Correction

Correction: The byline on the article, ‘Keep your distance’ in the last issue of Coaching at Work (page 27, vol 7, issue 6) should have been Kate Anthony, rather than Kimberley Gray and Liz Hall – our sincere apologies to Kate Anthony.

Coach supervision

Coach supervision adds ‘gravitas and professionalism’, says OCM’s Long Internal supervisors have a vital role to play in building coaching culture and in role-modelling the characteristics of a learning organisation. This was one of the key messages from Katherine Long’s session on “good-enough” supervision in an organisational context. Long shared learning from her research, and from the OCM’s pilot ‘Coach as Supervisor’ programme, which has been submitted for accreditation with the EMCC. The pilot group consisted of 11 lead coaches from five organisations. Long, director of qualifications at the OCM, said internal coach supervision was a “sensible mechanism for managing […]

Feedback: wake-up call for ‘old-school’ leaders

Senior leaders at ERGO Insurance Group were operating in the past as if in a “flotation tank”, where a lack of stimulation in the form of feedback induced them to “hallucinate about who they are”, delegates heard. To help raise levels of self-awareness in ERGO’s leaders, feedback has now been placed firmly at the centre of its Manager Performance programme, along with mentoring and peer and executive coaching. The programme is a huge departure from tradition for the business, which historically has only offered training, and which one of the programme participants, Thomas Bongartz, described as “a bit old-school in […]

Alliance: a unified voice for coaching?

News of the alliance of the International Coach Federation, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) and the Association for Coaching, broke at the EMCC’s annual conference in Bilbao in November. But is it a key milestone or the thin end of the wedge? Liz Hall finds out what you think… The creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance, between three of coaching’s leading professional bodies, is exciting news, although it remains to be seen exactly what impact it will have. On the whole, coaches have heralded the development as a good thing, hoping it will finally bring desperately […]

Survey: let’s find common ground

As we ring in the New Year, our Coaching at Work 2012 survey shines the spotlight on the latest developments in our profession, and your predictions Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the recent announcement of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (news, page 7, and pages 11-13), our attention has been drawn inwards. Collaboration and reaching agreement between the professional bodies has been highlighted as the top priority for 2013, according to this year’s Coaching at Work Annual Survey 2012*. And the formation of the Alliance has been flagged up as the top achievement for the profession last year. […]

Burditt Lectures: ‘inspired, moved, educated’

The second year of the Burditt Lectures saw entrants raise the bar even higher. Liz Hall reviews the top two winning entries at the awards ceremony in London This year’s Burditt Lectures Alumni Awards saw winner Brigid Russell’s essay turned into a book, while runner-up David Ramsey’s, which featured a speaking wardrobe, was enacted by professional actors for the benefit of delegates. It was the second year of the awards, held at the end of the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC)’s annual conference on 9 November 2012, and the quality of contributions was even higher, according to Peter Burditt, who […]

Three minutes to midnight – to serve and protect?

Getting past the demons This is the third in a new series of columns on our role in tackling the complicated economic, environmental and social challenges we face. It will be a place to question, offer, share, explore, challenge, dissent, celebrate, reflect, learn and enjoy As the world, our organisations and our communities face big, sometimes scary, nearly always complex, problems, how do you respond? Do you step forward consistently to lead in your own way? Go with the flow? Or resist, finding reasons why it isn’t your problem? The writer about myths, Joseph Campbell, spoke of how temples, cathedrals […]

Online roundup

What you’re saying online We have nearly 13,000 Coaching at Work LinkedIn members worldwide. Discussions are going on around a vast array of topics, including: bullying, neuroscience, chaos, the new Alliance, (see pages 7 and 11-13), and lots of sharing of advice, for example, on venues and creating a coaching culture…and even job opportunities. One thread, posted by editor Liz Hall after hearing Brené Brown speak about shame and vulnerability at the International Coach Federation (see news, p10, vol 6, issue 7), hit a nerve – and led to some interesting responses… Should we address shame in our coaching sessions? […]

TroubleShooter: give me a break!

A successful sales manager has been given a major management role. Unexpectedly, he finds himself overwhelmed by demands and unable to make an impact in his role. Can coaching give him space? Adam has recently been promoted to head up the drinks products division of a packaging giant. His background in sales means he knows how to drive results and engage people. He has worked hard to get to the top and this is his first major general management position. Everything seems set up for a smooth transition into the new role. However, as soon as he walks into his […]

Into Bulgaria

Post-Communist Bulgaria may not be the first country you’d associate with world-class leadership, yet International Coach Federation Bulgaria co-founders Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova are spearheading some remarkable changes

To say that Peter Goryalov and Irina Goryalova have got coaching off the ground in Bulgaria is an understatement. They won the International Coach Federation (ICF) President’s Award for their leadership and contribution to coaching and the ICF in Bulgaria in September 2011, and their chapter won the ICF’s Breaking Barriers Award in 2012, along with Australia’s Victoria chapter for a joint project.

They’re launching one trailblazing executive coaching initiative after another, they’ve been interviewed widely in Bulgaria, and former prominent journalist Irina has had more than 20 ground-breaking articles published, establishing a new language for leaders and organisations.