OPINION: VIEWPOINT

The value of ethics By Magdalena Mook The International Coach Federation’s Code of Ethics doesn’t tell its members what to avoid ethically. Instead, it tells them how to be as an ICF member   As more people across the world turn to coaching for personal and professional reasons, it is increasingly incumbent on this thriving […]

VIEWPOINT: EVERY LABEL MASKS US

This issue, a male view on the gender debate: how can we move past masculine/feminine expectations in organisations? By Neil Scotton Complex issues rarely have simple, singular answers. There are many causes, forces, players and implications. It is, by definition, complicated. Our culture doesn’t like complicated. It wants simple. Digital. Good guys, bad guys. It […]

VIEWPOINT: WHEN YOU’RE GIVEN LEMONS…

In the 1999 film The Matrix, the red pill represents truth, the blue pill illusion. Coaches should take the red pill and accept life is messy, says Dr Paul Ballman What is your coaching philosophy? I’d be amazed if there’s any reader of this publication who has never been asked that question. Whether as part […]

VIEWPOINT: A MOMENT OF WEAKNESS

Strengths-based coaching is a growing, positive force, argues James Brook in response to a recent Harvard Business Review article slamming the approach   The recent article in Harvard Business Review, ‘Strengths-based coaching can actually weaken you’, by Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, has received a lot of coverage and generated a great deal of debate surrounding the strengths-based […]

VIEWPOINT: HELP YOUR CLIENTS GET REAL

Our clients gain power when they find optimism to temper their pessimism. But take care to ground the former and use the latter to be pragmatic By Stephen Burt One of the most powerful things that we coaches can do with our clients is to help them engage with what is real in their lives. […]

VIEWPOINT: THE RISE OF THE MACHINES

As robotic process automation grows, people management will become even more important says Neil Bentley, chief knowledge officer, ActiveOps By Neil Bentley   No longer the preserve of science fiction, the impact of robots in the workplace has been subjected to intense debate in recent months, with a new study by the Oxford Martin School […]

GIRL GUIDE

VIEWPOINT JANE KENYON Girls need role models that inspire them to lead, and a workplace that values female talent Having spent the past 10 years working with women and teenage girls from all walks of life, my learning curve on female empowerment has been fast and furious. My conclusions, however, are not always pretty or […]

WAVE THE RED FLAG

DAVID CLUTTERBUCK Team coaching is not a panacea for all ills – sometimes it’s best just to say no As team coaching goes more mainstream, we’re increasingly coming across the assumption that it is some kind of cure-all for team problems. Of course it’s not. Tempting though it is to accept assignments, it’s important not […]