Coaching in a cold climate

This paper builds upon previous papers such as Towards mindfulness: an holistic and spiritual model of coaching and facilitation, where I offered an alternative view of the place of health and mindfulness within a holistic coaching and facilitation relationship in the workplace.

It seems to me that coaching and facilitation has not moved very far in the last 30 years. I would venture that it is currently stuck in the mud of modernity and suffers from all the ailments that currently plagued our society. Coaching a team or facilitating a group is generally still a directive exercise where the recipients are ‘trained’, ‘educated’ or ‘instructed’ by a person Continue reading


I have often reflected on what constitutes effective and high quality coaching, what is it for, what is achieved, and also in whose interest is the coaching aimed. Having spoken with numerous coaches and leaders, I’ve come to two basic conclusions on the subject. Firstly, that the answer is as unique and idiosyncratic as the individuals who offer it, and secondly, that there is very little consensus on the overall direction of coaching.

So, what does this mean to me?  That coaching per se cannot simple be limited to the aspirations of the client, nor in the limited interests of the paymasters within the workplace. It must have a higher ambition than that. Continue reading