Going deep in conversation with insight dialogue

By Martin Vogel If I’m working with a group that is highly committed to improving the quality of relationship between them, I might reach for Insight Dialogue. This is actually a meditation practice developed by Gregory Kramer, a meditation that is conducted in relationship with someone else. Its essence is that it interrupts the normal routine … Continue reading Going deep in conversation with insight dialogue

On getting it wrong

By Martin Vogel At its edges, the world of coaching is influenced by memes that originate in new age thinking. This isn’t entirely to be deprecated. Coaching’s porousness to diverse influences helps make it adaptive and less susceptible to the orthodoxy that eventually stifles professions. But occasionally an idea threatens to break through that needs to be … Continue reading On getting it wrong

Here ends the Vogel Wakefield Advent Calendar

By Martin Vogel It was only in the last week of November that I conceived the idea of writing a blog post every day in the lead-up to Christmas. I was inspired by my email provider, Fastmail, whose Advent calendar blogs I have enjoyed over recent years. For various reasons, I’ve written very few blog posts … Continue reading Here ends the Vogel Wakefield Advent Calendar

Mindfulness plus narrative awareness equals critique

By Martin Vogel This is the third and final part in my series on being and doing in coaching. In Part 1, I explained how I draw on mindfulness and narrative awareness in my work. In Part 2, I discussed the symbiotic link between being and doing, and the challenge to bring more of a sense … Continue reading Mindfulness plus narrative awareness equals critique

From toolkits to relationships: getting real about what happens in coaching

By Martin Vogel The practice of coaching has many antecedents. But one that most eased its way into the corporate world was the analogy between sports coaching and leadership development. Corporations are susceptible to narratives of being world class and winning. So learning from methodologies fine-tuned to get the best out of athletes can be appealing … Continue reading From toolkits to relationships: getting real about what happens in coaching

Working with your coach

How to work with a coach, part 7 By Martin Vogel How should the working relationship with your coach develop? It’s worth thinking about this if you want to get the most out of your coaching. Clients sometimes take a while to realise that it’s not the best strategy to sit back and let coaching happen … Continue reading Working with your coach

Assessing the social value of universities

By Mark Wakefield Anyone interested in the future of higher education would do well to read the NCCPE’s recent report on the social value of universities. Paul Manners, the NCCPE’s Director, sets the context for the report when he quotes research for Universities UK in 2010 which suggested that less than one in five people … Continue reading Assessing the social value of universities

Barack Obama: new model leader

By Martin Vogel When Barack Obama is inaugurated as US President on Tuesday he will usher in not just a break with the eight years of the Bush Administration, but a distincitively modern humanistic style of leadership which has never been tested at this level. If his presidency is a success, it will have a profound … Continue reading Barack Obama: new model leader