Category Archives: Coaching

How Do You Measure Up As A Team Manager? 20 Point Checklist

Over the last 6 months we have been working on a competency project that has identified certain characteristics of the successful team manager. We have summarised those behavioural indicators into the following list: They seek to add value to what the team are trying to achieve, rather than simply ‘manage’ them. They balance the task-team-individual… Read More »

A Quick Coaching Checklist

Here’s an easy 13 point checklist to help with your next coaching session: Try not to be directive Avoid asking, “How do you feel it went?” Instead ask, “What do you feel went well?” Use open questions to encourage the individual to think through their actions and draw out their own solutions Listen to understand… Read More »

Managing Young Talent, a Footballing Tale

At a recent HR event we got talking with Sir Cary Cooper about work, about millennials, and about football.  He’s a passionate Manchester City fan, and had just seen his team progress in the Champions League, but he was also keen to talk to us about Leicester City’s remarkable season (which has kept on being remarkable). The comparison in question was… Read More »

The Coaching Relationship

The relationship between the coach and the coachee is extremely important and can affect learning in a constructive or destructive way.  There needs to be rapport, trust and agreement as the foundation to the relationship. As you identify the individual learning needs, it is also an important time to get to know them.  Notice how quickly they… Read More »

Football Sales Management

It’s about scoring more goals that the other team – the ‘stating the obvious’ school of sales management Imagine if football managers’ greatest insight in their team talks was to simply exhort their teams to win more. They have a very good answer to the follow up question – how? By scoring more goals!  OK… Read More »

Sports Books For Business People

There will be plenty of sporting autobiographies sold this year as gifts for people who don’t read, and would really rather have had some nice warm socks,; but don’t worry, the sportspeople in question didn’t write them so no-one really loses out. Here we take a look at a few of the sports books that… Read More »

The Role Of Coaching

What Is Coaching? ‘Coaching’ takes over where ‘Training’ leaves off ‘Training’ focuses on providing additional skills for individuals and teams to do their jobs better and to contribute more efficiently to achieving corporate objectives. ‘Coaching’ recognises that within each individual and team is a further potential to develop and enhance their contribution that has yet to be released. ‘Coaching’ recognises… Read More »

How to engage with people who have different learning styles …

Activists Activists involve themselves fully and without bias in new experiences.  They enjoy the here and now and are happy to be dominated by immediate experiences.  They are open-minded, not sceptical and this tends to make them enthusiastic about anything new.  Their philosophy is “I’ll try anything once”.  They tend to act first and consider… Read More »

How To Be An Unorthodox Teacher

Bertrand Russell’s 10 commandment for Teachers:  Nicely spikey and iconoclastic and potentially very unsafe. The opposite of how many teachers  behave. Is teaching orthodoxy learned  or culturally imbibed? How would OFSTED rate this Liberal Decalogue? 1. Do not feel absolutely certain of anything. 2. Do not think it worth while to proceed by concealing evidence, for… Read More »

What Is The Most Effective Learning Style – ‘One To One’ Or In Groups?

Surely the answer to this is the same as the answer to any other complex issue – ‘it depends’. Historically we view learning from our experience of childhood education and classrooms of thirty or so children with varying abilities and backgrounds miraculously taking on-board literacy, numeracy, science, the arts and plenty more. This can be… Read More »