London today

London today

From the glorious Stella Duffy, message to the world…

Not Writing But Blogging

just in case anyone who reads my blog also countenances anything K**** H****** or T**** (incl Jnr) writes/tweets/says, London today was actually :

  • sunny!
  • taciturn (what are you people doing in my way as I run up the left side of the escalator?!)
  • touristy. it’s spring, you’re all welcome – tube etiquette notwithstanding. also, people, there’s nothing in Oxford Street to be so slow for, speed up!
  • busy (see above)
  • blossomy (see above above)
  • lots of smiling police officers, especially in the tube – they seemed very young and I felt for them, I hope they weren’t scared.
  • gloriously queer – Diva Awards and prep (for me) for Stonewall Equality Dinner tomorrow
  • loads of people being grateful to other people (this was nice, let’s do this more)
  • theatre people thinking about being more diverse, more inclusive (UK Theatres Touring symposium)
  • every ethnicity, every nationality, every diversity, every faith…

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Engaging Life ~ The State of Your Attention

A really important and thought provoking piece. I’m so aware of the stress caused by that constant multitasking, constantly being in touch, and yet feeling less and less that I’m doing the important stuff, putting focus where it’s needed. This article has made me pause and ask myself, what am I going to do differently so that I can pay full attention to the people in my life and get back in touch with my creative self?

106 – Jubilee Monday

106 – Jubilee Monday

Made me cry to read this. Thank you for sharing. And sorry I’m playing catch-up with blogs.

A Foot in Two Campos

Sometimes it’s easy to remember where you were on a certain date, what you were doing.  Kennedy’s assassination, Diana’s death, the twin towers – those big, shared experiences.  And some of the big royal occasions.  For a non-Royalist, how odd that big moments in my life seem to have been marked by the Queen’s jubilees.

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112- Progress?

A really thoughtful – and timely – piece.

A Foot in Two Campos

112-1-LaPenaYou see the famous rock near Antequera from every direction.  From the flat plains it juts up, suddenly and harshly.  Known to the Spanish as la Peña de los Enamorados (the lovers’ rock) and to many as the Indian’s Head (or Charles de Gaulle rock) it is visible for miles, a way-marker for those travelling north-south between Córdoba and Málaga, or east-west between Granada and Sevilla.

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Mindfulness Meditation Improves Decisions, Reduces Sunk-Cost Bias

It’s interesting to see research backing up what a lot of people who regularly meditate already know. I’m also interested in the suggestion that people take “mental time out” before making decisions: this is what people who are naturaly reflectors do, and I’ve found that they often come back with the best ideas and thoughts if they’re allowed the space they need.

Kathryn Welds | Curated Research and Commentary

Sigal Barsade Sigal Barsade

Brief meditation sessions can reduce the tendency to base current decisions on past “sunk costs,” which are not relevant to the present choice, reported Wharton’s Sigal Barsade, with Andrew C. Hafenbrack and Zoe Kinias both of INSEAD.

Andrew Hafenbrack Andrew Hafenbrack

Sunk-cost bias” is the prevalent tendency to continue unsuccessful actions after time and money have been invested.
Frequent examples include:

  • Holding poorly-performing stock market investments
  • Staying in abusive interpersonal relationships
  • Continuing failing military engagements.

Zoe Kinias Zoe Kinias

In these cases, people tend to focus on past behaviors rather than current circumstances, leading to emotion-driven decision biases.

Meditation practices can:

  • Enable increased focus on the present moment
  • Shift attention away from past and future actions
  • Reduce negative emotions.

Kirk Brown Kirk Brown

Barsade, Hafenbrack, and Kinias asked volunteers to complete Mindful Attention Awareness Scale, a widely used trait-mindfulness scale developed by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Kirk Brown and Richard…

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Coaching Thoughts: … Of why many coaches resist supervision

This blog really sang to me. We owe it to our clients to make sure that we’re quality controlling our work, opening ourselves up to scrutiny, leaving that ego behind. In this very crowded and unregulated field, I would recommend that potential clients choose coaches who are affiliates of a professional body (such as the EMCC); undertaking regular supervision; and continually updating their own learning and development.

The Museletter

I have offered a fair number of CPD presentations on professional Coaching Supervision and have been serving as a supervisor coach for the last 10 years. In that time I have heard very interesting conversations, both in professional associations and in coach training programmes, that coaches have relating to supervision. Reflecting on these I believe there are two reasons really.
  1. They don’t know enough about it,
  2. Ego.

Let’s start with the first one because the two reasons are interlinked.

Overseer or Partner Overseer or Partner

The word “supervision” is a heavily laden word, with connotations of power and control. The medieval origins of the word are by themselves (c1588: overseer of others’ work) a block for coaches understanding the importance of the practice of subjecting your work to voluntary scrutiny for the benefit of the customer.

The way it is still used in psychological and academic practice, which has a power connotation of…

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