Celebrating 10 years of Coaching at Work

Coaching at Work celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2015 This year (2015), it’s Coaching at Work’s tenth anniversary- for us it’s a time for celebration, for innovation and renewal, and also for reflection. One of a raft of initiatives we’ve launched to celebrate is this new-look website. We hope you like it as much as we do! Looking back at the first-ever issues of the magazine, I’m struck by how far we’ve come at Coaching at Work, and also in the wider profession. The excitement and passion around coaching back in 2005 when we launched becomes palpable once again as […]


The Coaching Chronicles 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…   Yves Saint Laurent is one of the most celebrated and successful fashion designers of all time. What is not known about him was his deep passion to coach and advocate for women in the workplace. Born on 1 August 1936 in Algeria, he was christened Yves Henri Donat Mathieu-Saint-Laurent. His mother spoke often to the boy about her […]


Mentoring In our latest column dedicated to mentoring, we look at ways a mentor can support vulnerable young people. This issue: beginning a journey that is safe for mentor and mentee DUNCAN DYASON AND LIS MERRICK Neglected children can face poor life outcomes, but mentoring interventions can reverse such negative pathways During the late 1990s, the ACE Study*, one of the largest scientific studies ever conducted – with 17,000 people in the US – demonstrated the association between adverse childhood experiences (ACE) and health and social outcomes in adult life. Despite the alarming statistics that showed how early neglect, trauma […]


How does coaching work? Dr Adrian Myers, senior lecturer, faculty of business, Oxford Brookes University, examines ways we can look at the process and how we separate the web of causes and effects Coaches gain a sense of the benefits of coaching whether expressed in the changes of one client or at a broader organisational level. Demonstrating the effectiveness of coaching beyond subjective reports of client or coach is difficult because it first requires outlining clear outcome criteria and then measuring these over time. Disentangling the web of causes and effects makes it problematic to relate coaching to eventual financial […]


By Shweta Jhajharia Many start-ups are built on a great idea, fuelled by passion and enthusiasm. They are also looking to make a profit. But the difference between average growth and making a million means ‘thinking big’. How can coaching help make that leap? MOST businesses never hit a turnover of £1m. So what’s holding back more than 2,500,000 UK businesses from reaching that coveted figure? The answer lies in identifying the differences between the ‘micro’ business owner and the owner of a £1m enterprise, and then making sure your client starts to behave more like the latter. Look out […]


Coaching at Work road-tests the GROWCoach app 1) The tool What is it? There are a number of coaching apps on the market, including those which take users through the GROW model process, which was popularised by John Whitmore. One of these is the GROWCoach app, available through the Positivity Institute, an organisation dedicated to the research and practice of positive human functioning, based in Sydney, Australia.   How does it work? The GROWCoach app is a tool that supports people using the GROW (Goal, Reality, Options, Way forward) process during one-to-one coaching sessions, peer coaching, group discussions or team […]


Leadership thinker Marshall Goldsmith’s latest book explains why it’s so hard to change behaviour and what we and our clients can do to reshape our thoughts and actions: it’s all down to our environment, he says  As coaches, our success often rides on whether our clients can change their behaviour, for example, start listening better, learn to delegate or handle conflict. As most of us have seen first hand, changing behaviour is hard. I often say that it’s just about the most difficult thing for sentient human beings to accomplish. The answer lies in the concept of ‘triggers’. A trigger […]


Dr Christian van Nieuwerburgh in the UK and Dr Ilona Boniwell in France contemplate the positive effects of studying on postgraduate Positive Psychology degrees Positive psychology has witnessed a phenomenally rapid growth within a relatively short period of time (Hefferon & Boniwell, 2011). Its distinguishing orientation is towards the potential in people rather than their shortcomings (Boniwell, 2012). Driven by a desire to develop the field on a firm evidence base, there has been significant research into positive psychology. From the outset, the possibilities of applying the findings from positive psychology have captured the imagination of many psychologists and non-psychologists, […]


Coaching skills are helping support workers connect more deeply with young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs), empowering and motivating them to take responsibility for their lives. Mark Bisson reports More than 35 million young people across OECD countries are not in education, employment or training (NEET), according to the OECD Skills Outlook 2015. In England alone, 738,000 young people between the ages of 16 and 24 are currently NEET (Gov UK, Q1 2015). The UK’s Audit Commission estimates the average lifetime cost to public finances and resource costs at more than £160,000 (Coles et al, 2010) for each young […]


We have all felt shame at some point. It is integral to our learning, yet it can block it too. Zoe Cohen considers shame within coaching and supervision and why it matters so much Shame is a universally experienced human emotion and therefore, by definition, must be present in the field in our coaching and supervision. Yet there is little written about shame in coaching and even less about it in coach supervision. My fascination with this topic and its inherent connection to learning led me to search the wider psychotherapy and counselling literature, and to conduct some research of […]