As a coachee or supervisee we can think we are ready to take a metaphorical plunge into a professional or personal issue with our coach or supervisor. We may even arrive in the session with great intention. And then find the water is just too cold and painfully uncomfortable to take the next step. Remembering a cold morning swim, Doug explores how we can create the right conditions for us to ‘take the plunge’.
Liz takes a break from her desk and reflects on the restorative value of a change of scene. Henry Moore’s simple-yet-complex sculptures provide food for thought and highlight the possibilities that may arise through a change of perspective.
Human Resources seem to be increasingly responsible for the conscience of the company and for the health and well-being of the organisation, and are often required to navigate multiple simultaneous relationships with line managers, leadership teams, exec boards, and individuals. Whilst professional qualifications support employment legalities and important processes and procedures, it seems to us that there is little in place to support the personal growth of the HR professional as they manage a broad range and depth of relationships and boundaries with complex human content. Liz and Doug explain how a coaching relationship can help HR professionals.
Liz and Doug introduce their concept of Super-Vision for coaches: a reflective learning partnership born out of the upheaval of our times. They reflect on conversations they have had with various leaders and clients and ask: What does this mean for how our coachees lead their people? What does it mean for how we coach them in the emerging, evolving “new normal”? And how can Super-Vision help us adjust to and lear from this new world?
How do we empathise with and support clients who are going through bereavement? Doug discussses Dr Kathryn Mannix’s book ‘With the End in Mind – How to Live and Die Well’ and how Mannix’s suggestions have contribued to his own practice.
The last few months have created a “leadership pause” as we struggle to let go of what we thought we once knew and dwell in an unfamiliar and often uncomfortable place of not knowing. This is a space for rich learning and reflection. How will you choose to emerge as a leader?