Newsletter April 2013: Your Favourite Coaching Models?

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A common question I get asked is ‘what is your favourite coaching model?’ There is no clear cut answer, but it got me thinking. ‘Do I use any one model more than others?’ Looking at the models I use, the one that I get most mileage out of (and believe my clients do too) is Max Landsberg’s Skill/Will Matrix. My preferred model for feedback, over an in depth conversation is Daniel Ofman’s Theory of Core Qualities. Both of these models generate a rich conversation and allow for real application in my listening. It is impossible to use these models without fully understanding the other person’s point of view. So they really do generate appreciative enquiry.

But here is an interesting twist; “When I am being coached what models do I prefer?” This question forces me to look at this from a recipients point of view. Being action orientated, I prefer the 3D model – Diagnose, Design and Do. This model holds me in the diagnostic stage and ensures due diligence and for this I prefer to have John Heron’s Catalytic Toolkit, especially the “Logical Marshalling” aspect used in my coaching sessions.

It is not a bad idea to have a look over the shoulder at your past practice and see if you still have the breadth of skills you had or has it diminished in real terms? It is one thing to become qualified and that is quite an achievement – but it is another thing to keep the qualification current.

Have a great month everyone


Next CPD Event in Edinburgh – 16th May


The Role of Coaching In Enhancing Employee Engagement, With Mary Parker

Organisations are continually looking for new ways to improve employee engagement and retention. Research has found that companies who report higher engagement levels amongst their staff achieve significantly better results. As a consequence many organisations are starting to consider other incentives for their staff – in particular non-financial rewards. These rewards can take various forms but often involve training and development programmes. This workshop will look at practical coaching tools and techniques and how they enhance the psychological contract between the employer and its workforce.


Thursday 16 May 2013


University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9JS.

Lecture Theatre LT2 and Concourse for registration & lunch


9.15 am Registration and coffee

9.45 am CPD session with

12 noon Sandwich lunch and networking

CPD Certificates will be emailed out after the event.


To book a place or register interest email

Cost £10.00 to be paid on the day

Once again thanks to our event sponsors University of Edinburgh Business School.

Book now – email

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