Internal coaching at Logica hits new highs

Logica CMG is raising the bar for its internal coaching, introducing a set of global standards and requirements for its 50 coaches. The international IT and business services organisation has revamped its internal coaching strategy to better align coaching with the business to ensure it delivers business improvements, to equip leaders with a coaching style and to improve coaches’ professionalism. Under its new framework, coaches are required to be more business aligned, accredited to an agreed level before practising, and to receive regular supervision. 121partners will still be Logica’s strategic coaching partner. Mark Waight, group director of coaching, said: “This […]

Employee engagement is a priority for firms in global downturn

Coaching is emerging as a favoured cost-effective way to motivate and engage staff in the current climate. Liz Hall The downturn is prompting firms to increase their focus on engaging staff, suggests research by Hay Group and WorldatWork. Sixty per cent plan to focus more on career and development opportunities in the future, according to the Reward next practices survey, which surveyed 763 organisations in 66 countries to determine their planned reward practices. John McGurk, CIPD adviser, learning, training and development, said: “Coaching is the ultimate engagement intervention for testing times.” On 9 June, the CIPD held a joint conference […]

Lessons from beyond the glass ceiling

New research shows what coaches are focusing upon with their senior female clients and what lessons they have learnt through coaching them. As a number of reports have highlighted recently, women are still under-represented at senior levels in many organisations1. Many books about leadership and diversity recommend mentoring and coaching as useful interventions to help women break through into the higher echelons of the management structure. Until now, however, little research has been conducted specifically into what coaches are focusing upon with their senior female clients and what lessons they have learnt through coaching them. Louise Sheppard’s research in the […]

Henley launches MSc in coaching and behavioural change

Henley Business School is introducing an MSc in coaching and behavioural change this autumn. Liz Hall The programme will emphasise the organisational context for coaching and incorporate an MBA-style management challenge. It is aimed at independent executive coaches, line managers using coaching and managers seeking to build a business-focused coaching culture in their organisations. On completion, participants will understand the dynamics of individual, team and organisational coaching relationships; be able to act as coach supervisors; and be able to call on problem-solving skills, which facilitate coaching of senior managers. The aim is also for participants to grasp the psychological processes […]

Equality bill brings maternity coaching to the forefront

Maternity coaching looks set to become more widespread as employers gear up to level the playing field for women, in anticipation of the equality bill coming into force in autumn 2010. Liz Hall The bill will replace a number of other laws, including the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and it will put a new “equality duty” on public bodies. Jennifer Liston-Smith, co-founder and coaching and research director of consultancy Managing Maternity, predicted a rise in maternity coaching. “If the equality bill becomes law, it will affect both the private and public sector, but public-sector […]

Gallwey relaunches ‘inner game’ in the UK

Tim Gallwey, the creator of the “inner game” approach to coaching, is set to take the UK coaching scene by storm once again. Gallwey, considered by many to be the godfather of the current coaching movement, has inspired leading thinkers such as Myles Downey – founder of the School of Coaching – Graham Alexander and Sir John Whitmore, who brought the inner game to Europe in the 1980s. In recent years, the inner game concept has not enjoyed such prominence, but this looks set to change. Over the next few months, Gallwey will be rolling out a number of inner […]