Clarissa PinkolaEstés, Psychoanalyst and poet
Executive coaching has become a worldwide phenomenon. It’s used successfully across the globe to deliver numerous VUCA-relevant benefits, including increased resilience and ability to manage stress, higher emotional intelligence, enhanced flexibility and open-ness, shifting culture and creating new narratives. Increasing numbers of organisations now offer coaching internally to leaders and managers and in some cases other employees. Growing numbers are developing an organisation-wide coaching culture, training up their own internal coaches, and weaving coaching into leadership development. Coaching is considered a key leadership responsibility (e.g Grant and Hartley, 2016) and a core leadership competency. Coaching and mentoring is a core competency within emotional intelligence expert Daniel Goleman’sEmotional and Social Intelligence Leadership Competencies framework he developed with Richard Boyatzis of Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, competencies which distinguish outstanding leaders from those with average abilities in their field.
Many organisations including Pinsent Masons and leaders including Iñigo Castillo from Renolit and India-based Matthew Runeckles from Société
Generale (case studies in Liz Hall’s latest book, Coach your Team, Penguin, 2019) are recognizing that coaching and mindfulness are, as we believe, a match made in heaven. Whilst they are separate interventions, they can be combined or offered alongside one another in various ways to great effect, especially if supported by initiatives to build compassion. The sum of the whole is most definitely much more than the sum of the parts.
Both mindfulness and coaching have stood the test of time, and are clearly not a fad. And we believe they’re just what’s needed in the current and future climate. If we add in compassion, described by some as the next frontier of mindfulness, but which for many of us is already core in how we approach mindfulness, we have a very potent crucible for transformation, a powerful cocktail for shifting leadership styles and organisational culture. It’s what we call Conscious Coaching.
Mindfulness is being rolled out in organisations including in Google, EY, and the Armed Forces, with individuals, teams and to transform organisational culture. It’s being introduced in schools all over the world. And in the healthcare arena, it’s become one of the go-to-therapies for recurrent depression and a host of other mental and physical conditions. For the leaders, coaches and members of the general public we work with, mindfulness is helping them to be more resilient, better able to work with complexity and ambiguity, more creative, have more mental clarity, and to be much more emotionally intelligent resulting in vastly enhanced relationships with themselves and others. And to be much happier, which arguably is the most important benefit of all.
Mindfulness is perfect for these times- a study by Ashridge Executive Education of leaders who’d trained in mindfulness over eight weeks found that they were more resilient, more collaborative and better able to lead in complex conditions, for example. And the benefits enjoyed by mindful leaders and managers ripple out through the rest of the organisation.
Often combined with mindfulness development, developing compassion is fast following in the footsteps of mindfulness in terms of the wide range of applications including in leadership and healthcare, and the burgeoning evidence base. Researched benefits of developing compassion include greater resilience and enhanced emotional intelligence. Developing compassion improvesthe quality of relationships, builds trust & strengthens shared values of inter-connectedness (e.g. Dutton, Lilius&Kanov, 2007; Roffey Park)
We offer climate crisis coaching. This includes supporting clients to explore and manage their emotional response to the climate emergency- we find more and more people are experiencing grief, and suffering from individual & collective trauma arising from what’s happening in our world. Some of this is offered on a pro-bono basis as one of our contributions to
We also offer in-house workshops in which we typically will explore how participants can be more resilient, emotionally intelligent and purposeful
We offer a range of training programmes for internal & external practicing coaches, including Conscious Coaching- mindfulness & compassion-based development for coaches. We also train leaders and managers as coaches.
We coach leaders individually and also offer group leadership development programmes, including mindfulness-based & leader-as-coach training.
We have plenty of experience speaking at in-house and external conferences, on coaching, leadership, mindfulness and compassion.
We love to write about topics including coaching, leadership, mindfulness and compassion, and to help others be more creative in their writing.