Notion Blog and News

Laura Ashley-Timms and other members of the team at Notion share their insights, thoughts, views and ideas with you about coaching, engagement, improving performance and creating dynamic cultures at work... as well as any great ideas they come across of best practise in the business world.. Enjoy!

Is Coaching an Indulgence?

Is Coaching an Indulgence?

It has long been acknowledged by much of the business community that coaching is what sets exceptional organisations apart from the rest. Yet when coaching initiatives fail to deliver desirable levels of performance many organisations withdraw investment, or simply allow their initiatives to fester. When this happens, then yes, coaching is indeed an indulgence.
 
So what can organisations do to make sure that coaching delivers show stopping levels of engagement, productivity and performance, rather than be seen as an indulgence?

Top Tips for Choosing The Best Coaching Skills Course

Top Tips for Choosing The Best Coaching Skills Course

There are so many training organisations out there claiming to deliver effective coaching skills training. The array of choice can be overwhelming and is enough to turn the task of choosing your course in to a real chore. So here are our ‘top tips’ for choosing the best coaching skills course.
The Shocking Truth Behind Poor Performance

The Shocking Truth Behind Poor Performance

"They’ve got a bad attitude.” "They simply don’t have the skills to do the job.” "They think they’re better than they are.” "They just don’t understand me.” "They don’t fit in around here.” "They must have problems in their private life.”

These are just some of the judgements that Managers may make when dealing with poor performance but what if instead of blaming people, Managers put their own management skills in the spotlight?

 

 

 

Why the GROW Model Doesn’t Drive Organisational Change

Why the GROW Model Doesn’t Drive Organisational Change

Popularised in the late 80’s by John Whitmore et al, the GROW model is still cited as one of the most popular and most recognisable coaching tools in the world. This simple, sequential coaching approach often forms the most basic instruction of any new Coach. But despite its enduring popularity, we still haven’t seen coaching break out in a way that transforms behaviour change at an organisational level. Indeed even when organisational commitment to creating a coaching culture is strong many coaching initiatives fall flat. As a result, organisational confidence in the ability of coaching to affect real change drops, making it much harder to sustain interest and attract future investment. So what is going wrong? Has the GROW model outlived its usefulness in organisations?

 

 

 

How to Reduce Survivor Syndrome

How to Reduce Survivor Syndrome

In the last few weeks the headlines have been full of news stories regarding the downsizing of some well-known high street giants, including House of Fraser and Poundworld, in a last bid attempt to save them from collapse.

 

How To Improve Retention by 50%

How To Improve Retention by 50%

Attractive salary packages, good terms and conditions, career development and opportunities to learn may be sufficient to entice people to join a new organisation, but these things alone are not enough to stop them from leaving. According to a Gallup Survey, the relationship people have with their Managers can determine whether they stay or leave. So, if organisations don’t pay attention to the relationships their Managers have with their employees, they risk doubling their employee turnover.