Managers new to coaching need ongoing support

It is vital that organisations provide continuous learning support to managers to help them embed newly acquired coaching skills, particularly in the first month, according to research from Sydney University. It takes about six months before the perceived benefits of adopting coaching behaviours outweigh the perceived downsides, suggest the findings. Pros and cons The study of 99 managers found that the Stages of Change or Transtheoretical Model of Change is relevant to workplace coaching. “Lots of coaches use the model, but there has been virtually no research on its applicability to coaching. I found it does apply to workplace coaching […]

Letters from readers

Clarity call As the Roundtable of Professional Coaching bodies in the UK, we found the View from the Balcony article, Too much of a good thing? (vol 5 issue 2), an interesting read. For some time we have been aware that the landscape of qualifications and accreditation has been potentially confusing to coaches, clients and buyers. We have been considering what we could do to provide greater clarity for all those interested in coaching and mentoring. We have agreed to form a cross-body working party to report on the range of individual coach accreditation/credentialing schemes available from the professional bodies, […]

Coaching at Work e-newsletter — April 2010

Welcome to the April issue of the newsletter The volcanic ash clouds may have caused all manner of disruptions but they have prompted numerous spontaneous acts of kindness too, reminding us that life is full of uncertainty and we’re all inter–connected. These are themes I picked up at my presentation at Nottingham Business School’s coaching conference last week, suggesting that this uncertainty and desire to connect and embrace inter–connectedness are fuelling coaching’s rise in popularity. Coaching is taking place in 82% of UK organisations – up from 79% last year, according to the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development’s 2010 […]

Letter from Greece — Olympian Challenge

Coaching is in its infancy in Greece, which makes it an exciting time to be part of its development as an official profession Andrew Armatas I have been based permanently in Greece since 2000 – after a personal journey that included Australia (my birthplace), the US and the UK. Back in 2000 employee training had already gone mainstream in Greece, but coaching was essentially an unknown term. Even when coaching services were offered they were referred to as counselling or consulting. Some years ago I was asked to deliver one of the country’s first long-term coaching programmes under EQUAL, an […]

ICF survey reveals what clients really want

Coaching is not the first port of call for most clients – 87 per cent first try other methods to help them address issues, including seeking free advice, according to global research by the International Coach Federation (ICF). Forty two per cent confide in colleagues, 36 per cent in family, and 29 per cent seek advice from a mentor before seeking a coach. The main alternatives to coaching in the commercial arena are training (38 per cent), counselling (21 per cent) and consulting (16 per cent). Select few Fifty eight per cent of clients engage the first and only coach […]

Get tough on management bullies

Executive coaches have a role to play in challenging bullying behaviour that is rife in senior management, suggests research. Seventy nine per cent of respondents to a survey by International Conflict Management Forum (ICMF) recognise bullying as a common senior management style. Eighty per cent had witnessed bullying at all management levels – half of them on a regular basis. The survey, which was carried out in February and March among coaches, HR professionals, managers and other professionals, reveals that not only are bullies and narcissists very successful at climbing to the top of the corporate tree, but many consider […]

First NE council coaches earn their stripes

Local authorities in the northeast of England are soon to have access to a pool of 100 public sector leaders offering executive coaching. The first cohort of a coach training programme designed especially for public sector leaders in the northeast has just completed their learning, with participants forming a pool of coaches for peers in the region. Designed and delivered by Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, the advanced diploma in Leadership and Performance Coaching programme will see 100 senior leaders across 15 local councils and fire services qualify as coaches. The programme is funded by the North East Improvement and […]

The final curtain

How many times have you been faced with a client and felt paralysed by your own ineptitude? In this series, Sam Humphrey looks at stereotypical clients and identifies the CPDs you can undertake to support your coaching mastery. This issue: The final curtain Client profile Theme tune Any show tune and all the operas Favourite film Fame, Cabaret (both versions) Favourite TV Glee, reruns of Hi de Hi Catch phrases “. . . then entered stage right” Role models Elizabeth Taylor, Dame Judi Dench and Dame Helen Mirren In a world filled with reality TV shows and obsessed with fame […]

What you’re saying online

We’re building a solid international presence online on various social media platforms – here’s another taster of what’s being said Should coaching be regulated in the UK? Since our last issue, there’s been a shift away from voters wanting government-regulated coaching to voting for regulation by professional body/ies. YES, by the government: 12% (56% last issue) YES, by professional body/ies: 48% (22% last issue) NO, it should be self-regulated: 40% (22% last issue) What do you think? Cast your vote at http://poll.fm/1khus Regulation of any profession starts with good intentions. It is often said that it helps create a quality […]

How to…coach self-doubt

It is safe to say that everyone experiences self-doubt to some degree. For some it can be a spur to do better, for others a hindrance to progress. It is the coach’s task to help the client challenge this debilitating preconception by Suzanne Doyle-Morris WE ALL experience self-doubt from time to time – working for a new employer, getting a promotion, taking on a large project. The question of whether or not we are up to the task is something most people have asked themselves at least once. Indeed, self-doubt can spur us on to be better versions of ourselves […]