Category: Coaching

  • Harvard – The Art and Practice of Adaptive Leadership – A Debrief

    ‘Where do we begin?’. The week started with a question and ended with many, which was very appropriate considering we were there to learn how to tackle leadership development in the face of adaptive challenges. We were a class of 62 from 20 different counties and 5 different continents. We were in a leadership laboratory where we […]

  • Leadership and Lifelong Learning

    I have just finished reading John Kotter’s book ‘Leading Change’. After finishing the book, I went back to the start to see when it was written and was amazed to see the year 1996 mentioned. Many business books are written and remain relevant for a year… this one is as relevant now as it was […]

  • Learning Agility

    A few months back I wrote an article about the value ‘stretch assignments’ in developing our leadership capabilities. An article in the recent CIPD magazine (People Management) entitled Deepening the talent pool through learning agility struck a chord with me along the same vein. It speaks of learning agility (our ability to learn and adapt to new situations) as […]

  • Young Social Innovators in the news – Missing Persons project

    Young Social Innovators is an initiative I am passionate about, not just because of the value of the projects transition year students work on, but also because  of the opportunity provided to the students to develop themselves. Yesterday one of the projects from Davis College was in the news as it is launching a 2012 calendar to raise […]

  • Book Review – The Emotionally Intelligent Manager

    I recently had the opportunity of doing a book review for Smarter Egg (a learning organisation based in Cork) as below. The Emotionally Intelligent Manager is a worthwhile read. The Emotionally Intelligent Manager Book Review

  • Using Coaching Skills as a Leader

    For leaders who are interested in developing coaching skills on the job, click on this link for some great suggestions from the Center for Creative Leadership: Coaching Others: Use Active Listening Skills

  • Having trouble staying focused?

    Have you ever read a book or listened to a discussion and found your mind wandering? Has anyone ever mentioned ‘listening skills’ as a challenge for you? Have you so much going on you are not sure what to focus on first and flit to from one thing to the next? This morning I was […]

  • First 100 Days – Ensuring a smooth transition

    In preparation for an MBA workshop on career transitions, I found myself reflecting on my own experience of new starts.  Given the nature of my early work (consultancy and project management), I had many new starts. In fact I counted 14 in the space of a 15 year corporate career. These starts were sometimes projects with new clients, […]

  • Two New MBA Blog posts

    It was a busy day for MBA blogging today! Barbara O’ Beirne added a new blog post to the Financial Times MBA blog and spoke of her coaching experience in the Smurfit Business School. Secondly, I was asked to do a guest blog on the MBA coaching programme for the Smufit School blog – also published today.

  • The Questions We Don’t Ask

    I have always been amazed at children’s wonder at the world. Questions I have heard asked include: why do birds not make tracks in the sky when they fly? how will our (dead) goldfish get to heaven – I can still see him! why can’t I pick up water with my fingers?   Without realising, […]