Newsletter: May 2012

View From The Hill

peter hillWhilst observing coaching sessions recently, I have noticed that more and more of them are working with current problems and issues from the day to day activities of Directors, Managers and Staff. As such it looks like the coaches are working with maintenance aspects and developing coping strategies for their clients to “get through” the current situation. This is not a good place. I have, for a long time, promoted the concept of “Coach the Cause and manage the effect” – never coach the effect. If you coach the effect you will never draw the coaching to a satisfactory conclusion, as the effect will always be dynamic due to the cause.

As coaches when we work with learning, we ask our client what they don’t know about their current situation. How did the current situation arise? What are the key influences on the current situation and who are the key influencers on the current situation? What was the current situation like one week/month previously? What were the warning signs for you and for others?

The above questions work with the learning concept, as opposed to the maintenance concept. This gives the client much more mileage from the coaching (and the coach much more satisfaction). However, in the euphoria of arriving at a solution of a coping strategy this is often overlooked by both.

Have a good month.

Autumn 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.

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.

Open courses are held at Stirling Management Centre, Scotland or contact us to talk about in-house courses

Wellness Coaching, By Lisa Esslemont, CPD Event Thursday 17 May

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

With one in four adults in the UK experiencing a mental health problem, the Government and NHS has recognised that it’s time to take notice! Businesses are being encouraged to support employees through healthy living initiatives, “prevention” being the key message. In this interactive session you will hear more about the key influences that drive our inner wellness and balance.

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

Lecture Theatre LT7


9.15 am Registration and coffee

9.45 am Wellness Coaching, Lisa Esslemont of So Virtual

12 noon Sandwich lunch and networking

CPD Certificates will be issued at the end of the event and credits can be used towards EIA registration


To book a place or register interest email

Cost – £10.00 paid on the day

CPD Event Calendar 2012

Wednesday 5 September Mental Health First Aid workshop for Coaches with Shirley Ballinghall of SMB Coaching. This event is already booking well and is expected to sell out. Email to register interest or book now.

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