Viewpoint – A woman’s work…

Helen Pitcher A new report on the lack of women at board level has given coaches a significant opportunity to change the status quo A combination of entrepreneurs, existing providers and individuals need to come together to consolidate and improve the provision of training and development for potential board members Clause 9: Women on Boards (Davies Report, February 2011) Was Lord Davies’ Women on Boards report game-changing or just another worthy contribution to the perennial debate on the need for greater gender diversity in the boardroom? The report sets a target of 25 per cent female representation for FTSE 100 […]

Toolbox – What are you like?

Continuing our series looking at coaching tools and techniques, Coaching at Work road-tests PRISM brain-mapping 1 The tool What is it? PRISM brain-mapping draws on developments and findings in neuroscience and psychology. Its aim is to provide a tool that acts as a light shining down on the brain of an individual. It highlights where behavioural activity and focus is highest and lowest, allowing coaches to help clients explore their strengths and how their experience relates to the reported evidence. Sound familiar? That’s because the principles, approach and values are very much like those of some other personality and type […]

Take the plunge

Are you afraid of crossing the line between coaching and therapy? There’s no need to be so squeamish, argues Jenny Rogers A doctor wishing to re-enter work after a severe episode of bipolar disorder; a chief executive whose presenting issue was her marital problems; a banker whose misery at work meant he was upset through most of the session: these are just some of the situations I’ve encountered recently in my executive coaching practice. Less experienced coaches may view such clients with dread: surely they should refer the client to a therapist? I disagree. I suggest that any squeamishness is […]

Book review – Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes (25th anniversary edition)

Title Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes (25th anniversary edition) Author William Bridges Publisher Da Capo Press Inc. ISBN 978 07382 0904 3 Usefulness 4/5 Transitions is a classic text, offering context, comfort and support for people experiencing difficulties with change, and a source of insight and guidance for the coaches working with them. In particular, Bridges explains how apparently positive changes, such as marriage, the birth of children or significant promotion, themselves involve a loss or an ending of a previous self-image, which can be traumatic. Bridges defines transition in three stages: ending, beginning and emptiness and germination in-between […]

Book review – The FT Guide to Business Coaching

Title The FT Guide to Business Coaching Author Anne Scoular Publisher Financial Times/Prentice Hall ISBN 978 02737 3444 4 Usefulness 5/5 If you want to see exquisitely done networking, get yourself along to one of Meyler Campbell’s annual lectures. There you will meet many dozens of other coaches and hear an interesting speaker. You will also see the author of this book, Meyler Campbell’s MD, graciously introducing people (Scoular knows everyone’s name and has plenty to say about how wonderful each of us is), exuberantly promoting the delight of the occasion and displaying the disarming mixture of humility about herself […]

EMCC targets quality standards for coach supervision

The European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) is set to release draft quality standards for coach supervision training programmes this autumn. The professional body will release a draft framework for creating the awards, along with a draft information guide and application form. In the meantime, it is seeking organisations interested in piloting the supervision standards. After it has launched the quality supervision award for training bodies, the EMCC will turn its attention to awards for individuals. It is also considering standards in team coaching.If you’d like to take part in the pilots, apply by the end of July to Lise […]

‘Let’s keep it civil’ – ICF Global’s chief is making it a priority

As he said in his first message to ICF members, Ed Modell is keen for coaches to be more respectful and civil to one another “Somebody said we don’t treat each other like we treat our clients. In this difficult time, I would like to heighten the level of civility in coaching.” Modell makes sure he speaks to the other 15 board members regularly: “I think that personal connection serves all of us well. We do very well in treating each other with respect, honouring the value of and challenges from our amazing diversity within the ICF.” He acknowledges that […]

Modell ‘raises the bar’ at ICF Global

The president of ICF Global set himself a tough agenda when he took over the helm, but, he tells members, don’t forget to be sensitive to each other Ed Modell, president of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Global, often describes himself as “the poster child for the transformative power of coaching”. In 2002, he switched careers, becoming a coach after 28 years as a lawyer in Washington DC. That year he nearly lost his life following “minor surgery, which turned into a major nightmare”. Modell was in a medically induced coma for three weeks. Doctors told his wife four times […]

Give me strength

Coaching company Strengths Partnership is teaming up with Samaritans, the charity that helps people experiencing emotional distress and suicidal feelings. The two-year partnership will promote and explore ways to increase emotional wellbeing and resilience, while raising funds for the charity. Planned activities include Going for Gold, a workplace challenge designed to capture the spirit of the forthcoming London Olympics. Coaching at Work, Volume 6, Issue 4

Virtual community

Annette Fillery-Travis, coach and director of programmes for the DProf at the Institute of Work Based Learning at Middlesex University, has established a virtual community for those interested in the study of coaching. Membership is by invitation only. Contact Samantha Owen at Coaching at Work, Volume 6, Issue 4