Gaining strength through the struggle

February 15, 2011 by David Ward

My year has begun with a whoosh. Client work has taken me to Ireland, Germany, Switzerland and other parts of the USA already, and it’s only February. Each interaction has been an unusual challenge. One required me to wear two hats – as both coach and leader of the activity. The next had me running […]



November 22, 2010 by David Ward

Schumpeter’s article in The Economist was titled “Down with Fun: The Depressing Vogue for Having Fun at Work” ( I pushed past Schumpeter’s nostalgia for smoking and drinking whisky in the mornings in the workplace, to pick up on another point the author made. Surveys show that only 20% of workers are “fully engaged with […]


Could you be a Luis?

October 26, 2010 by David Ward

Could you be a Luis? (Third in a series of three blogs). Luis Urzua had the mother of all burning platforms to work from in applying his leadership. I would hope that none of us finds ourselves in similarly awful circumstances; however, the question should be asked – are there applications of Luis’s behaviors that […]


How did Luis do it?

October 22, 2010 by David Ward

How did Luis do it? (Second in a series of three posts) The news reports have focused on the “miracle” of the rescue, and it is indeed an amazing event. Read these reports through a leadership lens and there are some identifiable actions that Luis Urzua took in order to move the process away from […]


Underground Leadership:

October 20, 2010 by David Ward

Leadership qualities run deep (First in a series of three posts) Here’s a situation that, as a leader, you might recognise: You are suddenly facing an unexpected and massive challenge. You have prepared for such challenges in principle, but this is no drill; it is suddenly, horribly real. Your team has a range of experience […]


Giving something back

September 23, 2010 by David Ward

There is a great story behind this photo It shows the Coaching Team at UNITECH International ( getting standing ovation, and as one of the coaches it’s nice to have work appreciated. The work is coaching 89 European engineering students in a programme I helped develop back in 1999. The programme extends their capabilities in […]


100 days

June 18, 2010 by David Ward

Chris is about to take on a new role in his company, and with the new role goes a promotion to Vice President. This is exciting news, as Chris has long aspired to the associated status and responsibilities of this senior position. He came to me to ask for some coaching in preparation for taking […]


Symposia Synergy

May 1, 2010 by David Ward

I am preparing workshops for delivery at three events over the next couple of months. There are three separate themes, and so I am preparing three separate presentations to provide the core content for each event.


The Educator

May 1, 2010 by David Ward

D is an educator, having moved on from teaching to be a coach to other teachers in the state school system. She is keen to get out of schools and into coaching in the business world. Her key concern is her lack of “business experience”. As we talked we were able to draw parallels in our apparently separate coaching experiences.


The Executive

May 1, 2010 by David Ward

“Sue” is an executive with the skills and the reputation for making things happen in her company – a major national US financial services business. She has advanced through three positions in the time I have been coaching her and is enjoying the challenges of her latest role.


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