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The Beginning of a Leadership Journey

The Beginning of a Leadership Journey

“That’s not me! I would never do that! And yet, I did do that, didn’t I?” And so a leadership journey begins. It is not uncommon for coaching clients to experience themselves saying or doing something which generates a feeling of embarrassment. While they share what...

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One More Time: Leaders Need Coaches

One More Time: Leaders Need Coaches

One of the most common refrains we hear from new leadership coaching clients is “Wow, it’s really great to be able to step back and talk about me in the context of my work and organisation. No one else ever listens to me like that, including my boss or partner." When...

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Leadership requires Agency

Leadership requires Agency

Photo by Kevin André on Unsplash The component required for leadership to shift from being a noun to a verb, is agency.  Agency is someone’s ability to act or take action. Without it, you may be aware, but you lack choice  - you’re  stuck in stasis. Why...

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Once upon a time… at work

Once upon a time… at work

I’ve always loved a good yarn. A tale of derring-do, or of hijinks, or times gone past. I used to particularly love listening to my granny when she would talk of life in Donegal before the arrival of all the things we now take for granted. Storytelling is how we...

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My coach will tell me what to do

My coach will tell me what to do

A friend of mine has been struggling for a while with habits that undermine what he really wants. He wants to let go of them as they are dragging him down, but he just cannot seem to shake them off. Earlier this week, he sent me a message: “Perhaps I just need someone to tell me what to do. Do you think I should get myself a coach?”

It was a good reminder that many people think of coaching as consulting. Instead, coaching is…

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Reactive and Creative: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Reactive and Creative: Two Sides of the Same Coin

At the core of leadership are two interdependent ideas. The first is to be responsible for one’s world. This spurs me to constantly ask “What does this situation require?” It is about getting clear on what is needed to ensure that I or my team / group are on purpose. The second idea is to be response-able. This requires me to…

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