Welcome to the December 2011 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the December 2011 issue of the newsletter It’s been a tough year for so many people over the last year and it’s been little wonder that stress has been the main reason for sickness absence here in the UK. We’re all part of the system and it’s hard to build up immunity in the current climate. Apparently when Sarah Dale, who presented at the British Psychological Society Special Group in Coaching Psychology’s (BPS SGCP) 3rd European Coaching Psychology conference in December, asked a group of 100 managers if any of them woke up at 4am with work worries, […]

Team coaching in its infancy

Team coaching is at the point where individual coaching was 30 years ago, said Peter Hawkins. Buyers of team coaching are not sophisticated and individuals don’t know what it is, said Hawkins, speaking at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council annual conference in Paris on 17-19 November. Hawkins, founder of the Bath Consultancy Group, said: “What most people ask for is team facilitation.” He defined a team as “a small number of people with a common purpose and an approach for which they hold themselves mutually accountable.” He said all teams need to be “learning accelerators, not learning- blocking”. Conditions […]


Cross-Cultural Coaching Presented by Jenny Plaister-Ten Jenny Plaister-Ten Cross-Cultural Coaching Shape of the session ·  Background and summary research findings ·  Introduction to ‘The Kaleidoscope’ model ·  Knowledge café : Exploration of culture in coaching practice ·  Reflections and application to practice The importance of culture Discussion: Is culture important to the coaching relationship? Why? Why culture is important ·  A global market ·  A mobile global middle class ·  Emergence of ‘global nomads’ into leadership positions, ·  Coaching intervention for global executives, expatriate postings, multi-cultural/remote teams & during international mergers & acquisitions

Coaching at Work Mentoring Digest no.2 – December 2011

Welcome to our second issue of Coaching at Work Mentoring Digest. As this year comes to a close, we’ve asked Coaching at Work readers to identify what the priorities are for the coming year. Managing talent came out top in the list of mentoring priorities (see News online), according to the Coaching at Work Annual Readers’ Survey 2011 (more results in Coaching at Work January/February issue). Our first conference since we took over the magazine, Coaching and Mentoring at Work: Beyond Frontiers, on 23 November, was a huge success. We heard about the importance of goal-setting and repetition to aid […]

Research matters – Why are ethics the right thing?

Coaches face moral decisions every day, yet within these dilemmas lies the path to coaching excellence. Janet Laffin and Stephanie Sturges, senior lecturers at Sheffield Hallam Business School, explain why Coaching ethics focuses on the principles and values that affect how we conduct ourselves and make decisions in our coaching. Ethical dilemmas are an everyday occurrence in coaching. They often happen because of a misalignment between the client’s and the organisation’s agendas, particularly when it comes to showing evidence of return on investment. For instance, the client wants to be coached into another organisation, however the sponsor wants the individual […]

Global villager

If anyone knows how to make things happen, it’s Zulfi Hussain MBE. From role-modelling disadvantaged youngsters, to championing cross-cultural working and bringing Eastern philosophies into coaching – no mission is impossible. Liz Hall discovers what’s on his bucket list Zulfi Hussain is a man who makes the impossible possible. When someone says, “It can’t be done,” he replies, “There must be a way.” Take his response to news of the Asian tsunami on Boxing Day, 2004. While most of us dabbed at our tears and gave donations, Hussain spent the Christmas period developing and setting up a non-profit web-based initiative […]

Perspectives – There is no wall

Stuart Haden What do you do when you hit a wall? Cut through your perceptions and coach yourself past it
 I’ve been competing in ultramarathons for the past three years. Recently, I started making the connection between these endurance events and my role as a coach. As soon as you start contemplating distances beyond 26.2 miles the mental aspect of the race becomes crucial. This is where my coaching skills come to the fore. Three years ago I signed up for the Oxfam Trailwalker 100km (62 miles and a 2,000 metre ascent). I envisaged it being a landmark in my […]

Myth buster – We’re only human

ABOODI SHABI ‘Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children’ 
Kahlil Gibran I was at a party the other day, having a discussion with an old friend about what she might do next in her career. I suggested coaching could be one possible path. “God, no!” she exclaimed, “I’m far too messed up for that!” It’s not an especially unusual reaction – the idea that one has to be sorted out, ‘coach-like’, to do this work. And yet, it’s an idea I react […]

Symbolic gestures

Are traditional approaches to coaching, and their rational solutions, the only answer? What if the shift needs to happen at a deeper level? Katherine Long reveals how metaphors have the power to transform both coach and client A favourite cinematic scene of mine is from Il Postino1, where Mario, the poor, lovelorn postman, sits on a pebbly beach with his would-be mentor, Pablo Neruda, the famous Chilean poet, who is temporarily exiled on Mario’s island. Mario is overwhelmed by Pablo’s charisma, his popularity with women, and his ability to express himself so powerfully through poetry. The scene on the beach […]

Mentoring – Taking care of business

LIS MERRICK AND PAUL STOKES How do we guide the developing mentoring relationship through to its successful conclusion? In the fifth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to support, motivate and create the most effective mentoring. This issue: energising the relationship The mentoring relationships have begun. Now we need to consider how to ensure these relationships continue in a healthy and productive way. Let’s examine Step 6: 6 Supporting the programme How do you support mentors and their clients? In the course of our practice, when developing mentoring programmes, we have been faced with […]