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Beware the coaching scam?

I recently initiated a furious debate on the web about a coaching technique called EFT, by asking whether there was any evidence to support its remarkable claims. The furore – from both detractors and supporters, with “let’s keep an open …

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Latest book: Beyond Goals

Forthcoming Autumn 2013 is David’s latest co-edited book Beyond Goals: Effective Strategies for Coaching and Mentoring. Complied with David Megginson and Harvard’s Dr Susan David (that makes three Davids!), the book takes a detailed look at the realities of setting …

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Why Line Manager Coaching Often Doesn’t Work and What to Do About It

Here’s a typical story: Peter was away from the office for three days. Most of the team thought he’d been on a business trip, but when he returned, he was keen to tell them about the course he’d been on. …

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Why do we need to train mentees?

One of the most common reasons for mentoring programmes failing is that they forget to train mentees sufficiently. Programmes that train only mentors deliver less than half the benefits, on average, than those that train both participants.

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What makes executive coaches feel valued?

Considering how much organizations pay for the services of executive coaches, it might be expected that the relationship between them would be a partnership, aimed at providing the best possible support for the client. While in some cases, this is …

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What makes a powerful question?

Powerful questions we can define as ones that have a significant, positive impact on the quality and direction of a person’s thinking about issues important to them. Based on analysis of hundreds of powerful questions and observing how coaches and …

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The twelve habits of the toxic executive coach

Created more than a decade ago, the Twelve Habits of the Toxic Mentor and the Twelve Habits of the Toxic Mentee have been quoted in hundreds of publications and training programmes. I’ve thought for a while that it would be …

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The Liberated Coach

This article has its origins in several complementary sources: the personal coaching experiences of both myself and my co-authors in 14 books on coaching and mentoring; the experiences of coaches, who I have supervised; and observation of coaches in real …

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Seven Coaching Conversations

Being an effective coach requires a continuously expanding portfolio of BDQs – (Bloody Difficult Questions). These are what stimulate the client to reflect and gain personal insight. Equally important, however, are the BDQs we ask ourselves. For example: For whose …

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How to make the most of the mentoring relationship

Mentoring relationships that deliver most value for both mentor and mentee are characterised by a number of behaviours: Openness – both parties are able to speak openly and without fear of feeling embarrassed Purposefulness – there is a clear sense …

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