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The Goal or the Journey?

Posted on 17 October, 2019 at 5:50 Comments comments (0)


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As a coach, I am often asked how many of my clients reach the goals. It is an obvious question because it is a useful measure of success for the client, for me and for people thinking of working with me.


But it isn’t always that simple. Yes, some of my clients have reached their goa...

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What Would I Be Doing Without Coaching?

Posted on 25 October, 2018 at 5:35 Comments comments (1)


I was asked recently how I got into coaching and I told my story (as mentioned in a previous blog - link below).

 

I was then asked another question, which really got me thinking:

 

“If you hadn’t gone for coaching, what would you be doing now?”

 

Wow!

 

Well, I can’t know what mig...

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How Big Should Your Vision Be?

Posted on 16 August, 2018 at 13:50 Comments comments (0)



If you read my blog or look at my website on a regular basis, you will see that I often talk about vision. It is quite a big thing for me as I know it helps me in deciding what I'm going to do next and it motivates me.  I am often asked if a vision has to be a huge thing, as often people find it difficult to think of a “big enough ...

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Is Coaching About Making Me Better?

Posted on 5 May, 2018 at 0:55 Comments comments (0)



This is a question which came out of talking about coaching with a prospective client.


I did not question the meaning of ‘better’ in this context. It could have meant better as in opposite to &#...

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What If I Don't Know My Goal?

Posted on 5 May, 2018 at 0:50 Comments comments (0)



When I talk about coaching and the GROW methodology, people sometimes say, "but does that mean I need to know what my goal is before I come to you?"


The answer is no, you don't.


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Coaching, Not Telling

Posted on 4 May, 2018 at 13:10 Comments comments (0)



I was once asked for advice on whether someone should set up as a freelancer, a limited company or another type of business model. I said that I didn't know.


The questioner was slightly miffed, as they wanted a quick answer, for me to ...

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Is Coaching All About Solutions?

Posted on 4 May, 2018 at 13:05 Comments comments (0)



All the clients who have come to me want something to change.  They can come with a ready formed goal or needing to find their direction. Either way, at the end of our work together the clients will, if the coaching has worked, have found solutions to their situation and ca...
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How Much Are Your Goals Worth?

Posted on 4 May, 2018 at 13:00 Comments comments (0)


I love a bargain. I love finding designer labels in charity shops and at vintage fairs; or excellent apps for free. It all saves a few pennies and there is the fun and thrill of getting a great deal.


And then there are times when I need to spen...

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GROWing with Coaching

Posted on 4 May, 2018 at 5:40 Comments comments (0)



The GROW methodology that I use as a coach is well established … but what does GROW actually mean?


G is for Goals

This is the “what you want to achieve". This can b...

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How I Discovered Coaching

Posted on 4 May, 2018 at 5:25 Comments comments (0)




I wanted to share my first direct experience of coaching.


When I was 49, I was mentally and emotionally running around in circles frustrated about my professional life. I was a fundraising manager and my next step was to go further up the...

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