Dear Reader,

This edition of Inspire draws upon the coaching process that I use with clients, helping you to think through where you are going and what you need to do or change within you to support you getting there.

More morsels of information at the end of this Inspire about ….

  • Free coaching audits …. Find out how you can sign up for one of my free coaching audits.
  • How can we help you? …. Do you want to develop your confidence, skills or have support in achieving your goals? Take a look at the different ways in which my associates and I can help you.
  • Managing Challenging Interactions: Spring workshop in Oxfordshire
  • Free support and a taster of our services….. Do you want a taste of what we can offer? Then take a look at our freebies on the website.

Best wishes




Melanie Greene

2012: Refresh, renew, refocus, re-energise

‘A day away acts as a spring tonic. It can dispel rancour, transform indecision, and renew the spirit.'

 Maya Angelou

Horizontal and vertical coaching Every week I receive Michael Neil's online coaching tips and a couple of months ago he wrote about horizontal and vertical coaching, and I realised that this concept nicely sums up the work that I do with clients.

Horizontal coaching is about getting from A to B. It might be that you want to be more assertive, want to lose weight, or want to develop your presentation skills. Or you want to get this promotion or want to set up a new business or you are retiring/being made redundant and are wondering where to go next.

Vertical coaching is about going within you and exploring the thoughts and beliefs you have, the emotions you are experiencing related to what you want to achieve or the current situation that you are in. These thoughts, beliefs and emotions will either help or hinder your progress.

I realised that what I do with coaching clients, and to some extent on my workshops, is to help people to be clear about the A to B, while doing the vertical coaching to enable them to overcome any blocks and ease their journey from A to B.

‘Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.'

Brian Tracy

What is your A to B for 2012? Here are some of the changes that recent clients have faced:

  • Wanting to stop fire fighting and take a more strategic role in their business.
  • Wanting to control their anger and frustration in order to be more assertive with others.
  • Dealing with redundancy, exploring the options as to what to do next.
  • Changing the direction of their business, and exploring exactly what they want to do next.
  • Wanting their team to take on more responsibility for solving problems.
  • Wanting support in finding and applying for their next role.
  • Wanting to spend more time ‘being' versus always ‘doing' the whole time.
  • Wanting to have more creativity in their lives through taking up new hobbies and interests.

What is it that you want to achieve or do differently in 2012 both in and out of work? Think about your health, wealth, contentment, satisfaction, enjoyment in life.

‘If you leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition, what you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover will be yourself.'

Alan Alda

What are you experiencing where you are now? With a number of recent clients who are experiencing big changes in their lives (not all of them of their own choosing), the first thing they need to do is to process what is going on within them. Think about yourself and your current situation in relation to where you want to go and what you want to do in 2012:

  • Do you feel energised when you think about the future? Or is your energy sapped by the changes and challenges that you are facing?
  • Do you need to regroup, renew yourself in order to move on?
  • Are there negative emotions that need to be acknowledged and processed so that they don't infect the future or stop you moving on? This could be anger, frustration, sadness, anxiety, fear? Click here for a mood map to assist you in analysing your moods.
  • Are you suppressing emotions or putting on a ‘brave face' versus facing the reality of your situation and processing any negative emotions.

‘Energy is the essence of life. Every day you decide how you're going to use it by knowing what you want and what it takes to reach that goal, and by maintaining focus.'

Oprah Winfrey

Are your thoughts, beliefs, feelings helping or hindering you? Once you have identified where you are going, and have dealt with the here and now, it is then important to make sure that your thoughts and feelings help rather than hinder your journey forward. Think about the following questions in relation to what you want to achieve or have in 2012:

  • What are your thoughts and beliefs about yourself?
  • What are your thoughts and beliefs about the situation as a whole?
  • What are your thoughts and beliefs about others connected to this situation?
  • How do these thoughts and beliefs impact on you taking action?
  • How does your mood impact on you taking action?
  • What about your energy levels? Are you feeling energised or lethargic? What energy do you need to move things forward?

Vertical coaching is about assisting you in working through this and creating the mindset, the thoughts, beliefs that will support your endeavour. While ensuring that you have the energy, focus and mood to keep on going.

‘A mind troubled by doubt cannot focus on the course to victory.'

Arthur Golden

Refresh, renew, refocus, re-energise yourself If you live in the Northern hemisphere January is not a good month to start with our new year resolutions, determinations or goals, when all you want to do is hibernate and you might be feeling rather worse for wear after the festive season, both physically and financially. But it is possible to refresh, renew, refocus and re-energise yourself if you do it from your wise self not your inner critic!

  • What do you find refreshes you? Is it exercise, being with the right people, being in nature (even the wintery kind), singing, dancing, being on your own?
  • Do you need to let some things go and start afresh? Perhaps old goals, old habits that are no longer relevant or people and situations which are sapping your energy?
  • What is your focus for today, this week, this month, which will move you forward one step at a time towards your goals?
  • How can you re-energise yourself or maintain your energy levels throughout the day, week and year?

We all have times when things get out of balance, when we lose focus or our energy wanes, but if we spot this quickly we can refresh, renew, refocus, re-energise ourselves to get us back on track.

‘Love the moment, and the energy of that moment will spread beyond all boundaries.'

 Corita Kent

Free coaching audits

Each month I have three slots for a complimentary coaching audit to help you to identify whether coaching will assist you in what you want to achieve and what coaching programme will be right for you. This free audit involves the following:

  • You complete a pre-coaching questionnaire and return it to me.
  • We have a 45 minute telephone conversation to discuss your needs and how you might use the coaching to enhance how you work and run your business.
  • I send you a proposal of which coaching programmes might be suitable, or if other interventions such as training or a team working event might be more appropriate.
  • You then make a decision as to whether you wish to proceed.

If you want to sign up for the free coaching audit in January or February then email See below for more information about the different types of coaching I offer.


How can we help you? …. Do you want to develop your confidence, skills or have support in achieving your goals? Take a look at the different ways in which my associates and I can help you. We have a range of programmes to assist you:

  • A six month Coaching For Excellence Programme to provide intensive coaching support to assist you in bringing about change in your mindset, your mood and state, and the impact these have on you achieving your goals.
  • One off Catalytic Coaching Programmes, to unblock whatever it is that is stopping you from changing your behaviour.
  • Ad hoc Coaching Sessions – Ad hoc coaching sessions can be on any topic. Sometimes they are designed to assist you in getting the most from my book. At other times, people have a specific issue they are facing or have attended a course and need more support in terms of how they apply the ideas to their lives.
  • Master Your Inner Critic Online Programme – This includes a series of four e-booklets and four video clips based on my book to support you in putting the techniques and ideas into practice.
  • Effective Team Building Programmes – We have many years of experience running programmes for both senior management and operational teams.
  • Tailored Development Programmes – From one day events to on-going programmes, we can design them to meet your needs.

To find out more about these programmes email me on call me on 01865 377334.


Managing Challenging Interactions Workshop We have had a number of people who have expressed an interest in attending this one day workshop which will probably take place in the spring near Banbury. If you are interested in this workshop then email to express your interest. In house workshop: We can also run the Managing Challenging Interactions in-house if you have six or more people who would like to attend it.


Do you want a taster of our services? Then take a look at our freebies on the website for:

  • Recordings of my free webinars on:
    • Mastering your inner critic.
    • Changing Habits of A Lifetime
    • Improve Your Performance: Learn From Your Mistakes And Successes

Click here to listen to these recordings.

  • Free articles on the following topics:
    • Selling from the Inside Out
    • Managing Mood and Motivation During Challenging Times
    • Supporting others through Challenging Times
    • Master your inner critic
    • Buying in consultancy

Click here to read the articles.

  • For further book recommendations: click here.


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Melanie Greene
01865 377334