This year the term ‘Mindful March’ is everywhere, with encouragement to be more mindful in your approach to life for the 31 days, trying out a new idea or action to help you live more in the present moment. Lovely ideas and sentiments and I hope ones that will support people to live more connected lives and cope better with day to day stress, anxiety and depression. It is delightful to see and feel the energy on social media as people respond to these ideas. Continue reading
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.
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 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