Relationships key to coaching outcomes, says major study

The relationship is what makes the most difference to coaching outcomes. Client self-efficacy (the client’s self-belief) is also an important active ingredient in successful outcomes, according to preliminary findings from the Greatest Coaching Outcome Research Project, thought to be the largest-ever such study. The project also finds that clients, coaches and sponsors agree on what […]

Ridler 2013: Credibility voted top quality in coaches

Credibility and gravitas are the most important qualities for sponsors seeking external coaches. Some 99 per cent of respondents to the latest Ridler Report rated these qualities as the most important, followed by “listens well” (97 per cent). Credibility and gravitas are associated with a track record of successfully coaching business leaders, a broad business […]

News in brief

Ethical dilemma Some 63 per cent of managers in the UK have been expected to behave unethically at work, according to a survey of more than 1,000 managers by the Institute of Leadership and Management and Business in the Community. Ten per cent of respondents report having left jobs after being asked to do something […]

UEL launches coaching/counselling PGC

The University of East London (UEL) is launching what it believes to be the first postgraduate programme in the world to integrate counselling and coaching. Dr Nash Popovic, senior lecturer at UEL, said the university was launching this programme to meet “considerable demand for practitioners who can offer both to the same client. “There is […]

News: conference round-up

Association for Coaching (AC) Ireland International conference, 25-26 April, belfast Coaching empowers at Irish electricity board The Electricity Supply Board (ESB)’s coaching strategy is “unashamedly about business performance”, said David O’Brien. “If you’re not getting improved performance, it’s a waste of money. “There is a huge tranche of our people who think this is mumbo […]

Outcome report: conversations are key to results

Erik de Haan and Nadine Page report on the largest quantitative coaching outcome study to date which they believe breaks new ground and will help to improve the effectiveness of coaching relationships. Coaches have long sought to improve their coaching conversations and have frequently questioned the effectiveness of their work and the impact it has […]

Rising Minds

Rising Minds reaches out to people in crisis Two coaches have set up a social enterprise offering commercial quality coaching and mindfulness training to people held back by difficult circumstances or past experiences. Rising Minds was formed by Michele Grant and Tim Segaller, who felt inspired to bring transformative tools to people without the means […]

The new normal

Neela Bettridge and Philip Whiteley A new book argues that the principles of coaching are incompatible with the conventional business model In coaching, the focus is on personal preparation and personal qualities, and it is tacitly assumed that this agenda is consistent with the ideas that have underpinned the business model. As weaknesses in the […]

Troubleshooter: Collision course

The strategic head of a global telecoms organisation is considered integral to the business. But when a new CEO arrives with his own team, the head is left isolated and unclear of his role. What now? Colin is a vice president of a multinational telecommunications company. He was hired as head of strategy for his […]