Coaching at Work e-newsletter — May 2010

Welcome to the May issue of the newsletter Should we as coaches be leveraging our coaching assignments to save the world? Should we be holding our clients accountable for their actions in terms of how they impact their team, their organisation, the planet, the universe? Some would argue that there is no greater calling than that (see Sir John Whitmore’s blog at ) while others are adamant that we have no place or right whatsoever other than to serve the agenda of the client paying the bill. I sat in on a fascinating and lively debate a few weeks […]

Sticky business

Coaches need to acknowledge the importance of the relationship in their practice- Bowlby’s attachment theory has resonance for both coach and client, suggested Bill Critchley. By Elaine Robinson Sharing Ashridge’s relational approach to coaching at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council UK’s annual conference on 5-7 May, executive coach and organisation consultant Critchley highlighted how co-construction of meaning is one of the main ways change comes about. “Acknowledging that we all live in an inherently relationship context, we construct meaning together, in the here and now, this being the central means for change”, said Critchley, who was instrumental in developing […]

Top teams neglect their development thus damaging their businesses

Boards are neglecting their own learning and development and damaging their organisations as a result, finds a survey. The majority of top team leaders are not putting enough effort into their own development, let alone into that of their teams, which is bad not only for them but also for their organisations, finds the survey by Clutterbuck Associates, the Talent Foundation, Ashridge Business School and Career Innovation. A third of top teams rarely or never discuss their personal or their team development, and for most others it is an annual formality. The evidence, when compared with known good practice, suggests […]