Welcome to the February 2011 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the February 2011 issue of the newsletter The minefield that is coaching accreditation in the UK is becoming somewhat clearer at last. The professional bodies have taken a huge step forward towards greater clarity in response to calls from coaching buyers, body members and readers of Coaching at Work (see News online). They have provided information on their accreditation schemes, which can be compared on our website (www.coaching-at-work.com/accreditation-hub). This is a new section and we will include relevant research, articles and updated tables to help coaches and coaching buyers make sense of this area. Meanwhile, the bodies hope […]

Workers in it for fun not salary, says report

Money doesn’t talk for the majority of workers – they are more motivated by fun and friendship, indicates research by talent management consultancy, Chiumento. The new economy has contributed to factors other than money being more important, believes director Ian Gooden: “The rungs on the career ladder are all broken; annual salary rises and quick promotions are over for most of us. Now careers are more like a ride on a carousel, with moves up, down and sideways becoming the norm. So people are looking again at what really drives them at work.” The Chiumento study, Riding the Career Carousel, […]

Organisations to step up ‘informal’ learning

Organisations are planning to increase cheap internal activities such as peer mentoring and informal knowledge-sharing, says research by Henley. The majority of organisations will step up their learning and development activity in 2011. However, there has been a shift towards them doing it for themselves. Sixty-two per cent will increase informal knowledge-sharing among peers and 59 per cent will do more mentoring between peers, revealed the survey of more than 2,500 HR and non-HR managers from organisations with more than 500 people. Meanwhile, there has been a drop in the percentage of organisations planning to focus on leaders and coaching […]

Clarity around accreditation

By Liz Hall For the first time, coaches and coaching buyers in the UK can compare easily the different professional coaching bodies’ accreditation schemes. The bodies have taken a huge step forward towards greater clarity around accreditation in response to calls from coaching buyers, body members and readers of Coaching at Work. The Association for Coaching (AC); Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS); the British Psychological Society (BPS) Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP); the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) UK; the International Coach Federation (ICF), and the Society for Coaching Psychology (SCP) have offered information on […]

Coaching ‘revolutionising’ police driving

Coaching is revolutionising how police officers learn to drive and it could see a dramatic reduction in the number of police-related incidents. The UK’s police force is introducing coaching into driver development programmes in a bid to slash the number of incidents in “blue light situations”, following the success of a Metropolitan (Met) Police pilot in 2009. Coaching helps police drivers be more reflective in the learning process and take more responsibility for their learning, suggests a study, “The role of coaching in police driver training – an Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) study of coaching in a blue light environment”, […]

‘Ignorance’ no defence under new bribery law

By Liz Hall Leaders and coaches should use the breathing space afforded by the postponement of the UK Bribery Act to fine-tune their approach to ethics in business, urge lawyers and leadership coaches experienced in ethics issues. The Bribery Act, due to take effect next month (April), has been postponed once again while the Ministry of Justice clarifies guidance for employers. However, when it does come into force, it will be more important than ever before for leaders and coaches to sow seeds of ethical resilience. “With the Act creating corporate liability and potential personal liability for a company’s directors […]

Buyers to compare accreditation

By Liz Hall For the first time, coaches and coaching buyers in the UK can compare easily the different professional coaching bodies’ accreditation schemes. The bodies have taken a huge step towards greater clarity around accreditation in response to calls from coaching buyers, body members and readers of Coaching at Work. The Association for Coaching (AC); Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision (APECS); the British Psychological Society (BPS) Special Group in Coaching Psychology (SGCP); the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) UK; the International Coach Federation (ICF); and the Society for Coaching Psychology (SCP), have offered information on their […]

Learning lessons by heart

International Coaching Week is a chance to bring coaching to the public and to give something in return. Dorothy Nesbit looks back on one school partnership Last month, the International Coach Federation sponsored its annual International Coaching Week (6-12 February) to educate the public about coaching and allow coaches to give something in return. Looking back on a two-year project undertaken by 14 volunteer coaches, Dorothy Nesbit asks: what did the coaches get back? Sitting together at the end of a training programme, we asked: “How shall we keep in touch?” We were a group of coaches who shared a […]

CAPP’s founder braves icy waters for heart charity

Professor Alex Linley plunged into Britain’s coldest lake to raise money for the hospital that saved his daughter’s life. On 29 January, the founder of the Centre of Applied Positive Psychology plunged into Llyn Llydaw, more than 3,500ft up Mount Snowdon, to raise money for The Children’s Heart Appeal at Birmingham Children’s Hospital (BCH). On the day, which marked the seventh anniversary of his daughter Sophie undergoing emergency heart surgery, the temperature was -3C and the lake was 90 per cent frozen. Linley used goal-setting, goal attainment, visualisation and preparation techniques, and drew on his strengths of Adventure and Legacy: […]

Movers and shakers

John Blakey has joined Full Potential Group (FPG) as a managing partner. He joins from leadership transformation company 121 Partners, where he was managing director. He was previously director of IT consultancy, Team121, and was international MD at Logica before becoming its director of coaching – the first such role in a FTSE250 organisation. Blakey co-authored Where Were all the Coaches When the Banks Went Down? with Ian Day. FPG was founded in 1997 by Carole Gaskell. Anton Franckeiss has been promoted from practice director to managing director at behavioural change specialist ASK Europe. Dr Franckeiss has extensive consultancy experience […]