Entries by Nick McEwan-Hall

Shifting Under Performance – Part 1

Whenever I am delivering a coaching workshop and talking about coaching to enable engagement, accountability, responsibility and high performance, our conversations are often naturally diverted by someone who says… ‘It’s all very well you talking about coaching people to high performance…and I get that…BUT what about those people who…’ And then the group starts with […]

Having a Great Performance Conversation!

I really like the topic of this blog! And not just because I wrote it! It’s because I really believe that done well, performance conversations can be a great experience for managers and their teams.  However, all too often in our workplaces performance conversations are seen as difficult, a necessary evil or something that HR […]

To see the potential, you only need to look!

Sound like a pretty obvious statement, doesn’t it? ‘To see the potential, you only need to look!’ But it does strike me as curious that some managers we are working with initially do not see the potential in their people.  And they certainly haven’t gone looking recently! I’ve been reflecting on this since a workshop […]

Knowing the GROW Model versus actually coaching!

In all of our coaching programs we ask participants to go back and just ask the basic ‘four top coaching questions’ to really practice the GROW Model: What is it you want to achieve? (Or what is your goal?) What’s happening now? What are your options? What will you do to move forward? And by […]

Forget active listening and just listen!

So one of the ideas that I have been reflecting on lately is whether the concept of active listening has become out dated!  Yes, I know it’s a bit controversial! But before all great coaches before me rise up and call for me to hand in my qualifications and International Coach Federation credentials, let me […]

I’m just here for a refresher

At the start of each coaching workshop I ask the participants ‘what is it you’d like to achieve from today or get out of today, so that this has been a great use of your time?’ My aim is to encourage the participants to really think about what they want to get out of the […]

I’ve tried everything and they just don’t get it!

This week I have been delivering a number of introduction to coaching for leaders and managers programs (a one day program that introduces coaching fundamentals in a really practical and ‘let’s implement immediately back into the workplace’ kind of way).  And a with one particular group a really strong theme emerged, when I was asked […]

I don’t have time for coaching!

Two of the common things I hear when it comes to resistance to coaching is ‘coaching is too hard’ and ‘I don’t have time for coaching’! Now the first statement is easily answered for me by considering what Sir John Whitmore once told me ‘coaching is not hard, coaching is easy, it’s changing the habits […]

Performance development discussions or just ticking the box

So it’s that time of year again when managers need to complete the performance development discussions for their direct reports and the big theme that came through the groups that I coached this week, was rather than the discussions being an opportunity for (1) discussion about performance and (2) discussions about development, it was more […]