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Why Experts Suck At Coaching – Part 1

It doesn’t matter what sport, what instrument, what hobby. Think about the absolute legends of that activity, the best of the best and then think about the best coaches, trainers and teachers of the activity you thought of…. Notice there is NOT ONE PERSON ON THE SAME LIST. If you come up with one let…

How Beginners Can Coach The Pants Off Experts.

It doesn’t seem right – why can someone who is an enthsiast, just starting out, be a good coach. In fact, can be a better coach than someone who has been a coach for a long time, and all most certainly better than an expert. First reason: Beginner coaches won’t be tempted to give advice,…

The Difference Between Advisors And Coaches

An advisor is someone who can give advice based on experience. They have been there, done that and got the T-Shirt. A coach doesn’t need the experience of an advisor because they are guides to a process. When you see this working in action it really is remarkable… 🚨 CONTROVERSIAL STATEMENT ALERT 🚨 Beginners in…

NICHE x REACH

I am so excited to be announcing our new Collaboration NICHE X REACH. I’ve been spending this year working out how to speak on online and offline stages to maximise my effectiveness. Working with Pat Quinn and Pete Vargas, this training has had a profound impact on me. I approached Pete about creating this collaboration…

The Tragedy Of Picking The Wrong Recipe For Your New Business

If you’ve never cooked a dish in your life successfully, in fact, you may have failed to produce a dish many times. You’d be pretty silly to attempt a fancy meal, let’s just go with some scrambled eggs and some really specific instructions. You’d probably want to watch a video of every step. Particularly, after…

The Pressure Of Accountability

Ignorance is bliss. I just finished the first week with my team for Project 2020. I’ve genuinely enjoyed being their Scrum Master and it’s fascinating to see what issues are coming up. My mentor Dr. Michael Hewitt-Gleeson ( who got his doctorate on selling under Dr. Edward DeBono) has a great story in his presentation…

Why skipping a work session and playing catch up starts you on the road to ruin.

What you measure gets managed. At the start of Operation Scrumstyle, the daily stand-up has focused on the tasks the team has been doing. We look at what they did yesterday and what they plan on doing today. This is classic Agile/Scrum Approach. Trouble is, there is something I’ve started to notice and I want…

You’re Accountable Everywhere But Here…

Ask any coach of coaches, one of the first things they’ll teach you is accountability is the third rail of coaching. Touch it and your career will be short and painful. Your clients will say they desperately want accountability but the moment you start holding them to account they slip straight into “I forgot my…

War Of Art – Get It In Your Ears

I was forty floors above Tokyo, It was a clear day, I could see Mt Fuji… Or I could see it if I wasn’t crying. Look, I’m emotionally crippled, I don’t cry at much and certainly not publicly. However, on that beautiful autumn day. I was sobbing into my now going cold breakfast. The cause,…

If You Can’t Name It, You Can’t Build It

So for the next six months I’m acting as ScrumMaster for 30 odd crazy souls. It’s going to be interesting! My job as Scrum Master is not to look at what they are doing or advising tactics and strategies. Our focus is on the underlying systems which will determine their success or failure over the…