In this issue


Coaching with the earth in mind (free article)
Diane Parker talks to executive coach, therapist and founding Chair of BACP Coaching, Linda Aspey, about her work with activist movement Extinction Rebellion.

All change
Restructuring, redundancy and change are ever present in the workplace. With so much uncertainty, Fiona Dunkley and Felicity Runchman consider the impact on employees and the ways that employers can help.

Here and now, this space between us: love in a cold climate Counsellor-to-coach Tim Jones and coach-to-counsellor Catherine Noel discuss how their personal experience of change, endings and loss impact them, and the implications this has for their client work

From the first moment I saw you...
How important are first impressions? Erik de Haan observes that the opening moments of a coaching session can reveal a wealth of information about our clients – and the relationship we have with them

Developing a coaching business Part 3: How to promote and sell your products and services
Julie J Allan explains how to promote and sell your product or service more easily and effectively


Message from the chair
Carolyn Mumby

Ask the executive (free article)
How do I get the best out of supervision?

Coaching in practice
Deep Coaching

Meet the member
Coach, psychotherapist, trainer and supervisor, Stephen Paul 

Cover of Coaching Today, January 2020

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A very happy New Year to you all. One of the central tenets of coaching is the notion of change – responding to it, creating it and mastering it. We also know that, before we can create any meaningful change in our lives, we must first reckon with the reality of our current circumstances or situation (the R of the GROW coaching model). In my experience, this can often be the most challenging aspect of change, and potentially the most powerful.

I often wonder if this is why New Year’s resolutions were created – a vow made in the dank January gloom while suffering the bloated hangover excesses of the festive season has so much more impact than one made while in sunny denial. After all, to paraphrase the writer Louise Hay, who was often known to remark in her various writings and teachings: if you want to clean your house, you’ve got to be willing to look at the dirt.

We know that change can be uncomfortable, destabilising and frightening, even when wanted. We also know that, whether it is desired, chosen, or foisted upon us, change is always inevitable, and it is happening right now, all around us. We are in the business of change, and our challenge is to learn to greet it with grace, courage, compassion and creativity. When we do this, we help ourselves, as well as our clients.

Speaking of change... you may begin to notice some subtle changes to the appearance of our journal over the next couple of issues, and we would appreciate your feedback and input as we introduce these. As ever, please get in touch if you feel called to contribute or respond to any of the articles or themes arising.

I wish you all the best for the coming year.

Diane Parker