How Change Fitness Affects Performance

By |2019-03-25T14:01:16+11:00September 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 […]

Overcoming Negative Attitudes to Change in Coaching

By |2019-02-25T08:58:38+11:00September 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 deep blue […]

How to Assess Client Progress in Coaching

By |2019-02-25T09:29:56+11:00September 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 a […]

How to Coach and Build a Business

By |2019-02-25T09:52:14+11:00September 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 need […]

How to Reduce Anxiety in Coaching

By |2019-02-24T10:22:00+11:00September 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 be anxious about […]

Is Coaching a Form of Education?

By |2019-02-24T10:35:14+11:00September 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 what we mean by […]

Build the Capacity to Change

By |2019-02-27T13:44:20+11:00September 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 on it (I […]

What Is a Change Fitness Coach?

By |2019-02-27T13:44:54+11:00September 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 for […]

Becoming Adaptable, Remaining Stable

By |2019-02-22T12:42:09+11:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Coaching, General|

When I was a kid we had a game called Fiddle Sticks, also called Pick Up Sticks. You had a container of sticks which you’d empty onto the table, creating a random structure. Each player would try to remove one stick at a time, trying to prevent the structure from collapsing. With a steady hand, you’d gingerly remove a stick, trying very hard not to disturb the others and collapse the whole pile.

Like that game

In a way, our lives […]

Are We Free or Programmed?

By |2019-02-25T10:29:47+11:00September 3rd, 2018|Categories: Coaching, General|

How much freedom do we have to change? This is an important question because our beliefs affect the structure of our thinking, how we approach the world, and what we think is possible.

Many barriers

I once worked with people who had many barriers that negatively impacted their lives. Some battled addictions, others low educational attainment and poor work history, and most had multiple problems. For the most part, they wanted to change.

But many approached change from opposite ends of […]