Snake oil self-help

Snake oil self-help

“Ten steps to lasting happiness; The path to a better you; Personal growth and beyond”. I just made these up, but they could easily all be contemporary self-help book titles. The sad reality is that so much of self-help reminds me of those get rich quick scams. They...
Coaching: The Anna Karenina principle

Coaching: The Anna Karenina principle

How does coaching work? What is the underlying premise at play? Coaching, like many things in life, follows the Anna Karenina principle — that all happy families are alike, but every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. At least, that is what I have observed in...
When coaching and mentoring converge

When coaching and mentoring converge

The difference between coaching and mentoring is not always clear cut. In fact, it can vary from being quite distinct to virtually the same depending on the focus. Coaching vs mentoring may be quite different things in the realm of “career”, but they can converge when...
What does it take to be a coach?

What does it take to be a coach?

I was recently asked to say something on the matter of setting-up oneself as a coach and it really got me thinking: What does it take to be a coach? As coaches, we are immersed in the vast world of human dynamics. Where every day is an encounter with professional and...
ROI in Coaching: A bogus concept

ROI in Coaching: A bogus concept

The executive coaching world is full of articles about coaching ROI (return on investment), touting the benefits of coaching in boosting your company’s performance in this and that way, with return on investment of such and such %. ROI is then the latest buzz...
When to use a coach

When to use a coach

The question of “when to use a life coach” can seem tricky at first glance. It is also one that attracts numerous confusing explanations. Today, I offer three considerations: stuckness, willingness and importance, which provide a simple framework for...