“What the coaches say…” is a collaborative effort of our team of global coaches who work with clients around the world to share what we’re learning and experiencing.
We’ve been learning from those around us, but we’ve also been inspired by each other, our clients and the people we interact with. Even in serious times, encouraging expressions of generosity and joy help lighten the mood. From ‘washing your hands’ videos to buying food for an elderly neighbor to hearing about how a leader you work with connected with their team in a compassionate way, makes this time an opportunity for positivity as well as productivity.
What is something inspiring that you want to share from talking to your clients?
Ann Houston Kelly, Oregon, USA
Post-crisis, business will never go all the back to how it had been operating. Some of my clients are talking about how this crisis is unleashing new levels of creativity and innovation in their companies. What is truly inspiring is the willingness of many to jump in and donate their money, time and expertise to help others. Particularly inspiring is the willingness of recently retired healthcare leaders and professionals to jump back in despite the personal risk.
Betina Rama, Argentina
The positive attitude of people, not only how leaders at organizations take care of their own people, but how they are working to help the communities they operate in.
Jennifer Davis, New Jersey, USA
I am truly inspired when I hear clients talk about how their bosses email or take time to connect with extra acknowledgment and thanks. Positivity is critical in any relationship, especially during uncertainty.
Manfred Barth, Germany
This situation gives us a chance to behave in a way that others did not expect us to behave. It also gives us a chance to rebuild “bridges” that may be in need of repair or had been destroyed long ago.
Jean-Claude Noel, New York City, USA
It is with hope that we will provide inspiration to our clients to use courage to redefine a new social contract in a less global world by prioritizing health, education and meaning.
Margot Schumacher, Holland
The focus of having strong values to help people and organizations make decisions to do well for employees, clients and society.
If you’ve been inspired by someone or something recently, please share it with us in the comments below.
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KDVI Writer's Colony, 2020
Whether you might be feeling pressure of navigating a virtual work environment, managing your team or even working on your own leadership issues, we thought it would help to share what we’re learning so it might help you to reflect on what you’re learning too. When we learn something from one client or colleague, we can share that reflection to help another. In that way we “pay the learning forward” and find new ways to collaborate and inspire each other.
Published on 10 Apr, 2020
Like you, we’ve been talking, reading and experiencing a large volume of information about leadership in crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic is leveling, because it has an impact on everyone in the world. What we can learn from each other during this time truly inspired this blog series and I’m grateful to be able to share these words with the hope they inspire you too.
Published on 8 Apr, 2020
In 2020, in every part of the world, we collectively experienced a year like no other, a global pandemic, the likes of which we could not have imagined in our modern world. The lines blurred between work and home, we all worked to stay connected together-apart and perhaps even saw each other in a different way we might never have had the opportunity to experience. As we look toward 2021, the feeling of hope and possibility is clear and what we might bring forward that may be a bit richer, unusual, more colorful and ever resilient. The “What the Coaches Are Saying” Holiday Version are words and learnings from many but felt by all with the hope that it helps those who read find inspiration, connection and good health in the year to come.
"Four pathologies that can cripple leaders"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explores four pathologies that can cripple an executive and bring misery to the workplace, and what to do about them.
Published on 1 Apr, 2014
"Personailty and techno-stress"
Published on 25 May, 2016
Coaching female leaders with narcissistic tendencies
Following on from his first blog, 'Can a Woman Leader be a Narcissist', Paul's second blog explores specific approaches towards coaching female leaders with narcissistic tendencies. The blog provides insights for Executive and Leadership Development Professionals to customise leadership development to the individual strengths and weaknesses of women in the talent pool.
Published on 15 Aug, 2018
After the initial COVID-19 lockdown and confinement, one of the key challenges companies, coaches and consultants face is how to re-engage its people. Group coaching can serve an invigorating and enriching journey to challenge and support individuals to make changes to their lives. It provides a transitional space where they are exposed to different insights, are challenged by others to confront feedback, engage in vicarious learning, and become embedded in a community of peer support and mutual accountability.
Published on 2 Nov, 2020
"Death anxiety and executive mortality"
This blog entry with the Harvard Business Review explores the death anxiety and what happens when we repress our fear of death and refuse to confront it.
Published on 24 Mar, 2014
A lot of good and recent advice has been written on meeting management and effectiveness. A deeper fix to meeting-mania however begs the following question: why do we really need to attend that next meeting?
Published on 8 Mar, 2021
The pandemic dramatically changed the way people worked in a multitude of ways. But with everyone operating on overdrive in a world full of anxiety, it wasn't always easy or obvious to identify what people had been missing from the rhythm of office life.
During one of their regular discussions, KDVI associates Elizabeth McCourt and Claire Finch realised they'd both been missing out on the laughter and connection that comes from interacting with people at work. Here they explore the impact that laughter can have in the workplace, the types of humour that can enhance work relationships, and the role leaders have in establishing a cultural environment that enables organisations to reap the benefits of a good chuckle.
Published on 6 Apr, 2022