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Friday, 18 December 2009

Do goals have to be financial?

I recently attended a training evening organised by the worthwhile business networking organisation BNI.

After an enjoyable dinner with pleasant conversation, the high profile speaker for the evening gave a challenging talk about what our expectations were of our businesses and of our BNI membership the purpose of which is to increase our turnover.

It's good to be challenged. It's good to have goals. However I don't believe that everyone is motivated by money, and research bears this out, although some people are particularly good at making it and such skill is valuable!

I felt that there was an underlying belief that everyone is in business purely to make money, and I found this approach limiting. Aside from anything else, I'd like to think that doing good work is a good starting point for business growth. Perhaps it was a useful focus for one talk, however in my coaching work I like to make less assumptions about people's values and motivations, spend time understanding their actual goals, and then help them to reach them.

Wednesday, 9 December 2009


This week I heard some fascinating presentations about helping people to reach their full potential. The occasion was one of the regular get-togethers organised by the Institute of Business Consulting in South West Britain. The evening, yesterday, was hosted at At-Bristol by Veridian plc who wanted to tell us about their learning tool Freemind, designed by Tom Fortes Myer.

This is a collection of recordings on CD which individuals and organisations can use to get rid of the blocks to achieving their full potential. The underlying belief which Tom explained, and which I can agree with, is that performance = potential - interferences. So achieving potential is about getting rid of blocks. Before the talk I spoke to someone who had used Freemind. She spoke of how it had transformed her life since she started to understand that every situation she faced was an opportunity for her own development. That statement is, itself, transformative. by which I mean that it changed my own way of thinking.

The recordings are available on CD or by download from the Freemind web site, which includes some sample recordings free of charge.

Tom's talk was complemented well by a talk by Jan Childs of EQ4U about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) and how it is much more important in the development of leaders than IQ. I recommend her book "Understanding Emotional Intelligence in 90 minutes," which can be purchased from the web site.

Part of my own fascination is the relationship between Emotional Intelligence and Spiritual Intelligence. Spiritual Intelligence is to me about the uniqueness, connectedness, and vocation of human beings in creation - which embraces the growing desire amongst employees in particular and people in general for meaning and purpose in their work. I notice that Jan heads off in this direction in her book, particularly in the final chapter, and I see the Tom's approach to unlocking potential as drawing together the spiritual and emotional.

Thursday, 3 December 2009


I recently attended a training session for coaches. The presenter was asking us about what gives us energy. Is it activity that is intellectual, emotional, physical, or spiritual? What fascinated me was that most of the coaches in the room struggled to engage with the word 'spiritual' - indeed some seemed strangely hostile to the word.

However there is growing interest in 'spiritual' things by which I don't mean religions but people's concern for meaning and purpose in their life and work, not to mention concern about the planet we inhabit together. Furthermore authors are writing about spiritual intelligence as an important area of development alongside IQ and EQ.

It seems to me that effective coaching requires some awareness of the different areas that affect people's lives. Even in business coaching, although the goal of the coaching will be business-related, effectiveness requires a whole-person viewpoint.