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Why every CEO needs a Coach

CEOs sometimes are initially reluctant to start working with a Coach, stating that they don’t have the time, budget or desire to spend part of their working day discussing themselves and their approach. The reality is that those who invest time in themselves feel the benefit of being able to see themselves through others eyes,… Read More

Good Xenonex Coaching Conversations start with Good Listeners

We’ve written before about the skill of listening as a tool for great leaders and it is always good to recall the oft repeated phrase about having two ears and one mouth and using them proportionally!  As coaches the Xenonex team know that all good coaching conversations start with good listening.   This short article… Read More

Xenonex Shares Simple Steps for Giving Difficult Feedback

We often find that the leaders we work with return from a summer break refreshed and ready to tackle some of the more difficult issues that they need to deal with.  Commonly this also includes having to talk to the team about their performance – or lack of it.    We know that many people… Read More

Xenonex agrees – Listening Is an Overlooked Leadership Tool

No doubt about it, listening is a vital skill to be a great coach.  But there are different ways to listen and it is important to be aware of both how and why we listen in order to maximise great coaching conversations.   This edited article by Melissa Daimler, head of Global Learning & Organizational… Read More

Xenonex and Organisational Culture

The Xenonex team often work with leaders to support them as they develop and embed a coaching culture within an organisation. These few points, taken from an original article “Your Company Culture Can’t Be Disconnected from Your Customers,” by Dave Ulrich and Wayne Brockbank, and the impact of a coaching culture can have on that… Read More

Xenonex – addressing the leadership skills gap in FE.

Xenonex are delighted to be again working in partnership with City & Guilds and KPMG in developing Leadership & Management skills within the Further Education Sector.   Building on the success of the Certificate in Leadership & Management in FE aimed at middle managers we are now pleased to be part of an additional programme… Read More

Xenonex shares Leading and Managing essentials

It’s been a busy January for the Xenonex team working with clients up and down (and all across) the UK.  At this time of year it can be difficult for managers to keep up with the daily tasks necessary in their jobs and the focus can drift away from developing their skills as a leader…. Read More

Xenonex shares Superstar Leaders Promises

As we approach Christmas and take the time to have a break from our hectic work lives and spend time with friends and family this article seems timely.   It’s adapted from an original article by Michael E Kibler, the creator of a holistic executive coaching and development program.   Good leaders put aside their… Read More

Xenonex asks – does your leadership image matter?

As a leader, whether it’s of a large team in FTSE 100 or a small team in a SME, image matters. Regularly visiting colleges and working with further education leaders across the UK I’m pleased to say that the majority of people I meet understand how important image is.   Most leaders are aware of… Read More

Xenonex looks at how to be a less autocratic leader

These tips about changing your leadership style when your team is highly skilled landed in my in box this week. It got me thinking about all sorts of elements of coaching, many of which have come up over the past few weeks during delivery of our ILM programmes. So I thought I’d share them with… Read More