Notion's COACHING Articles

What can organisations do to upskill their HR teams and why should they bother?

The CIPD’s New Profession Map calls for people professionals to develop new skills.

Does your HR team have the right skills? If not, what are you doing to upskill your HR team?

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Team Coaching - Are you getting it wrong?

Have you ever wondered why team coaching hasn’t had the same impact on performance as 1-to-1 coaching but you’re not sure what to do about it?

If so, you might be interested to hear what Martin, one of our world class coaches, has to say on the subject.

To read our interview with Martin, simply click on the image and find out what he thinks is the most important thing about team coaching.


How do you Measure The Impact Of Learning?

Recent reports indicate that there has been a 71% increase in L&D departments saying they ‘feel executive pressure to measure their learning programmes’. But just how many organisations actually know how to measure the impact of coaching?

Are you measuring the impact of coaching? If not, read our article today and start to see the results flowing in. 

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“Just Do THIS and You’ll Be a Far Better Coach AND a Far Better Manager!”

In our latest article we share with you what other senior HR leaders are recommending people do to become far better coaches, leaders and managers.

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Everything You Need To Know About eLearning in 2019

We’re delighted to be launching our latest white paper ‘How to Make eLearning Work’ which is packed full of helpful insights to help you do just that.

Simply click here to read a short overview of what’s in it and if you want to read further, click the link in the ‘article’ to download the full white paper.


Kick Start Your Team With A 63% Boost In Innovation, Creativity and Problem Solving

Organisations that take this one action alone are already seeing a 63% increase in innovation, creativity and problem solving. What would it be like if your team brought you options instead of issues? Click on the image to read our article and find out more.


Can you afford to ignore this easy way to increase productivity by 60%

Can you afford to ignore this one easy way to increase productivity by 60%?  We all know that there is a strong link between poor management practices and labour productivity but what are we actually doing to up-skill our managers and are we doing it quickly enough? With such a lot at stake, read our article to find out how you can increase management capability in your organisation and close the productivity gap fast. Click on the image to read the full article.


How To Be A Master Procrastinator in 2019

Put off today what you can do tomorrow. Take these 10 steps to become a master procrastinator. Of course, if you’re already a master procrastinator you’ll probably read this later but if you’re still unsure, read our article now to


CONGRATULATIONS! 2018 Top 50 Coach Award Presented To Laura Ashley-Timms and Notion by CV Magazine

Congratulations to Laura Ashley-Timms, Coaching Director at Notion on her 2018 Top 50 Coach award. This prestigious honour was presented by Corporate Vision Magazine for her services to the coaching industry. 


How Your Company Culture May Be Increasing The Chances of Fraud

Following the arrest of Patisserie Valerie’s Financial Director, revelations about accounting irregularities, missing cash reserves and secret overdrafts have sent shockwaves across the business press and any number of boardrooms alike.  Whilst it’s still too early to speculate about the future trading situation of the company, or the outcome of the any criminal investigation, it does raise a bigger question about how organisations end up in such dire straits and how potentially fraudulent behaviour can go unchecked.


Surviving A VUCA World - Is The Focus On Wellbeing Too Little Too Late?

The World Economic Forum predicts that in the next two years, 5 million jobs will have been lost across 12 developed nations as a result of increased automation and robotisation. But, the International Labour Organisation is less conservative in their estimation; they state that across places like Cambodia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand, 137 million jobs will be lost as a result of the robotisation of the garment industry alone. That equates to an epic 56% of the workforce.


Do Managers Really Know How To ‘Be Agile’?

Deloitte’s Global Trends research in 2017 identified that 80% of organisations recognise that they need to develop more agile and diverse leaders and managers.1 Indeed, ‘agile’ remains a much talked about topic well into 2018. Although it is a relatively new term for most, it was actually coined by a group of industry leaders in 2001 as part of their agile manifesto to make software development more responsive to business needs. Now, appropriated by mainstream management, the term has spread into almost every aspect of organisational life. Consequently, most managers have probably heard about it, many will incorporate the phraseology into their everyday language, but do managers really know how to be agile?

How Curiosity Can Help Organisations Succeed During Change

Everyone has heard the proverb ‘curiosity killed the cat’ which warns of the dangers of unnecessary investigation and experimentation. The phrase, despite being well over a century old, is still commonly said and is often used to stop people from asking unwanted questions. Interestingly, this notion is reflected in the management models of many organisations across the globe, where information and instructions flow from top to bottom; managers are expected to hold all the knowledge and employees who ask too many questions can be perceived as an irritant.

In fact, according to Notion’s recent poll concerning organisational culture across more than 500 organisations, 79% report that they are still ‘very’ or ‘mostly’ command & control led. 

But, in today’s unpredictable and uncertain times, can organisations really afford to subdue curiosity?


Is This the Key to Restoring Business Confidence?

Recent news reports reveal that business confidence, across all sectors, is at its lowest in 15 months, as a result of the Brexit negotiations and low wage growth. Despite signs of business growth in some industries, optimism is still falling, suggesting that organisations don’t feel confident about future trading conditions. 

The impact of slumping levels of business confidence, not only affects what happens in local and international markets, it can also have a dramatic effect on people working inside organisations. The people costs of low business confidence can be substantial and shouldn’t be understated or ignored, because, helping people to sustain high levels of optimism during these volatile and uncertain times, might be a key factor in whether organisations survive long enough to prosper.   


How to Help The New Kids At School

For many people across the country, September marks the start of a new adventure: starting school, moving up to secondary school, moving into a new school year, or leaving home to go to University. 

It’s a time of great anticipation and excitement but also a time of significant change that can cause feelings of uncertainty and anxiety if not managed well.


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 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.



A Sure Fire Way to Improve Engagement


The negative impact of a passive and disengaged workforce on performance and productivity is substantial, so isn’t it time that Leadership gave ‘engagement’ the commercial attention it deserves? 

In 2009 The McLeod Review outlined four key enablers to employee engagement which heralded a new way forward for organisations; yet almost a decade later, engagement levels remain a critical issue for employers across the globe. More worryingly, employee engagement appears to be retracting with around 1 in 4 employees being unable to report that they are moderately engaged, let alone highly engaged.



Do you want to Revolutionise Performance, Productivity and Engagement in your Organisation


Time and time again businesses face these same eight challenges and yet each one can be solved forever in one easy step. So why don’t more workplaces know about it? Keep reading to learn how you, with the help of some simple Operational Coaching™ skills, can revolutionise the performance, productivity and engagement levels in your organisation...



Don't Waste Money on 360 Degree Feedback Until You've Read this…


Organisations that really want to leverage the skills, experiences, styles and preferences of their highly differentiated workforces will benefit from taking a much more individualised approach. 360 degree questionnaires can be a powerful way for people to get real-time highly individualised feedback from colleagues at work which can help build higher levels of self-awareness that in turn can improve performance and relationships with others.



The Powerful Secret to Increasing Productivity


Most economists tend to agree that productivity will remain sluggish into 2018, with no signs of marked improvement. And, although unemployment remains low, the average annual growth in output per worker has actually fallen. Yet, the TUC calls Britain’s long hours culture a national disgrace – so aren’t people busy enough already? Probably! But clearly busyness isn’t having the positive impact on productivity that one might expect, therefore, isn’t it about time that organisations started to help their people to work smarter, not harder? Herein is the secret.



Should I stay or should I go? - 5 critical moments that impact talent retention


Retention is set to be a key issue for organisations in 2018. Several factors are at play: stabilised employment, shocking engagement levels, the transparency of job opportunities, and the flexible career mentality of a largely Millennial workforce, to name a few. Keeping hold of top talent must be a priority for organisations if they are to remain competitive. 

So, what can organisations do to retain their talented employees?



How to Unite a Multi-Generational Workforce one Question at a Time

In 2017 Generation Z will enter the workplace for the first time. They will join a diverse workforce made up of five generations. This multi-generational workforce will challenge the way in which organisations attract, recruit, engage and manage talent.

Many organisations will respond by reviewing their structures and processes to cope with the competing needs of its people. But will this be sufficient to harness the rich experience and diverse skills of a multi-generational workforce? 

To really merge five generations, organisations must first address how to unite a multitude of expectations and motivations.


Are Performance Appraisals Pre-Historic?

The annual performance appraisal has been institutionalised in most organisations and it is, to many, a familiar foe.

But, is the process really adding any value in today’s organisation? Read our article to find out why we believe the traditional appraisal may soon become a thing of the past.


The Missing Ingredient to Culture Change

You probably have your own perceptions of what coaching is. Perhaps you already engage Executive Coaches to work with specific individuals or maybe you operate your own internal coaching function. 

And maybe, coaching just hasn’t delivered the results you had hoped for? Operational Coaching™ offers an alternative that can transform the way you think about coaching in your organisation. This change in mindset can revolutionise the way people engage with each other and can deliver truly remarkable commercial results. 

Notion’s CEO, Dominic Ashley-Timms, challenges the common perceptions about coaching by firstly telling us exactly what Operational Coaching™ is not.


STOP - Is Your Bad Mood Killing Your Teams Performance?

Most people have bad days but in a leadership role, the result of a negative mood, if sustained or erratic, can lead to poor working relationships, stress, anxiety and ultimately, lower performance. 

Read our article to learn how to STOP and leverage the advantages of consistently managing your mood in the workplace.


5 Ways To Get Your Initiative Off The Ground

You’ve been here before. A great idea, a well thought through cost projection and a host of anticipated benefits – but the idea fails to secure the support of the senior team. So, what happened?

Download our article to discover 5 ways that will help you win over the leadership team and get your initiative off the ground.


5 ways to get your initiative off the ground - QUIZ




How To Ensure Your Training Has IMPACT

Have you ever wondered why people are so reticent to attend training events? Or why the training didn’t get the results that you expected? It might be that the initial feedback was good, but no real change or improvements have happened or they are just short-lived. 

A superficial evaluation may lead you to believe that it’s because the training content wasn’t good enough, or the trainers lacked rapport, or maybe the food at the venue just didn’t live up to the cordon bleu tastes of your delegates. Possible?

A more probable reason for training ineffectiveness, is that there is no IMPACT on the individual or the organisation. So, how can you ensure your training has IMPACT?


No More Excuses, You Can Measure ROI

We often hear the excuse that because of the confidential nature of coaching, it cannot be measured in hard terms. 

Our survey of over 700 companies supports this premise, with a huge 93% of senior executives telling us that they have no idea what the typical ROI of their coaching programme is. 

We say, no more excuses, you can measure ROI. Read our article to find out how you too could deliver commerical returns from your coaching programmes ...


Iceland: Busting The Myth About Executive Coaching

We know from our survey to over 700 global organisations that many organisations when asked see coaching as remedial. 

It's time to bust the myth - Executive Coaching is not an emergency service! 

Discover in this article how Iceland have unleashed the true potential of coaching in supporting their talent.


Why Human Relationships are Critical to the Success of the Automated Workplace

With 54% of companies admitting to have already begun the automation of their businesses there is an inevitable impact on the role of the human being in the workplace.

This article looks at why human relationships are so critical to the success of the automated workplace.


Why the Grow Model is Groaning...

Business itself has changed dramatically over the past few years. To survive, companies have trimmed every ounce of fat from their payrolls while straining every sinew not only to keep customers but also to get new ones. 

Gone were the days when key staff could spend hours away from critical operations. Many companies have survived this change, but far fewer coaching programmes did. 

Why? One reason is the way coaching training is delivered: the GROW model. It's the basis for pretty much all coaching training in the UK, and it's worn out.


Top Tips For Choosing the Right Coaching Skills Training 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 in this article we outline our ‘top tips’ for choosing the best coaching skills course.


How To Develop the How

Leaders and managers are often excellent at identifying 'what’ they want to do but sometimes overlook 'how’ they can achieve it. In this blog we explore how managers can effectively develop the 'how'.