Contracting

When coaches start a new coaching engagement with an individual, it is usual for them to agree how they will work together. This is referred to as contracting. You will note that this is a verb (as in “to settle or establish by agreement”), rather than a noun (as in “the written form of such… Read More »

SOOP(L)AR framework

There are many frameworks promoted by coaching books and courses: Whitmore’s GROW, Prosci’s ADKAR, Bonham-Carter’s STAR, Full Potential Group’s CIGAR, Hawkins’ CLEAR to name just a few. Although they are all different in their detail and order, most are similar enough that they include: Establishing a goal, based on the client’s current situation Consideration of… Read More »

It’s all kicking off

Starting a new project is exciting. The team is briefly the centre of attention, bringing a new hope to the organisation. Unfortunately, many teams charge into action without laying strong foundations. However, a bit of planning at the start of a project significantly increases the team’s chance of success. This is where a well-planned kick-off… Read More »

Going for gold

“Welcome to the most successful sports club in the world.” Founded in 1818, the Leander Club in Henley on Thames is well-placed to make that claim. 12 athletes from the Leander Club won gold medals in Rio 2016. The club has a tally of 123 golds since 1908 and is the home to heroes such… Read More »

Dual-track agile

I often get asked how researchers and designers are meant to synchronise with the development team. Split-team agile (aka mini-waterfall) “Is it okay to have research and design running one sprint ahead of the build team?”   Their suggestion is that we split the team in two: sub-team A (usually researchers and/or designers) and sub-team… Read More »