CoachCreates

Creative Coaching for Transitions

 

Please get in touch if you would like to find out more about the one-to-one or team/ systemic coaching I offer, or to arrange a trial coaching session. My mobile is: +44 (0) 7703 341 529. You can also email me at: peter@coachcreates.com

 

 

From the outset I was struck by Peter’s kind and sensible manner, and the fact that he really listened to what I had to say.   In our first session we discussed my goals, and what I felt was holding me back about the project.

Fiona H.

Music Journalist

I am a qualified coach with more than 30 years experience in creative writing, economic journalism and the exciting world of energy. This website offers coaching and mentoring for those involved in personal and organisational transitions.

I offer one-to-one and team coaching, and my focus is both on improving performance and working on motivation, as I believe these go hand in hand. I prefer to work with clients creatively where possible, although this direction usually evolves over time and always within the client’s comfort zone!

I have been accredited as a coach at a foundation level by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council’ (EMCC) since February 2021, and I work under the EMCC guidelines and Code of Ethics. I trained as an executive leadership coach on the PGCPLC program run by Middlesex University with Psychosynthesis Coaching Ltd, and further details of my coaching practice are available on their website. 

 

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Values of the Workspace

The Economist magazine's online event Innovation@Work reflected the extraordinary changes in work practices that have resulted from the Covid-19 pandemic. But I was left with a big question-mark over whether attitudes to staff have really changed at a deeper level....

Lockdown Strategies

So how are you coping with the lockdown?Everyone has their own way of dealing with adversity. After three weeks of Corona virus lockdown, many of us are feeling the strain. The lack of any clear schedule for when this is likely to end is perhaps one of the most...

Virtual Reality

Virtual Reality

A Virtual Reality world quickly becomes everyday reality

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What is the difference between a L4 and a L6 #CareersAdviser? Importance message for #CareersLeaders and #SLT

Make the most of your schools' #budget

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A family constellations workshop taking place at the Trust on Sat 22nd April.

The training is open to all interested with 2 types of tickets available, 'issue holders' and 'participants', with a limited number of both.

Book your place early: https://bit.ly/40mhbPO

Peter Kyle, MP for Hove, reflected in Parliament yesterday that "If one child related to one of us in this room went missing, the world would stop, but in the community that I represent...currently 76 are missing—and nothing is happening."

The Launchpad Collective is a great organisation in Brighton and Hove that is driving change for refugees by connecting their skills and talents to employers of sanctuary. Find out more at
http://www.wearetlc.org

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    Coaching & Mentoring

    Coaching and mentoring can help people maximize their potential and happiness.

    Although they are sometimes used interchangeably, coaching and mentoring are not quite the same thing.

    A coach typically listens carefully and asks open questions with a view to engaging the client’s will in a course of action. The goals are determined by the client, and the coach acts more like a catalyst, encouraging, suggesting and challenging to the client, but not directing or directly advising.

    The role of the mentor is ssomewhat more directive. A mentor will often use their own experience, usually in a work-related context, to advise the client.

    Of course, there is often a large area of overlap between the roles of coach and mentor. Often, a coach will engage with people at a deeper and more inward-looking level. The mentor may be asked to simply advise a member of staff in a new role and to suggest best practice from their own work experience.

    About Peter

    About Peter

    Peter Stewart set up the psychosynthesis.community website . He qualified with PCL as a coach in 2017.

    Growing Pains

    Emily Carr’s autobiography Growing Pains reminded me of the challenges of early adulthood

    Creativity

    Many people have an instinctive recoil when they hear the word creativity, and it may well remind you of childhood painting disasters and school music lesson mishaps. I can certainly empathise with that from my own experience!

    But I think of creativity as something different from both artistic talent and innovation. I believe that creativity is the ability to connect with and express the deepest levels of the Self in a unique way. It is about finding creative energy from the bit of you that connects you with your purpose in the world.

    Recent findings in neuro-science suggest a strong link between creativity and empathy, and motivation and happiness. Being able to creatively express your whole self, to engage and communicate with others at a deep level, can be personally liberating, deeply motivating at work, and enriching for relationships with family and friends.

    That creative energy can be expressed in many different ways: in how you talk, or smile, or tell a joke; in a landscape painting, a poem, a piece of music; or it could just as easily be through an entrepreneurial project, a motivating team meeting, or a coaching engagement with a colleague.

    But whether it is in the arts or sciences, in technology or economics, in a creative design company or an engineering firm, an individual or a group, creativity emerges from this deep connection with the inner Self and one’s authentic purpose.

    I believe that coaching and creativity can play an important role in helping people find that sense of inner purpose in a way that is personally enriching and that helps them achieve more harmonious, meaningful and constructive relationships.

    Class Reports: Early Days at Uni

    I remember my first few days at University. My group were all dressed in black, or occasionally punk stripes. A few of us wore earrings or make-up. We all loosely held left-wing views, with some of us joining the Marxists, others the Fabians or Socialist Workers, but...

    Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night ends a month in which the sun is buried and then rises again. I felt a surge of energy as I took down the Christmas decorations this year.

    Driving Lessons

    Short poem by Peter advising his daughter on her 17th birthday how to approach driving lessons.

    Purpose and Meaning

    “This volume should be considered as a beginning, and not as an end,” Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis, wrote in “The Act of Will”. My own copy of the Act of Will, published by Turnstone Press in 1984, is dog-eared, covered in pencil notes, and its...

    The Lotus: A Creative Symbol

    The lotus is an ancient and powerful symbol. The close connection between spiritual growth and creativity makes it a potent  symbol for artists. But the metaphors that give it symbolic depth  are also relevant for contemporary leadership challenges.  I have a personal...

    Labyrinths

    This post is about labyrinths. The symbol of the labyrinht is ancient. Rock-engravings from palaeolithic times include a number of images that have been interpreted as referring to labyrinths. The labyrinth myth featured in classical writings -- not least the famous...

    Traumatised by Brexit? You’re not alone

    "Theirs are strong and deep emotions. They feel devastated, angry, depressed, betrayed and ashamed, nearly two years after the referendum". Prof Emmy van Deurzen, reflecting on survey conducted with Dr Helen de Cruz of 1,300 people who voted to Remain in the  European...

    The Hazards of Tweeting

    I have been Tweeting about Brexit. Being half Austrian, I feel passionately that the UK should not be leaving the European Union. The trouble is, I’m not sure that Twitter is helping my karma. The trouble is that tweeting is an activity, just like walking to the...

    Personally Speaking

    This section contains personal blog posts about life and its challenges.

    I have had my share of what Hamlet called “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune” and I like to write about these rather than bottle them up inside.

    A lot of these posts are quite personal, but I am not a particularly private person. I write about the emotional side of work, relationships and even aspects of mental illness. None of this is intended to be prescriptive or is published as profesional advice.

    We are all human! The more we can speak about our real experience, the more likely we will be to feel a sense of community and acceptance.

    I hope you enjoy these blog posts. Please feel free to email me at peter@coachcreates.com if you want to discuss anything that arises from them.

    Class Reports: Early Days at Uni

    I remember my first few days at University. My group were all dressed in black, or occasionally punk stripes. A few of us wore earrings or make-up. We all loosely held left-wing views, with some of us joining the Marxists, others the Fabians or Socialist Workers, but...

    Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night ends a month in which the sun is buried and then rises again. I felt a surge of energy as I took down the Christmas decorations this year.

    AAP Quarterly: Stirring the Pot

    This post mentions the article I submitted for the June 2021 AAP Quarterly journal, of which I was Guest Editor. The article was called “Stirring the Pot,” the title of a short story I wrote as part of a series of creative coaching sessions with Heather Mullin.

    AAP Quarterly: Psychosynthesis and Creativity

    Contribute to the June 2021 issue of the AAP Quarterly journal. Firm Deadline for Submissions is May 1, 2021 Creativity and Psychosynthesis with Guest Editor Peter Stewart “The seed germinates in the night”. Joseph Conrad, novelist Creativity and Psychosynthesis have...

    Letting Go

    For some weeks now, I’ve felt like I’ve been holding onto a rock with waves breaking over me, not quite sure what to do next. This feeling relates to a holiday memory from when I was a young man: I had been on a long swim, the weather turned windy, and I ended up...

    Anxious Moments

    Many people are affected by anxiety. Most people prefer not to talk about it. The blog update below is based on a bout of anxiety that I experienced after several months of UK lockdown in 2020. I found that focussing directly on how I felt was enormously helpful for...

    Giving and Taking

    The first Annual Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching symposium was held on 14 November 2018. My article about the event begins with Tong-len meditation and ends with equine guided therapy and psychosynthesis.

    Blue Monday and the Wolf Moon

    Blue Monday is apparently the day that most people feel is the most depressing of the year. This year, it fell on the day after the Super Blood Wolf Moon. I don’t know who decides the date of Blue Monday, nor whether the choice is governed by genuine statistical...

    Mixed feelings at New Year

    Underwhelming Many of my friends on Facebook, and many coaches whom I follow on Twitter, have described their  New Year celebrations and expansive plans for 2019. For myself, this New Year has been more than usually underwhelming. I often say inwardly that I would...

    Book Reviews and More

    Many people have an instinctive recoil when they hear the word creativity, and it may well remind you of childhood painting disasters and school music lesson mishaps. I can certainly empathise with that from my own experience!

    But I think of creativity as something different from both artistic talent and innovation. I believe that creativity is the ability to connect with and express the deepest levels of the Self in a unique way. It is about finding creative energy from the bit of you that connects you with your purpose in the world.

    Recent findings in neuro-science suggest a strong link between creativity and empathy, and motivation and happiness. Being able to creatively express your whole self, to engage and communicate with others at a deep level, can be personally liberating, deeply motivating at work, and enriching for relationships with family and friends.

    That creative energy can be expressed in many different ways: in how you talk, or smile, or tell a joke; in a landscape painting, a poem, a piece of music; or it could just as easily be through an entrepreneurial project, a motivating team meeting, or a coaching engagement with a colleague.

    But whether it is in the arts or sciences, in technology or economics, in a creative design company or an engineering firm, an individual or a group, creativity emerges from this deep connection with the inner Self and one’s authentic purpose.

    I believe that coaching and creativity can play an important role in helping people find that sense of inner purpose in a way that is personally enriching and that helps them achieve more harmonious, meaningful and constructive relationships.

    Coaching The Pilgrims’ Way by Glyn Owens

    This is one of those rare books that begins  with a story that blows your mind, and  then continues on a magical, mystery tour  that some will find inspiring , but others may take with a metaphorical pinch of salt.  The Pilgrims’ Way runs from four locations  in...

    The Seven Types by Kenneth Sorensen

    The Seven Types  Kenneth Sorensen’s book takes what I  believe are some less well-known aspects  of Roberto Assagioli’s theories, and  works these into a colourful and compelling book for self-analysis.  I am a colour addict, and I found this an  easy read, full of...

    5DL by Roger Evans

    5DL Roger Evans wrote the Creative Manager  in the 1970s, putting a focus on the human  dimensions of leadership that at the time  was revolutionary.  The Five Dimensions of Leadership are  Self-Awareness, Awareness of Others, Systemic Awareness, Being Strong but...

    The Way of Psychosynthesis by Petra Guggisberg Nocelli

    This is a hidden gem. Petra Guggisberg  Nocelli has written this biography of  Roberto Assagioli in close liaison with  the Istituto di Psicosintesi in Italy. It  tracks the early growth of Assagioli’s  psycho-therapy, his work with Freud and  Jung, his movement from...

    Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching by Aubyn Howard

    Aubyn Howard’s book on Psychosynthesis Leadership Coaching is timely given the seismic and convulsive changes in leadership that we have seen in recent months. Aubyn has written a series of Crisis blogs during the Covid-19 crisis, and although this book is not about...

    The Roots of Psychosynthesis

    THE ROOTS OF PSYCHOSYNTHESIS and the HEART OF ASSAGIOLI [Picture: Panorama Florence] Looking back, I feel blessed that my five year journey into Psychosynthesis has run in parallel with my coming to know the man who founded it – Dr Roberto Assagioli. It’s through the...

    Review: Non-Violent Communication

    Marshall B. Rosenberg This classic text is just as relevant now as it was when Marshall Rosenberg first conceived of the principle of non-violent communication (often nowadays abbreviated to NVC) in the 1960s. This third edition by PuddleDancer Press is extremely well...

    Review: Neuroscience for Coaches

    By Amy Brann Published in 2015 by Kogan Page, "Neuroscience for Coaches" is divided into seven main sections. The first two -- Brain Areas and Brain Chemicals -- provide a fascinating guide to the geography of the brain, and the chemicals that allow it to operate. The...

    Blackfoot Physics

    Blackfoot Physics

    Quantum physicist F. David Peat spent years talking with friends among the First Nations people of Canada, trying to understand their world view, which he suggests is radically different from that held by many in the west. This book the reader through...

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