Reflections: Gold from dust

Lindsay Wittenberg The first session with a client is an Aladdin’s Cave of possibilities, with riches waiting to be discovered – if we use the right tools As coaching programmes proceed and progress, we all become conscious in sharper relief of the issues that are significant for our clients. We begin to discern connections and patterns that inform the creativity of our approaches, the questions we ask and the challenges we pose. However, when I reflect on the development of my own insights and perceptions in relation to any given coaching programme, I realise that the client has often given […]

A bright idea

How can executive coaches help corporate teams redefine their problems to find smart solutions when they work across so many organisational boundaries, cultures and time zones? Now is the time to use coaching to innovate innovation I work with companies promoting innovation and with people as an executive coach. One part of my work focuses on teams and the other on individuals. Both areas have different languages and cultures. In true corporate fashion, dedicated followers of each field entertainingly eye the other with a degree of mutual suspicion. But at their heart they are fundamentally similar. Both involve working with […]


Just as executive teams must race to keep up with technology, so coaching must adapt in order to stay relevant to leaders. GROWTH cards come up trumps 
in this changing world, says Vali Lalioti Racing against the clock to keep up with technology is a fundamental challenge for teams all over the world. Collaboration relies increasingly on multi-company teams, drawn from very different professional backgrounds and cultures, often on different continents and in different time zones. Our coaching techniques and methods need to adapt and evolve if we are to remain relevant for our clients in an uncertain world. We […]

Public perception

Public sector leaders must deliver results against a backdrop of tightly squeezed budgets. The landscape is certainly changing – and so must the coaching support that is offered, argues Natalie Holt The financial challenges facing the public sector are well-documented. Leadership teams have to manage to higher standards driven by more demanding citizens, but with a 30-40 per cent reduction in budgets. They are overseeing a cessation of services and reductions in staff in order to operate more commercially, efficiently and economically. The demands and pressure on leaders to deliver against the current economic backdrop have never been greater, and […]

Mentoring: the joys of spring

Lis Merrick In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we take time out to give your mentoring programme a springtime health check. This issue: freshen up your offer Don’t let your mentoring programme lose direction during the summer – get it into shape now Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner, so it’s a good time for external consultants or internal co-ordinators to check organisations’ programmes are in tip-top condition to keep them going into the autumn. Many programmes tend to launch or set up new cohorts in the autumn or before Christmas. […]

Profile: Eric De Haan

Sense maker Erik De Haan’s ability to work with the organisational unconscious and surface hidden levels in groups has been called ‘magical’. The director of Ashridge Business School’s Centre for Coaching talks to Liz Hall about the ‘dark side’ of leadership. Magical is how one corporate client described Erik De Haan’s ability to work with groups. “I like the complexity and the dynamics between people. I’m quite good at detecting and naming some of those,” admits the director of Ashridge Business School’s Centre for Coaching. De Haan has been working with groups in various ways for many years, including as […]

Merrill Lynch offers way back

By Liz Hall This spring sees the US rollout of Bank of America Merrill Lynch Bank’s women returner coaching programme, following its success in the UK. Concerned about the cost of losing talented female executives who leave to start a family, the bank partnered with the Executive Coaching Consultancy in 2011 to devise and run a comprehensive programme to inspire and guide women on resuming careers. Now in its third year, Returning Talent for 2014 launched this year in the UK with a conference and selection event in February, attended by 50 women. Some 20 were invited to take part […]