Wake up to Wellness – Coaching at Work Article

Published in Coaching at Work

“The coaching profession has a blind spot: our relationship to and integration with human health.

Wellness is not a new topic. …”

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Mindfulness should not be a sticking plaster on the real problem: Our workplaces and schools have become unbearably stressful

It is pretty astonishing really. Here we are in 2015 and meditation is the corporate and now educational cure all of workforce pacification. Now it seems we are going to roll it out to school children. I don’t think we are asking the right questions about the actual need for all this whipped up popularised non spiritual spiritual practice. We need to to ask ourselves why our workforces and children are suffering from all these anxieties and stresses that mindfulness is supposed to fix?

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Why motivational speakers are useful and important

It’s 3.45 a.m. I am waiting at the airport for an early flight. I am short of sleep. It’s foggy and cold, and the cafe is not yet open. The gremlins are chatty, and that old familiar life travelling companion who likes to talk about all the world’s problems has got far too much of my attention. My motivation is at a bit of a low. I think I will connect with one of my current favourite motivational speakers.

Have you noticed that motivational speakers, also called inspirational speakers, get rather a bad time from the media?

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Where is health in the Executive Coaching & Leadership discourse then?

“Any leadership and coaching programme that is not standing first on this ground is out of date in the context of the frontiers of behavioural science.”

I was scanning through the topics of an executive coaching conference soon to take place in New York. I was struck by the absence of individual employee health levels and projections within all the conference sessions and topics.

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Employing people in healthcare services – These are the key questions we need to ask about them

Here are is what I believe we need to be looking for in people we wish to bring into healthcare services.

Do they have the appropriate formal qualifications?
If formal qualifications are required then this is a must.

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The Elephant in the Coaching Room

There is an elephant in the coaching relationship across many contexts

If you are a coach ( and even if you are not ) try this exercise.

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The practice of Recovery & Wellness Coaching rests on 4 principles.

Principe Number 1 is “Recovery and Wellness always comes from the person” Recovery and Wellness Coaches work with their clients to support then in changing themselves and their lives in pursuit of the person they are coaching’s idea and vision of  their lives lived in recovery and wellness.

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This piece was published on RSA comment. I was sitting down to write this comment piece when the phone rang. A gentleman (let’s call him John, and sorry to the John’s out there) who I think was calling from overseas tried very hard, in the opening 30 seconds of the call, to verify my name, postcode, marital status, and interest me in sorting out the problem he was certain I had with my laptop.

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Goals, Gaols Goals. Most goals are pointless. Pointless because they are meaningless. There is reason for that. Beware practitioners, therapists, counsellors, coaches who ask you to talk about goals before you and they know what your actual big compelling vision for your life is. For without clear compelling vision to work towards goals are pretty much meaningless.

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Recovering people are complete in the present moment and yet continuously changing.

This fourth principle of Recovery and Wellness Coaching is probably in some ways my favourite if I was asked to choose.
This principle is, in many ways, a paradox. It is a paradox in particular because it requires us to do two things simultaneously that seem to be contradictory.

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Recovery to Wellness develops through relationship with self, others, systems and Communities

The idea of relationship is woven through our existence. We describe ourselves as ‘in’ relationship with pretty, much everything. And we are. This idea of relatedness is foundational to the idea of recovery.

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To become a professional Coach requires considerable commitment. It requires study, learning, practice, reflection and a considerable amount of change of yourself.  In fact to become any kind of Coach, Executive, Business, Organisational, Life Coach asks much of the person who wishes to become skillful and proficient.
Not everyone agrees with this idea.

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Principle 2 states – The Recovery and Wellness process increases an individual’s self-knowledge and ability to make choices.

How do we work? What makes us tick? Why do we do the things we do? Make the choices we make? 

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Creativity cannot be divorced from life itself

‘The object isn’t to make art, it’s to be in that wonderful state which makes art inevitable’ ….Robert Henri

This is a photo of Minu. She is one of three kittens we gave away some five weeks back, Minu to a family in town who live in an apartment. We were a bit apprehensive as Minu was born in our tool shed and had spent her first two months of life playing amongst the flowers in our garden.

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What Unschooling has taught me about Coaching

This talk by a 12 year old is, well, simply, inspiring. My main take away is how much I can learn from children…

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The media is full of Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Open before us is that place where ignorance, discrimination, dualistic thinking and judgement lives, fired up by prejudice. Much is about to be made of the facts around his final months and days. And of course, no of us know all of the facts and we never will. For his truth has gone with him and the rest of us can only speculate.


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