Welcome to the October 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the October 2013 issue of the newsletter It’s the tenth anniversary of coaching supervision in the UK and we’ve come a very long way, as our special report shows (see Leading the way and Reflecting on practice in Highlights).  But not everyone is convinced (see Show us proof in Highlights). We are so often our own harshest critic, and much of coaching sets out to tackle low self-esteem in clients. Apparently, practising mindfulness is linked to higher self-esteem, according to a study by Pepping et al. We’re still taking bookings for Liz Hall’s Masterclass on Mindfulness & Coaching […]

Researchers debunk sided brain bias

  Are you right-brained – creative, thoughtful and subjective? Or left-brained – logical, detail-orientated and analytical? However you answer this, you are wrong, apparently. Neuroscientists from the University of Utah in the US have debunked the myth that some people use the right side of their brain more and others the left. The two-year study analysed brain scans of 1,011 people between the ages of seven and 29. “It’s absolutely true that some brain functions occur in one or the other side of the brain. Language tends to be on the left, attention more on the right. But people don’t […]

Speed coaches take to the streets in surprise flash mobs

More than 80 qualified business and life coaches are taking to the streets of London this month (November) to ‘speed coach’ more than 2,000 people in three of the UK’s largest-ever coaching flash mobs. The flash mobs are the brainchild of coach Shivani Mair, who has combined media and coaching expertise to bring the profession to an innovative platform. Mair, founding director of social action initiative, Our Peoples’ Coach, launched the first-ever coaching flash mob concept last October (2012), training willing coaches at the International Coach Federation’s annual global conference in London. More than 57 coaches have taken part in […]

Change study reveals depth of influence of coaching

One of the first studies to look at coaching effectiveness in times of organisational change shows it enhances solution-focused thinking, the ability to deal with change, leadership self-efficacy and resilience, and the attainment of goals relevant to the organisation’s mission. The study, by Anthony Grant, associate professor and director at the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney’s School of Psychology, also found that coaching during organisational change increased workplace satisfaction, and decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Grant said, “Although coaching is often used by organisations in times of organisational change, there has been very little research looking at […]

News pages 8 to 9

Hawkins: don’t ignore the future – it may bite you The thirteenth fairy only becomes the wicked fairy because of not being invited to the party, and so it is with organisations that ignore stakeholders, such as the future, at their peril,” said Peter Hawkins, referring to the wicked fairy in the Grimms’ Fairy Tale, Sleeping Beauty. Speaking at the Association for Coaching’s annual conference on creating a coaching culture, Bath Consultancy Group founder, Hawkins, said every organisation has a thirteenth fairy “who will prick them in the thumb or bite them in the bum” if they are ignored. He […]

News pages 10 to 11.

Studies highlight poor management behaviour A string of studies has revealed unethical behaviour, poor strategic skills and shaky people management ability among managers and leaders, prompting calls for employers to “step up”, and highlighting the contribution that coaches can make to fostering more appropriate behaviour. One million UK managers are working in a way they feel “unethical” to “get ahead,” according to a study by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). A separate study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) reveals efforts to encourage positive behaviours among managers are being ‘undermined’ by the lack of a consistent message […]

News pages 12-13

South Africa: training omits Afrocentric values A South African black woman was traumatised by being propelled into coaching an older white male in front of other coach trainees, a request that stirred up ghosts of Apartheid and became confused with traditional cultural hierarchies. The incident is offered as a example of how executive coaching and coach training in South Africa is failing to reflect Afrocentric cultural values, in a study by two researchers from the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. South Africa still struggles with tensions of racial assumptions, employment equity and parity […]

Hurry up and wait

Katharine St John-Brooks Internal coaches face a dearth of clients because of poor process management. The good news is that it’s easy to put right. Do internal coaches have enough to do? In the course of researching my new book on internal coaching, I came across an unexpected phenomenon – frustrated internal coaches who were ‘all dressed up with nowhere to go’. They had completed their training and were fired up, ready to start work with coaching clients – except they had none. Or, they had had a few when the scheme started, but demand had petered out. I first […]

Reflections: Lightly does it

Lindsay Wittenberg How do we help clients find their way back into safety following intense experiences? Lately I’ve become aware of how often extremes of uncertainty come up in my coaching sessions. Any leader’s life is full of the unpredictable, the ambiguous and the complex, but there’s a particular intensity, even threat, to the experiences of three of my clients. One exceptionally bright woman was catapulted, without preparation, to a demanding senior position: her job description was vague, yet there was significant pressure on her to deliver. Scrambling to produce results caused her serious stress. Another client lost four colleagues […]


Book   Title: Full Spectrum Supervision Editors: Edna Murdoch and Jackie Arnold Publisher Panoma Press ISBN 978 1908 74699 3 Usefulness *****   The subtitle of this collection is “Who you are, is how you supervise”, and the essays within it amply illustrate this truth in a wide and fascinating range of ways. It reflects and explores the Full Spectrum model of supervision. The book is aimed primarily at coach supervisors, but any coach that wishes to deepen the skilfulness, impact and enjoyment of their practice would gain a great deal from it. I did! The editors have brought together […]