Coaching Uncaged is a podcast that takes a running jump into all things coaching and unapologetically pushes the boundaries of how we think about the art of coaching.
Centre Director of Animas, Robert Stephenson hosts this engaging and eclectic mix of roundtable discussions and deep dive interviews that explore some of the industry's biggest questions, provoke thought, challenge assumptions, and change perspectives.
From experts to authors to thought-leaders both within the coaching industry and beyond, Coaching Uncaged brings together the pioneering thinkers, trailblazers and galvanising voices that really have something to say. Creating a space that pushes you to consider new ways of thinking, and enabling you to uncage your approach to coaching.
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Exploring Time to Think Coaching and Thinking Environments: A Discussion with Lucy Gourlay
In this episode of Coaching Uncaged Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson is joined by Time to Think and Transformational Life Coach Lucy Gourlay as they dive into Nancy Kline’s Time to Think approach to coaching, as well as sharing some information around the upcoming Animas one day ‘Thinking Environment Masterclass that Lucy is delivering on 11th June.
Lucy shares more about the Time to Think approach, what sits behind it as a coaching concept and shares her background around this fascinating work, as well as her journey as a coach. She shares some more detail around the 10 components that comprise the Time to Think approach to coaching, and what each of these brings to the coaching dynamic for both coach and coachee.
Lucy also speaks about some of the people she works with both as a Time to Think coach and a transformational life coach, sharing some of the differences between the two approaches, as well as the many crossovers. Robert and Lucy also highlight some of the crossovers between Time to Think and a narrative approach to coaching.
Finally, Lucy shares some more details around this weekend’s (11th June) one day ‘Thinking Environment’ Masterclass, including what you can expect to learn as well as some of the key takeaways from the day.
You can find out more about Lucy here: https://lucygourlay.com/
If you’re interested in learning how you can bring a Time to Think approach to your practice, join us for the ‘Thinking Environment’ Masterclass here: https://www.animascoaching.com/blog/events/thinking-environment-masterclass/
Exploring the Role of Self-Work in Becoming an Inclusive Coach and Why It’s So Important: A Discussion With Ashana Crichton
In this thought-provoking episode of Coaching Uncaged Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson is joined by Professional Development Coach and Diversity and Inclusion Facilitator Ashana Crichton as they delve into the role of self, the work we need to do as coaches in order to be more inclusive in our practice, and why it’s so important.
Ashana shares her journey to coaching and her background around Diversity and Inclusion. She details the work that took her from the UK to the US and back, and what finding herself in that new environment offered her and her practice through a new language around diversity and inclusion.
Robert and Ashana explore what it really means to be an inclusive coach, the biases or blind spots that can sometimes get in our way, before highlighting the true benefits of being inclusive for coach and client, the coaching industry as a whole, as well as the wider world.
Ashana shares her feelings around what we as coaches can do to better inform ourselves around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and that this work doesn’t just sit with Diversity and Inclusion practitioners, but every single one of us if we are to make a difference in this area.
Robert and Ashana also explore the pivotal role of self work in mastering our craft and making an impact around inclusivity, the notion of feeling comfortable in the discomfort of uncertainty, the importance of the work we do with ourselves outside of the coaching session, as well as sharing that this is not a specialty or a niche, but this is how we all become better coaches.
You can find out more about Ashana and her work here:
We hope that you enjoy this discussion!
Exploring Social Impact and the Creating Space Project: A Discussion With Head of Social Impact Emma Koubayssi
In this captivating episode of Coaching Uncaged Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson is joined by Head of Social Impact at Animas Emma Koubayssi as they dive into all things social impact and explore the new Creating Space initiative that is poised to roll out its second wave shortly.
Emma details her background around social impact, sharing some of the big campaigns and projects she worked on around the world. Projects often focused on making an impact on young people, health and education. Emma also shares her own definition of Social Impact and the work being done around finding Animas’ own definition of what social impact means to us as an organisation.
Robert and Emma also explore Creating Space, sharing what the programme is, who it’s for, how it came about, what we want to achieve with the initiative and the benefits for teachers joining the Creating Space programme.
Emma also touches on the reception of the programme from both the coaching and teaching communities, some of the challenges behind getting such a big project off the ground, as well as detailing some of the learnings from the first wave, and the subsequent tweaks that will make the programme even more impactful.
Finally, Emma shares her big vision for the Creating Space project, namely creating a culture of coaching within the education system, as well as detailing some of the other social impact initiatives on the horizon including the much anticipated Animas Impact Incubator that will aim to support the Animas community to create, take part in and run their own impact initiatives.
You can connect with Emma here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emmakoubayssi/
You can find out more about Animas Impact here: https://www.animascoaching.com/about-animas/our-impact/
If you or someone you know is a teacher who might benefit from the Creating Space programme, you can find out more and apply here: https://www.yesfutures.org/creating-space
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Exploring the Role of ‘Inner Work’ in Facilitating Difficult Dialogue: A Discussion With Simon Cavicchia
In this thought-provoking episode of Coaching Uncaged Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson is joined by executive coach, gestalt trained psychotherapist, author and Ashridge faculty member Simon Cavicchia as they explore the self work we might need to do to better facilitate dialogue around the more difficult or triggering topics of conversation.
Robert and Simon look specifically at the topic of diversity and inclusion as they delve into what makes particular dialogue difficult. They touch on the idea of defence and attack stances that can come into play when dealing with difficult conversations, the importance of recognising our own triggers and biases, as well as exploring how as coaches, we might use our knowledge of human relationships, human beings and psychological safety as coaches in service of creating conditions for dialogue.
Simon also highlights the work that might be done to create leaders that are better equipped to have these conversations, offers his take on the role of supervision in this area, touches on the role of shame, and speaks on the notion of who you are as a person is who you are as a practitioner as he encourages you to “go inside as much as one might look outside”.
You can find out more about Simon and his work here: https://www.linkedin.com/in/simon-cavicchia-1a6a521/
We hope that you enjoy this conversation!
Exploring the Development of the Coaching Profession: A Discussion With Cheryl Procter-Rogers, MCC
In this new episode of Coaching Uncaged, Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson is joined by MCC coach, public speaker, author and PR consultant Cheryl Procter-Rogers as they delve into the growth and development of the coaching profession, and explore the impact that coaching can have in so many different areas.
Cheryl shares how she first came to coaching, touching on the realisation that she was actually coaching before she even knew what coaching was - something that is no doubt familiar for many coaches listening to this episode - before mapping her journey from a career in PR, to training as a coach and recently achieving her MCC credentials - one of only 1235 worldwide coaches to do so.
Cheryl shares more detail around the process she went through to achieve her MCC credentials, why she is so glad to have done it, what it offers her and her coachees, as well as what taking two attempts at submission taught her about herself and her coaching.
Robert and Cheryl discuss how far the profession has come in the last few decades, touching on how it has matured into a ‘true profession’, sharing where they feel it might head in the near future. Cheryl also offers her perspective on the place of coaching within Social Impact work, and why pro bono coaching is important to her.
During this fascinating discussion, Cheryl shares the value of professional coach training as she sees it, speaks on being perfect and getting caught in the processes, and touches on the value of always being true to ourselves as coaches.
You can find out more about Cheryl and her work here: https://www.astepaheadpr.com/home.html
We hope that you enjoy this episode of Coaching Uncaged!
Prospering as a New Coach: A Discussion With Steve Chandler
In this fascinating episode of Coaching Uncaged, Animas Centre Director Robert Stephenson is joined by business and life coach, author of more than 30 books including The Prosperous Coach and founder of the Coaching Prosperity School, Steve Chandler.
Steve shares how he came to write The Prosperous Coach with fellow coach Rich Litvin, as well as touching on the thinking and processes behind some of his other popular literature, sharing that the majority of his books were created through a desire to serve others, and the permission to play, experiment and be creative.
Steve details the personal journey, including the challenges, that led him to coaching, following careers in the music industry, journalism and corporate training, before setting up the Coaching Prosperity School 14 years ago.
Robert and Steve touch on some of the anxieties and challenges around starting out as a new coach, including a tendency to personalise common occurrences such as potential clients not wanting to work with us, and offers takeaways from his own experience around these challenges to help coaches to reframe limiting beliefs touching on what he calls a ‘not yet list’.
Steve also speaks on not needing to have a North Star goal - and if you do that it’s OK if it changes, the place for social media and marketing within coaching, and the importance of building relationships and real connection among those that we work with, as well as sharing what’s next for him around coaching, writing and speaking on the topics that really interest him.
You can find out more about Steve and his work here: https://www.coachingprosperityschool.info/
We hope that you enjoy this discussion!
Golden Nuggets of Knowledge!
When I completed my Animas course, 2 years ago, the first coaching book I bought was Coaching Skills by Jenny Rogers.
I’m delighted to listen to Jenny and Robert and hear these golden nuggets of knowledge which are so valuable, regardless of where you are in your coaching practice.
I listen to these podcasts on my morning walks. As Robert said, there’s a depth to coaching , a lifelong journey, a mastery that one acquires. So grateful for these podcasts during this Covid lockdown.