Research matters: Martini moments

What does ‘any time, any place, anywhere’ look like in a coaching conversation, asks Stephanie Sturges, senior lecturer, Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit (CMRU), Sheffield Business School.

A number of years ago, my colleague and I were exploring with a group of coaches how coaching might be transferred into the workplace, where and when it might be appropriate to coach and how to assist in the development of a coaching culture.

We explored the notion of coaching ‘any time, any place, anywhere’, or as one coaching student termed it, a ‘Martini Moments’ approach to creating coaching culture.

Into focus

Self-management is arguably even more important for internal coaches, says Sara Hope, in the third in our series of columns on internal coaching/mentoring What sponsors desire most is value for money from their internal coaching. My research in the internal coaching space, plus my own experience, suggests that how internal coaches manage their boundaries and themselves in the moment, has one of the biggest impacts on the quality of the coaching relationship. There can be little doubt about the importance of self-management for a coach. It is perhaps even more important for an internal coach. How can they maintain focus […]

Profile: Katherine Long

Katherine Long is on a holistic journey. When she isn’t exploring spirituality or shamanism or even equine-facilitated coaching, she can be found running barefoot, engaging in dialogue with the earth. Liz Hall catches up with her.

Winning the Coaching at Work Best Practical Article award (see page 14) was a surprise for Katherine Long – she feels she is best known for her ideas and frameworks. Yet her ability to dance with concepts is matched by her knack, and desire, for grounding them in practice.
Spirituality, somatics, shamanism, focusing and mindfulness, equine-facilitated coaching, the Paleo Movement, barefoot running and getting back to nature, emergence and transformation. Our conversation touches on all of these areas.

TroubleShooter: Delivering the goods

An experienced senior manager will be returning to work part-time after her maternity leave. Can she effectively maintain a professional and personal life within the hours of her post-maternity contract? Susan is a service manager of a global company that contributes to the growth, profitability and efficiency of the parent company. She is a member of the division that is based in the UK and has a long-standing and well-established career with the company. Susan is shortly going on maternity leave and will soon have two children under the age of five. She would like to continue to develop herself […]

Reflections: No Egos please

What do we see when we reflect deeply? This issue: being truly present in the midst of redundancy

by Lindsay Wittenberg

Graham is a divisional director in an international company based in the UK. When he started his coaching programme his team wasn’t gelling and the business wasn’t performing well. Rates of absenteeism, sickness and stress were high, and Graham was facing the threat of closure of the division if performance didn’t improve.

Shortly before the fourth coaching session, the decision was indeed taken to close down the division, and Graham began implementing a redundancy process, working towards his own ultimate redundancy too.

Retailer TJX embeds coaching to help reach US$40bn target

Offering coaching through an internal coaching cadre has presented a number of challenges to TJX, including providing a sufficiently high level of challenge to leaders, maintaining commitment, as well as reassuring employees that the coaching will be confidential, said Jake Thomson, HR business partner for TJX Europe.
“There is a high level of challenge required for internal coaches to work with senior members of staff – we’re really having to work at that,” said Thomson.

EMCC to fast-track ICF-credentialed members

The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) is now offering a shortcut to its individual accreditation award for EMCC members who have already been assessed by the International Coach Federation (ICF) on certain criteria.
The EMCC’s shortened version of its individual accreditation award, the European Individual Accreditation (EIA), is on offer to coaches who have already been assessed by the ICF on the following EMCC competence categories: Managing the Contract, Building the Relationship, Enabling Insight and Learning, Outcome and Action Orientation.

News Research: Ridler Report 2013

This year’s Ridler Report reveals solid growth in a number of areas of coaching, despite the economic downturn. Here we take a look at seven key findings from the report Ridler Report 2013: executive coaching rides recession.

Executive coaching, internal coaching and team coaching are all on the increase, while fees for senior executive coaches are on the rise, despite the recession, according to further findings from the Ridler Report 2013.

The report is an ongoing collaboration between Ridler & Co and the European Mentoring & Coaching Council UK.