Your monthly Coaching at Work e-update December 2009

Welcome to the December issue of the newsletter

We’ve been talking about the profession maturing for some time but last year could go down in history as the year coaching and mentoring really started to grow up. It was a challenging year and survival was key. Certainly many of you consider this to be one of coaching’s main achievements in 2009, according to our annual readers’ survey (see Coaching at Work, Vol 5, Issue 1 in January).

And yet, 2009 was much more than a year of battening down the hatches and surviving; coaches showed they could operate at many levels, being demonstrating just how resourceful, creative, collaborative and outward-looking they can be, a year of great achievements for the profession.

Next year, you say the top area to address will be accreditation/standards/regulation, followed by evaluation/ROI/value for money, and using coaching as a change agent. The full survey results will appear in the next issue.

Congratulations to Jackie Keddy who has won our 2009 Person of the Year award.

Coaching at Work Person of the Year awards

Jackie Keddy has won this year’s Coaching at Work Coaching/Mentoring Person of the Year 2009 Award, while Katherine Tulpa has come in as runner-up. Keddy’s nominees’ comments included: “she has developed real and compassionate tools which make it simple for line mangers to get coaching and use it.”; “she brings passion and a genuine desire to see both coaches and coachees develop”; “she is both a thinker and a real ‘doer’ rather than an academic or theorist, and isn’t tied to the belief that only coaching which is practiced along ‘pure’ lines can add value in organizations. Her pragmatic approach, […]

Measure for measure

Research forum decides on what to research. Alison Carter Coaching research should include more multiple method studies and learn from the literature across many disciplines. This was one of the conclusions from the second International Coaching Research Forum, held in London on 10-11 November, with the theme Measure for Measure, a Shakespearian reference. Coaching researchers should look to other disciplines such as training, adult education, mentoring, HR, management, well-being, and psychology, agreed the group of 20 coaching researchers from 12 countries. Other items worthy of further development included outcome measures for team coaching and process measures for effective supervision, according […]

Riding the elephant

Liz Hall Tatiana Bachkirova from Oxford Brookes University presented a non-linear new developmental framework for coaching the client’s “self-system” at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s annual conference in Amsterdam in November. Bachkirova’s framework involves coaching according to four groups of themes- coaching towards a healthy ego; coaching the ego; coaching beyond the ego, and coaching the soul.  Developmental coaching acknowledges a limited role of the conscious self and is explicit in its intent to coach the whole individual even where the coaching goals are specific, said Bachkirova. Developmental coaches might typically help their clients learn to trust their “elephant” […]

Internal coaches stick to clients’ agendas

Liz Hall Some 91% of internal coaches are happy to discuss non-work issues with their clients. The majority of internal coaches (70%) consider themselves primarily responsible to the coaching client, with 16% saying the organisation and it varying for 12%, according to research for the EMCC led by Katharine St John-Brooks. Internal coaches believe it’s fine for a coaching conversation to go beyond work issues because personal issues can directly affect work performance (45%), it’s important to be holistic (29%) and people’s pasts shape their present (26%). Some 43% discussed family situation/relationship issues and 36% work-life balance. Other issues included […]