Words of wisdom

Freud was a wonderful observer but a rotten model builder. There is no id, no super ego, no unconscious, etc. This is a set of metaphors for how the brain works…not facts PROFESSOR PAUL BROWN, AC CONFERENCE People have more potential than they think and they interfere with that potential more than they like to think TIM GALLWEY, AC CONFERENCE Evidence-based practice is becoming a bit of a plague for us REINHARD STELTER, EMCC RESEARCH CONFERENCE Preventing relapse in health coaching can be a problem for a stressed person. They may say to themselves: ‘One cigarette and/or drink won’t hurt. […]

News in brief

Entrepreneurial e-mentoring Irja Leppisaari from Finland and Kari Korpelainen from Estonia co-presented on how e-mentoring models can be used in entrepreneurship education, linking business experts and higher education (HE) students and teachers. The research was based on pilots in the Central Ostrobothnia University of Applied Sciences (COU) in Finland and Tallinn University (TLU) in Estonia. Accept yourself Acceptance Commitment Therapy/Training, a variation on CBT, is increasingly being used in coaching, particularly in Australia and New Zealand, said ACT practitioner and psychologist John Groom. He said, “In ACT, you don’t deny (troublesome thoughts), you don’t use CBT to fight (them). ACT […]

News: Let your brain find possibilities

Association for Coaching UK annual conference, Edinburgh, 22 june, 2012 The only way we can bring about change in a client is by engaging with their brain – so we might as well do this on purpose, said clinical and organisational psychologist Professor Paul Brown. “Everything that happens has a neurochemical basis to it … Every time we engage with a client we engage with their brain, it’s the only way we can effect change. If that’s true, why don’t we do it deliberately? This extraordinary thing we call the self is modified,” he said. Brown said coaches don’t need […]

News: There’s no need for evaluation of coaching

Swiss congress: Body membership not a factor in coach selection 2nd International Coaching Research Congress for German-speaking people, 5-6 June, Basle There’s no need for evaluation of coaching, according to panellists at a coaching research conference, including from large companies such as Daimler and Credit Suisse. The panellists’ challenge to the UK’s pre-occupation with ROI was the first surprise at the 2nd International Coaching Research Congress for German-speaking people, hosted by Switzerland. The second was that professional association membership does not figure in external coach selection. The congress attracted more than 200 delegates from Germany, Austria, France and Switzerland and […]

News: Money makes coaching research go round

Conference roundup: European Mentoring and Coaching research conference, Sheffield Hallam university, 3-4 july, 2012 Are we obsessed with performance when it comes to researching coaching? This was one of the questions explored at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC)’s second Research conference on 3-4 July. Delegates from all over the world gathered at Sheffield Hallam University to hear some of the latest research. They met at a pre-conference event to discuss what should be on the coaching research agenda. “Should we be focused on performance or should we pay more attention to learning and development?” asked David Megginson, co-founder […]

News: C@W conference roundup. Embodied presence workshop:

‘The body has a wisdom of its own’ “What’s below our neck can give us information too”! Eunice Aquilina’s words from her workshop on ‘cultivating trust through an embodied presence’, are still ringing in my ears. She told us that “the body has a wisdom of its own” and that we need to ensure we “listen with our whole self”. I like to think I can develop a deep trust with my clients, but this workshop offered an opportunity to examine this from a different perspective. Aquilina, a certified somatic coach from the Strozzi Institute, uses practices including centring, to […]

News in brief: Merger news

Award-winning executive coaching and mentoring organisations The RBP Group and Harty Roberts have merged, creating Accelerating Experience, offering mentoring, coaching and business advice. Mike Taylor, managing director, said: “Our two organisations comprised business people who understand what it takes to achieve lasting business success, achieving enduring impact with our clients. Together we strengthen our core offerings in executive coaching and mentoring for senior leaders and teams.” www.acceleratingexperience.com Coaching at Work, Volume 7, Issue 5

News in brief: Stress busters

Work-related stress is the most common reason that employers seek occupational health advice, according to statistics compiled by the UK’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). An analysis by Legal & General of reasons for calling the government’s pilot Occupational Health Advice Lines found that stress, followed by back pain and depression, was the most common condition prompting enquiry. The findings complement recent DWP research which found that only 17 per cent of employers have any form of stress management, despite it being a leading cause of workplace absence. Coaching at Work, Volume 7, Issue 5

News in brief: 2013 Ridler Report

Work is under-way on the 2013 Ridler Report. Ridler & Co’s study of strategic trends in senior executive coaching will be produced with the European Mentoring & Coaching Council for the first time and will continue to focus on topics of interest to coaching buyers, including the qualifications and qualities sought in coaches, the development of team coaching and cross-cultural coaching in global organisations. If you complete the questionnaire, you’ll get a copy of the report five months before general publication, and an invitation to an exclusive Ridler Report presentation in London to discuss key findings. www.ridler-report.com Coaching at Work, […]

News: Neuroscience research paper roundup

The four key requirements for bringing about neuronal change in the brain are focused attention; repetition and practice; a good relationship between coach and client, and coaching processes that both parties believe in, according to research presented at the Henley Coaching conference. Kitty Chisholm was one of three graduates from Henley’s MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change presenting their research on neuroscience. Her paper discussed the concept of neuroplasticity (how changing ideas, attitudes and behaviour involves ‘re-wiring’ neurons). She suggested that a science-based rationale enables some clients to come to it with more belief in its efficacy. Ann James examined […]