25 episodes

Two experienced executive coaches, Sarah Turner and Gregor Findlay discuss topics pertinent to those that commission and use coaching in organisations, as well as for coaches themselves.

We want more coaching conversations to be happening in the world and while there are lots of resources targetted at coaches, there seem to be less targetted at helping those that bring coaches into organisations.

The Coaching Question The Coaching Question Podcast

    • Business
    • 4.9 • 9 Ratings

Two experienced executive coaches, Sarah Turner and Gregor Findlay discuss topics pertinent to those that commission and use coaching in organisations, as well as for coaches themselves.

We want more coaching conversations to be happening in the world and while there are lots of resources targetted at coaches, there seem to be less targetted at helping those that bring coaches into organisations.

    Why Does Menopause Coaching Matter for Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing?

    Why Does Menopause Coaching Matter for Diversity, Inclusion and Wellbeing?

    This episode’s question is “Why does menopause coaching matter for diversity, inclusion and wellbeing?"
    We explore what menopause coaching can look like, the ethics around menopause coaching and of course learn more about the experience of menopause itself.
    We found this episode fascinating and great fun to record with the energetic Kate Usher. She’s an experienced coach and change strategist with a specialism in menopause and gender equality. Kate’s also an internationally published author with a book called Your Second Phase: reclaiming work and relationships during and after menopause. She was shortlisted for the business book of the year award 2021.
    Menopause is a life phase that's going to affect 50% of the population directly and the other fifty percent indirectly. Because menopause has for so long had this taboo around it we need some help in how to have productive conversations.
    The confirmed statistic at the moment is that 10% of all women leave paid employment altogether because of menopause. However, it could be as high as 25% of all women leaving paid employment altogether because of it.
    Menopausal women are the fastest growing workforce demographic so menopause has huge implications for not only diversity and inclusion but business performance overall. The business case is clear.
    Resources:
    Kate’s email: kateusher@outlook.com
    Kate on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kateusher/
    Kate’s Website: https://secondphase.co.uk

    • 33 min
    Bonus Episode – Season 2 Highlights

    Bonus Episode – Season 2 Highlights

    Welcome to this bonus episode, where we reflect on changes that have occurred since our recording on these topics, this time in Season 2, and some insights we’ve had since!
    When we came back to look at Season 2, we noticed a theme around investment in time, effort and money.
    Some of the things we look at include:
    How the UK’s performance in recent Olympic games has benefited from the above mentioned investment. This relates to how making coaching accessible to everyone, or at least more of the population can get a great return.
    One of our reflections from both seasons 1 and 2 is that the future, and the situation with Covid is uncertain, so coaching can prove an even more useful tool (as opposed to interventions like training). Leaders need to develop agility and resilience, another reason people need coaching to help them navigate uncertainty.
    The Environment section of John Anderson’s Performance Coaching model, which he has used so well with Olympians.
    How we missed diversity of thought when it comes to Diversity and Inclusion agendas and this was reflected in a recent government report.


    Resources:
    PinkCast on FeedForward - https://www.danpink.com/pinkcast/pinkcast-4-13-this-is-how-big-time-performers-get-the-feedback-they-need/
    Linking Developmental Action Logics to Transformational Leadership Behaviours - shorturl.at/djnC0

    • 23 min
    Bonus Episode – Season 1 Highlights

    Bonus Episode – Season 1 Highlights

    Welcome to this bonus episode, where we reflect on changes that have occurred since our recording on these topics and some insights we’ve had since. We started Season 1 in November 2020 when Covid cases were rising rapidly again with lots of uncertainty and we’d finished recording before Christmas and it was after this that cases took off in the UK so things have developed a lot since our initial episodes.
    Some of the things we look at include:
    How a return to work - or not is impacting on our clients - and the issues of the so-called great resignation.
    Since we talked about team coaching, there’s been some interesting data that comes from The Team Coaching Studio, which we look at.
    We also look back at mental health with some interesting data coming from McKinsey and Microsoft.


    Resources:
    YouGov Survey on Returning to Work - https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-58559179
    The team coaching studio - 6 Team Coaching Trends for 2021 - https://teamcoachingstudio.com/6-team-coaching-trends-for-2021/
    McKinsey - Returning to Work: Keys to a Psychologically Safer Workplace -​​ shorturl.at/aiAG2
    Microsoft - The Work Trend Index - shorturl.at/vwER4

    • 28 min
    How Can Coaching Stop Leadership Derailment?

    How Can Coaching Stop Leadership Derailment?

    In this episode we discuss how coaching can stop leadership derailment. If you are interested in understanding how increased self-awareness of blind spots can help prevent leadership derailment - listen to this episode.
    We explore how the use of tools such as the Hogan Development Survey (HDS) (the Dark Side tool) can provide insight into how strengths can be overused such that they become a hindrance to effective performance. Used as part of a coaching programme HDS, alongside other tools in the Hogan suite, can provide valuable insight and depth of understanding of why clients behave in the way they do, and why, when under pressure, their behaviour might negatively impact those around them.


    Email us at info@thecoachingquestion.com

    • 23 min
    What is the Role of Psychometrics in Coaching?

    What is the Role of Psychometrics in Coaching?

    In this episode we discuss the use of psychometrics in coaching.
    We use the Myers Briggs Type Indicator quite a lot to illustrate our points, as we believe the MBTI is one of the most popular tools in use in coaching. Other psychometrics mentioned include Insights Discovery™ and the Hogan Development Survey (the Dark Side tool).


    Oftentimes, coaches are selected because they are trained in how to use a particular psychometric. An organisation might have a preference for a particular tool and this becomes part of the language of that organisation, and so it helps to be able to understand and share in this as a coach and be able to use this to add value to the coaching relationship. This also helps in team dynamics.


    You can argue that a coach and coachee investing time at the start of the coaching relationship taking a deep dive into the coachee’s personality is time very well spent. It helps explore self-awareness and generally inform the goals for the coaching.


    We share when it is appropriate to use psychometrics in coaching as well as our top tips!


    Resources:
    Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) - https://eu.themyersbriggs.com/en/tools/MBTI
    Insights Discovery™ - https://www.insights.com/products/insights-discovery
    Hogan Development Survey - https://www.hoganassessments.com/assessment/hogan-development-survey/
    Email us at info@thecoachingquestion.com

    • 34 min
    Why Should a Head Teacher Invest in Coaching?

    Why Should a Head Teacher Invest in Coaching?

    In this episode we are joined by the massively experienced coach Kim Gregory to discuss why a head teacher should invest in coaching.
    Kim Gregory has been coaching in education since 2009. She works with all sorts of leaders, typically Directors and CEOs in Not-for-Profits, but she especially enjoys working with Head Teachers and Senior Leadership Teams. What matters most to her is to work with clients who yearn to grow and learn; who are seeking effective challenge and support and who want to broaden, deepen, consolidate and grow their range of leadership capability and thinking capacity around complexity.


    This is an area that neither of the hosts have any experience in so it was enlightening to hear about what coaching can bring to this area that is of so much importance to so many.


    Resources:
    Kim Gregory Linkedin - https://www.linkedin.com/in/kimgregory1/
    Email us at info@thecoachingquestion.com

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

MickyBear127 ,

Brilliant description of Adult/Vertical Development by Gregor

Sarah

Finger McGraw ,

Great coaching insights as to how and when to use...

Really great, and addictive listening. I’m not an HR professional but have been listening to the podcasts for a couple of months now. I have used coaches over my career it’s helping me recall the interactions and learnings over the years. As a leader and manager the episodes are also making me think about team performance from a coaching perspective which is always the best lenses in my experience.

Great series both... keep them coming.

Iswiz ,

Focused and pragmatic coaching conversations

Really easy to listen to the structured and engaging conversations - sprinkled liberally with references and real world examples. Some gems in here like watching out for ‘decision boomerangs’ in teams. As an aspiring team coach really inspiring.

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