Emotion – the ‘elephant in the room’ in team conflict (Part 1)

Where does team conflict come from? One of the answers, of course, seems obvious once you name it: emotion. Aggressive emotion to be precise. Emotion can overheat – it’s volatile stuff – and it makes much better sense to learn to become aware of its influence, both in us and in our colleagues or bosses. Leadership […]

Ten tips for effective team coaching (Part One)

Here are some key tips I’ve come to consider core features of effective team coaching, a process that I believe should never be confused with advising and directing. 1.    Dodge the bullet. The “bullet” comes in the form of an implicit supplication: “Solve our problem(s) for us.” It’s exceedingly tempting to fall into this role […]

The toxic effects of high-pressure cultures (Part One)

Surviving in competitive markets is a question of building high-pressure cultures focussed on bottom line results. Encouraging people to be cut throat and take-no-prisoners to ensure financial success. Right? As you might expect from the way I phrased it, this is wrong and there is a lot of evidence to demonstrate that cultures like this damage employees and […]

A short introduction to systemic coaching (Part Two)

As we saw last time, if individual coaching rests on enhancing individual strengths, systemic coaching rests on the professional interfacing of those individual strengths. To return to the sporting analogy, a rugby team will achieve greater success by learning how to efficiently interface complementary individual skills with one another than if each individual alone sought […]

A short introduction to systemic coaching (Part one)

I’d like to spend a little time discussing a relatively new development in coaching: systemic coaching. However, before doing so, let’s take a little detour into the world of sport. Most people in the business world are at least intuitively aware that coaching had its origins in the world of professional sports. At the risk […]