In NHS we trust

Lisa Gresty can be forgiven for grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat. As head of OD and learning at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, she has helped the Trust’s multi-pronged coaching strategy go from strength to strength in both patient care and quality of experience. One NHS Trust’s initiative to build a coaching culture across its organisation was hailed as ground-breaking when it launched. Ambitious and far-reaching, it foresaw the importance of developing a more empowering, less ‘heroic’ leader, says Lisa Gresty, head of OD and learning. Given the future changes for the NHS, it was “ahead of its […]

Worldly wise

Intercultural coaching is no longer a ‘niche market’ in our highly globalised world. Philippe Rosinski explains how learning from different cultures can refine and enrich your coaching skills If you feel coaching across cultures should be reserved for those working on international assignments and travelling abroad, or that intercultural coaching is a ‘niche market’ concerning a minority of professionals (despite globalisation), think again. We often misunderstand or ignore cultural differences or we manage them inadequately, leading to frustration, damaging conflicts, missed opportunities, even financial losses. However, when we understand and use differences constructively, they offer a remarkable source of richness […]

The health coaching toolkit, part 5

Part 5: health coaching expert Professor Stephen Palmer, and Professor Cary Cooper and Kate Thomas, examine multimodal health coaching

Multimodal health coaching can be used for a wide range of health-related issues, such as undertaking and maintaining exercise programmes, weight management, stop smoking, managing stress, enhancing resilience and alcohol reduction.
It is also a useful approach to assist clients who relapse, which often occurs when they become stressed. For example, many of us will use comfort eating or drinking to help us cope with work overload, and this can increase our calorific intake, yet we are too busy to counter this by taking more exercise.
This is not very useful if you want to maintain your existing body weight, especially as our choice of comfort food, when stressed, can be of a high calorific value.
Others, when stressed, will either start smoking again or smoke more if they have not already stopped. Not surprisingly, this can have a negative impact on their health coaching programme. In these cases, it may be preferable to have a more comprehensive understanding of the different issues that may be having an impact on the client. The multimodal approach, originally developed by Arnold Lazarus, literally takes us back to basics, where the coach assesses the different factors involved.

Mindful insights

Coaching supervisor Graham Lee has been using mindfulness in his work – with positive feedback. By enhancing emotional tolerance, even experienced coaches say they now feel more available to their clients, holding open the door for deeper insights to emerge Providing coaching supervision for individuals and groups has been an important component of my work for many years, but it is only in the past two to three that I have brought my personal commitment to mindfulness explicitly into my work as a supervisor. Judging from the feedback from coaches, the approach has been very useful. Even experienced coaches describe […]

Play your part

In a previous issue of Coaching at Work, Tatiana Bachkirova argued that supervision should be our professional conscience in practice and be non-mandatory. Experienced coach supervisor Nicola Haskins disagrees Not enough coaches are coming into supervision – and it’s something the industry is, rightly, concerned about. The recent explosive growth in supervisor training programmes and publications on coaching supervision, will certainly increase the pool of supervisors and heighten general awareness of it. But I don’t believe this will be enough to get coaches into supervision. What is needed is a three-pronged strategy to: demonstrate the benefits of coaching supervision mandate […]

Mob Handed

Flash Mob Coaching could be the ideal way to bring coaching to people who wouldn’t normally benefit – and it takes only 10 minutes, says David Gray If you see a group of people performing a brief and seemingly pointless act, look again – it might just be Flash Mob Coaching (FMC), the latest phenomenon to hit the profession. The concept of flash mobs has been with us for a few years. First created in Manhattan, USA, in 2003, flash mobs are a group of people who congregate suddenly at a pre-arranged place to perform a short act, often connected […]

TOOLBOX

Coaching at Work road-tests Points of You Fresh out of the box 1 The tool What is it? The Coaching Game, developed by Points of You, is a creative tool that can be used within coaching sessions to help clients see things from different perspectives. Launched in 2007 and sold worldwide, designers Efrat Shani and Yaron Golan describe it as a “workshop in a box”, one which helps clients think outside the box. It contains 65 high quality photographs, each depicting different topics. The set of cards is accompanied by a book, offering a selection of perspectives, insights, thoughts, questions […]

Toolbox – tried and tested

A new, occasional column, in which readers share tried and tested tools they’ve invented or adapted. This issue, Eve Turner shares her lift analogy. Looking out, not looking up This tool came about in my early days as a coach. I was working with someone who wanted to apply for a role two grades above their current position. In the major organisation involved, applying in such circumstances was highly unusual, and the chances of success were very limited. We talked about preparation – the normal things you would expect, such as looking at CVs, job descriptions and person specifications; matching […]

HOW TO… SET UP AND DEVELOP A SUCCESSFUL COACHING PRACTICE

By Gladeana Mcmahon and Antoinette Oglethorpe This is the first in a series of articles aimed at helping coaches deal with the variety of factors associated with setting up a successful coaching practice Part one: Guidelines for coaches starting out in business Many qualified coaches love coaching so much they want to make it their full-time profession. However, being a competent, or even an excellent, coach is not an automatic guarantee of financial success (McMahon, Palmer and Wilding, 2005). Before you set up in business you need to consider three core factors: business acumen, professional expectations and personal need/resilience. Each […]

Reviews

Book One Title: Coaching and Mentoring: A Critical Text Author: Simon Western Publisher: SAGE Publications ISBN 978 1848 60164 2 Usefulness ***** This is a rich tapestry of a book – comparable in complexity to Erik de Haan’s Relational Coaching. Whereas de Haan majors on systematic research, Western’s strength is in the depth of his professional and personal insight. I recommend this book to anyone who thinks they occupy a secure niche in coaching. If you believe your therapeutic model helps you heal the wounded self of your clients, or if you use positive thinking to boost self-esteem, be ready […]