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Vivian Wood's Blog - Changing Beliefs Conversationally ...

Writing a blog – I could never do that!

In this excellent and highly interactive session we explored values and beliefs, focussing on self limiting beliefs and how we all manage to sabotage ourselves.

Most of us enjoy setting ourselves a challenge and one member of the group raised the issue of working with coaching clients who, despite their best efforts, are never going to achieve their stated goal or outcome. Jeremy encouraged us to look beyond the goal itself and consider how much progress had been made.  For example, if 100% cannot be achieved and the client has got to 95% - that is still a major achievement and not to be underestimated. He suggested looking at the process and breaking that down into various components, similar to milestones in a project plan,   and how many of those have been achieved or delivered.   

Considering other measure of success made me think of my imminent skiing holiday and my frustration with the fact that I will never be a really good skier! I learned to ski relatively late in life (at the age of 30!) and I only ever go skiing once a year. An instructor once told me that if I spent a whole season skiing I’d become a really good skier – sadly, that has never been an option. In the meantime I have come to terms with fact that I will probably only ever be a good intermediate skier but I still enjoy being up in the mountains, in the fresh air,  enjoying all that amazing scenery and always striving to improve my skiing.

It also made me think that sometimes we need to be a bit kinder to ourselves and celebrate what we have achieved, rather than focussing on what we haven’t. As we say in NLP – there is no failure, only learning. 

Vivian Wood

January Newsletter

We were delighted to see so many of you at the first LCG event of the year!  Thank you for coming.  We had a record turnout of 62 attendees, approximately 1/3 of whom were new to the group.  We have launched a Twitter account and are pleased to be slowly increasing our following - do follow us @LondonCoachGrp.  

Lisa Farr captivated the audience with her "How to Avoid Seven Expensive Mistakes When Marketing Your Coaching Practice” workshop and offered very valuable and practical advice which was well received by all.  Those of you who attended will have received handouts and tips from Lisa (if you haven’t, do let us know) and details about a grant for Growth Vouchers (up to £2000) available until the end of March - let us know if you get the grant and what you use it on.  We would love to hear your news - feel free to Tweet about it, too!  Feedback forms will be sent to attendees today - we would really value your feedback.

Our next event will, as usual, take place on the last Tuesday of the month.  We are delighted to welcome Jeremy Lazarus back for his workshop on Changing beliefs conversationally.  Click on the link to see more about this workshop. We hope to see you there.  

Kish will be away for the next 2 months travelling in Australia and New Zealand (have a great time, Kish!) so Isabelle Bano has kindly offered to assist Deborah with both February and March events- many thanks, Isabelle.

You can view and book  all future events here - Future LCG Events.  We will add future speakers to the page as we book them.

And finally, if any of you would like to write a short blog about an LCG event you attend we would be delighted to publish it on the LCG website and via Twitter - if you have the time and inclination, do let us know - one per month would be great.

You will be receiving one newsletter, like this, at then end of each month and two further reminders about the upcoming event in each month - one 2 weeks before the event and a final reminder the day before it.  We hope that you will find these communications useful, informative and in the right frequency to keep LCG events in your mind.

Have a great month!

Warm wishes


Kish and Deborah

LCG Newsletter August 2016



\"In July’s session, “Listen to liberate” with Linda Aspey, we experienced the powerful impact of creating a Thinking Environment(R).  It really was truly liberating to speak, uninterrupted, and to allow our thoughts to meander here and there. Both the listener and the person being listened to described feeling free in their exploration - the listener in not having a role other than to give undivided attention and the speaker in letting their thoughts and associations take them wherever they wanted, without censor. The output found its own structure and sequence and one could imagine how deeply empowering this type of listening conversation in business and in relationships would be. We learned some important aspects about the Thinking Environment(R) including attention, equality, place, diversity and incisive questions. Many thanks to Linda for sharing her expertise & anecdotes and for creating the environment with ease.  I am sure those who attended will be looking for opportunities to experience more and Linda will be sharing further reading and details of upcoming opportunities to join her for more in depth exploration of how she thinks, inspires and delivers in her coaching for leaders with all those who attendees who complete the feedback survey.\"

August 2015 Newsletter

LCG August Newsletter

August Event – Coaching Through the Menopause 

by Tim Taylor and Deborah Price

Despite a tube strike planned for that evening, and suspended at very short notice, there was a good turn up for this award-winning topic. Not really surprising when menopause, as natural as childbirth, is rarely discussed at work.

Tim Taylor and Deborah Price facilitated a very thought provoking group session. The conversations were wide and deep of a complex, yet very important subject. Attendees felt they were in a safe place, where ideas, feelings and observations could be shared openly. We talked about the symptoms of menopause and how to identify them to support coaching clients through this transition. There was an interesting conversation about embracing vulnerability and fear as part of leadership and we looked at this topic from both a male and female perspective.

The award winning coaches, Tim and Deborah, shared some insightful research findings. Did you know that organisations lose 20% of their talent, mostly Directors and C Level, when not planning for menopause? The cost of replacing each talented senior leader is enormous and diversity is diminished.

This event was a great way to start the conversation about the menopause at work and more discussions took place on LCG Twitter

Attendees, we would love to have your feedback link to feedback survey here.

If you\'d like to gain more understanding of how menopause affects working women and how to     talk about this with employers, HR, and life partners, Tim and Deborah are running a Masterclass day on 7th October in London Tim and Deborah\'s Masterclass.

Finally, if you feel this is relevant to you, please take the survey put together by Tim and Deborah: Tim and Deborah\'s Survey.

Upcoming Event – Tuesday 29 September 2015

You, Your Money And Your Money Mind-set with Wilma Allen

Venue:Holiday Inn Forum, Kensington

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This 90 minute session is a facilitated presentation for delegates to examine their money mind-set and their relationship with money.  They will learn, how by understanding and encompassing their relationship with money into their lives and business more comprehensively, they can strengthen their strengths and side-step the temptations that could sabotage their plans.

During the presentation they will examine:

  • their money mind-set
  • their money story
  • the impact that this is having on their business growth

Upcoming Events  - October and November


Tuesday 27 October 2015

Coaching – An Emerging Profession or a Tool? with David E Gray

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 Coaching  - An Emerging Profession or a Tool?

Tuesday 24 November 2015

Unconscious Bias with Edward Nelson

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Unconscious Bias

Please note that there is no LCG event in December

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