Articles

A collection of articles on topics related to leadership and coaching, written by experienced members of the CFI Fraternity.

The Need for Leadership Transition Management

The Need for Leadership Transition Management

Generations of corporate leaders have taken on new roles, felt their way around, stumbled a bit, pulled themselves…

2020 – the decade of coaching

2020 – the decade of coaching

I became a certified coach in the year 2001 – that is almost 20 years ago. From a…

Is coaching only for Bad Behaviour?

Is coaching only for Bad Behaviour?

Several years ago, I suffered from a bad back and after much effort found great relief from consulting…

Exec. Coaching in India, the right time

Exec. Coaching in India, the right time

As more and more individuals contemplate becoming a coach and more and more contemplate opening institutions to train…

The brave will invest in development

The brave will invest in development

The world has seen several business cycles, economic ups and downs. In the throes of each of these…

(When) does a start-up entrepreneur need coaching?

(When) does a start-up entrepreneur need coaching?

The original title of this article did not have the parentheses. I hastily added it because I thought…

Leadership councils in a digital world

Leadership councils in a digital world

Every organisation of some standing has some form of a shared leadership platform or forum. These forums are…

The story behind those business cards

The story behind those business cards

In the last few weeks my office assistant who is updating my contact list has been asking me…

What keeps the HR folks motivated?

What keeps the HR folks motivated?

The song Chingaree Koee bhadake sung by Kishore Kumar for the film Amar Prem raises some philosophical questions.  I find one particular…

The urgent need for patience

The urgent need for patience

The impatient executive Imagine this conversation between a Coach and his client, a hugely successful but impatient executive.…

The problem of setting safe goals

The problem of setting safe goals

Now is the time of the year when managers sit with their employees to discuss and sign off…

Why should your employees go on leave?

Why should your employees go on leave?

Until Valentines day, love was in the air. Soon after, we find that fraud is in the air.…

The real problem with delegation: micromanagement or abdication

The real problem with delegation: micromanagement or abdication

The ability and inability to delegate at a level that is appropriate to one’s position in the organisation…

Too much assessment too little support

Too much assessment too little support

If you walk the streets of any of our cities, you will see innumerable scan centres, imaging centres,…

The movie Up in the Air explains it all

The movie Up in the Air explains it all

Ryan Bingham works for an HR consulting firm that specialises in termination assistance – basically firing employees. Ryan…

How are you when you are not coaching?

How are you when you are not coaching?

Coaches are human beings – they did not descent from heaven. Coaches also play several roles in addition to…

Can Leaders be made to measure?

Can Leaders be made to measure?

Here is a typical (but fictitious) discussion in a talent council meeting in a typical company: You see,…

The Shadow Side of Coaching Support

The Shadow Side of Coaching Support

Over the years, we at CFI have received several hundreds of requests for coaching support for executives. Most…

How Coach-Coachee Pairing works?

How Coach-Coachee Pairing works?

The most important step in setting up a successful coaching engagement is the process of the coachee finding…

What Developing People Really Means

What Developing People Really Means

The ability of any manager or leader to develop the people working for them has always been considered…

Moral High Ground, Emotional Low Road

Moral High Ground, Emotional Low Road

Have you ever coached leaders who tend to take the moral high ground but do it by ending…

Means Matter – Read the Fine Print

Means Matter – Read the Fine Print

Ever so often, we hear the story of a very successful leader’s career suddenly getting derailed. He or…

Coaches as Wounded Healers

Coaches as Wounded Healers

First things first. I am not using the term wounded healers in the same way that Psychologist &…

Pre-existing Conditions in Executive Coaching

Pre-existing Conditions in Executive Coaching

In the field of Insurance, a pre-existing condition is defined as a health condition that existed prior to…

Coaching for Executive Presence

Coaching for Executive Presence

One of the most popular demands from any coach is to improve a leader’s executive presence. While it…

The Shadow Side of Company Culture

The Shadow Side of Company Culture

We keep hearing more and more organisations talk passionately about “their culture” and how they wish to preserve…

Why Don’t You Communicate?

Why Don’t You Communicate?

You could be a leader, manager, team member or colleague. How do you know if you are communicating…

Coaching for Strategic Thinking

Coaching for Strategic Thinking

One of the most common coaching needs is this – to help a leader think and act more…

The Anatomy of Coaching Led Change

The Anatomy of Coaching Led Change

The ultimate test of a coaching engagement is often the visible change that your client is able to…

Transactional Analysis and Coaching

Transactional Analysis and Coaching

Leveraging the power of Alternative Interventions in Coaching – a transactional analysis perspective As change catalysts, Executive Coaches…

Business Coaching in an M&A Context

Business Coaching in an M&A Context

Abstract “Mergers & Acquisitions are a business reality among mid-size corporations.  In such contexts, entrepreneurs constantly seek coaches…

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)  and Coaching

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) and Coaching

Leveraging the power of Alternative Interventions in Coaching – an NLP perspective The term Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP)…

What’s Wrong with Giving Advice?

What’s Wrong with Giving Advice?

The Coach is listening intently to his client as the client narrates in great detail the specifics of…

Systems Perspective as a Differentiating Coaching Competency

Systems Perspective as a Differentiating Coaching Competency

Will the approach and perspective of a counsellor who is counselling a client who is an adolescent be…

Cross Cultural Perspectives

Cross Cultural Perspectives

A monkey and a fish were caught in a terrible flood and were being swept downstream amidst torrents…

Coaching for Execution

Coaching for Execution

ABSTRACT Smart CEOs understand the interdependence of strategy and execution and do not get carried away by the…

Building a Coaching Culture within Organisations

Building a Coaching Culture within Organisations

As more and more research points out to the impact of managerial styles on employee engagement, companies are…

Appropriateness of Coaching

Appropriateness of Coaching

Those who invest in coaching (like in the case of training), coaching constantly wonder if their investment is…

To ROI or not to ROI!

To ROI or not to ROI!

As in every other profession, we have in the field of coaching, the good coaches and the not…

Setting up a Coaching Relationship – the Inside Story

Setting up a Coaching Relationship – the Inside Story

This article focuses on some of the ground level issues involved in setting up an effective relationship between…

Peer Supervision and Support – the CFI Experience

Peer Supervision and Support – the CFI Experience

A participant of CFI’s CEO Coach Accreditation Programme was looking forward to his coaching internship to apply the…

Coaching & You

Coaching & You

Your organization has just offered you the opportunity of working with a coach as a part of your…

Enhancing Coaching Effectivenes

Enhancing Coaching Effectivenes

Considering Coaching as part of your leadership development approach? Or perhaps you already have an institutionalized coaching process,…

Appreciating Before Assessing

Appreciating Before Assessing

Assessment has an important place in leader development, given that it creates the necessary disequilibrium to motivate change.…

A Sponsor’s Guide to Coaching

A Sponsor’s Guide to Coaching

This Guide is meant to help Potential Sponsors of executive coaching engagements help  their team members (the coachees)…

How HR and Talent Professionals are Shaping Coaching and Leader Development

How HR and Talent Professionals are Shaping Coaching and Leader Development

I have been engaging with client organisations for their coaching needs for well over 15 years and I…

10 sure signs that you are listening

10 sure signs that you are listening

One of the common behavioural changes that leaders commit to make to their coaches is to listen better.…

Listening and the boiling milk

Listening and the boiling milk

How many times has this happen to you? You are standing in front of the stove to boil…