Aug 11

Getting of the spectrum

By Robert Holmes | coaching

Getting off the (mental health) spectrum: the power of neuroplasticity This article will explore how: A mental health diagnosis is not a life sentence Pathologising is not the path out (cognitive redefinition is) Choice gives hope, hope can create a chance at freedom Dr Joseph Michaels, when visiting the facility where Hans Asperger was working […]

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Apr 08

The psychology of money

By Robert Holmes | business

In a world chasing fame and fortune, it’s not such a bad thing to revise our plans for money, and perhaps even decide to have less. Most business people (especially stand-alone entrepreneurs – or ‘soloists’) struggle in their relationship with money. Why is that? And how can we get back to a place where money […]

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Mar 11

The Psychology of a Uniformed Workforce

By Robert Holmes | business

Workers in the military have been wearing uniforms since before written history. Today, many vocations insist on a uniform: hospital nurses and doctors’ scrubs; public sanitation officers; bus, train, taxi and tram staff; military, police and security forces; mechanics, stevedores and crane operators; construction workers, infrastructure and mining operators; the hospitality industry and the subtler […]

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Mar 04

Thinking with your feet

By Robert Holmes | business coaching

Have you ever got, when you were stuck thinking on your feet in an interaction that really mattered? Have you reached for mindfulness tools, or confidence tools and found they didn’t deliver the solution? It turns out that beyond the standard suite of assistance we turn to in such times, we have a very powerful […]

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Feb 25

The Psychology of Self Esteem

By Robert Holmes | coaching

Perhaps you know someone who is self sabotaging… experiencing a glass ceiling. Maybe you’ve tried a coaching approach and it hasn’t worked… your client appears to be stuck, or depressed and will not budge. You’re probably dealing with self esteem. As their coach, you might need to develop techniques and strategies for assisting them. Self […]

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Feb 18

The Science of Work-life Balance Coaching

By Robert Holmes | business

Work-life balance is important for our clients to achieve because the “life” part of the equation is the support environment for the “work” part. To get better performance at work, our clients need to enhance the environment they are coming from in order to cope with the stress they will face at work.  Getting this […]

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Feb 05

Setting New Health Goals

By Robert Holmes | coaching

In my work, both consulting and coaching, the topic of health comes up frequently. Whether it’s an executive working on work-life balance, a client trying to develop the stamina to stick at their goals, or a friend who has hit upon some new research… health always promises to divide opinions. Reasons, motivations can vary wildly, […]

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Feb 04

Getting on with Yourself

By Robert Holmes | coaching

Have you ever wondered who you are, where you get your sense of self from? The answer is your unconscious self, and it may surprise you to learn that we’re largely unconscious beings. That all runs well most of the time, and is especially helpful when high speed physical responses are needed. But things go […]

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Jan 30

Facilitating State Change at Work

By Robert Holmes | business

Have you ever watched a champion tennis player get in the zone? He might bounce the ball three times, spin the racquet twice, cough and then… slam the ball. That athlete and thousands like him use a physical (somatic) process to build state changes (mental, biochemical and emotional) that cascade back down to a higher […]

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Jan 21

How Brain Gender Affects Coaching

By Robert Holmes | coaching

Have you ever observed that one client appears to be very responsive to your coaching, and another is very reserved? They both get great outcomes, but one of them comes across as kind of resistant. It surprises you when, after the coaching, they say how profound it was – yet you never saw that reflected […]

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Oct 16

The Coaching Frame with Jaemin Frazer

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Coaching borrows the best stuff from psychology, social work, facilitation, teaching and neuroscience. But the way coaching packages it up (the coaching frame) is both totally unique and much more empowering. Coaches can be empowered by the way they use the coaching frame in a conversation. It permissions them for confrontation, forward momentum and deep […]

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Sep 25

Coaching Entrepreneurs with Michelle Duval

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Coaching entrepreneurs requires us to understand where they fall on the spectrum of chaos to structure. Artists, authors and poets might be toward one end, creative, risking taking visionary entrepreneurs might be in the middle and highly structured business builders at the other.

Coaching entrepreneurs requires an interested mind, willingness to coach the whole person (head, heart and body), explore the internal landscape, address over reliance on external and assist them to find their strengths and identify their key differences.

Coaching Entrepreneurs leads in many cases to becoming part of a relationship and watching people go on to their greatness, and this can be truly rewarding.

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Aug 20

Flow State with Steven Kotler

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Flow State is both the optimal state, and a high performance state that opens up realms of productivity, creativity and wondrous experience. Flow State research started 150 years ago, but came into prominence when scientists looked at peak performance athletes and extreme sports (think the X-Games and Red Bull). Now Flow State coaching is being incorporated in corporations, learning institutions and government bodies. Come and get flow!

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Jul 30

About Your Brain & Self Leadership with Silvia Damiano

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Are you ready to lead in the 21st Century? Silvia Damiano from About My Brain talks about performance, collaboration, innovation and agility in thinking based on the four “I”s of integrating, inspiring, imagining and intuiting. Learn about your brain and leadership, how it relates to self, the world and others. How does Google do business? How do creative powerhouse advertising firms keep the ideas coming? Leaders, facilitators and coaches should all become familiar with tomorrow’s leadership.

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Jul 02

Relationship Coaching & Sex Therapy with Jacqueline Hellyer

By Robert Holmes | podcast

We talk about our finances, we talk about our diets, we even talk about our sicknesses with friends and family. But one topic remains taboo, our sex lives. Who goes to get relationship coaching & sex therapy when trouble sets in, or head off for a marriage counselling weekend? Jacqueline Hellyer takes on the toughest topic and brings sex into the light. In this interview we also discuss the effect pornography has on relationships and expanding the way we think about sex. I think by the end of this interview you will agree that relationship coaching & sex therapy go together – even if you are not an expert in the field. At least we can be a little less squeamish about it.

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Jun 18

The Discomfort Zone with Marcia Reynolds

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Every relationship has one. Many conversations careen toward one. The discomfort zone. When things get awkward, and moving forward gets hard. How much of this is coming from inside us, and how much from inside the person we are relating to? How much does environment, topic, culture or stress have to do with it? More importantly… how do we press past it? Marcia Reynolds gives us strategies for busting the discomfort zone in this episode of the podcast.

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Jun 04

It’s all in the Metaphor – James Lawley

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Do you use metaphor in your coaching? Most coaching models of human behaviour attempt to understand what we have in common. Clean language coaching celebrates the ideosyncratic, the individual ways a person has and particularly their metaphor. Core to this is the meaning they make of those metaphors and the story they tell. Clean Language takes away as much content imposition by the coach as possible by providing a set of standard questions and a model to use them in.

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May 21

Coaching in Asia with Barbara Anderson

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Asia is the frontier for growth and development, are you part of the Coaching in Asia game? China’s economy has now outstripped the USA and India is chasing hard. Coaching is rising up in every Asian nation, rich and poor, so who is set to play a significant part in that development?

Barbara Anderson talks to us about her adventures Coaching in Asia and come of the critical lessons she has learned from working in large corporations in Australia. Ironically, we must first do away with our rich nation, first world idealism… thinking we have the answers. It would be much more helpful to have a conversation as peers, learning from one another.

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May 14

Overstepping Empathy

By Robert Holmes | emotions

Everyone needs to learn to express more empathy. It’s good for business. When clients feel understood they come back, it improves their experience. It builds better relationships and if you’re in the coaching business – it is absolutely central to your survival. The ability to establish rapport with a client very often rests on your […]

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Apr 23

Positive Psychology in Coaching with Dr Suzy Green

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Think psychologist, think problem people… but not any more! Positive psychology is all about focusing on outcomes, on strengths and the best in productive people. Positive Psychology in Coaching describes what happens when Dr. Suzy Green is around. Founder of the Positivity Institute, Suzy works with schools, universities and business to improve their human resource.

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Apr 23

Employing Eeyore as Your Advisor

By Robert Holmes | business

I loved reading about the adventures of Christopher Robin and his childhood friends in Hundred Acre Wood. It was only recently I realized that the author of Winnie the Pooh, A. A. Milne, gave these childhood characters a range of mental illnesses. Think about it. Pooh Bear has ADHD, Tigger has hyperactivity-impulsivity disorder, Piglet has […]

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Apr 09

The Importance of Play

By Robert Holmes | Life Coaching

People talk about finding the child within, as though some part of us got trapped in time, stuck in an inner capsule inside us. The truth of it is though, our unconscious does not know about time and space. For the unconscious self, all time is now. Anything from our past is in some respects […]

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Apr 08

Body Language in Coaching – Patryk Wezowski

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Ever wondered how to get an edge in delivering insight to your clients? Want to put more into your service… then look no further than using body language in coaching! Patryk and Kasia Wezowski are experts in reading body language and facial expressions and graduates from their training score over 80% accuracy. Seeing it, knowing and understanding it, then helping your client use it brings the edge.

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Mar 27

Shift Leadership Attitudes with Jerry Connor

By Robert Holmes | podcast

A lot has been published on the “what” in leadership attitude, approach and changing corporate culture, but little has been done about the “how”. How does one shift leadership attitudes? How do we embrace change, adjust beliefs and shift process internally? Jerry Connor, co founder of Coach in a Box and the Bridge Partnership has worked closely with the Chartered Institute of Professional Development (CiPD) to find out the answers to this question.

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Feb 26

Coaching Leaders in Large Organisations – Dr. Matt Barney

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Large organisations equip senior leaders and C-suite executives, but what about everyone else in the organisation? Coaching is super expensive, beyond the reach of ordinary citizens and certainly most of the third world. Dr. Matt Barney says we could coach using technology… psychometric evaluation, leadership potential recognition, journalling, automated reminders, group coaching and asynchronous interactions with a coach mentor. This is the work being done by LeaderAmp.

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Feb 12

Coaching, Acting and Role Play – Amy Kersey

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Did you know that the Police, Army and Corporations use acting, coaching and role play with individuals? Amy Kersey has carved out a rather special niche for herself, coming both from an acting background and a coaching one. It seems natural she ended up coaching actors, but this soon lead to using both those skills in corporate Australia. The line for that is “corporate facilitator, role player and trainer”.

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Jan 29

Neuroscience in Coaching with Pieter Rossouw

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Neuroscience in coaching simply means taking the study of the brain and using it in coaching practice. Who better to talk to than a neuroscientist focusing on the efficacy of coaching – which he calls one of the “talking therapies”. Dr Pieter Rossouw served Nelson Mandela in bringing healing to the traumatised nation of South Africa. He says “Talking Therapies” are the bomb when it comes to helping people change their brains – neuroplasticity.

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Jan 15

The Pragmatic Magic of Gestalt Coaching – Dr. Dorothy Siminovitch

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Gestalt, meaning “picture” or “story” is so powerful because it makes the implicit more explicit, or as Dorothy likes to say the invisible more visible. It’s like “Pragmatic Magic”. Gestalt therapy was among the most favoured approaches in psychology in the late 1970’s and 80’s, giving way to CBT and other forms of psychotherapy. Dorothy Siminovitch, Ph.D, MCC has brought the school and it’s fundamental principles across into coaching where, perhaps, it always belonged.

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Jan 12

Brain Hacking

By Robert Holmes | business coaching

Why do coaches excel at brain hacking? In this article, written for Choice Magazine, Robert unveils the most recent research from the University of Queensland department of Neuropsychotherapy on “talking therapies” and how they work on neuroplasticity. Check out the published article in .pdf format here

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Dec 18

Coaching for the Long Haul – Katherine Hosie, PCC

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Coaches who have kept up their practice for 6-10 years bill double the average. They have the long haul in mind, and the stamina to keep it up. They build long term coaching relationships, they deepen expertise. Katherine Hosie has been at coaching since 2003 and accrued 10,000+ hours of experience. In this podcast Kate shares her thoughts on what it takes to go the distance and continue to find the journey rewarding.

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Dec 04

Coaching Boards and C-Suite executives – Julie Garland-McLellan

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Coaching C-Suite executives (CEO, COO etc.), organisations and family companies can often lead to Coaching Boards. Sometimes coaches are asked then to join the board. What should a person be thinking about and aware of as they do this? In this podcast Julie Garland-McLellan address these and other issues such as creating other income streams from public speaking, book writing and board positions.

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Nov 21

It’s a Shame Not to Deal with Shame

By Sue Hefren | emotions

Andrew tossed and turned, he couldn’t sleep. He felt like he had given it his best shot but lost the contract. It plagued him and kept playing on his mind. What had he done wrong? Was he really too bold, even arrogant? How could he have handled it differently? To make things worse, the lead […]

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Nov 20

Coaching Supervision – Tammy Turner, MCC

By Robert Holmes | podcast

Arrested development? Feel like your performance has plateaued? Perhaps peer feedback is just not cutting it anymore… You probably need a supervisor. Tammy Turner, MCC discusses the differences between supervision and mentoring, coaching and psychology and how supervisor can really help boost your game. The game is changing, the industry is becoming a profession and part of the brave new world is coaching supervision.

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