Welcome to the June 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the June 2013 issue of the newsletter Ireland’s been abuzz with a string of firsts- the G8 Summit in Fermanagh, Barack and Michele Obama’s first visit to Northern Ireland and now, the first-ever event to be jointly-delivered by three coaching bodies. (See News Online). The Association for Coaching, the European Mentoring & Coaching […]

Profile: Peter Burditt

Peter Burditt, founder of Strategic Development Consultants, is proof that there are still big bucks in coaching. Even in the current climate, he is highly sought-after, commanding fees of up to £1,500 an hour.
The secrets of his success include loving what he does, a non-compromising yet flexible stance, his high professional standards, a bulging contacts book from his time as a banker and an ability to work with tricky clients. “I tend to work with difficult people who eat coaches for breakfast and spit them out. I get their trust and pull the poison,” he says.

“There are an awful lot of coaches struggling because they are vanilla. I’m not vanilla. When I started to do masterclasses, I would get 50 per cent giving me a five and others a ten. Now it’s 90 per cent and 10 per cent. That’s OK with me. I’m not going to compromise to please people, although I will be flexible to maintain relationships – which are very different statements.”

Lion’s share

Team coaching is on the rise as organisations start to see the benefits of improved group performance and emotional intelligence. Yet demand for training is still coming from the coaches themselves, says Julie Griffiths in our special report. Forward-thinking organisations are increasingly looking at team coaching to give them high-performing groups. A 2010 survey, Coaching […]

Body and soul

Ethical beauty products retailer The Body Shop has launched a mentoring programme that is proving as radical and innovative as the retailer’s founder, Dame Anita Roddick, both for mentors and the mentees. Liz Hall reports The ingredients behind The Body Shop’s success include its innovative spirit and an emphasis on responsibility – its founder, the […]

Ready, set, goal

In this two-part report, we take a look at research on coaches working with assigned goals, and hear from thought leaders David Clutterbuck and David Megginson on goal setting. In part 1, Katherine Cowan discusses working with assigned goals, and asks: Whose agenda is it anyway? The notion of goals as an essential component of […]

Right on target

Part 2: Goal setting and goal management are much more complex than typically perceived by coaches, clients or organisational sponsors – and this is one of the core themes from a new book, Beyond Goals. Two of the book’s editors, Professors David Clutterbuck and David Megginson, share some of their reflections David Clutterbuck Clutterbuck came […]

Don’t forget yourself

The many ways we communicate and process information are gathering in speed and complexity, but can our bodies and minds keep up? Claire Genkai Breeze is finding that many of her executive clients are overwhelmed by hyper-regulation It’s Friday night and I’m heading home after a fairly full-on week of coaching appointments. I’m sitting on […]

Dark destroyer

Dead projects cast long shadows, argue Paul Brown and Brenda Hales. This two-part series examines the place of fear and trust in coaching, particularly within complex project management settings. Part 2: Drawing on applied neurosciences to help leaders work with organisational complexity Those who coach individuals in complex project settings often face the mutual antagonists […]

Toolbox: No news is good news

Coaching at Work road-tests Havening Amygdala Depotentiation Technique (ADT) 1 The tool What is it? Havening Amygdala Depotentiation Technique (ADT) is a psychosensory therapeutic technique developed by Paul McKenna in the UK, and Dr Ron Ruden in the US. It can be used by coaches and therapists to help clients get rid of blocks and […]

My safe space

By Sarah Hope. In the second in a series of columns on internal coaching/mentoring, Sara Hope reflects on the support of internal coaches through supervision and mentoring When I was first introduced to the concept of coaching supervision as an internal coach 10 years ago, my initial response was quiet suspicion. Why did I need […]