By SARAH DALE AND HALEY LANCASTER Most people understand that money can’t buy you happiness. In fact, beneath most presenting issues in a coaching session is a drive to increase wellbeing. So coaches really need to start bringing it into their mainstream work. Could the Five-a-Day model help? “If we are to prosper and flourish in this evolving environment, then it is vital that we make the most of all our resources – and this is as true for our mental resources as material resources 1” Professor John Beddington Modern life is a paradox. Western societies have found that wealth […]


Coaching at Work road-tests Clean Language Do you see what I see? 1 The tool What is it? Clean Language was developed by psychologist David Grove to resolve traumatic memories. Many coaches find the techniques useful to help their clients resolve deep-seated emotional impulses, such as stress, fear, anger and frustration. The approach is particularly relevant in today’s business world of change and uncertainty, according to Carol Wilson, who worked with Grove from 2004 until his death in 2008 to create techniques that would be safe for coaches to use with no training in therapy. She now delivers training in these […]

The First Degree

Students have started graduating from what is thought to be the world’s first taught doctorate programme specific to coaching and mentoring. Liz Hall looks at Oxford Brookes’ new offer In 2004, Grant and Zackon1 identified that most coaches are graduates and that many possess a higher degree. They recommended that universities should develop doctorate programmes in coaching. Oxford Brookes University Business School started its Doctor of Coaching & Mentoring (DCM) programme in 2007 to meet this growing need. Programme leader, Elaine Cox, says: “More and more employers are looking for evidence in coaches of a combination of in-depth understanding of […]


We learn to perceive, interpret and interact with others as infants. But without appropriate responses from caregivers, defensive behaviours can develop and hinder us as adults. Attachment theory can alter these patterns, and reveal our true identities, says David B Drake Have you noticed how some coaching clients receive feedback better than others? Reflecting on my own practice, I observed that openness to learning is often down to a healthy ego and genuine humility. In looking for ways to enhance these traits in my clients and their organisations, I was increasingly drawn to the pioneering work on attachment theory begun […]


BT coaches young apprentices BT plans to repeat a three-month training and remote coaching programme for young apprentices, following a successful pilot. The programme focused on leadership, mental resilience, confidence and communication skills. The coaching was provided by social enterprise In Sync, according to the report in People Management. For each employee taking part, In Sync’s 25 coaches pledge to deliver similar development for a 16-19 year old from a disadvantaged background in a local school. BT has around 600 apprentices. All change at BACP Coaching Jo Birch has taken the helm at the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)’s Coaching […]

What does it mean to be a professional? Our forum tackles some tough questions

Coaching body leaders, coaching buyers and sponsors had a fruitful dialogue on accreditation at a landmark meeting led by Coaching at Work. Here’s what they had to say The participants (Chair: Liz Hall, editor, Coaching at Work) The sponsors GlaxoSmithKline: Sally Bonneywell PricewaterhouseCoopers: Dee Cullen CMS Cameron McKenna: Jenni Emery (formerly of the BBC): Liz Macann NHS: Sue Mortlock Ernst & Young: Ian Paterson KPMG: Louise Buckle The bodies Association for Coaching UK: Declan Woods Association for Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision: Jeremy Ridge British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Coaching: Barry White Coaching Bodies Round Table: Mike Hurley European […]


Easy decision? Think again People often assume difficult decisions are more important than easy ones, according to research published in the Journal of Consumer Research. The paper looked at why people tend to take so long choosing everyday items, such as sandwiches. The researchers from the universities of Florida and Pennsylvania, said that we confuse the array of options and excess of information with decision importance. And it’s more likely to occur when selections seem unimportant to begin with, because consumers expect them to be simple. Pressure is bad for memory Our memories can be negatively affected by repeated stress, […]

Michael Chaskalson: ‘Mindfulness is fundamental mental hygiene’

More than 200 people flocked to the UK’s first ‘Mindfulness at Work’ conference in Cambridge on 10 February. Speakers included Gladeana McMahon on mindfulness-based cognitive coaching, Margaret Chapman on emotional intelligence, Graham Lee on mindfulness and leadership, Professor Mark Williams from the Oxford Centre for Mindfulness and Michael Chaskalson on the growth of mindfulness. Chaskalson said that when he first started out, there were only 60 scientific papers on mindfulness; now there are 30-40 coming out each month. He noted that mindfulness can enhance simple levels of rationality, capacity for focus and attention, can elevate people’s personal presence, build their […]

West Midlands Coaching Pool has lasting impact

Ninety per cent of the West Midlands Coaching Pool’s clients say that coaching has had a positive impact on their organisations. The Coaching Pool, which celebrated its fourth anniversary in March, has worked with more than 550 managers, supporting improvement programmes across its 19 public sector partners. Nearly all respondents to the Pool’s survey last November said that coaching had helped them respond more effectively to the challenges they faced, had improved their decision-making ability and had helped them grow and adapt their leadership style. Samantha Darby, people and leadership consultant for West Midlands Councils, said this showed that the Pool […]