BPS honours David Lane with award for outstanding contributions

By Liz Hall The British Psychological Society (BPS) has honoured David Lane and Graham Turpin with a joint award for their outstanding contributions to professional psychology. Lane was jointly given the Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Psychology 2009 in recognition of his commitment to the professional development of psychologists and workers in many other sectors. In the 1970s, the professor pioneered the development of school-focused support services for children, work which has been widely applied in schools to manage behavioural difficulties and support the inclusion of children in classrooms. In 1975, he set up what later became the Professional […]


Welcome to the January issue of the newsletter Happy New Year to you all. Our blogging section is now up and running with our first blog from John Whitmore – do let us know what you think. We’re currently gathering thoughts about issues concerning poor coaching practice to inform the survey we plan to conduct with the Association for Coaching, the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology, the Society of Coaching Psychology, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council UK and the International Coach Federation UK. Please email me your comments at liz@coaching-at-work.com Liz Hall Editor Coaching at Work  Highlights of […]

Executive coaching spend holds up

 By Liz Hall Spending on executive coaching is still on the up, suggests a report. Seventy seven per cent of respondents said they expected coaching spend to have risen or remained the same in 2009 (38% and 39% respectively), according to the third annual Ridler Report on executive coaching trends. However the percentage of respondents expecting a rise had dropped from 53% in 2008. The greatest increases in the use of coaching over the last three years have been for clients just below board level (74%) and for top talent (66%). Executive coaching at main board and business unit board […]

Coaches need to step up to the challenge, says John Whitmore

We can’t avoid the challenge of change even if we want to. Global instability will be with us for a lifetime anyway, so what are our roles and our goals as coaches? In the immediate term there are fewer clients in the market for most of us, and yet the need for what coaches have to offer is everywhere. Never has there been more urgency for people, all people, to take more personal responsibility for their lives. Is that not a principal outcome of coaching? The failures of leadership in banking, in politics and in Copenhagen are all too apparent, […]

2009: your year in coaching

By Liz Hall Last year could go down as the year coaching started to grow up. Certainly many of you consider its survival as a main achievement of 2009 – and rightly so. Yet it was also the year coaches showed just how resourceful, creative, accepting of facts, collaborative and outward-looking they can be (see box ,What did we achieve in 2009?). But what are your issues for 2010? Accreditation/standards/self regulation has leapt from 6 per cent of respondents last year to top place (44 per cent). It’s followed by evaluation/ROI, interestingly down from 41 per cent to 33 per […]

ICF in fight over credentialing changes

The International Coach Federation (ICF) is expected to make a decision this month (January) over its credentialing framework. As Coaching at Work went to press, more than 750 coaches from across the globe had signed a petition against the ICF’s proposal to replace its three-tiered credentialing with a single International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) credential. The aim was to “strengthen the global credibility and permanent value of ICF credentials” and “act as an additional safeguard to consumers.” A recent announcement about its plans was met by a blast of complaints through social media platforms. The ‘opposition’ came from six past […]

AoEC joins space crew on mission to test sociomapping

The Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), several UK central and local government organisations and a space crew simulating a mission to Mars are among those exploring team dynamics using Team Sociomapping. At the Division of Occupational Psychology conference on 13 January in Brighton, Tomas Srb from QED Group will present the results of the pilot of the high-profile Mars 500 research project. “This project, which explores relationships in the team as well as the influence and impact of support provided to the team by mission control, will have direct implications for coaching practice,” said Pauline Willis, director of Lauriate, Team […]

AC polls coaches on regulation

Most coaches favour internal rather than external regulation of the profession, suggests a straw poll at an Association for Coaching (AC) debate on 16 November. The ‘Regulation Debate’ was held because the government recently moved to regulate counselling and psychotherapy, and some believe the spotlight will now fall on coaching. Coaches heard from panellists including Alison Whybrow, former chair of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Special Group in Coaching Psychology; David Lane, research director of the International Centre for the Study of Coaching at Middlesex University; and Mike O’Farrell, CEO of the British Acupuncture Council and part of the Joint […]

Ridicule, violent opposition, self-evidence – the path to coaching acceptance

Coaching is an art, a craft and a complex act of intellectual, emotional and conversational plate-spinning, Kim Morgan told conference delegates. “Think how many plates you spin as a coach, including hearing the unsaid as well as the said, creating a coaching alliance and managing boundaries, listening with rigour and with silence, watching with curiosity, and staying outside their reality,” said Morgan, founder of training provider Barefoot Coaching. She said coaches should think of themselves as becoming masters of an exquisite new craft. She quoted Arthur Schopenhauer as saying that truth passes through three phases: first being ridiculed, second being […]

Positive psychology is prime tool for change

Around two-thirds of clients are in distress, according to a study on positive psychology in coaching. This approach helps clients refuel their energy to get on with their lives, stimulates action to progress, and is a constructive tool for change, said Lucy Ryan, presenting the results of her action research study at the annual European Mentoring and Coaching Council conference in Amsterdam in November, writes Liz Hall. Ryan said using language such as ‘happiness’, ‘gratitude visits’ and ‘random acts of kindness’ makes positive psychology hard to sell into business. “It needs a language of its own. You need to treat […]