Conference 2014

Coaching and Mentoring at Work conference: SOLD OUT Already booked? Go to home page here for programme, speakers, sponsors and more.  Wednesday 2nd July 2014 All systems go: holistic, forward-thinking best practice in coaching and mentoring. Conference material from our 2013 conference available  here:

Welcome to the January 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the January 2012 issue of the newsletter We’ve set the date for our next Coaching at Work conference: 11 July 2012. We will be giving out details soon. Our last conference on 23 November was a sell-out weeks in advance so do make sure you don’t miss the boat! We now have available some of the speaker material from the last conference, including some of the presentations and podcasts. We’re really excited about the launch of the new digital version of Coaching at Work magazine in Calameo format, which allows you to flick through the magazine virtually. To […]

CONFERENCE NEWS STORIES 2011

Round-up of stories from the Coaching at Work: Beyond Frontiers conference: Should coaches sniff cognitive enhancers before sessions? Cognitive-enhancing pills and a spray of bonding hormone oxytocin could be just what the modern coach needs, a neuroscientist has suggested. CLICK HERE Goal-setting findings should silence critics Findings from neuroscience showing the importance of goal-setting should flatten opponents of the GROW model once and for all, suggested cognitive neuroscientist Geoff Bird. CLICK HERE A whole person focus is ‘ultimate’ means to better performance To perform or fail; to be a hero or a zero? We live in a culture of opposites: […]

Should coaches sniff cognitive enhancers before sessions?

Cognitive-enhancing pills and a spray of bonding hormone oxytocin could be just what the modern coach needs, a neuroscientist has suggested. “Oxytocin helps with facial recognition and trust. Imagine the coach and client having a little sniff before they start the session,” said cognitive scientist and neuroscientist Geoff Bird in his keynote at Coaching at Work’s Beyond Frontiers conference. Dr Bird cited reports on increasing use of “cognitive enhancers” such as methylphenidates Ritalin and Modafinil – one in five students and many “clued-up academics” already take Modafinil, he said. “Ritalin increases IQ points – think about the statistics linking IQ […]

External coaches must get to know their organisation, or be overlooked

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP: EUROPEAN MENTORING & COACHING COUNCIL (EMCC) ANNUAL CONFERENCE, PARIS, 17-19 NOVEMBER External coaches will set themselves apart in coaching sponsors’ eyes if they stop treating them the same and understand their context, needs and interests, according to a working group of sponsors including KPMG, Fujitsu and Diageo. “It goes back to really understanding the organisation the coach is working with…if they can’t specify what they want to see, be prepared to walk away,” said Simon Dennis, who heads up coaching at IT business Fujitsu. “It’s a call for people to ask more about the client organisation and agenda,” […]

Goal-setting findings should silence critics

COACHING AT WORK COACHING AND MENTORING AT WORK: BEYOND FRONTIERS CONFERENCE, BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY OFFICES, LONDON, 23 NOVEMBER By Jane Campion Findings from neuroscience showing the importance of goal-setting should flatten opponents of the GROW model once and for all, suggested cognitive neuroscientist Geoff Bird. Goal-setting provides a means for clients to achieve fast results and to boost subsequent learning, Dr Bird, a lecturer at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck College, University of London, told delegates in his keynote address at Coaching at Work’s sell-out event: “The ability to set goals is exclusively human and it is never […]

Economic worries dominate readers’ survey

By Liz Hall Responding to current challenges, such as the economy and demonstrating ROI/value for money (VFM), are top of the agenda for 2012, according to this year’s Coaching at Work annual readers’ survey. Some 49.2 per cent of respondents cited responding to challenges including the economy as the most or second-most important priority, including coaching clients to cope with uncertainty, and making sure coaching is fit for purpose (13.2 per cent). Meanwhile, 27.7 per cent of you say evaluation/demonstrating ROI/ VFM is the number one/two priority. It’s the third year running this has been high on the agenda; last […]

Survey: Are we ready for 2012?

Coaches and mentors must prove their worth as they face an uncertain year ahead. Coaching at Work’s readers’ survey shows they are well-prepared for the challenge Responding to current challenges such as the economy and demonstrating ROI/value for money (VFM) are top of the agenda for the year ahead, according to this year’s Coaching at Work annual readers’ survey. Some 49.2 per cent of respondents cited responding to challenges, including the economy, as the most or second-most important priority, including coaching clients to cope with uncertainty and through change, and making sure coaching is fit for purpose in the current […]