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Anxiety is all around us and very much a part of normal life. In the early days of human evolution, our fight, flight or freeze mechanisms were vital to protect us from the many predators that we shared our lives with. Today's world we are much safer generally, however these mechanisms are still important in terms or understanding the level of danger a situation may present and reacting with the necessary speed when necessary. It is also vital to motivate us into action e.g. studying for exams, preparing for important meetings etc. However the sheer power and strength of this prehistoric safety mechanism can be an overwhelming force in our lives.

Every company is a group - sometimes a very large one - organised by being broken down into smaller groups. As coaches we may work with teams, or with specially created learning groups, in which learning is multiplied as people learn from each other's dilemmas as well as their own. Over time, these experiences can develop flexibility and interpersonal skills to a high degree. In this way groups can make a tangible contribution to business advantage, but equally importantly, influence the intangibles that underlie long term business health and prosperity.

Between an external stimulus (e.g. being criticised) and an emotional response to it (e.g. anger) lie a person's thoughts about this event. Eliciting these thoughts helps the person to understand why they reacted to the evert in the way that they did. This is called 'tapping the internal communications' and states that people can be trained 'to focus on their introspections (examining one's thoughts) in various situations.

None of us is so busy that we can't spare a minute from time to time. Literally, one minute. Just one. When you're waiting for the train in the morning, or waiting for the bus; when you arrive at your desk or you're waiting for your computer to boot...Just one single minute.

Writing this letter to you, I imagine an extraordinary occurrence. Somehow our parallel universes have collided. For one hour only, I am coaching you through the fog towards a goal of your choosing. This letter is a playback of that golden hour.

Communication is a vital part of the coaching relationship. According to Cherubini (2019,), “Communication between coach and athlete, as well as among coaches, athletes, sports medicine personnel, parents, and significant others, is essential to enhancing the sporting experience.” (p. 1). I am an Agile Coach. Resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and the enforced lockdown, I am currently experiencing my first situation where myself and the coachees are working from a location that is physically isolated. E.g. everyone is working from home and utilising online communication tools like Zoom/Email/Workplace/SharePoint etc

As a process, change is difficult and complex to understand and navigate. In their book Advanced Coaching Practice, the authors describe change “as a permanent feature of modern life, whose acceleration seems to be on a continuous upward curve” (Love et al, 2019, p. 51). Indeed Sandler in her book Executive Coaching: A Psychodynamic Approach goes a step further by stating “every change, however positive, brings with it some feelings of loss; every decision or choice brings with it some level of risk and uncertainty” (Sandler, C., 2011, P. 44).

Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC) is derived from the work of two leading cognitive behavioural theorists: Aaron Beck, the founder of cognitive therapy (CT), and Albert Ellis who developed rational emotional behaviour therapy (REBT). Both approaches came under the umbrella term Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). “CBT is the first line treatment for a range of clinical disorders and is a psychological therapy with the most solid and wide evidence base for efficacy and effectiveness.”