How can executive coaching help in changing times?

we’re in changing times and the modern business environment is more complex, diverse and competitive than it has ever been. Thanks largely to technological advances over the past couple of decades, it is also changing at a more rapid rate than anything we have ever seen before. Little wonder that many commentators, from Forbes Magazine […]

Executive coaching – think horticulture not sport (Part Three)

Organisations are collections of human beings. And the best organisations have leaders capable of facilitating the most effective ways for them to work together collaboratively toward a common goal. Freek Vermeulen, Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at the London Business School, cites numerous studies that have sought to determine what characteristics lead, over time, […]

Executive coaching – think horticulture not sport (Part Two)

There are plenty of examples in business history of firms that expanded at phenomenal rates, frequently aided and abetted by acquisitions, becoming the darlings of the stock market, only to crash into the dust shortly afterwards. It’s all too easy to blame such colossal downfalls (just think of Enron or WorldCom) on arrogance, mismanagement or […]

Executive coaching – think horticulture, not sport (Part One)

Why is cultivating a beautiful lawn a more productive metaphor to draw on during executive coaching than sporting analogies? Answer: great business leadership doesn’t lose sight of the long game for the sake of immediate competitive expediencies. Let me borrow an imaginary dialogue proffered by Professors Ingemar Diermickx and Karel Cool, from their classic study […]

Relational coaching: it’s about you in your environment

In an interview on the Ashridge Executive Education blog, the relational coaching expert Professor Ernesto Spinelli describes how relational coaching means understanding that neither the coach nor the coached exists in isolation. According to Professor Spinelli, they are always subject to the relational conditions around them, and their experience of these conditions shapes their attitude, […]