Out of character Lis Merrick and Sue Makin Why do I feel so defensive? – BACP Practitioner’s conference, Leeds, 8 March Lis Merrick: Encouraged by a dear friend and colleague, also a counsellor, I decided to attend the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) Practitioner’s conference in Leeds on 8 March. The programme seemed very coaching-orientated and it would be good CPD for me. The conference was great. I really enjoyed the programme and meeting new and fascinating people, some of whom I am already developing stronger ties with. However, by lunchtime I found some transference from the conference […]

BACP considers coaching register in draft strategy

The British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)’s Coaching division is considering developing a register for coaching, training competencies and a certificate of proficiency. Also on the agenda is highlighting and marketing the ‘unique selling point’ of counselling-trained coaches, and reviewing and creating an ethical framework that enables the safe delivery of coaching in practice. BACP Coaching chair, Gill Fennings-Monkman, shared the division’s draft strategic plan with delegates at the BACP Practitioner’s conference in Leeds, UK, on 8 March. The BACP developed the first approved psychological therapists’ register to be accredited under a scheme set up by the UK’s Department […]


More women please Increasing numbers of women are being appointed to Britain’s top boardrooms, but FTSE 100 companies must step up their hiring if the government’s target of 25 per cent female representation by next year is to be met. The UK’s Department for Business, Innovation and Skills said women now account for 20.7 per cent of board positions in the FTSE 100 – up from 12.5 per cent in 2011. Ann Francke, chief executive of the Chartered Management Institute, said the real issue is that the business culture puts women off entering the board. Stop thinking so much Trusting […]

Kilfinan Australia to give free 1:1 corporate-led mentoring to NFPs

Australia-based Not for Profit (NFP) CEOs are being offered free one-on-one mentoring by successful corporate leaders by a new organisation inspired by the UK’s Kilfinan Group. Kilfinan Australia aims to build trusting relationships between the corporate and NFP sectors. It follows in the footsteps of the Kilfinan Group, set up in 2003 by Scottish philanthropist and corporate leader, Nicholas Ferguson CBE. The UK Group pairs charity chief executives with mentors from the private sector, most of whom are chief executives or chairs. It now has more than 120 senior business people mentoring NFP CEOs. Initially, Kilfinan Australia is being launched […]

Authentic leadership helps clients reach goals

Business coaches who possess qualities of authentic leadership (AL) are more likely to help clients reach their goals than those without, suggests research. The study, which included a survey of 96 business coaches, looked at the extent to which coaches perceive they possess the qualities of AL and how this affects coaching performance. Coaching that involves the application of AL qualities enhances the work performance, life experience, self-directed learning and personal growth of clients, according to the research. The study, by Anthony Gatling of William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration, University of Nevada in the US, describes AL as […]

Becoming a Chartered Institute: is coaching ready?

The journey towards Chartered Institute (CI) status for coaching in the UK appears to be even more challenging than previously thought, according to the Accreditation Forum’s sub-committee looking at the viability of CI status. As well as potential disadvantages, such as the UK coaching industry’s complexity, there are many potential benefits too (see box, below) and a number of possible steps towards full CI status, which may offer some of the benefits, without going the whole way, suggested the sub-committee. The committee was led by GSK’s Sally Bonneywell. Other members included UK ICF’s Joy Harcup, APECS’ Jeremy Ridge, Oxford Brookes […]

The team coaching debate: the feedback

What do the professional body representatives think? l “It is important that people know what their safe profile of practice is – the idea that one coach can be all things to all people…[is] not possible…[a] vast array of opportunities come to mind when we think about the team… What is it that team coaching has that other categories don’t?…It has that quality relationship with the individuals in the team as well as doing the rest – contact with each team member as well as the team” (Jeremy Ridge) l “What makes a team different to a group, what skills […]

forum update

At the latest meeting of the Accreditation Forum on 19 March in London, two sub-committees reported back. One on the high-risk, yet highly important area of team coaching, the other on our progress towards UK Chartered Institute status It is still unclear what team coaching is and what skills set will be required, but it is going to become increasingly important – and it has the potential to be high risk, but high impact, too. These were some of the conclusions of a group of sponsors and professional body representatives. Led by KPMG’s Louise Buckle, a sub-committee of the Accreditation […]

Three minutes to midnight: the ripple-out effect

A series of columns on our role in tackling the complicated economic, environmental and social challenges we face. It is a place to question, offer, share, explore, challenge, dissent, celebrate, reflect, learn and enjoy the ripple-out effect: what is it all about? T his is a true story. The conversation with a charity leader was closing. They gave thanks for the coaching. In return, appreciation and recognition was given to them for all the qualities they brought to the conversation, and also…for the way their work affected staff and volunteers, whose work, in turn, profoundly affected and improved the lives […]

TroubleShooter: Twisted priorities

The owner of a successful company finds himself nailing all his corporate goals, yet failing to achieve them in his private life. He is tired and irritable. How can this business owner find a way of having success and personal fulfilment too? Mike has run a large mechanical service company for the past 15 years. Business is going as well as ever. He has hit his growth, revenue and profit goals consistently. In fact, business has far exceeded his wildest dreams, especially given his stage of life: he is 40, married and has two children. Mike is also the least […]