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Executive Coaching: Nurturing Talent . Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh Executive Coach AQR Associate . How we will spend our time together. one definition of coaching. t wo coaching-related theories. three coaching models. …and an inconvenient truth. Three key elements of coaching.

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Executive coaching nurturing talent
Executive Coaching:Nurturing Talent

Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh

Executive Coach

AQR Associate

How we will spend our time together
How we will spend our time together

one definition of coaching

two coaching-related theories

three coaching models

…and an inconvenient truth

Three key elements of coaching
Three key elements of coaching

(van Nieuwerburgh 2012)

One key definition
One key definition

“Unlocking a person’s

potential to maximise

their own performance”

Sir John Whitmore

Goal theory
Goal theory

  • Short-term and long-term goals

  • Sub goals

  • Self-selected goals

  • Goals are stretching but realistic

  • Goals can be measured

Self determination theory
Self-determination theory

  • Humans strive to be self-governed

  • Behaviour should be “volitional, intentional and self-caused or self- initiated”

  • Three basic needs (of staff):

    • Autonomy

    • Relatedness

    • Competence

  • When intrinsically motivated, people want to engage in the activity

(Wehmeyerand Little 2009; Hefferon and Boniwell2011)

Self determination theory1
Self-determination theory

  • Autonomy

    • Ability to make one’s own decisions

    • Has choices

  • Relatedness

    • Feeling part of a larger family or organisation

    • Able to communicate with others

    • Respecting others and feeling respected

  • Competence

    • Able to judge if they are performing tasks well

    • Skills are recognised and celebrated

(Wehmeyerand Little 2009; Hefferon and Boniwell2011)

Directive to non directive spectrum
Directive to non-directive spectrum

Listening to understand

Asking questions to raise awareness

Reflecting back



Giving feedback


Giving advice

Making suggestions

Offering guidance

Providing answers

Providing solutions

(van Nieuwerburgh 2012)

If you like reading
If you like reading…

New to coaching:Coaching Skills: A Handbook (Rogers)Coaching for Performance (Whitmore)Some experience of coaching:Excellence in Coaching (Passmore)Complete Handbook of Coaching (Cox, Bachkirova & Clutterbuck)

101 Coaching Tools and Techniques (McMahon) Experienced coaches:Handbook of Coaching Psychology (Palmer & Whybrow)The Psychology of Executive Coaching (Peltier)Relational Coaching (de Haan)


Hefferon, K. & Boniwell, I. (2011). Positive psychology: Theory, research and applications. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Locke, E. A. & Latham, G. P. (1990). A theory of goal setting & task performance. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Pink, D.H. (2011). Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us. London: Canongate.

van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2012). Coaching in education: Getting better results for students, educators and parents. London: Karnac.

van Nieuwerburgh, C. (2012). Coaching for mental toughness. In P. Clough, D. Strycharczyck (Eds), Developing mental toughness: Improving performance, wellbeing and positive behaviour in others. London: Kogan Page.

Wehmeyer, M. & Little, T. (2009). Self-determination. In S. Lopez (ed). Encyclopedia

of positive psychology. Chichester: Wiley.

Whitmore, J. (2002). Coaching for performance: Growing people, performance

and people. 3rdedn. London: Nicholas Brealey.


in person

email: christian@icce.uk.com