Coaching and mentoring for executives: The similarities and differences

The terms coaching and mentoring are often used interchangeably. They share many similarities but also some important differences. This article will examine the roots of the two approaches and how they are best applied for executives. The origins and purpose…

Decision making in uncertain times

A friend called me this morning for help and advice. They run a local restaurant and are considering whether they try to continue trading and the implications for their employees and their family. Like most of us, they're trying to…

I have an executive coaching hammer, but not every problem is a nail!

Executive coaching can't fix everything.  There, I've said it. Even if executive coaching was a hammer, not every problem is a nail. It's an amazing tool for aligning leadership behaviour with organisational expectations.  It's fantastic at helping managers understand what will…

How to shortlist executive coaches

There's a lot of executive coaches out there.  An awful lot.  The Association for Coaching lists over 1,600 members.  The International Coach Federation has over 20,000. There are multiple LinkedIn groups dedicated to coaching practice with 30,000+ members. The eventual…