COACHd – your weekly coaching update | January 13, 2023

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Friday, January 13, 2023


Hi Simon,


Welcome to this weeks Get COACHd on Friday.

Just before Christmas, on Dec 22nd, we had the winter solstice. The winter solstice is when the Sun’s path in the sky is the farthest north or south from the Equator. In easier terms, it means that the days are now getting longer – which means that we have more daylight – a good thing for exposure to sunlight, and Vitamin D levels. This also signifies a shift for those that suffer with SAD (Seasonally Aquired Depression). More daylight suggests more connection with nature for me – time perhaps to get out walking again.

Slow to Flow is a phrase that I am starting to use. By slowing down my mind, I find I engage more effectively and more substantially.

When researching around this subject, I have come across the Mandala Drawings. These are blank templates that we can choose to connect emotionally with and colour in. A form of journaling I suppose. The method suggests we explore a recent emotional experience, and capture the feelings as we immerse yourself in the colouring. A powerful model – if you want to give this a go – have a look at some templates here.

I hesitate in commenting about this – but I do so to share tension – that your concerns are perhaps not alone. With the high level of strike action, I find myself conflicted as a small business owner. I consider how we are going to be able to afford escalations in pay, without having a knock on inflationary impact which will dent our micro and SME ability to survive. It is not just about pay though, it is about environment, leadership and efficiency. I remember a conversation with a wise sage manager I had early in my career who said “it is easy to spend out of a situation – but the consequences of the spending could run deeper“. Agreeing with the good cause sentiment alone is therefore not enough, but when coupled with the energy challenges and wider world situation, a perfect storm of externally imposed self destruction appears. As an example, one brewery recently commented that if left unchecked, a pint of beer could soon be £10 a pint! Frightening.

So batten down the hatches, skill up and differentiate and become truly focussed on what you add.


Until then – Enjoy the reads! 


Carefully Curated Content from Simon

15 Essential Leadership Skills Every Entrepreneur Should Cultivate

Smart business leaders are focused on honing their leadership skills to ensure their companies remain relevant and continue to grow sustainably.



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How CEOs Can Better Keep Stakeholders In The Loop

The ability to clearly communicate is critical to a CEO’s success, but with so many people and priorities to keep track of, it can be difficult to make sure everyone gets the information they need when they need it.


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Five Approaches For Changing A Hierarchical, Command-And-Control Organization

Organizations should consider adopting more collaborative and decentralized approaches that empower employees to contribute their ideas and take ownership of their work.





Book On

The next Co Coaching on 20th February is an afternoon thinking, and practising using constellations. Numbers limited to 12 attendees.

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FREE Webinar – 27th January : 13:00

Book On

We often forget about how much time we spend on non-revenue activities, and important development and supervision activities. 

January sees the free webinar dipping into “How much we should charge for our coaching?“. I will share some research, and help you to decide how much you should be charging for your services. 

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Coaching Development and Supervision – NEW coaches

Express Interest

If you are early in your coaching journey, perhaps thinking about accreditation – this group is for you. Mixing with other new coaches, we will provide a learning environment that you can grow and have conversations about growth.

You will also have a space for your ongoing supervision in a group format. Certainly when I started out – I had more questions than answers and having a group of people that I would trust to bounce thoughts, insecurities and plans off was useful.

Carefully Curated Content from Simon

Ignite Your Company Culture: Three Elements To Help Drive Impact

Focus on three elements that can ignite your company culture and drive impact: building team trust, supporting a flexible work environment and fostering growth-mindset behaviors.


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5 Ways The Workplace Is Still Not Equal For Women And How To Make Progress

While the gender pay gap garners most of the attention, there are other subtle ways in which women are marginalized in the workplace.


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Magda’s Top 5 for January

Join ICF CEO Magdalena Nowicka Mook for a look at what’s to come for 2023 in this month’s Top 5 video.


Carefully Curated Content from Simon

Learn More: As Coaches, How Are We Shifting the Status Quo?

January 18 from 12 Noon – 1:15 p.m. (New York) Join ICF and the Joint Global Statement Group on Climate Change for the upcoming roundtable discussion, “As Coaches, How Are We Shifting the Status Quo?” on January 18 at 12 Noon (New York). Members of 11 coaching, coaching psychology, and supervision bodies (including ICF) will …read more.