The Executive Coaching planets are finally beginning to align

By Chris Gandy Many moons ago, I reported to a senior executive who, when considering the right time to act on a significant business decision, had a pet saying “Wait till all the planets are aligned”. Of course he wasn’t referring to some  Mayan or harmonic convergences, eclipses and other awe-inspiring inter-galactic phenomenon. He was talking about […]

Executive Coaching should be treated as a necessity, not a luxury.

By Chris Gandy Last month the Nonprofit Quarterly ran a thought provoking interview with Bill Ryan, coauthor of “Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards”, who recently led a study on coaching in the cause-based sector. For me there were three major take-outs from this interview – Ryan’s definition of Coaching; What distinguishes […]

Don’t under-estimate the power of real experience in Executive Coaching

By Chris Gandy Much is written about “what makes a good executive coach” – do a search and see how often it comes up. Most pundits seem to agree on an array of personal qualities such as trust, integrity, active listening, interpersonal skills, tough love, confidentiality, organisational insight etc. All are important, but one quality […]