I spent a wonderful day with Linda Aspey, organised by the Association for Coaching, exploring Nancy Kline’s Thinking Environments.  If you’ve been here before, you’ll know that I’m a fan of this most person-centred approach.  I’m not about to unlearn everything else, but there are times and situations where simply giving your best attention and…

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I’ve read that lots of people will be dashing off application forms for new jobs this weekend.  I’ve just finished recruiting for a post at Share, and as usual, there was the mix of excitement at a few excellent applications, and despair at the poor quality of so many.  So here are 6 tips to…

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There’s one book I come back to again and again for inspiration and grounding.  That book is Nancy Kline’s Time to Think (1999, Ward Lock). I was lucky enough to experience the magic of Nancy’s teaching first hand on my School of Coaching programme, and my copy of her book bears an inscription that never…

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Nourishing space for women running small to medium voluntary organisations Starting February 27th – join up now! How might things be different for you in 9 months’ time if you have regular support in an environment where everyone has particular skills and expertise that they share, and where there’s space and time to think, reflect,…

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Yesterday I went to one of those events where you get to hear about a rare new pot of money, some of which may trickle down to small voluntary organisations in order that they may make a difference to increasingly desperate people’s lives.  That’s after the big guys have creamed off all their profits….but let’s…

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A friend was describing a situation that was causing great distress to someone in her life.  It was a story of two women who had once been very close, but whose relationship had deteriorated to the extent that each was seeking police protection from the other.  As this sorry tale unfolded, I realised that there…

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  The reports about the abuse at the Mid Staffordshire Hospital, and the accounts of similar appalling neglect at others, make horrific reading.  Not only did people die needlessly in our hospitals, but they died in pain, stripped entirely of their dignity, starving, dehydrated, filthy.  And we call ourselves civilised.  It seems that those ultimately…

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  Hello again! When I accepted Tamara’s nomination for “one lovely blog”, I only nominated one blog to pass on.  To tell you the truth, it was late at night, and all this social networking stuff just eats up time; so I thought, well one blog nominated is better than none, and I hope you’ve…

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Many thanks to Tamara Essex for nominating me for the One Lovely Blog award.  What a lovely thing to do!  In case you haven’t seen hers, and she has two, they’re always worth reading and are practical and informative – in the case of her consultancy blog – and touching, funny, and thought provoking –…

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A few days before Christmas, I found myself in tears watching the Frank Capra classic with James Stewart.  “It’s a Wonderful Life” is the Christmas movie of all Christmas movies.  If you haven’t seen it, here’s the gist: George Bailey has always done the “right thing”, from rescuing his brother who’d fallen through the ice…

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