Donkey Coaching

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What is that? Are we coaching the gentle grey, long-eared companions (that I find absolutely adorable)? Nope. “Donkey Coaching” is a term coined by Federica — a lovely SolutionsAcademy coach from Italy. I don’t know about Italian donkeys, but I do know about German lore on donkeys: If you try to force them, they won’t […]

The perspective of the coffee machine

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The great thing about being a mentor and coach trainer is that I learn so much from my participants and mentor coaching or coaching supervision clients! This ingenious coaching move comes from Marleen, a participant in our German Coaching Fundamentals course. But before I tell you about the coffee machine, let me tell you another […]

5 ways to ask future focused coaching questions

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Future focused questions are some of the most powerful and transformational coaching questions you can ask. They invite the client to think about a preferred future and describe it in great detail. In a way, they help create a “memory of the future”, as we can only fill the story we are telling with experiences […]

Evoking a Coaching Culture

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“How do you “create” a coaching culture in an organization? What can I do to “establish” a coaching culture in my organization?” These are valid questions that HR, people officers, talent developers, organizational developers and leaders are asking themselves a lot these days. They have discovered the benefits of coaching and would like everyone in […]

Coach or Charlatan?

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How you can separate the wheat from the chaff with the help of the International Coaching Federation “Coach” is not a protected job title like “medical doctor” or “nurse”. These days, HR or talent development departments receive weekly offers from a wide variety of coaching providers. Some of them can be recognized easily as charlatans. […]

Coaching Buzzword Bingo

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We had a really interesting discussion in our Coaching Supervision training the other day. Some of us had participated in a global coaching initiative with many speakers from all corners of the globe and many different approaches. We were astounded by the prevalence of 1000 $ words: Neuroscience, Linguistic, Transgenerational etc. “Solution Focus is an […]

9 favorite coaching session starts and 2 really crummy ones


How do we start a coaching session? It is usually the coach who initiates the conversation by a question or an invitation to the direction the conversation might take. In our SF Masterclass, we collected a few beginnings and thought we’d share them with you. “How would you like to start the session, would you […]

The short guide to great chemistry meetings


The initial conversations between coach and prospective client are often called “chemistry meetings”. They are often free of charge and take maybe half an hour to an hour. In these meetings, the prospective client and the coach get to know each other to get a feel about if they would be a good fit. This […]

Coaching for diversity and inclusion?

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I was speaking to my colleague Lina-Maria Kotschedoff about coaching and initiatives to further diversity and inclusion. During our conversation we found that a coaching mindset and coaching skills already go a long way: coaches are natural supporters of diversity and inclusion! Here is why and when: Coaching individuals Coaches see their clients as resourceful […]