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 Council and the International Coach Federation joined forces to deliver the event in Dublin on leadership, culture and ethics to a packed room. Let’s hope this collaborative initiative is the first of many. Are you credible and do you have gravitas? These are sponsors’ top […]

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 Teams at Work: Embryonic But Powerful, by Henley Business School and Lane4, said the benefits include: better employee engagement, improved trust in a team, increased productivity and more effective and innovative solutions. And coaches are increasingly looking to add team coaching to their offers. The […]

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 late Dame Anita Roddick, was known for her radical approach to business. Now part of L’Oréal, a mentoring programme launched last year by the retailer is also built on the pillars of innovation and responsibility. Here, it’s about encouraging employees to take more responsibility for […]

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 coaching is reflected widely in practice literature, popular coaching models and research. Goal-setting theories are varied and at times, contradictory, but the literature generally agrees about the effectiveness of client-led goal-setting: the person-centred approach. So what difference does it make when the organisation wants to […]

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 to the issue of goals and goal management from a “very positivist perspective”, having been inspired as a young journalist by Peter Drucker. From him, he learnt the importance of clarity, focus, curiosity and observation, and the dangers of “having vague objectives and institutionalised purposelessness”. […]

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 the train heading back to the retreat centre in Dorset that I call home. My mind is turning over fragments of conversations and my body is reliving certain sensations and states as I think about the clients I’ve seen this week. I look up and […]

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 of the emotional energising system all the time: fear puts the brakes on, while trust is the accelerator. Brain-based systemic coaches need to understand the emotional energising system and organisational systems, and find ways to work effectively with both, understanding how networks in the brain […]

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 their unhelpful responses to trauma, for example. How does it work? Dr Ruden has performed the technique on more than 7,000 clients and researched the science behind it over the last decade. He has written papers on this, including ‘Harnessing Synaptic Plasticity to Treat the […]

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 someone examining my practice as a coach? Very quickly, however, I recognised its value to me. I was able to pause, reflect, explore new ways of thinking, enhance my skills and develop new insights. Exploring my assumptions and beliefs, and the impact of my ‘state’ […]