Leadership style may be ‘independent from biological gender’

Leadership styles are more or less the same for men and women, suggests research from Kilden Information Centre for Gender Research in Norway. The study discovered only marginal differences between the sexes when it comes to methods of leadership. According to the research, “androgynous managers” report having the best innovation climate in their groups. A […]

Survey: caring behaviour is most valued locally

The most common values chosen by people in the UK are: caring, family, honesty and humour/fun, according to a survey of 4,000 people. The study, by the Barrett Values Centre, asked people across the UK to pick the 10 values/behaviours that most reflect them. It also asked their desired values for the nation. The top […]

Women 1st trains and mentors 1,000 female hospitality staff

More than 1,000 women have been mentored and trained by Women 1st to achieve their career aspirations in the UK’s hospitality, passenger transport, travel and tourism industries. The organisation made its announcement on International Women’s Day 2013 on 8 March. It reached the 1,000 landmark thanks to Thistle Hotels’ decision to put a new batch […]

CMI Paper declares support for female leaders

A lack of self-confidence, a weak talent pipeline, pay gaps and the wrong role models, are among the biggest challenges holding back female managers, according to the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). Coinciding with International Women’s Day 2013 on 8 March, the CMI produced its first ever White Paper on gender issues, Women in Leadership. As […]

Free spirits

Viewpoint Chris Welford How can coaches support a client’s personal growth while fulfilling larger contractual obligations? Despite not wishing to add to the burgeoning range of classified maladies of the mind and spirit, I often wonder if a common, but unreported, problem in organisational life is continuous partial attention disorder. I could imagine a range […]

Still waters

Letter from Bhutan The people of Bhutan lack material things, but are rich in spirituality. Can we embrace this in our practices? Amanda Ridings The silence in Bhutan is profound. I could almost reach out and touch it – intense, resonant, forgiving. It seems able to absorb any sound: words and talk simply dissolve into […]

Change is in the air

Three minutes to midnight A series of columns on our role in tackling the complicated economic, environmental and social challenges we face. It is a place to question, offer, share, explore, challenge, dissent, celebrate, reflect, learn and enjoy. Change – coming to a coaching organisation near you Change is in the air. The latest International […]

TroubleShooter: Let’s make tracks

A coach is finding that some of her clients are becoming stuck. They can see changes they want to make, but ingrained behaviour keeps setting them on the wrong path. Time to bring in neuroscience? Madeleine is curious to see whether neuroscience can shed any light on a problem many of her clients face. She […]

Profile: Sally Bonneywell

Pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline needed to change radically to keep its position in an increasingly challenging market. Sally Bonneywell created a coaching initiative that did just that – proving its worth with stunning results, reports Liz Hall

“Go for it,” responded global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)’s head of HR when Sally Bonneywell suggested coaching was just what the business needed.
Bonneywell’s infectious enthusiasm and bubbliness no doubt helped her case. But the business case was compelling, too.

When Andrew Witty became CEO in 2007, he was clear that only radical transformation could help GSK meet the challenges it faced with the rest of the pharmaceutical industry. Coaching was the ideal way to support the huge internal change he had set in motion, but as an integral part of HR.