Category Archives: Coaching

Thoughts and ideas on coaching

The Vocation Myth

You may be aware of the great learning available through The School of Life, but you may not be aware of The Book of Life which the institution continues to collate from its contributors and teachings on “the most substantial … Continue reading

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Brain fog

Further to my post last week on languishing, this week I note a related concept of “brain fog” which was featured in this article by Moya Sarner (who has also written on the power of listening, a focus of another … Continue reading

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Languishing

Adam Grant of late seems to appear everywhere. From features on his new book, Think Again, his ongoing podcast series, WorkLife, and most recently in his article in the New York Times on languishing. “Languishing is a sense of stagnation … Continue reading

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Listen here

A fundamental skill for coaching is the ability to listen. Not just to hear what is being said to you, but also to feel it too – as emotions which are shared, and evoked, are such an important insight into … Continue reading

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The Quest for Perfection

There is beauty in perfection, but striving for it can often come at an expense. In this remarkably well crafted story of one man’s quest for perfection, in ten-pin bowling, there is a great moment of learning: that even at … Continue reading

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Your Unlived Life

I have referenced previously Donald Winnicot, in relation to the Good-Enough Job, but he also wrote about the distinction between the “true self” and “false self” which we develop in infancy, and often carry with us into adulthood. In this … Continue reading

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Lessons learned at 80

I am not sure how I came across this address on Lessons Learned in His First 80 Years by Byron Wien, who at 88 is still Vice-Chair of the investment firm Blackstone. Though I was really struck by these 20 … Continue reading

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Half life

As I approach 44, the same age Miranda Sawyer was when she wrote this article ‘I have lived over half of my life’ I ponder many of the same questions that she considers. In it she gets insights from Oliver … Continue reading

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Personal Renewal

I subscribe to the Farnam Street blog and podcast, which is a great source of wisdom with in-depth interviews with an array of people that have figured things out. They post some fascinating historical articles, including this transcript of a … Continue reading

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Following your passion, or not

Dan Cable writes in the Harvard Business Review that contrary to popular belief, conveyed by the likes of Steve Jobs, we should not necessarily follow our passion when choosing what work we do… “if you’re looking to find a career … Continue reading

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