How Change Fitness Affects Performance

By |2019-03-25T14:01:16+10:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching, Managing Change|

Change fitness supports performance Change fitness doesn’t only help you change – change fitness also helps you perform. In the modern world, our ability to perform is increasingly dependent on our ability to change. In the past, performance was largely measured by how good we became at doing a given task – like making horse shoes. If you have good hand/eye co-ordination and you make horse shoes long enough, you become a high-performance worker. But things change so [...]

How to Leverage Individual Differences During Change

By |2019-02-23T16:41:06+10:00September 22nd, 2018|Categories: Change Fitness, Managing Change|

SWOT When seeking to manage organisational change, it is important to identify and leverage your strengths. A useful methodology to use is a SWOT analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats). In this article, I want to consider two areas of individual differences that could inform a SWOT analysis, and how those differences could be leveraged. Individuals can be different in many ways. There are ethnic and cultural differences, differences in training and education, gender differences, differences in roles and [...]

What Is Organisational Change Readiness – and how can you get more of it?

By |2021-10-24T11:08:43+10:00September 20th, 2018|Categories: Change Readiness, Managing Change|

There is some confusion around the concept of change readiness and I want to help you understand what it means. In this article, I am focusing on change readiness in organisations, but it is important to understand that change readiness also relates to individuals. You and I can be ready for change (or not ready) as an individual. When we think of change readiness in organisations, there are four aspects we need to consider. Let’s explore [...]

Overcoming Negative Attitudes to Change in Coaching

By |2021-10-24T11:13:14+10:00September 19th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|

This article is written for coaches and people involved in managing change. We have all adapted to change Humans are oddly ambiguous creatures. On the one hand, we are among the most adaptable of creatures. Before we had developed writing, humans had settled in almost every corner of the globe. We were living in harsh deserts, in tropical rain forests, in the icy and treeless plains of the frozen north, on high mountains and idyllic islands in the [...]

How to Assess Client Progress in Coaching

By |2019-02-25T09:29:56+10:00September 16th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|

This article explores how to assess client progress in coaching and is mainly written for people who are new to coaching (as well as old hands). I will be considering how to assess client progress in coaching by referring to one of the 11 Core Competencies outlined by the International Coach Federation (ICF). This is also reflected in the Competence Framework outlined by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). How do you measure progress? So, you coach [...]

How to Coach and Build a Business

By |2019-02-25T09:52:14+10:00September 13th, 2018|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching|

In this article I want to address the issue of how to coach and at the same time how to build a coaching business. I recently posted on LinkedIn an article called “Should I Become a Coach?”. In that article, I listed 5 qualities a coach needs to have, and 5 attitudes a coach shouldn’t have. The article resonated with many people, but someone commented that good coaches need more than the right personal attributes – they also [...]

How to Reduce Anxiety in Coaching

By |2019-02-24T10:22:00+10:00September 12th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|

Anxiety Have you ever thought of how clients feel before that first coaching session they have with you? Some might be excited and really looking forward to it, but others might be slightly anxious about it. Anxiety isn’t a helpful emotion in coaching so in this article we are going to consider some practical steps you can take to reduce those unwanted feelings of anxiety. Before we look at those steps, let’s first consider why your clients might [...]

Is Coaching a Form of Education?

By |2019-02-24T10:35:14+10:00September 10th, 2018|Categories: Coaching|

The backlash A few months ago, while talking with an experienced coach, I made the comment that coaching is a form of education. That statement encountered an immediate backlash. According to this person, coaching and education are quite different. So, why do I claim that coaching is a form of education? Education as category As a category, education is very broad, and I believe that coaching finds its place within that broad category. But we first should understand [...]

Build the Capacity to Change

By |2019-02-27T13:44:20+10:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching|

I believe change is possible for everyone, but that doesn’t mean everyone has the capacity to change. What does that mean? What do we mean by 'change'? We need to go back to basics. What do we mean by ‘change’? Over 40 years ago, two American researchers explained to us what is meant by change. They showed us that change doesn’t just happen – it’s not an event. It might look like an event when we look back [...]

What Is a Change Fitness Coach?

By |2019-02-27T13:44:54+10:00September 4th, 2018|Categories: Change Fitness, Coaching|

Steve, what is a change fitness coach? I have been asked this question many times, so I thought I would write down my answer. I will make my answer simple but bear in mind that behind this simple answer lies a depth of abstract concepts and academic research. A change fitness coach is an experienced and highly skilled coach who has undertaken further training to help their clients develop change fitness. You probably understand all of that except [...]