Congress in brief

Spotting strengths The essential characteristics of an effective ‘strengthspotter’ have been identified for the first time. According to a study of 528 people by strengths expert Professor Alex Linley, they are: making connections between people and instinctively making links and introductions; creating conditions for people to grow and develop and providing fair and accurate feedback. […]

Narratives begin in childhood

Many problems at work stem from people’s inability to soothe themselves, said David Drake of the Center for Narrative Coaching in Sydney, Australia. “Many of the behaviours we get called in to coach on are points of immaturity that stem from compensatory behaviours from childhood,” said Drake, speaking on attachment theory at the 1st International […]

Australia’s coaching guidelines spark fears of ‘barbarians at the gate’

The publishing of draft guidelines for coaching in Australia created angst, controversy and a fear of being hijacked in some quarters, but the move presents an opportunity for coaching psychologists to lead the way, said Peter Zarris. “[The move] has created enormous controversy and raised fears and incredible sensitivity. The organisational psychologists are ready to […]

Coaches must equip clients for the Big Society

Most people don’t play to their strengths at work because they don’t know what they are or because of their work culture. Instead, people tend to become proficient at what they are rewarded for, said Professor Alex Linley. “The single biggest reason why people don’t do what they like is work culture and what we […]

Soft sell

Neal Young In these hard, recession-hit times, we must maintain a soft approach to our coaching A recession represents perhaps the most stringent of acid tests for any company, challenging not only its durability, but the values, ethics and training housed within it. During a financial crisis, there is often a need to consolidate, retrench […]

Tuned In

Working through the body, we can explore and change how we connect and build trust with others. We can expand our capacity to make meaningful action. It is the essence of somatic coaching, says Eunice Aquilina “To work somatically with someone is to work with the unity of the human organism. To do this we […]

TroubleShooter – back seat driver

A hotel receptionist, promoted to management, is finding it hard to lead his team when he has no training or experience. A potentially great leader lies within – can coaching release him? A year ago, Johan was promoted from receptionist to reception manager at a small boutique hotel. He has recently taken part in a […]

Toolbox – take the weight off

As coaches and training teams continue to support organisations pulling out of recession, Coaching at Work road-tests the resilience workbook 1 The tool What is it? The resilience workbook is a paper-based resource developed by Hay Group and Adaptiv Learning Systems. Used alongside Adaptiv’s online resilience factor inventory® (RFI), the workbook helps individuals understand resilience […]

The Coaching Chronicles

THE TROGLODYTE Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I will be your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. We’ve been around for more than 300 million years, but as you lot weren’t even Homo sapiens then, we’ll start the story a bit further on… At the time of cave men and women – Captain Caveman, […]