Coaching at Work e-newsletter – January 2011

Welcome to the January 2011 issue of the newsletter A very Happy New Year to you all. Is internal coach supervision a case of the Emperor’s New Clothes? Or is it just what’s needed to help manage internal coaches? Read Balancing Act  by Liz Macann and Alison Fletcher, the first of three articles on supervision in this issue. See also the Best of Health and I wish I’d… (See Highlights). You have to be a subscriber to access most of our content but we do have some freely available content- see Sample content below. Your opinion counts: please let us […]

Coaching on the rise in NGOs

Internal coaching and mentoring is on the increase in international humanitarian and development organisations. The increase is not just due to cost reasons but because it has the knock-on effect of motivating those chosen as coaches and mentors, and giving them a sense of pride and engagement, according to a report from the Center for Creative Leadership and People In Aid. There is a move away from classroom learning to individual development, a rise in coaching and mentoring using in-house staff and cancelling coaching is very much a last resort, “We need to keep our people up-to-date – otherwise we […]

‘Poor behaviours’ and Groupthink make financial crises inevitable

By Paul Fisher The response to Ireland’s financial crisis is inadequate – executive coaching has a vital part to play in improving team decision-making and preventing some of the catastrophic results of Groupthink. It also has a key role in creating “an environment where individuals believe that it is safe to take interpersonal risks, such as asking for help, admitting errors and challenging each other”, said organisational psychologist and professor of leadership and organisational behaviour Shlomo Ben-Hur of IMD, a business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. Professor Ben-Hur, former vice president of leadership development and learning at BP Group and former […]

Conference roundup – EMCC annual conference, dublin, 18-20 november

Ireland’s leaders must reconnect with ‘values’ By Liz Hall As Ireland was left reeling following announcements of a 85bn euro rescue package, MEP Marian Harkin urged politicians to get a coach. During a keynote address at the European Mentoring& Coaching Council’s annual conference in Dublin on 18-20 November, Harkin, MEP for the North West Constituency of Ireland said during these times of difficulty and change, coaches can support politicians, helping them and other leaders gain clarity and to reconnect with their values. “We are living at a time of significant change and politicians have to be able to respond and […]

McMahon and Clutterbuck are our People of the Year

This year’s Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year award goes to Gladeana McMahon, recently re-elected chair of the Association for Coaching (AC) UK. Nomination comments include “unstinting generosity to other coaches; work for AC, and developing Cognitive Behavioural Coaching”, and “not just for what she does that is overt? but for what she quietly does to support coaches and coaching”. Other nominations include Mike Hurley, past president of EMCC UK, Louise Buckle of KPMG for “galvanising coaching sponsors into action”, Anne Scoular of Meyler Campbell “for her relentless optimism and chutzpah”, Anthony Grant (Sydney University’s Coaching Psychology Unit) […]

TV show keeps Aussies happy

Australia is happier, thanks to a new documentary and associated website sharing tools such as mindfulness and Positive Psychology exercises. The three-part documentary, Making Australia Happy, was aired in November. By December, more than 40,000 people had completed measurement questionnaires and exercises on its associated website. At one point the site crashed after more than 200,000 hits. Within weeks the overall Happy 100 Index score of Australia had risen by more than 5 per cent. Well-being increased significantly too for the eight volunteers on the show – all from Sydney suburb Marrickville, identified as one of the unhappiest areas in […]

NHS internal coaching to live on despite cuts

Despite the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement facing the axe in 2012, Sue Mortlock, its head of board development, is optimistic that its work on internal coaching and internal coach supervision will continue across the NHS. Mortlock said: “We feel we’ve done too much to let it slip. We need to look at where coaching will sit in the next structure, where it can be championed across the service when the national and strategic health authorities have disappeared. I’m optimistic there will be a home for this.” The shake-up will mean the national and regional leads that the NHS […]

Value is top issue into 2011

By Liz Hall Demonstrating that coaching adds value or is good value for money (VFM) is the top priority for 2011. Some 42 per cent of you say this is either the top or second priority for coaching, according to the annual Coaching at Work reader survey. Last year, evaluation and showing VFM came in at number two. Collaboration between the professional bodies has inched up to number two in the priority league, with 17 per cent of you highlighting this as either your first or second priority – last year it was number four. Surviving in the current climate […]

Book reviews – Volume 6, Issue 1

Title More Time to Think: A Way of Being in the World Author Nancy Kline Publisher Fisher King Publishing ISBN 978 19063 7710 6 Usefulness     3/5 “Language matters. We live it and in it”, “Ask people who are never asked”, “How far can you go in your own thinking, before you need mine?” A sequel to Nancy Kline’s Time to Think, this book offers a no-nonsense refresher on the author’s way of being in the world. Kline recaps: listen, give full attention, be at ease and remember the appreciation-to-criticism ratio of 5:1. The tone of the book mixes global […]

Viewpoint: Pressure gauge

Dr Patricia Bossons How do you coach a stressed-out executive? Not from a place of problem solving or perfect solutions Coaching issues that are related to stress, or to working under pressure, are very familiar to any coach in the executive coaching business, particularly in the current economic climate. One of the main reasons people decide to work with a coach is that they need some extra resources to help them be effective in their jobs. It often seems to me that human beings and organisations are pretty incompatible. The drivers of business, certainly in the West, have capitalist structures […]