Viewpoint – Social butterflies

John Blakey HR must underline its importance now or risk being sidelined. And coaching skills will play a vtial role. Henley Business School recently surveyed 2,500 HR and non-HR leaders from large private and public sector organisations. It found that only 3 per cent ranked developing their HR team as a first or second place […]

Toolbox – Conflict resolution

Continuing our series looking at coaching tools and techniques, Coaching at Work road-tests the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument 1 The tool What is it? The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument (TKI) assesses an individual’s behaviour in conflict situations. It is measured along two dimensions: assertiveness and co-operativeness. These can be used to define five modes of […]

A hazy notion

Coaches have worked hard to define their profession. Yet, they are perfectly capable of using therapeutic approaches without straying into therapy. Caroline Horner reports on a ‘third way’ of coaching Much effort has gone into making a distinction between coaching and more established helping professions. Yet, just as fields such as therapy have developed a […]

Guiding light?

Tatiana Bachkirova suggests a new role for coaching supervision, one she hopes may even have something to teach the more established helping professions The idea of coaching supervision still divides coaching communities – into those who are keen and practise it, and those who are not, or less so. Here, I suggest a new role […]

Get shifting

Sometimes mentoring can uncover unexpected results – such as the requirement for a spot of consultancy or full-blown coaching, as Sian Bryant discovered with a client recently One of the rewards of working in the helping professions is the rich diversity of individuals, organisations, challenges and roles. However, this diversity sometimes brings confusion about what […]

Book review – Developmental Coaching: Life Transitions and Generational Perspectives

Title Developmental Coaching: Life Transitions and Generational Perspectives Editors Stephen Palmer and Sheila Panchal Publisher Routledge ISBN 978 04154 7360 6 Usefulness 4/5 This book is part of the Essential Coaching Skills and Knowledge series. It seeks to place coaching in the context of a life course, examining the role of a coach in building […]

Research – The art of delaying it

David Megginson, emeritus professor of HRD at Sheffield Business School, turns to the self-regulating forum, LinkedIn, for perspectives on procrastination and how to address coaching around it I decided to write this column on procrastination and, funnily enough, found I was up against time in getting it out. So, I decided to use an alternative […]

Virgin Territory

Coaching really did begin at home for Carol Wilson. Self-directed learning led her to run Richard Branson’s newly formed Virgin Records, and help her spread the word about coaching. It’s a passion, she tells Liz Hall When Carol Wilson first entered the UK’s job market, she found it hard to fit in. It was the […]