TED Talk Tuesday 4th August 2015

This week’s TED Talk clip is from an independent TEDx event:

The Power of Re-Thinking Happiness | Kristi Ling | TEDxCulverCity

Clip length: 13 mins 39 secs

Prefer to watch on TED.com? In that case you’ll need to click here.

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Coaching Quote of the Day 4th August 2015

"No one tests the depth of the river with both feet." (Proverb from Ghana)

“No one tests the depth of the river with both feet.”

(Proverb from Ghana)

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Coaching Quote of the Day 3rd August 2015

"In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last." (Hugh Walpole)

“In all science, error precedes the truth, and it is better it should go first than last.”

(Hugh Walpole)

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Coaching Quote of the Day 2nd August 2015   Recently updated !

"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate." (Joseph Priestley 1733 - 1804)

“The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate.”

(Joseph Priestley 1733 – 1804)

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Coaching Quote of the Day 1st August 2015   Recently updated !

"Success is little more than a chemical compound of man with moment." (Philip Guedalla)

“Success is little more than a chemical compound of man with moment.”

(Philip Guedalla)

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Coaching with metaphor

In today’s guest post leadership coach and organisation development consultant Nick Wright shares a real life coaching experience in:

Coaching with metaphor

By Nick Wright

"Coaching with metaphor" by Nick Wright

I’m in this room, it’s the first time we’ve met and this man is explaining to me how he’s struggling in a key relationship. It’s a relationship between two organisations and this man, Simon, is the leader of one of them. The conversation runs for a while and Simon’s description of the relationship and what he’s experiencing from the other – what he describes as distance and defensiveness – sounds tough.

As he speaks, I become aware that the room we’re in feels cold. It’s a sunny day and the aircon is turned up high. I glance around the room at the stark furniture. The tables and chairs are in perfect formation. Functional, straight lines. There’s nothing that suggests or reveals a human touch. No pictures, no plants, no photographs. This is the room where he meets with Sandra, leader of the other organisation.

I comment on this, share this observation, then offer a reflection, an idea: ‘How far are you trying to find a cold, formal solution to an issue that is essentially about human relationship and trust?’ Simon looks stunned for a moment, then pauses, then goes quiet. I’m wondering how he will respond. Could this be a (proverbial) light bulb moment? Is there something about this room that holds the key?

Then Simon speaks. ‘You know, I hadn’t realised it. We’ve built our relationship on formal lines – terms of reference, strategies, proposals – and we’ve never really taken the time to get to know and understand each other as people.’ A penny has dropped. I can see it in his eyes. I respond: ‘Do you know what you need to do?’ Simon nods and jots down a note. The meeting is finished. It lasts 10 minutes.

About Nick Wright

Nick Wright is a leadership coach and organisation development consultant. www.nick-wright.com. Twitter: @adeeperquestion

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Coaching Quote of the Day 31st July 2015

"The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak." (Hans Hofmann)

“The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.”

(Hans Hofmann)

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The most popular quote from our twitter account from week 29 of 2015:

Most RT'd quotes last week on @thecoachingblog

Each Thursday I share the most RT’d quote(s) from the blogs twitter account over the previous week. Last week the quote with the most RT’s was:

“The only trick in life is to be grateful for your highs and grateful for your lows.”

(George Pransky)

Tweeted on 21st July

There were four quotes that all tied with the next highest amount of RT’s:

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape a hundred days of sorrow.”

(Chinese Proverb)

Tweeted on 21st July

“Going faster doesn’t really help when you are going in the wrong direction.”

(Michael_Neill)

Tweeted on 21st July

“Believe you can and you’re halfway there.”

(Theodore Roosevelt)

Tweeted on 22nd July

and

“Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”

(Dalai Lama)

Tweeted on 26th July

thank you

Many thanks to everyone who shared the quotes above and the other quotes from last week. I know that there are various aspects that can influence if a quote attracts your attention – if you saw the tweet, personal style, if it speaks to something happening in your life at that moment etc.

Which quote do you prefer?

(For those of you as geeky as I am and wondering what tool I’m using to measure individual RT’s this week I’ve been playing with www.twitonomy.com)

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