Author: Dave - The Friendly Coach

Don’t be lonely

Running your own business, being an executive or a senior manager can be very lonely.  Where do you take a problem?  Who do you bounce ideas off?  Is there anyone you can confide in? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have a friend there by your side.  Someone who doesn’t judge you; someone who doesn’t tell…
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Mirror mirror on the wall

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?  The famous question the wicked queen in Snow White would ask her magic mirror every day.  A magic mirror that always gave an honest reply, even when it wasn’t what the wicked queen wanted to hear. Wouldn’t it be great to have a…
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Coach the whole

Since I left the police in April and stepped out into private coaching practice I have become aware of peoples wish to prefix ‘coach’ with a label so they can easily file you in their services directory.  They will ask ‘What sort of coach are you?  A business coach? A life coach?’ I find this…
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You want to implement a culture of change?

But what exactly is it you’ll be implementing and how will coaching help you achieve it? If a business culture is the commonly accepted ‘way things are done around here’ then it follows that a culture of change exists where change is the norm and is accepted as such.  This then raises a further question:…
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Working on the train

What is Business Culture?

This is a blog that I wrote for Unlimited Potential Ltd who kindly published it on their web site https://www.unlimitedpotential.co.uk/ in July 2019. ‘Change the culture…change the culture’. It’s become something of a battlecry within business , but what does it really mean? What is a culture anyway? Is it just some new jargon that…
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It’s the culture

My interest in organisational culture began 15 years ago when I was seconded onto an organisation wide change programme and would frequently hear frustrated team members say, ‘It’s the culture’ every time something wasn’t as they’d planned.  What’s this culture I wondered? How does it make carefully planned changes not work?  Nobody was able to…
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Why Coach?

This is a guest blog I wrote for SISRA Ltd that they published on their web site – www.sisra.com – a great company that supports schools and training providers understand and use their data. The promotion of coaching as a leadership style is gaining prominence with lots of people advocating it as an approach. So,…
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You are Good

Self-confidence is a funny old thing.  Everyone has it to varying degrees; some people have it in abundance and can be considered over confident while others can deny themselves opportunities through not recognising their own qualities and skills. I met with a new client recently who was having doubts as to whether they should apply…
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What’s a Network?

As I launch the Friendly Coach it’s a good time to reflect on how the company has developed to where it is.  What has struck me most is nothing I have done, but how others have played significant roles in that journey. It was in 2017 when I first started to think about setting up…
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