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Before introducing a coaching programme in your organisation, it’s a good idea to review the culture. If an organisation is open, people are prepared to be vulnerable and to admit their weaknesses, then coaching normally works well. Let’s see some examples of what works well, and less well to help an organisation become coaching ready

The best way to make an initiative fail – ignore the potential risks! When coaching is introduced to organisations, there are risks. Let’s not ignore them but let’s be informed. Knowing the potential risks gives us the best chance of avoiding them!

The #1 hot topic for many coaches is “should I give advice, or hold back?” Although we haven’t seen full blown fist fights – after all we are coaches – we have seen plenty of heated discussions about it. We have a strong view at LYC – advice is off the table save for emergencies.

There are increasing opportunities for school leaders to learn how to become coaches and to adopt A coaching approach. We celebrate this, and look at some of the benefits of the school leader coach.

Managers who choose a coaching style instead of a directive one are likely to get better results with their team members, and avoid the risk of their disengagement. Here’s how:

Managers who choose a coaching style instead of a directive one are likely to get better results with their team members, and avoid the risk of their disengagement. Here’s how:

Coaching in its present form has been with us since the 1970s. Mentoring has been with us in one form or another …

New head teachers find themselves at an exciting moment in their careers. In some ways it feels like the pinnacle of many …

People often ask me which coaching models I use, and which ones I teach. The answer I give is always the same. …

Finding the right coaching course can be very confusing! There are different qualifications, different bodies accrediting them, all sorts of names and …

When we ask new coaches to identify key coaching skills, it is rare that pausing gets a mention. And yet, the power …

What coaching skills does every leader need?  For the moment, let’s take it as a given that every leader needs to have good …

Organisations exist for a number of different reasons. For some, it the commercial aspect. For others, it’s all about providing a service …

What is a coaching course?  Once the idea of learning to be a coach has come into our head, the first question …

A question that I am often asked is “Have I got what it takes to be a good coach?” It’s an understandable question. We are in …

What is the purpose of coaching?  It’s funny how things turn up in life, and quite quickly we take them for granted. New …

Once you know how to coach, it’s easy to set up a successful coaching business. Right? No!  Of the thousands of people …

Our schools are learning environments for all – not just for students. A typical school year will see students in class for …

Head teachers and other school leaders are increasingly turning to coaching as a favoured approach for professional and personal development. This hasn’t …

Working out the right qualification for any new activity is difficult. After we decide we want to learn the new “thing”, we …

How does coaching work? People often ask me what coaching is, or even more often what subject I coach on. The implication is that there needs to …

Coaching vs training  When people ask me what I do, I say that I train people to be executive coaches. The most common response is “oh, …

Online training has caught on so much over the last 15 years. It has, apparently, many benefits that make it a viable …

What are the benefits of the ILM coaching qualifications? As you will have seen from our last blog on this topic, there …

We all know that there are many, many blogs out there, on almost every subject. We have to make choices which blogs …

There are many wonderful, helpful and powerful coaching qualifications that we can take….. and a few turkeys too! This blog navigates maps …

Coach or mentor? Ask or advise? This is the dilemma facing all leaders who are considering bringing coaching into their professional toolkit. Some …

When I say to people that I am a leadership coach or an education coach, the most typical response is “yes, but …

When thinking about an advanced coaching qualification, we have to take into consideration that there are assignments to be done. The ILM …

ILM Level 7 coaching qualification – is this the right one for me? If you are reading this blog, you are likely …

The education sector has had a long history with coaching, with high levels of enthusiasm, engagement and interest, both in the classroom …

When thinking about a coaching qualification, we are aware that there will be some assignments. Often this is one of the first …