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Xenonex – Coaching for Success

It’s been a busy few weeks lately with the Xenonex team delivering coaching programmes all over the UK.  In Bristol we are working with employees from a number of senior teams in order to start to embed a coaching culture within the organisation.    Whilst in Essex our leadership development programme develops staff to become… Read More

What a New Team Leader Should Do First

At Xenonex we work with many leaders who are new to an organisation or who are managing new teams through a period of great change.    I came across the article below online (adapted from ” What New Team Leaders Should Do First” by Carolyn O’Hara) and it sparked some great debate amongst the Xenonex… Read More

Why Coaching and Mentoring makes better Business sense

Understanding the context of coaching and mentoring in a strategic business environment can ensure that individuals and the business they work for get the most out of an employee mentoring programme.   There are many ways in which good employee mentoring can help contribute to a successful business, here are a few that have come… Read More

Executive Coaching and the Resistant Employee

Is there someone on your team who you’d like to coach, but resists your help? A high-performer who could reach further? A hard-worker who could grow faster? The best managers know to coach their employees, but what if someone doesn’t want your help?   How can you convince a hesitant employee that your advice is… Read More

Xenonex looks at Leaders and ‘Attentional Intelligence’

I came across this article by Sonia McDonald on Attentional Intelligence and how it can help leaders build more effective teams within their organisations, something we at Xenonex do a lot of! I also recently saw Ruby Wax on stage at Harrogate Theatre discussing her approach to mindfulness – obviously a hot topic at the… Read More

Coaching Tips for Managers – When the Bicycle Moment Occurs

Effective coaching in the workplace can bring about transformational and cultural change within an organisation. Coaching skills enable managers to build stronger bonds with their team members and help them develop the skills they need to perform at their peak. Here business consultant, author and executive, Jesse Lyn Stoner shares a lovely story about her… Read More

Five Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask

Questioning is undoubtedly a valuable leadership tool. Asking the right questions can help business leaders to anticipate changes, seize opportunities, and move their organisations in new directions. Questions can be great for engaging and motivating people, but they can just as easily be used to confront or blame, and can shift the mood from positive… Read More

Be a Better Manager by Coaching Your Employees

At Xenonex we provide executive coaching in order to maximise the potential of individuals and teams through raised self-awareness.  Coaching skills enable managers to build stronger bonds with their team members, support them in taking ownership over their own learning, and help them develop the skills they need to perform at their peak.   You… Read More

Executive Coaching – a Business Priority

The Xenonex team has been encouraged by the way in which coaching, mentoring and leadership has been embraced, developed and, more recently, embedded within the workplace.   The Ridler report (www.ridlerandco.com/ridler-report) analyses strategic trends in the use of executive coaching and the latest results show that coaching remains high on the business agenda.   Data… Read More

Top tips to develop a true Coaching Culture – Xenonex explores…

I have just returned home from a day’s intensive coaching training session with some fantastic delegates who work for a local (but nationally renowned) publishing business. As we talked about how to develop a ‘true coaching culture across the organisation, it reminded me of a set of 10 simple tips outlined by Nick Thomas that… Read More

Xenonex talks about the importance of Inspirational Leadership

At Xenonex, we work across both the Public and private sector, and with a diverse range of teams and individuals. However, the subject of Inspirational Leadership transcends across all organisations and remains at the very core of our programme delivery.  The best managers are always those who have the ability to lead their team by… Read More

Executive Coaching builds confidence

We believe that participation in executive leadership coaching builds confidence and so if your new year’s resolution is to assert yourself at work with confidence, then take a look at these top tips from Rosabeth Kanter. BUT remember the best resolutions will go nowhere without the confidence to stick with them! Confidence is an expectation… Read More

5 ways to be influential – Executive Coaching

Since influence is the key to effective leadership, this tool outlines 5 ways team members can exert more influence within an organisation: 1. Solid reputation : Establish a reputation as someone who is credible, respected, and trustworthy. 2. Enhanced skill set: Become known as someone who is competent and accomplished. Be the authority people turn… Read More

Feedback – An essential part of Executive Coaching

Most employees crave feedback. They want an honest assessment of their behaviour to help them improve their work. They know that if they listen to and take action on clear and constructive feedback, their overall performance will improve…and so will their job satisfaction. So, why do so many managers feel uncomfortable delivering feedback (especially) when… Read More

It’s tough at the top – Executive Coaching survey

More than 200 CEOs, board directors, and senior executives of North American public and private companies were polled in an Executive Coaching Survey that Stanford University and The Miles Group conducted last spring. The research studied what kind of leadership advice CEOs and their top executives are – and aren’t – receiving, and the skills… Read More

Reflections: what really goes on during contracting?

Contracting is key to building rapport, setting expectations and developing client chemistry but it can take a while for some coachees to make the most of their ‘precious opportunity’ – Lindsay Wittenberg, an executive coach explores the nature of contracting in personal depth within this interesting article. I’ve been reflecting on what’s actually happening in… Read More

How to handle your conflict-averse boss – Executive Coaching

Do you have a manager who won’t advocate for you or your team? Is she afraid to say no to requests from above? Here are three ways to get what you need from even the most conflict-avoidant boss. • Focus on problem solving. If you need to talk about a difficult issue with your boss,… Read More

What you’re really meant to do; Read on…

Is there a road map for reaching your unique potential? This book review I came across on HBR, really asks some fascinating questions about the journey we all take. How do you create your own definition of success–and reach your unique potential? Building a fulfilling life and career can be a daunting challenge. It takes… Read More

Executive Coaching and Sir Alex Ferguson

Harvard Business Review features a case study about Sir Alex Ferguson, the recently retired manager and coach at Manchester United football club. Sir Alex was coach and manager for 26 seasons and led Manchester United to be one of the most successful soccer clubs in the world. In the HBR case study by Anita Elberse,… Read More

Authenticity – Be true to yourself

Authenticity — what is it, who has it, and how do you get it? Most people associate authenticity with being true to oneself — or “walking the talk.” But there’s a problem with that association; it focuses on how you feel about yourself. Authenticity is actually a relational behaviour, not a self-centred one. Meaning that… Read More