Coaching at Work e-newsletter – September 2011

Welcome to the September 2011 issue of the newsletter Coaching is increasingly a core part of managers’ jobs and line managers are doing the lion share of coaching, according to a report out this month from the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development (CIPD) (see Stop Press). But it’s important that this isn’t seen as cheap coaching, as we stress in the September/October issue (See Show of Support, Highlights). Managers who coach and internal coaches need to be given lots of training and support while coaching needs to be aligned with business priorities. Leeds Metropolitan University and NHS Leeds are among […]

Coaching psychologists need to be entrepreneurial

By Liv Hök in Sweden Coaching psychologists need to collaborate more, put themselves forward more and become more entrepreneurial- these were among the key messages from a conference held in Stockholm this month. The conference was the latest in a series held all over the world as part of the 1st international Congress of Coaching Psychology. Lars Ahlin from the Swedish Psychological Association (SPA), P.O. Eriksson from Coachande Psykologer (Coaching Psychologists) and Stephen Palmer, honorary professor of psychology at the UK’s City University, kicked off the conference by saying it was important that psychology take an offensive stance, reports Liv […]

Leeds Metropolitan University develops “super coaches”

Becoming more mindful at work was the theme of an inaugural master class for coaches qualified through an Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) accredited in-house programme offered at Leeds Metropolitan University or NHS Leeds. The event on 15 September was organised by Leeds Metropolitan University as part of its initiative to develop a band of what it calls “super coaches”, who as well as being trained to coach on the in-house programme, are offered ongoing CPD and supervision. “This is based on my experience of both being and supporting an internal coach, and realising that this can be a […]

Welcome to the August 2011 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the August 2011 issue of the newsletter It’s easy to feel daunted at the prospect of carrying out research if you don’t have an academic background. I’ve felt this myself throughout my many years working in journalism, digging around in all sorts of dusty corners, and more recently as a coaching practitioner. Apparently, many coaching and mentoring practitioners foraying into the world of research feel anxious and concerned that they are somehow frauds – this came through at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s first research conference in Holland. Academics are often responsible for this discomfort, reflected David […]

Welcome to the July 2011 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the July 2011 issue of the newsletter Exciting news that the joint efforts by the International Coach Federation and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council to produce a common Code of Conduct for practitioners have paid off (see Stop Press and next issue for full story). This makes perfect sense and will help coaching buyers enormously. Hopefully other professional bodies will soon join the initiative. As befits a new profession, we are still feeling our way around what coaching is and isn’t. No doubt the debate will run and run but it’s a worthwhile one, one which will […]

Paul Brown interview

The coaching profession is well-equipped to take over from human resources as well as to inherit the field of neuroscience , said psychologist Paul Brown in an exclusive interview with Coaching at Work. “With the body of knowledge that neuroscience provides, coaching is the natural inheritor of neuroscience, and with it comes huge potential for supplanting HR in organizations,” said Professor Brown, visiting professor organizational neuroscience at London South Bank University UK. Whilst acknowledging that there are many “profoundly good” HR professionals, Brown lambasted HR for failing to challenge the system and for having no working model of the person- […]