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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]


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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]