Coaching at Work e-newsletter: February 2015

Welcome An independent review is urging the UK’s National Health Service to change its culture to make it easier for staff to blow the whistle on low standards of care (See Online news) without being victimised. This is great news. And it got me thinking about the role we coaches play as potential whistleblowers, particularly […]

THE COACHING CHRONICLES: CHARLES DICKENS

Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching…   Charles John Huffam Dickens was born in Portsmouth on 7 February 1812. He was destined to […]

THE STATE OF ‘PRESENCE’

Being present is the magic ingredient in all coaching conversations, and mindfulness practice can further develop it. In fact, there are so many overlaps that it’s sometimes hard to distinguish between the two concepts, says Roland Spencer, associate lecturer at the Sheffield Business School Anyone actively and passionately involved with coaching and mentoring will have […]

POOR RELATIONS

In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at why things sometimes go wrong. This issue: avoiding unpleasant outcomes in even the best-designed programmes Lis Merrick Well-managed mentoring regularly leads to great outcomes – but beware of difficult relationship issues This is probably the most provocative column I have written […]

REVIEWS: JournalEngineTM

Online Platform Title: JournalEngineTM Author: Kim Ades Website: www.journalengine.com Usefulness:  5 Stars   I’ve been keeping a journal for over 26 years and the majority of those entries have been written by hand. I love keeping a paper journal and have written articles evidencing the numerous virtues of writing by hand as having many benefits […]

REVIEWS: Mentoring and Coaching for Lawyers: Building Partnerships for Success

Title: Mentoring and Coaching for Lawyers: Building Partnerships for Success Author Rebecca Normand-Hochman Publisher Globe Law and Business ISBN 978 19094 1641 3 Usefulness 5 stars   This book is a compendium of insights on the subject from an eminent array of academics, lawyers, coaches and psychologists, who bring their own unique expertise and experience to bear […]

HOW TO… COACH TO END WELL, PART 1

By Sheila Udall So many people end their time in their employment with a feeling of unfinished business. Supported transitions are usually only offered at a senior level, yet when employers help all their staff to ‘end well’, it benefits every stakeholder. Coaching has a vital role to play in making this happen In researching […]

TO GIVE IS TO RECEIVE

TOOLBOX Coaching at Work road-tests Peer Supervision Chain 1) The tool What is it? Our peer supervision chain is a regular opportunity to reflect on practice with peers who have a similar level of expertise and training. Payment is by exchange of time, not money. Each pair in the chain contracts specifically for their supervision […]

CRACKING THE SHELL

Peter Hawkins highlights the limiting mind-sets coaches often acquire in their training that they must unlearn in order to work systemically. He offers seven ways to help coaches break down those barriers in order to progress further in their craft Over the past 20 years I have had the privilege of working with several hundred […]