Student Graduation Celebration – Dublin

Kingstown College was delighted to host their 2016 Student Graduation Celebration on 10th November 2016 at Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co. Dublin.

We were privileged to have as our guest speaker, The Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and a past student of Kingstown College,  Mary Mitchell O’Connor address our students at the ceremony in an inspiring speech around the value of coaching in the workplace. The ceremony was followed by light refreshments accompanied by music.

The Kingstown College team thoroughly enjoyed welcoming all our graduates, family & friends to this joyous celebration.

Congratulations to all the 2016 graduates!  We look forward to the graduation ceremony for our 2017 graduates at the end of this year.

Student Graduation Celebration – Westport

We celebrated the achievement of the Advanced Diploma in Personal, Leadership and Executive Coaching for Educators with our Mayo Education Group on Friday 25th November 2016 at Knockranny House Hotel in Westport.

This was the first time the Advanced Diploma had been offered to a group of Education Leaders, with Kingstown College working together with the Director of the Mayo Education Centre, Paul Butler.

We are currently running this course in Drumcondra, and have plans outlined for another course this year, 2017. This course is an open course, and not restricted to educators or leaders in the field of education, so if you interested in participating in the course, please contact us at [email protected]

life & executive coaching | mentoring | mental health and wellbeing

The Art of Mindfulness

Here are some quick observations. Being mindful takes work and discipline. Our brains have not yet adjusted to the warp-speed changes brought about by the technological advances of the last few years (Smartphones, social media etc.) A myriad of tools and devices exist that have drastically changed the method and speed with which we communicate with each other, most of which require an instant response devoid of the advantages of human touch, feel, and empathy.

positive thinking | life & executive coaching | mentoring | mental health and wellbeing

‘Thinking, Fast and Slow’

This book by Nobel Prize winner, Daniel Kahneman, offers a terrific addition to the coach’s toolkit and is packed full with fascinating insights that will help you in your coaching engagements. It was first published in 2011, so many of you might already be familiar with it. The intention of this review is to analyse its potential worth as a coaching tool for practicing coaches.

The premise of the book is that we have two systems that act as agents within our minds, with their individual personalities, abilities and limitations.

positive thinking | life & executive coaching | mentoring | mental health and wellbeing

Outer You vs Inner You

It is probably clear to any of you who have been coaching for a while that the goal your coachee first presents with is rarely the real one you finally end up working on. The more authentic goal typically lurks underneath the surface and requires more probing to find.

The coaching challenge is that unless you probe with great care and unless you have a holding environment of high trust, the coachee will be wary of sharing their real goals with you.

positive thinking | life & executive coaching | mentoring | mental health and wellbeing

“The Chimp Paradox”

Prof. Steve Peters is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in elite & Olympic sport, business and education. His specialist interest is in the working of the human mind and how it can reach optimum performance applied to all walks of life.

I have found his best selling mind management book ‘The Chimp Paradox’ to be a great coaching tool.

Training & Development Special Purpose Award | Train the Trainer

Finding opportunities to start coaching

So, how does it feel to be a newly qualified coach? Itching to get going but apprehensive about when, where and how to take the first step?

Typically, you wear the label but with strong awareness of the need to climb the ladder from Competence>Capability>Capacity.

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Building Trust

Building trust is a core coaching competence, eloquently covered by many of the great thinkers in our field, with special mention to Stephen Covey. (‘The Speed of Trust)

The coaching challenge is how to create an atmosphere of trust at the beginning of a coaching engagement and to make sure that it is two-way trust.

yes you can | life & executive coaching | mentoring | mental health and wellbeing


One of the world’s leading executive coaches, Dr Marshall Goldsmith, brings us his latest book, “Triggers”.

Dr Goldsmith is a true master in his field. His previous books, “What got you here won’t get you there” and “Mojo” were rich additions to the executive coach’s reading list and following on from these two seminal works,“Triggers” does not disappoint.