Category Archives: Coaching

The MAP is not the territory

I love maps, always have. From my first tentative adventures with a compass as a child to qualifying as a Mountain Leader they have helped me make sense of the world. From life saving maps such as the work of John Snow around … Continue reading

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Loyal Antagonism

I was listening to a podcast last week. The screenwriter of the Imitation Game was being interviewed about the creative process and the many challenges he had faced whilst preparing this project. He was talking about the importance of a … Continue reading

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Heard

Day one,  Scene – a mediation First there was the anger, the reiteration of old slights and hurts. The litany of infractions, some real, some imagined. Half forgotten meetings and misremembered conversations. The inevitable grievances. Then came the dossier, the … Continue reading

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Safe space, great sharpies

I like getting feedback, it helps me calibrate and assess myself. It requires me to be continually objective about what I do and the impact I have. I tend to say that it keeps me “honest”. My work is almost entirely by … Continue reading

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Mechanical, Industrial… Personal?

These days I’m predominantly known for my work in the area of Emotional Health for organisations and their staff. However I continue to do large chunks of work in the heavy industrial world of railway operations. I tend to get a … Continue reading

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Straight to the heart of the periphery

When I’m delivering Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training we spend a lot of time talking about “non-judgmental listening”. About how important it is to listen to what people say. That often they will talk openly about the distress they … Continue reading

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Here, now.

When I was riding regularly a couple of years ago I had a favoured training route. I knew roughly where I was / needed to be in both distance and time terms for any given point. I also knew how … Continue reading

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