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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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

    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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