Author: eadinehickey

  • Assumptions and the ladder of inference

    In the last two weeks I became aware of 3 assumptions which I made which were perfectly reasonable, but also perfectly wrong. It reminded me of the pictures used to illustrate Gestalt theory for example the one below: Picture source: Sometimes we only see a part of the picture but sub-consciously complete it using our […]

  • An unexpected lesson in coaching psychology… from the long grass!

    Those who know me won’t associate me with golf. I took it up over a decade ago, but it didn’t last long due to the arrival of family and all that that entails! Anyhow, last summer as my own kids took an interest in golf I came across an opportunity for golf lessons that I […]

  • Are you ‘immune to change’?

    How many of us make new years resolutions with the best of intentions but don’t follow through on them? How many of us are intent on improving our listening skills, delegating more or changing any other behaviours that would enhance our abilities to do a better job,… but somehow we never really get there? In the video below […]

  • Upcoming Leadership Development Lab with AZck

    From October 22 – 24th Annick Zinck and Tom Greder will host another leadership lab in Switzerland using the performing arts to learn about how we lead. From personal experience I would highly recommend this experiential workshop. There are currently 3 places left. For further information click here.

  • UCD MBA Coaching Article …. just published

    Six years ago a coaching pilot was launched with MBA students in the Smurfit Business School. To date 851 individuals from 30 different countries have benefited from this programme. The purpose of the MBA coaching programme is to provide a space for reflection in the lives of MBA participants to enable them to work on […]

  • Leadership values for Ireland

    Is it just me or is everyone talking about ‘values’ in leadership these days? I have noticed an increase in such conversations in the last 6 months. This week, it has come up every single day whether with colleagues or clients (corporate and personal). I came across some research done by the Barrett Values Centre in […]

  • Leadership and clowning!

    Imagine a big room in the attic of a rural hotel in the Swiss mountains. There are 8 people, 2 facilitators (clown/ consultants) and 6 participants diverse in  terms of age and country of origin. This is a leadership lab run by AZck! Learning and Development in conjunction with Tom Greder. I went to this programme as […]

  • ‘We want coaching’

    A recent article in the FT by Maxime Boersma entitled ‘We want coaching,’ say high-fliers shows how perceptions of coaching have changed dramatically over recent years. The Head of Learning and Development at a UK organisation describes how “Executive coaching is increasingly sought by senior leaders as a space where they can have reflective conversations about their work […]

  • A unique leadership development opportunity

    For those who follow my blog, you will know that my trip to Harvard in 2012 was significant for me and altered my views and approaches to leadership development. I also benefited from meeting an incredible international group of people with similar interests and aspirations. One such person is Annick Zinck ( I have the […]

  • The downside of expertise!

    Over my life-time I have been on a journey of gaining expertise in the actuarial field, as an IT consultant, as an operations director and now as a leadership development consultant and coach. After-all, expertise gives credibility. In my quest to learn more and know more, I never really considered the down-side of expertise – surely […]