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The definition of delegation… Does it need tweaking?

When you delegate work to the member of the team, your job is to clearly frame success and describe the objectives. Delegation of work can be as simple as scrubbing the feature list or as complex as asking someone to take on a group-wide stretch assignment. No matter what the scale of delegation, getting out… Read More

How to have a meaningful conversation

This great piece really rings true when thinking not just about our role in Executive Coaching & Mentoring, but every conversation we will have today! Everybody knows how to have a conversation because they’ve been having them since they were toddlers. However, most people develop bad habits that almost guarantee that their business conversations will… Read More

Using Executive Coaching and Mentoring – Top 5 career regrets

1. I wish I hadn’t taken the job for the money. By far the biggest regret of all came from those who opted into high-paying but ultimately dissatisfying careers. Classic research proves that compensation is a “hygiene” factor, not a true motivator. What was surprising, though, were the feelings of helplessness these individuals were facing…. Read More

Executive Coaching – Can negative be a positive?

But is there a better way to understand the whole idea of feedback? Some new research has insights into its value and shows that many people want to hear about what they’re doing wrong. Giving feedback can be an awkward experience. Those who give it out — employers, parents, teachers — can fear the reaction… Read More

Management and Leadership, is there a difference?

Another great example of the difference between Management and Leadership from an article by John Kotter. In more than four decades of studying businesses and consulting to organisations on how to implement new strategies, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard people use the words “leadership” and “management” synonymously, and it drives me… Read More

Achieve your full potential with Xenonex

As we spring into March, we are busy putting the final touches to our latest ILM Level 7 Open Programme in Executive Coaching & Mentoring taking place this May in Leeds. Whether you are a Senior Manager or HD/OD professional looking to develop your expertise & credibility in these fields, or want to establish coaching… Read More

Compromise. An essential leadership skill or a Management weakness?

I thought the following piece was particularly suitable after a week at home with the kids during half term school holidays. Compromise gets a bad rap, but it’s an essential leadership skill. And you can’t do it effectively without understanding the other side’s point of view.   Don’t let your ego prevent you from seeing the… Read More

Executive Coaching can help bad leaders change their spots

I came across this great blog by Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman and thought it expressed very neatly, why Executive Coaching and Mentoring is such a vital tool across all business sectors. So today we’re thinking of ourselves as not just Executive Coaches and Mentors, but as spot changers! We have many ways to describe… Read More

Empowering your employees? How coaching & leadership development can help make a transformation.

The following report finds extensive evidence that employers must work differently to survive the economic challenges of 2013, and need to develop a new working environment to gain optimum success in achieving business goals.   Study: Enhanced Employee Development Needed in 2013   Arlington, Va. — Dec. 10 CEB, a member-based advisory company, has released… Read More

Achieve your coaching goals in 2013!

Wikipedia quotes that “A New Year’s resolution is a commitment that a person makes to one or more personal goals, projects, or the reforming of a habit. A key element to a New Year’s Resolution that sets it apart from other resolutions is that it is made in anticipation of the New Year and new beginnings. People committing themselves to a New… Read More

ILM Coaching and Leadership with Doncaster College

Watch our latest ‘Success through Coaching’ video, demonstrating how Xenonex are ‘Delivering real value for business’ in partnership with Doncaster College – using ILM qualifications to run a successful coaching programme to their staff. George Trow, Principal & Chief Executive of Doncaster College talks to Suzanna Prout MD of Xenonex about their investment in Leadership… Read More

Award winning case study

We were fortunate enough this week to be invited to present an award winning case study of our work at a regional HR Directors forum in Cambridgeshire. The level of interest in developing internal coaching strategies and how to recruit, select and develop a pool of Internal Coaches was really apparent   In the past… Read More

How many organisations do you know that have them yet don’t refer to them?

I came across an interesting article today by an Executive Coach in the States www.leadershiparticle.net on the power of vision and mission to drive organisational success. How many organisations do you know that have them yet don’t refer to them? Soul Purpose Corporate MAP: Executive Coaching Following a ten-year study of personal and corporate businesses,… Read More