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 […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reviews

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 […]