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Brand new opportunity for 2017

By Sally Vanson

Hello and Happy New Year. This is a special blog to share with you the work we are currently doing across Europe with our C.O.A.C.H. programme to develop 100 teachers, head teachers and senior education professionals to become qualified coaches. The learning from the pilot programme will be disseminated later in 2017 and in the…

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Generative collaboration

By Sally Vanson

There has been a lot of discussion and research about the nature of intelligence and how the way we use our various intelligences affect our success both in life and in the organizational world. When Robert Dilts (1999) started researching what made the difference between successful and underperforming individuals and teams, he made several notable…

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Record Keeping: Performance, Conduct & Ethics

By Sally Vanson

Record Keeping: Performance, Conduct & Ethics Adapted from an article by Emma Pratt – October 27, 2016 In this digital age issues around record keeping are often a source of angst and sometimes confusion for coaches. Throw in the data protection and privacy laws that prevail in different geographies and guidance provided by professional bodies…

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Being the best associate you can be

By Sally Vanson

Having recently run a workshop on how ICF competences overlap with management and leadership competences and are therefore just as applicable for an in-house coach as an external one, I suddenly realized that they are also applicable to those wanting to be a great associate (a person who works as a self-employed resource for another…

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Evolving silo working to collaboration

By Sally Vanson

Years of corporate experience informs my observation that senior professionals work very much as ‘individual experts or brands’ rather than as part of the professional service firm. Previous research underpinning the context is limited, although developing as the time for change approaches. Putting the individual ahead of the firm in this way leads to divisiveness…

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Getting Qualified as a Coach Supervisor with ILM Level 7

By Sally Vanson

Coach Supervision is becoming vital in the professional practice of coaching. Tender documents now ask for supervised coaches and often request a reference from the coach supervisor.  The CIPD report on coach supervision suggests that coaches and organisers have different views about the benefits of coaching supervision. Coaches are interested in making themselves more effective, while…

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Welcome to students from Lycée D’ARTAGNAN

By Sally Vanson

Welcome to students from Lycée D’ARTAGNAN – Nogaro in The Gers, SW France. Next week they will interview Sally Vanson in English about the similarities and differences of living and also running businesses in UK and France and the cultural differences between France and English speaking countries. They will then write up their answers and…

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Preferences and Project Management

By Sally Vanson

TPS is currently involved in a pan-European project, involving 6 countries, to train 100 people as coaches. It’s a blended learning project with 2 x 5 day face-to-face events in different countries, the development of an e-learning platform, bespoke web site and in depth research and project evaluation through a project team of 18 people.…

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Some thoughts about reflection

By Sally Vanson

Personal development is based on the theory of reflective learning, which emphasises that learning derives from our experiences and can be constantly updated through the process of recording and thinking about the experiences we have. A very important aspect of reflective learning is that it is a process in which we can learn about ourselves.…

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