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Matt Somers

Matt Somers is a leading voice on training and coaching in the UK publishing Coaching at Work in 2006 and Coaching in a Week in 2016. He holds an MSc in Human Resource Development and is a Fellow of the CIPD.

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What happens when the coaches leave?

What happens when the coaches leave? Thomas was always full of doubt. He sometimes wondered if his mother’s preference for giving her sons biblical names had created something of a self-fulfilling prophecy in his case. His...

I can’t come to the training

I can’t come to the training – I’m supposed to know this already! I was recently asked what I thought was the most important component in rolling out a successful internal coaching programme – particularly...

The coaching profession – a bit of a rant.

The coaching profession -  a bit of a rant. I’m hoping Jude won’t mind me using space within her magazine for me to have something of a whinge at my profession. It is an entirely personal perspective....

Focus – your greatest asset

The ability to achieve focus is surely the greatest asset any employee could have in a world of work now assailed by Covid and the resultant restrictions. As if things weren’t difficult enough already, given...

I may have made a terrible mistake!

I suggested coaching couldn’t help with mental health at work and that may have been a terrible mistake. A long time ago, before one guy ate an undercooked bat and changed the world forever, I...

Be grateful you have a job

Be grateful you have a job. Business leaders need to be careful before they play the “they want to be grateful they have a job” card. As I write, the UK, where I’m based, is coming...

Coaching needs to be different to work

Coaching needs to be different to work. If what you call coaching was really coaching, we wouldn’t need coaching! I have noticed a pattern.  I’m told, “My boss coaches me, however, it doesn’t make much difference and...

Leaders must provide L&D

It is leaders now, not departments that must provide L&D and perhaps that’s no bad thing. Picture the scene: A CEO is poring over the results of the 2019 employee engagement survey. The results have been available...

Why I too have had enough of experts

Why I too have had enough of experts. “I think the people in this country have had enough of experts….”Michael Gove, Justice Secretary, June 2016 I never thought I’d find myself agreeing with Michael Gove. I...

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