Getting It Out of Our Heads

Over the past ten years what I do and how I do it has changed significantly. One shift has been in the area of coaching. When I began in 2000 coaching was arguably just entering its second generation and moving from a focus on what might be called skills coaching, which grew out of sports coaching, into goal focused coaching. The kind of coaching that is exemplified by the GROW model. That is, helping people …

Operating Practices for Leaders

A little while ago my colleague Dr Garth Britton and I began thinking about the ways in which our work as consultants and coaches had changed over the past five years. At the time we developed a very rough description of an approach we called Open-Ended Consulting based on some broad broad patterns we had detected in our practices. Then we got busy with work and life and didn’t progress this any further. I’ve been thinking recently that …

How do we develop people to lead in the midst of complexity?

Recently I had the pleasure of introducing Jennifer Garvey-Berger, co-author of the book Simple habits for complex times: powerful practices for leaders[1], before she led a workshop for coaches, consultants and organizational development leaders on the topic, “Supporting our clients in an increasingly complex world”. What follows is a modified version of my introduction. For more than forty years writers have suggested that not all of the problems or difficulties we face at work and in our …