Your monthly Coaching at Work e-update November 2009

Welcome to the November issue of the newsletter One of the new features on our new live website ( is the free coach listing- all subscribers who are members of the main professional bodies can get listed. The website is still a work in progress so do let us know your thoughts. We have a series of brilliant and challenging bloggers lined up for our new blog space but welcome other wannabe bloggers too. Our coach training report (see Coaching Train to Gain below) attracted many responses- some welcoming what was seen as a well overdue attempt to look at this […]

Your monthly Coaching at Work update – October 2009

Welcome to the October issue of the newsletter Coaching is weathering the financial storm, which is great news for all of us (see Stop press). We mustn’t rest on our laurels, however- let’s stay innovative, keep collaborating and ensure we measure and demonstrate coaching’s benefits clearly. As you may be aware, ongoing industrial action is causing delays to many Royal Mail (RM) deliveries. At present this action is mainly affecting London, so you may not be affected. In light of RM’s recent announcement that there may be a nationwide strike from 22 October, I’d like to give you advanced warning […]

Hawkins joins Oxford Brookes as visiting professor

Peter Hawkins has joined Oxford Brookes as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Management and Organisational Studies, focusing on Coaching and Mentoring.  Hawkins is non-executive chairman of Bath Consultancy Group and honorary president of the Association of Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision. His co-authored book with Nick Smith, Coaching, Mentoring and Organisational Consultancy: Supervision and Development has become a benchmark for the developing practice of coaching supervision. Hawkins works globally with organisations advising on coaching strategy and is writing a book on this subject to be published in autumn 2010. He is also writing a book on systemic team […]

Palmer joins SCP as hon president

Describes the appointment of Stephen Palmer as honorary president at the Society for Coaching Psychology. The Society for Coaching Psychology (SCP) has appointed Stephen Palmer as honorary president. The SCP was set up in 2008 to offer coaching psychologists routes to international accreditation and certification. Palmer said: “I will endeavour to support the rapidly developing profession of coaching psychology around the world through my work as an ambassador of the society”. Palmer is founder director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at City University and the director of the Centre for Coaching. He is also publisher of Coaching at Work, co-editor […]

ICF opens out discussion about proposals to revamp credentialing program

by Liz Hall The International Coach Federation (ICF) is consulting coaches about its proposals to replace its three-tiered credentialing program with a single, ISO standard certification. The announcement of its proposals prompted a grassroots campaign against the plans via social media, with more than 600 coaches, including five past presidents, signing an online petition. The ICF responded by apologising for not communicating its credentialing work clearly and opening up its plans for debate. It is gathering input from coaches via tele-calls, email ( and the ICF’s blog ( It will also host a forum at its conference in December.

Your monthly Coaching at Work update – September 2009

Welcome to the September issue of the newsletter Welcome to the September issue of the e-newsletter. We are planning a report on professional bodies and would love to hear your thoughts on what they all have to offer (You tell us). Our new Linkedin Coaching at Work group is proving a hit. Please do join and invite your colleagues! Liz Hall Editor Coaching at Work Highlights of the current issue of the magazine • The mother lode • Vision on • No more heros • Seeing things Coaching at Work Limited Dear Readers, We would like to inform you […]

Beyond the Boys’ Club – Strategies for Achieving Career Success as a Woman

Title Beyond the Boys’ Club – Strategies for Achieving Career Success as a Woman Author Suzanne Doyle-Morris PhD Publisher Wit and Wisdom Press ISBN 978 0 956 268808 Usefulness 5/5 A refreshing book that takes the mystique out of how women can achieve career success without compromising integrity and femininity. It combines pragmatic career strategies with an excellent compilation of role model stories and advice taken from the author’s research.Although she acknowledges the systemic issues around gender bias in many organisations, Doyle-Morris focuses on the positive. With a blend of warmth, wit and wisdom sets out to explore some excellent […]

Coaching and Mentoring – What They Are and How to Make the Most of Them

Title Coaching and Mentoring – What They Are and How to Make the Most of Them Author Jane Renton Publisher Profile Books ISBN 978 1 846 681899 Usefulness 3/5 This well-researche, engaging book describes the history and evolution of the coaching and mentoring industries. The author states that she approached her exploration with a healthy degree of cynicism. ‘What coaching and mentoring are’, is dealt with extensively, with case studies and 35 pages of mini-biographies of contributors in coaching, psychology and business. I particularly like the focus in chapter 2 on mentoring – it can be marginalised in some books. […]

Seeing is believing

Paul, a high-achiever, is taking part in his firm’s leadership development programme. His coaching has faltered on the question of his future development. How can it get back on track? The problem An international business has started a nine-month leadership development programme for its European directors to help bring about a swift recovery following the economic downturn. A key element of the programme is a 360-degree assessment based on the company’s leadership competencies. This will provide individual focus for the programme. Participants are supported by six coaching sessions by an external coach. Paul is one of the participants. He has […]

Going deeper

In this second article on her research into coaching and the unconscious, Eve Turner asked coaches how they feel about unconscious processes in their work – and reveals a general desire for much more training. Most coaches believe unconscious processes do happen and are relevant in coaching. Yet just over half say their coach training didn’t include it or were unsure whether it did. This contrasts with a large majority who feel coach training should include the study of unconscious processes. These were some of the findings of my research. I’d set out to establish whether coaches feel unconscious processes […]