Wake-up call for ‘Neets’

by Liz Hall Intensive and personalised mentoring will be among the radical Youth Contract plans announced by the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. The government will pay training providers to make “alarm calls” to wake up unemployed teenagers in a bid to get them into work. Clegg’s initiative aims to tackle the record number of England’s 16 and 17-year-olds ‘Neets’ (people who are ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’.) Support will be tailored to suit individual needs and will include projects and interventions such as skills training on maths and literacy, and help with personal finance, health and wellbeing. […]

Conference Material

Home Programme Keynote sessions Case studies Workshops Conference material Sponsors Booking Thank you to all our sponsors, speakers and delegates for your support Strengths-based coaching for culture change & leadership effectiveness at Samaritans: James Brook and Claire Watt Click here to view James Brook and Claire Watt material Kent County Council: coaching networks: Carol Wilson and Serena Cunningham Click here to view Carol Wilson and Serena Cunningham material Resilience in coaching: Carole Pemberton Click here to view Carole-Pemberton material Work/life balance in coaching & mentoring: David Clutterbuck Click here to view David Clutterbuck material Using metaphor for creativity & wellbeing […]

Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter “Coaches have to navigate between working in and challenging the status quo. The coach represents in some way a shaman who helps people to question and go beyond what we take for granted.” This was one of the messages from Aboodi Shabi in his keynote at our Coaching and Mentoring at Work conference on 11 July (conference report in the September issue). “We need to be bold and ask the questions others dare not ask, that’s when we really serve our clients….. if we don’t ask these questions, we are doomed […]

The Coaching Chronicles: The Tudors

Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… The Tudors ruled from 1485 to 1603 and brought peace to England. The Tudor period was probably one of the most exciting in history. The rich were rich, the poor were poor, and the differences were stark. The main man was, of course, King Henry. He was very intelligent and a great athlete. He loved jousting, hunting and wrestling. He also knew […]


In the eighth in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at developmental versus sponsorship mentoring. This issue: Does mentoring have a positive career impact? schools for thought lis merrick and paul stokes We now know how to set up a mentoring programme. But which type are you using? Most of us are familiar with developmental mentoring and align our thinking with the definition suggested by Megginson and Clutterbuck: “Off-line help by one person to another in making significant transitions in knowledge, work or thinking.” However, there is another school of thought, characterised by Zey’s research in the […]

Book Review: Supervision in Action: A Relational Approach to Coaching and Consulting Supervision

Title: Supervision in Action: A Relational Approach to Coaching and Consulting Supervision Author; Erik de Haan Publisher: Open University Press ISBN 978 03352 4577 2 Usefulness **** In this welcome addition to the literature on coaching supervision, de Haan applies the perspective he took in his earlier Relational Coaching. While other authors focus on the functions of supervision, the attention here is on the importance of transference and parallel processes in the supervision relationship. He uses seven playful metaphors to draw this out. Some may balk at supervision being described as “two rather frightened people, finding out the unknown”, but […]

Book Review: The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice

Title: The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice Editors: Leni Wildflower and Diane Brennan Publisher: Jossey Bass ISBN 978 04706 2444 9 Usefulness ***** This book’s central concern is what we do when we coach, and the foundation of our practices. A variety of contributors present theories on individual psychology, how we construct reality in relationships and through language, and the dynamics of groups and organisations. It touches on issues of spirituality and mindfulness, and provides a range of contextual perspectives, such as gender, cultural background and environmental sustainability. It looks at how disciplines such as somatics, narrative […]

Calling all coaches – help us break new ground

What is hoped to be ‘The greatest Coaching Outcome Research ever’ is now underway, say Erik de Haan and Andy Copeland. And we need you and your clients to help us obtain the largest ever sample of coaching relationships As our children teach us, often the most valuable questions in life are very easy to ask yet amazingly hard to answer, such as: “Why did I do that?” or “What did I mean by that?” In executive coaching, examples of questions that are obvious and essential yet profoundly difficult to answer are: Does our coaching work? Does it help clients […]


By PETER CLOUGH AND DOUG STRYCHARCZYK Mental toughness is a significant factor in performance and wellbeing. Most of us have it, but don’t know how to use it. In part one of our two-part series, Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk explain their MTQ48 measure, which helps clients identify and develop toughness Mental toughness helps individuals respond to stress, pressure and challenge, irrespective of prevailing circumstance. Although its roots lie in resilience theory, mental toughness has emerged as a wider and potentially more useful concept. Initially working with athletes, Dr Peter Clough and his colleagues at Hull University identified the core […]

Toolbox: when feelings kick in

Coaching at Work road-tests the framework and tools of Team Emotional Intelligence 1 The tool What is it?’ The term ‘Team Emotional Intelligence’ was coined by Professor Vanessa Druskat and Dr Steven B Wolff to describe a methodology and framework for assisting teams to develop the emotional context for high performance. The Team Emotional Intelligence (EI) survey can be delivered to a team (and its leader) to analyse and summarise the team’s building blocks for high performance. The model and framework help focus on the steps a team can take. Many teams want to be innovative, and develop and build […]