Coachingblog.lt presents Leni Wildflower PhD who has 20 years experience as an executive coach, author and educator, working in the US, UK, Europe, China and Latin America.  Her passion as a coach is to inspire clients to reach new levels of clarity and effectiveness. As an innovator and thoughtleader on coaching as a profession, a discipline and a craft, she developed the ground-breaking programme of evidence-based coach training at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, and co-edited the definitive The Handbook of Knowledge Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice. She is an expert on blended learning and online education.

 

Leni, what is your own definition of coaching?

Coaching is a process that helps healthy people become more aware of themselves and the people around them, It enables individuals to grow in their capacity to live a more meaningful life; to give to others; and to work more skillfully in their personal and professional lives.

 You have a huge experience in coaching, how coaching industry developed since it started to grow? 

I believe that coaching has grown considerably, particularly in the past five years.  Coaches are more sophisticated in their skills, and coach training increasingly incorporates theories from related disciplines which have built the theoretical foundation for coaching practice. Read more…

Coachingblog.lt is very proud to present an interview with David Megginson who is one of  the “fathers” of coaching. An Emeritus Professor of  Human Resource Development (HRD) in Sheffield Business School, David has published 17 books on HRD, many of them about coaching and mentoring but also about HRD itself, continuous professional development, self-development and learning from burnout. David is now working on the book Rethinking Goals which will bring a new perspective on goals in coaching.

 

David, how did you become so involved in coaching?

I wrote a book – A manager’s guide to coaching -  which was published in 1979. This focused on manager as coach, and I only became a one-to-one helper through mentoring initially. I worked one-to-one with senior executives who were using my team building or organisation development services. As I moved to thinking of myself as a coach, I have become less keen on doing OD as well as coaching. For me now the focus is on one-to-one. However, I also work with some clients on creating a coaching culture. Read more…

I’m very happy to post this interview on the occasion of the renewal of this blog.

 

Peter divides his time between teaching on post-graduate coaching & mentoring programmes at Oxford Brookes University and his own coaching and consulting practice.

With Tatiana Bachkirova and David Clutterbuck, Peter is co-editor of Coaching Supervision: Theory and Practice which has just been published by Open University Press.

He is currently undertaking doctoral research on the use of physicality by coaches.

There are many sceptical people who say that coaching  is a form of „magic“ or kind of a manipulation…have you heard such opinions? How would you describe coaching for those people?

I don’t know about magic or manipulation. I’ve come across some viewpoints that question whether coaching really works.  I don’t happen to think that’s the right question.  But there’s a really legitimate question about what works, when and how.  We do have a responsibility to address this question and I think the growing body of knowledge, the involvement of practitioners in researching practice, conferences and work in universities all contribute to helping us understand this better. Read more…


I’m very happy to post an interview with professor David Clutterbuck who kindly agreed to come to visit Lithuanian coaches at ICF Lithuania annual conference (2011 10 12)

Professor David Clutterbuck is one of Europe’s most prolific and well-known management writers and thinkers. He has written more than 40 books and hundreds of articles on cutting edge management themes. Co-founder of The European Mentoring Centre and of The item Group ( a leading provider of internal communication solutions ), David also runs a thriving international consultancy, Clutterbuck Associates, which specialises in helping people in organisations develop the skills to help others. David is perhaps best-known in recent years for his work on mentoring and coaching, on which he consults around the world. His books on mentoring are numerous, and ‘Everyone needs a mentor’ has become a classic piece of management literature since it was first published in 1985.

Is coaching a modern learning initiative or kind of a fiction created by consultants? Modern developmental coaching is a relatively new kid on the block. Read more…