Mediocre managers as bad as ‘David Brent’ style bosses

Mediocre managers are just as damaging to employee engagement and wellbeing as more ‘David Brent’-style bosses, according to research from the UK´s Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). Failing to take responsibility for mistakes, panicking about deadlines and commanding rather than consulting staff were among bad managers´ worst attributes, according to the report, Managing for sustainable employee engagement: Developing a behavioural framework. The report offers yet more evidence of the benefits of a coaching-style approach to management. It highlighted how managers who discussed workers’ career development, remained calm under pressure, and invested time in getting to know staff as […]

Megginson’s reflections

Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault, and other things: reflections from the EMCC conference

What is the optimum size of a coaching cultured company? This was one of the questions that emerged for David Megginson, European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) ambassador and co-founder, at the EMCC´s annual conference last month.

He reflects on six themes from the conference: the learning philosophy of coaching scheme designs in organisations; transformational creation of coaching cultures; positive psychology; Danes and deep theory, videos and Foucault; the relationship between refreshment and goals, and “the quiet radical”, Nancy Kline. He shares his reflections below.

How to increase the chances of an aha moment

By Liz Hall

The more you push for an “aha moment”, the less likely it is you´ll get one but you can create conditions to make it more likely to happen, said Christian van Nieuwerburgh.

To encourage new thinking in clients, we need to encourage them to “unfocus”, be creative, experience challenge and believe, said Dr van Nieuwerburgh, senior lecturer at the University of East London´s School of Psychology in the United Kingdom.

Research on the brain shows that just before an aha moment the brain goes into an alpha (relaxed) state, then suddenly there is a “gamma spike”, where a constellation of neurons bind together for the first time to create a new neural network pathway. This is the creation of a new idea. So it helps to allow the brain to “be idle” such as going for a walk, said Dr van Nieuwerburgh.

Our annual survey

Our annual survey reveals your predictions for 2013
Coaching income will stay the same this coming year, predict respondents to Coaching at Work’s annual survey.

Some 61.5 per cent of respondents believe coaching income will remain the same for 2013, while 23 per cent think it will reduce.

A majority (61.5 per cent) believed there is a shift in what coaching is, with varying views on what this looks like. Some 75 per cent agree that coaching will become more integrated with initiatives such as talent management in 2013.

Collaboration and reaching agreement between the professional bodies was identified as the top priority for coaching in the coming year. Supervision emerged as the second most important topic for the year.

EMCC, AC and ICF form historic Global Alliance

By Liz Hall Coaches have broadly welcomed the Global Alliance formed by three of the industry’s leading professional bodies. The news of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching (AC), broke at the EMCC’s annual conference in Bilbao, Spain, on 17 November (see photo), where it was made clear that it is an alliance, not a merger. The Alliance declared: “As a collective of global professional coaching and mentoring bodies, we seek to build alliances, a co-operative spirit, purposes and […]

Coaches score surprise low on adjectival use – the language of emotions

Coaches surprised a language expert with their low use of adjectives – apparently adjectives are almost entirely about establishing an emotional connection. Delegates at the Academy of Executive Coaching’s annual conference on 9 November were asked to define leadership in a pre-conference exercise. Only one out of around 50 participating coaches used mainly adjectives. Two- thirds used mainly verbs, which was less surprising because they are associated with “action, energy, solutions, the future and motivation”, said Ian Jessup from Interact. A third used mainly nouns. “Adjectives are so important. They give us emotions, benefits, outcomes and inspiration. Nobody buys the […]

Team coaching: systemic approach is ‘vital’

Academy of executive coaching annual conference, 9 November 2012, London

Team coaching: systemic approach is ‘vital’
Knowing when to start team coaching can be tricky, say two team coaching experts.
“Do you wait until the team is stable or start where they are? It’s very fluid and there are no clear answers,” said Louise Buckle, lead coach at KPMG, who co-presented with executive coach Hilary Lines at the Academy of Executive Coaching’s annual conference on 9 November.
Buckle said taking a systemic approach is vital when doing team coaching as most people belong to more than one team.

“The systemic approach is so important because rarely do you find anyone who is part of just one team. [People] get pulled in lots of directions and arrive at the table with baggage from the last team. There is an individualistic targeted culture at KPMG – are you part of us or not?”, said Buckle, who was recently working with two teams and had one person in both.

Mental toughness enhances workplace performance

By Christian van Nieuwerburgh Higher levels of mental toughness have been shown to correlate with enhanced levels of well-being, according to AQR managing director, Doug Strycharczyk. Some 140 coaches gathered at Aston Business School in Birmingham for a conference on ‘Coaching for Resilience: Strengthening Your Organisation from Within.’ In his opening address, Strycharczyk said that mental toughness can explain up to 25 per cent of variation in performance between individuals. The event was organised by the West Midlands Coaching Pool and AQR. Emeritus professor at Sheffield Hallam University, David Megginson warned of the “joyless depletion” which can be the result […]

PwC’s Genesis programme fast-tracks its leaders

European mentoring & coaching council annual conference, 15-17 november 2012, bilbao, spain Reflection, showing vulnerability, “real play”, top-level sponsorship and a blended learning approach, including multiple coaching offers, are key to the success of PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC)’s award-winning leadership development programme, Genesis Park. The organisation’s elitist fast-track ‘mobile’ programme has seen nearly 800 alumni graduate globally since it launched in 2001. Coaching, delivered in a number of ways, is at the heart of it. Alumni from more than 40 countries and of 22 nationalities have gone through the intensive 10-week part-residential programme. It aims to speed up the development of the […]