Category: Coaching and Mentoring

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The Coaching ‘Process’

After spending most of my leadership career trying to outline the differences between coaching and mentoring (in education), I am now resolved to present them as having more in common than different. Coaching and mentoring are activities within the area of professional and personal development… thus, a professional coach/mentor can be described as an expert…
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5 Mar ’19 0

Deeper, cleaner, leader

For 18 months, communication (both sending and received messages) has been an area for professional development and investigation. In my mind, communication has now been separated into two actionable sending components; planned communication and conversations on-the-go and one receptive component, listening. Over the past eight months, communication has overlapped with growing interest in Coaching. It…
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26 Feb ’19 0

Back to the future – Coaching

Yesterday, Graham Norris shared a copy of “How is Coaching Being Used Within School? – Does coaching have an impact on improvement in school settings? A summary report on the research project undertaken at the International Centre for the Study of Coaching at Middlesex University – Dr Annette Fillery-Travis and Dr Paul Simmons – May…
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23 Feb ’19 0

Coaching for schools – Well Cathedral School

As Jackie Arnold highlights in Chapter 19 of Coaching Skills for Leaders in the Workplace, “Organisational approaches to coaching” fall into three broad categories. Centralised and structured Organic and emergent Tailored middle ground Following my visit to Wells Cathedral School, Somerset, and meetings with Head of School, Dr Andy Kemp and Coach Graham Norris, I…
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21 Feb ’19 0

Coaching skills for leaders (part 3)

After Clean Language, the later chapters of Jackie Arnold’s book are broader and more organisational, linking to the Level 5 ILM course. Just two snippets. If you continue to regard your coachee as having the ability to learn and grow and allow them to create their own plans, you should not misuse your leadership role…
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16 Feb ’19 0

Coaching skills for leaders (part 2)

The second half of the course reading ‘Coaching Skills for Leaders in the Workplace’ – Jackie Arnold has already highlighted a line of personal enquiry – Clean Language. Which connects with a second area of interest, supporting teacher professional development and ‘The Discipline of Noticing,’ – an approach towards noticing possibilities for acting differently in…
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16 Feb ’19 0