incidentally, the Pentagon still seems to agree with this Roman tradition: with the exception of the recent War on Afghanistan, almost all major US-NATO led military operations since the invasion of Vietnam have begun in the month of March. Probably best we send the Pentagon on holiday in March in future! Continue reading

Using “Mindfulness” as a Coach

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.

So in this blog I wanted to share a few “Mindfulness” coaching ideas that I use as a coach when I am working with my own clients: Continue reading

Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)

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

Organisational Change through Coaching

York St. John UniversityOrganisational 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