Category Archives: mentor

I spy a dysfunction in the house

Charlie is at his wits end. He and his team suffer from their organisation’s bad practices on a daily basis and he has had enough. He writes his resignation letter, listing a dozen problems. Some of you will recognise this as the start to my new book, a story about a fictional organisation called Nuttinghams.… Read More »

Unconditional Positive Regard

In the 1950s, Carl Rogers made a defining change in the way therapists viewed their patients: rather than the expert therapist needing to fix the patient (as in psychoanalysis), Rogers proposed that the client was the expert in their own life and therefore the client was best-placed and capable to find a solution to their… 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 »

Supervision

As coaches, we sometimes end up ploughing a lone furrow in our attempts to help individuals, teams and organisations to develop and improve. Speaking from experience, this isolation can be a little unnerving and often frustrating. The thoughts that have previously entered my mind include: Am I using the right approach? What could I have… Read More »

Agile Mentor Circle

In theory, agile and Scrum are relatively simple. The Agile Manifesto (including the 12 principles) is only 264 words and the Scrum Guide is only 14 pages. But there’s more to it than just theory though, right? That’s why decent training courses spend a few days trying to simulate how agile and Scrum might work… Read More »