Dramatic rescue

In these recessionary times how can businesses deal with widespread disengagement and difficult conversations? With a little play acting, says Elizabeth Gates. Could sociodrama be the next big thing? Last week, your client was leader of a maintenance team on a council estate. The team would complete half their daily tasks before going to the […]

Book reviews – Volume 6, Issue 2

Title Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing your Career Author Herminia Ibarra Publisher Harvard Business School Press ISBN 978 15913 9413 6 Usefulness     4/5 Although published in 2004, Working Identity has stood the test of time. It addresses the question of how people change careers – a pressing concern for many in the current […]

Research matters – You can take our word for it

Coaching is full of jargon, but in a good way. Learn the language and recognise your own, advises Sue Blow visiting fellow of the Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Business School We trip over tortured, cliche-ridden language every day. Some of it is infuriating, some of it so obscure as to defy sense. […]

The long view

There’s no such thing as a job for life, not even for senior managers. That’s why a new mentoring programme in Ireland for redundant executives has proved to be a real eye opener. Paula King reports The Chinese word for crisis involves two English words: danger and opportunity. During constant change, the challenge is how […]

Can i help?

AC UK chair, Gladeana McMahon is renowned for her relentless creativity. She’s a media regular, listed as one of the UK’s top 10 coaches, and Coaching at Work’s Coaching Person of the Year. And yet, she tells Liz Hall, she’s really just a sweet puppy Gladeana McMahon has a reputation for making things happen without […]

Perspectives – a novel approach

What can we learn from how others see the world? This column peers through different lenses, exploring how ideas and perspectives might be woven into coaching and mentoring Eve Turner The harsh yet wise truths of a classic novel can teach us all we need to know about emotional intelligence …”Atticus was right. One time […]

Hard times

Trauma, guilt, even suicidal thoughts. Coaches are seeing increasing numbers of clients who have been deeply affected by the recession. How can executive coaches help, asks Jenny Rogers When you work as an executive coach in a severe recession you certainly see human behaviour in the raw. Here are some of the things I believe […]

Don’t worry, be happy

An ambitious Australian TV show is proving that happiness can not only be measured, it can easily – and permanently – be improved. Now it hopes to do the same to the rest of the country. Liz Hall discovers how If you type “happiness” into a Google search, almost 72 million results come up. And […]

Moral support

As new legislation increases corporate accountability for ethical failures, companies are turning to coaching to reset their moral compasses. Justine Lutterodt reports Financial crisis in the UK, the BP oil spill and global corruption at Siemens – the high cost of ethical failure is increasingly apparent. The UK Bribery Act, likely to come into force […]