Why I Sit on the Streets and Listen to Strangers

I volunteer for a global movement called Sidewalk Talk. We set up chairs in the streets and offer to listen to passers by. We don’t solve problems. We don’t give advice. We simply offer non-judgemental, empathic listening; the opportunity to sit with a stranger and be heard.  Newcastle is at 55°N latitude. We had one
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Transformational Coaching: Climate Crisis, Aspiration & Despair

Life is a roller coaster: An endlessly undulating, twisting journey of highs and lows, joy and sadness, aspiration and despair. As the Buddhists so neatly put it;  suffering and happiness are part of the human condition and both are transitory: No mud, no lotus flower. Part of the journey, then, is to more fully embrace and
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Directive vs. Non-Directive; Coaching & The Global Climate Crisis

The coaching marketplace has grown significantly over the past 15 or so years that I’ve been in it. Not least in the diversity of the coaching offerings out there. Perhaps one defining principle that all have in common, though, is that coaching is about change. Yet despite this, could coaching professionals themselves have a tendency
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Does Coaching Really Work?

  My colleague and I recently ran a little coaching experiment.  We offered 60-minute coaching sessions to 10 leaders from different industries, countries and age groups without cost.  Why?  So we could find out more about the challenges leaders are facing and whether our coaching style could help. So what did most leaders want to
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The Perils of High Performance

Last summer I was invited to work with the GB World Orienteering Championships team as a ‘guest’ coach. Excited by memories of my youthful sporting days and the thrill of international competition I packed my bags full of anticipation and set off for the forests of Sweden. Arriving at camp GB, I felt like I’d
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To blog, or not to blog….

I’ve taken a month’s sabbatical in May. I can highly recommend it. After the busiest start to the year ever, I was digging deep into the emergency reserves. Time to refill the tanks and focus on replenishing activities. Space to think, time to reflect on my practice and invest in my CPD. The equation is
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Out with New Year’s Resolutions – In with Being Kind to Yourself!

I don’t much like the idea of New Year’s Resolutions. There’s something implicit in all the ‘New Year, New You’ messaging that says, “You’re not good enough.” It appeals to our old friends The Self Limiting Beliefs – those external judgements and expectations that we’ve internalised until they are nagging inner voices, constantly telling us
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