Feb 07

Self Change and the Brain with Dr. John Arden

By Robert Holmes

Self change is something that should be available to all, rich and poor, young and old all need self change. But the realm of coaching is often only for the rich. John Arden has changed all that by taking his form of coaching psychotherapy, using the brain, to the poorest and most oppressed on the […]

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Dec 31

The Psychology of Money with Robert Holmes

By Robert Holmes

The gap between rich and poor is increasing; greed and selfishness seem pervasive in our culture. Why does money seem to slip through our hands? We want it, we love it, we need it but our relationship seems so abusive! When people get a lot of it, we are disgusted. In this discussion, Robert Gerrish […]

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Oct 16

The Coaching Frame with Jaemin Frazer

By Robert Holmes

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

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

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

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 13

Bridging to Authenticity with Dr Susie Linder-Pelz

By Robert Holmes

It was professor David Clutterbuck that said, “Bridging the gap between research and theory on the one hand and the coaching practitioner on the other is arguably the biggest challenge facing the coaching profession,” (Coaching Understood – Introduction). Susie says, we need to start addressing the issue of evidence. We need bridging to authenticity.

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Jul 02

Relationship Coaching & Sex Therapy with Jacqueline Hellyer

By Robert Holmes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 23

5 Essential Actions to Take for Your Brain

By Robert Holmes

There’s a lot of stuff about your brain in the popular literature right now. Picking your way through the advice can be difficult and at times highly contradictory. Let me try to get brain management down to 5 essential actions for you, drawing from the work of Dr. John Arden who wrote an excellent book […]

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Feb 12

Coaching, Acting and Role Play – Amy Kersey

By Robert Holmes

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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Feb 08

Dealing with Your Partner’s Family!

By Guest Contributor

You could be a young independent couple with your whole lives ahead of you, or you could be a seasoned married couple with marital life battle scars that have given you that hardened hue. Whichever relationship circumstance you find yourself in, one thing’s for certain–at some point or another, you will have to deal with […]

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Jan 29

Neuroscience in Coaching with Pieter Rossouw

By Robert Holmes

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

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

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

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

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 27

Choppy CV? Get a Portfolio Career!

By Robert Holmes

An HR consultant once told me, “Make sure you stay at a job at least 2 years, otherwise it looks like you have no stickability”. Sage advice apart from the downsizing of the mid 1980’s depression, post GFC I or the “right sizing” in Canberra right now. At such times corporate compassion hits at an […]

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Nov 25

Coaching High Performance through State Change

By Robert Holmes

Are you pushing for higher performance from yourself and your team? Ever tried the process of state change? Robert’s article “Coaching High Performance through State Change” (click to see the .pdf format) appears in this month’s Coaching World. In it he shares the journey of a client who uses state change in physical, mental and […]

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Nov 21

It’s a Shame Not to Deal with Shame

By Sue Hefren

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

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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Nov 18

9 Things to do When Selecting a Life Coach

By Robert Holmes

Choosing a coach can be fraught with danger. The industry is full of wild animals: dodgy suppliers and non-accredited coaches roam the wilderness. This is a big investment of time, energy and finances so getting it right is really important. What can you do to carefully select the right provider? Here are our top nine […]

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Nov 06

Neurocoaching models with Robert Holmes

By Robert Holmes

Neurocoaching is an emerging field where the discoveries of neuroscience are interpreted and applied for use by coaches for their clients. In this podcast Grant Soosalu from the mBraining institute interviews our very own Neurocoach Robert Holmes on the various brain systems and their high degree of interconnectedness. The explore the way theories have been divisive and search for integrative approaches that deal with state and offer choice.

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Oct 30

Are You a “Soft Bipolar” Leader?

By Robert Holmes

Just exactly what makes an leader tick? Why are entrepreneurs more likely to take risk and therefore more likely to gain (or lose) it all? It is an underlying disposition, a mental frame of reference or a personality trait? Dr. Michael A. Freeman, a psychiatrist and venture capitalist says that many entrepreneurs and business leaders […]

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Oct 23

Integrative Coaching with Jenny Devine

By Robert Holmes

Integrative coaching helps clients examine and observe the dis-harmonies of our personality – the shadow and the ego – in order to do deep personal change work. In this episode Jenny Devine, PCC shares her experience as a fully qualified integrative coach, explaining the Jungian foundations for practice and gives helpful tips on how to use these ideas.

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Oct 08

Being a Brandividual

By Robert Holmes

Pitching yourself to others involves framing, being present and listening to others and then using story to make a great impression. The final piece is deciding what impression you wish to leave them with. That impression, also called a niche or expertise, is imperative to your future relationship with them. I have written elsewhere about […]

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Oct 03

Pitch Yourself – Listen First!

By Robert Holmes

Letting people tell you what they want We are often so passionate about our product, service or solution that we never realise the person we are with did not get up this morning looking for any of it. They got up with a problem. If you come straight out of the gates pitching yourself or […]

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Sep 30

Pitch Yourself Using Story

By Robert Holmes

Face it, we’re all in sales. We try to persuade others that our way, our choice, our task is the important or right or best one every time we select an image for Instagram, choose whose post to retweet, whose article to thumbs up or whose profile to like. We are all influencers. But attention […]

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Sep 25

Flying Solo with Robert Gerrish

By Robert Holmes

The microbusiness community, Flying Solo now has 70,000 members and 30,000 in online social media groups. It evolved from what was basically a coaching niche. Founder Robert Gerrish shares the journey with us and gives some great advice about finding your passion and sticking to it.

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Sep 22

Pitch Yourself – Own the Frame

By Robert Holmes

People are pitching all the time. We communicate persuasively with others in order to have them behave in a way we would like. It might be a sales pitch, or trying to convince someone at the bar to go on a date. Whatever the circumstance, good pitching is an art form. If you don’t have […]

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Sep 19

When Anxiety Can Be Good

By Sue Hefren

I woke up one morning and my stomach felt like it had been tied in knots. You know the feeling – the uncomfortable mass that sits there and just won’t go away. Anxiety manifests itself in other ways too… uneasiness, heart palpitations, sweaty outbreaks, sleeplessness, dizziness or nausea. Depending on the day that worrisome feeling […]

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Sep 19

Bad Body Language for First Impressions

By Robert Holmes

I have appeared on television several times, and each time I am struck by how measured and self controlled my hosts have been. Off camera of course they are larrikins like me, but on set they command the stage. They are artful and well practiced in managing their state and body language in order to […]

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