Newsletter August 2012 ‘Break With Thinking’

View From The Hill

At the time of writing, Team GB had just equalled the 19 medals we obtained in Beijing. Andy Murray won a 5-set competition against Roger Federer in a Wimbledon Final and my son just received very good passes in all of the Standard Grades he has taken this year – including one in music that takes in into the higher bracket. None of these are insignificant achievements. In fact I cried like a baby when Andy won on Sunday – and I cried with him when he lost four weeks earlier! And yes I cried at my sons exam results too – for the right reasons!

All of this brought back fond memories of my first coaching session and a breakthrough moment that my client had and the feeling afterwards that I was in the right place at the right time to enable that breakthrough thinking. I still love that feeling, it makes every day worthwhile.

Stephen Covey maintains that it takes a “Break With” tradition to get a “Break Through” in thinking. There are many coaches in the workplace that create those “Break With” thought processes and we all owe them a debt of gratitude. They may not have clients that win medals, but they do so often get the wins they needed.

Where we need the “break with ” right now is trying to lift the negativity around the business world. How would our business world benefit from that kind of break with thinking? Then we may get the breakthrough we need!

Well done Team GB, Come on Team UK Plc. Have a good month

Autumn 2012 Dates at Stirling Management Centre

ILM L5 Diploma for Professional Coaches and Mentors for those significantly involved in management coaching/mentoring inhouse or as independent consultants. L5 Certificate level also available.  Dates: 4 September, 2 October, 23 October, 20 November 2012

ILM L7 Diploma for Professional Executive Coaches and Leadership Mentoring this challenging course is our most advanced qualification for those working at a senior executive coaching level. ILM L7 Certificate level also available. Dates: 6 September, 3 October, 24 October, 21 November, 12 December 2012

Please contact us about our open courses at Stirling Management Centre, Scotland or to discuss in-house programme options –

 2012 Dates and Details

Place To Develop CPD Event – Gestalt Coaching

Please note there has been a change to our scheduled CPD programme for September. We are now delighted to have Chris Partridge lead a CPD on Gestalt Coaching.

Gestalt theory and practice adopts a holistic approach to human development and learning, focusing on the whole person including mind, body, spirit, emotions and the role of relationships. As an approach to coaching, Gestalt practice adds value as a highly transformative process that encourages greater engagement in the present moment. This engagement supports greater awareness of what is being experienced and increases knowledge of self and others as well as concerns and opportunities. This workshop is your opportunity to find out more about Gestalt and its application in coaching.


Wednesday 5 September 2012



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


9.15 am Registration and coffee
9.45 am Gestalt workshop with Chris Partridge, Kinharvie Institute of Facilitation

12 noon Sandwich lunch and networking

CPD Certificates will be issued at the end of the event and credits can be used towards EIA registrationCost £10 to book or register interest

Many thanks once again to our event sponsors, University of Edinburgh Business School, for hosting this event.

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