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Advanced coaching practice vs academic analysis

Coaching: the gulf between advanced coaching practice and academic analysis Why is the gulf between advanced coaching practice and academic analysis of coaching so vast? If you are an advanced coach, you may, like me read the academic journals and have this thought: “Have the people writing this paper ever done any coaching?” How can […]

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21 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid

21 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid 21 Leadership Mistakes to Avoid is a report based on the premise that we all make mistakes. In over 30 years as a coaching psychologist I have made many. Some have resulted in new learning that led to the creation of new models, tools and techniques that have helped many […]

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Inspirational vision; inspirational future

Inspirational vision; inspirational future. With yet another large company going down amid accusations of corruption, mismanagement and incompetence, we will, yet again, ask why.  Yes, again,  the same answers will be provided; yes, again they will be meet with universal agreement; yes, again, the day after tomorrow ‘business as usual’ will be resumed, and, yes, […]

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The creation mistaken

The creation mistaken. How can you get staff to generate vast numbers of ideas, systematically, and reliably, in real time, on demand? In response to that question many people make the mistake of thinking: “We can generate enough ideas. That’s not where the problem is. It’s in implementation.” Let’s pick that apart. Let’s examine… The […]

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Psychotherapy breakthrough?

Psychotherapy breakthrough ? Psychotherapy is hugely ineffective. Only around 30% of therapy clients improve as a result of therapy. If you have studied the placebo effect you will know that figure. To be clear: therapy is no more effective than a placebo. In fact, in many cases a placebo is more effective. Why is therapy […]

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Call time on L and D waste!

Call time on L and D waste 82%* of leaders say that their organisation does not have the talent to realise their strategy. If you can’t get the talent you need, here’s why: your HR/L and D department. They didn’t deliver last year, they didn’t deliver the year before; it’s time to accept that they […]

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“Prof Mac’s Motivational Moments”

You are uniquely gifted!  “I wish!” is how many people respond to that assertion.  Should such an apparently Pollyanna statement be dismissed as motivational drivel or does it have at least some truth?  How many people have your precise experiences? At best, a few. How many of them have your skills? Your knowledge?  An even […]

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“Prof Mac’s Motivational Moments”

Not to plan experiences Is planning for “not to plan experiences” enough? Everything you set out to achieve is going to happen. Ho, hum! Not in this reality. Big dreams are going to be crushed, others you will choose to let go, still others you realise were just that, dreams. Every high achiever faces the […]

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“Prof Mac’s Motivational Moments”

Motivation for what matters, matters! Motivation is important, but not the whole picture. Take an idiot and motivate them, and you have a motivated idiot. You can imagine the havoc such a person could wreak. Imagination not required; you have seen it, repeatedly! Take a wise person and ask them to pair away their desires […]

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“Prof Mac’s Motivational Moments”

Get Constructively Uncomfortable There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone. “Comfortitus” is the disease that quickly emerges after the atrophy of the ambition muscle. Symptoms include thoughts that intensify the disease; thoughts like: “I don’t have to.” “It’s not worth it.” “I’d rather just chill.” You might have […]

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