COACHd – your weekly coaching update | April 8, 2022

Friday, April 8, 2022


Hi Simon,

Welcome to this weeks Get COACHd on Friday.

For some, networking events have now started back face to face. We have had to come out from behind our zoom and team cameras, dust off the best networking clothes, polish those shoes, and feel those nervous bumblings in the tummy as we walk into that new environment. We psyche ourselves up so that everything is going to be OK. Then someone asks us

“And what do you do?”

We go into panic – so what is it I do? I am a coach, seems lazy, but you cant get that out of your mind. Unassumingly “I am a coach” passes from your mouth.

But what does this mean? What do you mean by the phrase “I am a coach”. Do I help people, hold space for good conversation, and offer advice for clients to grow, or run an under five football or netball team?

What does “I am a coach” mean to you?

The perception and personal definition of this are massive. I find myself trawling the questions:-

  • Who is it that I work with?
  • Who is my ideal client?
  • What client invites me to deliver a 10/10?
  • How do I shine? Where do I shine?
  • What gives me permission? What doesn’t give me permission?
  • Who won’t I work with?

We come to labels that we have created. “I am an executive coach, a life coach, a business coach, a career coach, an existential coach, a narrative coach, a walking coach…..

What do these ‘lazy’ definitions mean and what overlap in the definition do you share with the person you are talking to?

How can you describe in a bit more narrative what it is that you actually do without perhaps using these terms – I am a coach!

“So, what do you do?”

On 13th of April at 19:30, I am hosting an evening event inviting you to think about how you brand yourself. Check out here for more information about this free workshop.

Oh – and now online – the COACHd archive...

I have 2 places available for the coaching development and supervision cohort. Please do look here for more information and for the first step to apply for this. When these places have gone, they are gone and the next cohort is likely to be a September start.

Finally – see the link below for Choice Magazine – a fantastic quarterly magazine looking at coaching techniques and news. Use code FRIENDSOFCHOICE10 at the checkout and get an additional 10% off – as a gift from me.

Now to todays’ collection of news and writings from all world coaching!


3 Ways to Coach a Hybrid Workforce

Flexible work options are here to stay: Here’s how your company can tailor its coaching to fine-tune new-era performance.

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Harvard Business Review

Building Healthy Habits When You’re Truly Exhausted

Forming a new habit in the best of times can be difficult, let alone trying to make changes when you’re already spent. The last couple of years have stretched almost everyone. And you may find yourself exhausted and feeling doubtful that you can really turn your situation around — or simply …

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When Should I Give Negative Feedback?

There is plenty of discussion about negative feedback, and why not? While we have all gotten plenty of it, it isn’t often very effective. And since it isn’t effective, leaders and coaches are always looking for ways to give it more effectively. While there is plenty of good advice about how to do it, there’s […]

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ARC – Facilitate Listening to One’s Inner Truth

A Coaching Model By Cauvery Bhalla, Transformational Coach, INDIA ARC Coaching Model for Transformation Everyone has a story. I believe that people come to a coaching session because they have a story that plays in their minds over and over. A story whose characters don’t seem to spark inspiration and where the end doesn’t seem […]

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Level Up Employee Engagement Using These Courses And Workshops

Do you continue along with “business as usual” or actively seek out new ways to reignite employee motivation and productivity?

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Harvard Business Review

Transforming Deloitte’s Approach to Consulting

What does it take to bring disruptive innovation to an established consulting firm?

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Harvard Business Review

How the Metaverse Could Change Work

It promises to bring new levels of social connectedness, mobility, and collaboration to a world of virtual work.

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Digital Coaching Academy

Why Hobbies Are Important for a Fulfilled Life

What comes to mind when you think of a hobby? Is it something fun but unnecessary? Something time-consuming and expensive? Something that would be nice but isn’t in the picture for you right now? You might be surprised to find out that hobbies are important for achieving happiness and satisfaction in life. In fact, it’s […]

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That is it for another week. I hope that you enjoy these weekly reads.


See you next week.