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An alternative approach to this world of emotions and feelings.

An alternative approach to this world of emotions and feelings.

A key part of Newfield ontological coaching is the domain of emotions. Typically, this is an area that most coaching schools skirt around or else avoid completely. However, together with the domains of language and body, the emotional domain is a fundamental element of what makes us human and cannot be ignored when working as a coach. The majority of line managers with whom I have worked would much rather ignore emotions and/or pretend that they are not important. This is true about their own emotions and the emotions of the

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What is Ontological Coaching?

What is Ontological Coaching?

One of the most frequent questions we receive is: “What is ontological coaching and how is it different from other kinds of coaching?” This article, written by Senior Newfield Program Coach/Trainer and Henley Business School lecturer, Aboodi Shabi is a great introduction to some of the key elements and distinctions of ontological coaching. Here is the original article.

The #1 quality of effective managers?

The #1 quality of effective managers?

Back in 2008, Google began a fascinating piece of research aimed at understanding the factors that contribute to being an effective manager. Throughout the history of the research, the number one factor has been the same: Being a good coach. In later years, they have also correlated these results with research in the areas of collaboration and teams that produce effective outcomes. Once again, being a good coach is the key factor. These results initially surprised senior management at Google, who had assumed, like many senior leaders in other major companies,

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How great teams help to shape great leaders

How great teams help to shape great leaders

Join DN Prasad, PCC and recent graduate as he, together with his co-author Sneha Arora explore the dynamic worlds of modern-day leadership and team effectiveness (link below). As they skilfully point out, these two concepts operate very much in tandem and our expectations of one, very much impact our assessments of the other. Many of our beliefs about leadership and teams are derived from the world of sports, and while these often do still retain some validity, there are major differences between the two. One of these differences is that while

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The Problem and Opportunity of Identity in Leadership Development and Coaching

The Problem and Opportunity of Identity in Leadership Development and Coaching

What I can do depends on who I have decided I am. What we can do depends on who we believe ourselves to be. The challenge for many people working in the field of leadership development and coaching is that we only have tools to address what people do– not who they are. Ultimately, this is a problem of identity. Who am I? Who are we? While some more superficial methodologies tend to skirt around this thorny issue, hiding behind competency frameworks and assessment tools, the ontological approach to development offers

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Which Side Of History Will You Be On?

Which Side Of History Will You Be On?

The increasing speed of change and technological breakthroughs, combined with the growing fascination regarding “millennials” and their impact on the world has raised (older) people’s consciousness about the fact that they will not be the ones writing the history books about this period in human history. While this feverishly plays out on the world stage of geopolitics, gun laws, sexuality, gender equality and nationalism, it is also a great question to ask regarding one’s own domain of work. Within our domain of leadership development, coaching and performance, one of the biggest

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Change from the inside out – by Terrie Lupberger

Change from the inside out – by Terrie Lupberger

Because you are human, you have a story about who you are, where you fit into the world, what you can accomplish, what you want, what you can’t do, what you aren’t good at, etc. Maybe that’s obvious to you. What isn’t so obvious is that whatever story you are currently telling you about yourself is one that YOU MADE UP. What’s worse is that you forgot you made it up and now you believe it’s true. I can’t go back to school at this age. My boss just doesn’t like

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Are your practices creating the future you desire? – by Croft Edwards

Are your practices creating the future you desire? – by Croft Edwards

“We are shaped by practices and shape ourselves through practices.” Bob Dunham Are your practices creating a more powerful life for you? Or, are they creating more of the breakdowns limiting your life? I recently read a great blog by an associate and friend of mine, Jerry Holtaway, entitled “My morning disconnectionism“. Jerry breaks down how his practices were having a negative effect on his daily routine. The article reinforced what I know to be true in my life and in the life of every one of my clients. Our practices shape how we

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Maybe it IS your fault?! – by Terrie Lupberger

Maybe it IS your fault?! – by Terrie Lupberger

I recently met with a new coaching client, a leader of an NGO, to better understand her leadership challenges. I had been asked by her Board to support her in hitting the goals and milestones she had been repeatedly missing in the past year. The conversation ended up being mostly her one-sided rant about how hard she was working, how little respect she got, how toxic the work environment was and how incompetent everyone else was around her. OK, I get we all need to vent from time to time and

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Why leadership is like running a marathon. – by Croft Edwards

Why leadership is like running a marathon. – by Croft Edwards

The great thing about running a marathon is that you just have to finish the 26.2 miles and you are a marathoner. I am a marathoner, (notice I did not share my Personal Record time, remember, you just have to finish) and both the running of the marathon and the training for the marathon has been a great learning experience for me. After completing a few of them I see that there are correlations between running a marathon and being a leader. Here are a few: You have to practice. Running

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