Welcome to the March 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the March 2013 issue of the newsletter The Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) has agreed that its core purpose is to ‘professionalise’ coaching and mentoring and has laid out core objectives, values and guiding principles for member parties. It’s good to see that one of these guiding principles is to ‘remember it […]

Global Alliance defines working practice

The Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) has agreed that its core purpose is to ‘professionalise’ coaching and mentoring. At the first meeting in Dublin on 27 February, the GCMA firmed up its purpose, which includes ‘expressing a shared view of the practice of professional coaching.’ It also established core objectives, values and guiding principles […]

Body Talk

A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters of you are members of a professional coaching organisation. But for those of you who aren’t, confusion still reigns. Liz Hall brings clarity with an in-depth look at what’s on offer.

Professional bodies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but as coaching buyers begin to ask more questions about accreditation, standards and ethics, more coaches are signing up. And they are discovering the real benefits to be had.

A recent cartoon by our resident humorist Kipper struck a nerve with many of you, highlighting the confusion that still reigns over who does what. How do you decide what body to join? Which are relevant to you? What do they offer?

Some 74 per cent of respondents to Meyler Campbell’s survey of coaches (see news, page 12) are members of a professional coaching body, up on last year’s 65 per cent. There was no clear leader last year either, but in 2009 the Association for Coaching (AC) pulled ahead by a long shot (59 per cent), followed by the International Coach Federation (ICF; 29 per cent), as shown in Table 1.