Welcome I’m not one personally for taking to the high seas but it was hard not to get caught up in the buzz in Alicante port in recent weeks. The nine-month Volvo Ocean Race, the toughest race in professional sailing, started in Alicante on 11 October, with various in-port races in the lead-up. One of the seven teams, Team SCA, is the first all-female team in a decade. And judging by the number of people sporting magenta pink (the sailboat’s colour) as we wandered around the port before the starting gun rang out- – they have a lot of public […]
Title) Neuroscience for Coaches: How to Use the Latest Insights for the Benefits of Your Clients Author Amy Brann Publisher Kogan Page ISBN978 07494 7237 5 Usefulness 5 stars Most of us have noted the explosion of neuroscience in the media – nearly 20,000 books on Amazon alone – but only 50 or so of those are linked to coaching. Amy Brann’s latest book serves as a comprehensive introduction to, and a stretch on any existing notions of, neuroscience in coaching. From basic structure and neurochemicals and their relevance to clients and coaching to new thinking in quantum physics […]
Title) The Art Of Conversation: Change Your Life With Confident Communication Author Judy Apps Publisher Capstone ISBN 978 08570 8538 2 Usefulness – 5 stars Structured in four parts, The Art Of Conversation takes a detailed look into the architecture of how conversations work. It provides practical guidance, along with real-life case studies and relevant examples that bring to life what works in the different stages and components of a conversation. The flow of the chapters makes it easy to read, but also engaging enough to make you want to read on to gain more from the information Apps so […]
Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… Winston Churchill is probably one of the most best-known, best-loved Britons. He was born Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill on 30 November 1874, making him a Sagittarius. This gives us our first clue about Churchill’s coaching roots, as the symbol of Sagittarians is the arrow. This has been drawn from the centaur Chiron who mentored and coached Achilles in archery. As we all know, […]
What does it mean to be second-in-command in an organisation? Paul Stokes examines a typology of seven roles that a second-in-command (N2) can take and how coaching can help this sub-set of executives succeed in each of them.
At a recent Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit (CMRU) research day, I raised the research topic of the particular developmental and organisational challenges faced by people who are deemed to be second-in-command in organisations.
This was welcomed with interest by participants and seen to be an important topic to explore and address, for organisations of all sizes, from an SME based in Sheffield, to large multinationals…
In the latest in a series of columns dedicated to mentoring, we look at how to support mentors and mentees when saying farewell to each other. This issue: winding up the relationship
by Lis Merrick
Be careful how you close a mentoring relationship. Loose ends can undo good work and create more issues
Saying goodbye in a mentoring relationship can be fraught with difficulty, particularly in an organised mentoring programme. Too many mentors and mentees breathe a sigh of relief when they know their six, nine or twelve-month deadline is coming up and they can close their relationship down and feel they have done their duty by their mentoring partner. I find…
By Rachel Griffiths
An organisation can stand or fall based on its reputation. It follows that the personal reputations of its employees are just as business-critical. But how can coaching strengthen an asset that is so intangible yet highly influential?
We all have a reputation, which we don’t own and can’t fake. It is a hugely valuable part of the balance sheet – worth 38 per cent of a business’ market value according to the latest UK Reputation Dividend Study (bit.ly/1EsDT9I).
Reputations affect businesses’ ability to attract investment; to recruit and retain talented people and also their likelihood of success in launching new products and services. Reputations are earned, not only through processes and systems, but also through the people associated with them…
Coaching at Work road-tests The Coaching Dilemma Cards©
1) The tool
What is it?
The Coaching Dilemma Cards© are a set of 20 cards, each representing a common coaching dilemma, developed by coaching supervisors Carol Whitaker and Michelle Lucas from their own experiences. The cards are used within coach training, CPD and supervision to stimulate discussions about how a ‘tricky situation’ could be handled.
Each pack is organised into four categories…
How do we trust and govern coaching? This discussion paper from sponsors in the Coaching at Work-led Accreditation Forum, offers their perspective on the potential issues surrounding professional coaching standards from an organisational viewpoint Over the past few years there has been a proliferation in the use of the term ‘coach’. It is now attached to many things of variable focus and, often, quality. Here, we examine coaching in the business environment. What are the key issues and how should professional coaching standards develop in relation to sponsors’ potential requirements? We seek to prompt further discussion rather than present a […]
How important is the client’s role in creating a successful coaching relationship? Research by Charles Jones examines how and why clients choose their coaches and how the chemistry changes as the relationship progresses We know the relationship between coach and client is critical (for example, Schmidt, 2003; Bluckert, 2006 and De Haan & Sills, 2012), yet we know very little about the contribution a successful match between the two makes to this, or about the client perspective on the matching process. My research aimed to address these gaps in the coaching literature and to respond to the practical need for […]
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