Buyers and suppliers of coaching now have a comprehensive guide to help them define, articulate, purchase and deliver high calibre professional executive coaching in organisations. By Liz Hall Future of Coaching Collaboration (FCC), a multi-stakeholder group comprising volunteers from corporates, professional bodies, academia, research bodies and Coaching at Work, has produced a guidance document setting out definitions, principles and practices for professional executive coaching in organisations. The document is the result of a work over a number of years from volunteers from organisations including Association for Coaching; Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision; AoCS (Association of Coaching Supervisors); British […]

UK’s National Health Service urged to overhaul its work culture to protect whistleblowers

Culture in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) must change to ensure staff feel confident enough to blow the whistle on poor standards of care, urges the independent Francis review. The review, Freedom to Speak Up, led by Sir Robert Francis QC, recommends 20 principles that the NHS should follow to deal with staff complaints adequately. Six of these focus on changing the culture. Recommendations include adopting a culture of safety, where staff feel comfortable to raise concerns, a culture free from bullying, a workplace where leadership is visible and staff are clearly valued, and a shift to embed the process […]

EMCC awards

Coacharya, Professor Robert Garvey and Sweden’s Solidarity Coaching all received awards at the annual European Mentoring & Coaching Council conference in November in Venice. Coacharya, an executive coaching firm dedicated to the enhancement of human potential through a ‘mindless’ and transformative coaching process, won the Coaching Award for its work across Asia promoting the concept of professional coaching, and inspiring institutions to seek professionally trained coaches. It established the Association of Indian Coaches in Bangalore and has inspired similar associations in Mumbai and other Indian cities. Professor Robert Garvey, chair in Business Education at York St John Business School in […]

Re-framing the mind

Re-framing the mind Liz Hall Our attributional style- how we interpret events that happen to us – impacts our lives and motivation levels but the good news is that it can be changed boosting resilience and wellbeing. This was one of the messages at this year’s European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s (EMCC) UK conferences held on 8 October in Manchester and 15 October in London. In his plenary on ‘agency and approach motivation: developing resilience through attitudinal change’, Dr. John Parkinson, head of psychology at Bangor University, shared insights from Positive Psychology. He spoke about how coaches can help clients […]

Millennials have great expectations

‘Millennials’ (those aged between 18 and 31) are the most ambitious generation- they seek more than money from their jobs, placing more importance on career development, mentoring, and workplace benefits, suggests a study of more than 5,000 workers.

AC annual event boosts coaching’s presence in Hungary

Hungary is the chosen location for the Association for Coaching (AC)’s international conference, the latest in a number of milestones for the emerging profession in the country.

The AC’s fifth international coaching and leadership conference, Journey to Coaching Mastery, will be held in Budapest next month (30-31 October).

Speakers include emotional intelligence expert Martyn Newman, neuroscience expert Paul Brown and NLP expert Ian McDermott.

Other coaching milestones have included the formation of the International Coach Federation (ICF) Hungarian Chapter in 2008, while in 2012, the Federation of Hungarian Coach Organizations was established, with eight member organisations representing most professional coaches in the country.

Earlier this year, the Academy of Executive Coaching launched executive coach training in the country.

The ICF is currently the only active professional coaching body in Hungary, although this is now set to change with the AC’s foray into the region. The European Mentoring and Coaching Council does have a local representative, but it has not yet consolidated
its position.

There are now around 70 ICF ACC and PCC-level certified coaches in Hungary, of which Judit Ábri von Bartheld is one (PCC-credentialled).

Two Hungarian coaches are MCC-credentialled, but neither live in Hungary.

Ábri von Bartheld, director of Coaching Without Borders, a training programme for coaches about coaching, welcomed the AC’s initiative:

“For us Hungarian coaches, it is a great learning opportunity that the AC’s annual conference is coming to Hungary. For two days, somewhere between 150 and 200 highly experienced coaches will be in Budapest and it will be wonderful to have professional exchanges with them,” she said.

Coaching Without Borders has also been very proactive in bringing “international coach gurus” over as part of its event series, offering workshops almost every month of the year.

So far these have included John Whitmore, Myles Downey, David Clutterbuck, Robert Dilts, John Blakey, Jonathan Passmore and
many others.

 Next issue: a special report on coaching in Hungary by Judit Ábri von Bartheld


CIPD urges government to back human capital

  Peter Cheese, chief executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), has urged the UK government to get behind its Valuing your Talent (VyT) research and engagement project, and potentially legislate on some aspects of it. Speaking in July at the Royal Society of Arts in London – one of the other bodies involved in the programme – Cheese called for the UK Government’s Department for Business, Innovation & Skills to stand “full-square behind” the human capital measurement framework that has emerged from the project. He said some aspects should end up as legislation. The VyT seeks […]

Coaching at Work Awards 2014

Coaching at Work Awards 2014: for the pioneers   The Coaching at Work Awards, which we announced at our annual conference on 2 July in London, include a new lifetime achievement category. Liz Hall reports This year’s Coaching at Work Awards saw nine of the magazine’s authors receive accolades in three winning article categories, and a new lifetime achievement category. The winners were Bob Garvey (Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Mentoring); Deborah Price and Tim Taylor (Best Thought Leadership Article); Erik De Haan and Michael Carroll (Best Practical Article); Peter Duffell and Carmelina Lawton-Smith (Best Research Article) and Michele […]


Optimising performance top reason for getting coaching, finds ICF study By Liz Hall Enhancing work performance is the top reason for seeking coaching, according to the 2014 ICF Global Consumer Awareness Study. Following on from previous research by the International Coach Federation (ICF), the latest study provides expanded insights into the minds and motivations of coaching consumers around the globe. The survey was carried out by PricewaterhouseCoopers for the ICF among 18,810 individuals representing 25 countries. Among all respondents who had participated in a coach relationship, the top reason cited for seeking coaching was to optimize individual/team work performance (42 […]

How to cultivate trustworthy leaders

Higher levels of trust are needed in the current economic atmosphere of change and uncertainty, according to research by the University of Bath and the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development. “Trust fills the void,” said Professor Veronica Hope-Hailey, dean of the School of Management at the University of Bath, speaking at the CIPD’s L&D Show 2014 in London in May. Changes in society, particularly in the wake of the financial crisis, have created an atmosphere of change and uncertainty where people demand more trust from their leaders, she said. Hope-Hailey carried out research among 13 organisations that maintained a culture […]