What is the state of coaching in Hungary today? The profession is young, and trust and money are important factors in its development. Judit Ábri von Bartheld gives a roundup of how the profession stands – and where it is headed Trust and money are the main themes in the evolution of coaching in Hungary. Coaching started here about 10 years ago. Trust in this young profession came slowly. It took even longer before Hungarian professional coaches emerged and became respected. Money is also a crucial factor: companies are spending more money on coaching, yet hourly rates are dropping. Privately […]


The telecom industry is hugely competitive and the margin for error small. TalkTalk knew it needed to develop the right culture to stay ahead of the game, so now coaching is available for every employee, say Wendy Wilson and Dr Carmelina Lawton-Smith Traditionally, coaching has been reserved for senior executives (Walker-Fraser, 2011)1, but within TalkTalk Telecom Group, coaching is now available to all employees regardless of seniority, and it is resulting in significant benefits. TalkTalk operates in a highly competitive, technologically driven and rapidly changing market in the UK. In recent years, it has experienced high levels of expansion and […]


The cost of securing a new hire can be substantial, and with 40 per cent of those hires failing, is it time to consider on-boarding coaching? Pacifica Goddard examines the ‘next big thing’ in the coaching profession

On-boarding coaching, sometimes referred to as ‘the first 90 days’, can be extremely effective in helping new hires and their organisations adapt to each other, yet few of them have experienced its many benefits. However, with some coaches predicting that on-boarding coaching could be the ‘next big thing’, is this all set to change?

On-boarding coaching has until recently been affected by organisational cost cutting, according to Lynne Hardman, CEO of UK-based Working Transitions.

“Statistics show that over the past few years the number of organisations offering comprehensive on-boarding programmes declined, more than likely due to the economic downturn,” she says, citing the 2013 UK Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Resourcing and Talent Planning Survey.

But as the recession lifts and organisations begin spending again, there has been a resurgence in interest. “As we move into a more positive economic phase, organisations are once again recognising its importance.”

Hardman says…


Liz Hall talks to mentoring expert, Bob Garvey, professor of business education at York St John Business School, former school teacher and full-time dad, and 2014 winner of the Coaching at Work ‘Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award’
When I interviewed Bob Garvey in September, he was “still floating” after being awarded the Coaching at Work ‘Lifetime Achievement in Mentoring Award’ in July (vol 9, issue 5, p16).

Listening to the judges’ comments at the awards ceremony, he “couldn’t believe it was about me”.

Fittingly, there were comments about his humility, as well as his impressive contributions to the world of mentoring – and coaching. It’s true that Garvey quietly goes about his business. But the professor of business education at York St John Business School is certainly not afraid to speak out and to rattle cages, nor is he one to follow the crowd.

This much was apparent early on in his working life. He started out as the only male early years teacher in London at that time, at a school in East Acton, then a highly deprived area.

“I saw my job as socialising these kids, who were very feral, running wild.” Even back then, he encouraged enquiry.

“When kids came running in saying, ‘Look what I’ve found, what is it?’ the teacher would say, ‘It’s a conker, put it down over there.’ Whereas I’d say, ‘Where did you find it; what colour is it; what do you think we should do with it?’ to start them investigating and enquiring.”

“What’s the point of saying, ‘It’s a conker, dear’, because that’s the end of the story. So we explored principles of science, like being able to ask questions and observe well. Naming is at the end of the line.”


An interim management role has thrown up some problems for a talented and committed employee, who until now has been overlooked for promotion. She feels negative and undervalued despite her considerable skills. What is her next move?  Ava is hugely valued in her organisation for her very specific expertise. However, she has seen a pattern of being passed over for promotion, and is feeling despondent. Though committed to the organisation, she is wondering what a future career path might look like. Conversations between her and her boss are not helping. Age is also a factor as Ava is approaching her […]


Internal coaches are in a unique position to bring their experience to bear in groups, supporting dynamic and truthful conversations that lead to organisational change, says Sara Hope As internal coaching becomes more embedded in many organisations, sponsors are increasingly looking for ways of capitalising on the value of employing a cadre of internal coaches. Working with a group is different to a one-to-one coaching relationship, and some may argue it uses a different skillset. It requires an appreciation of one’s self and one’s impact within the system. It takes an exquisite ability to be prepared to question and challenge […]


Three Minutes to Midnight A series of columns on our role in tackling the complicated economic, environmental and social challenges we face. It will be a place to question, offer, share, explore, challenge, dissent, celebrate, reflect, learn and enjoy Peter Hawkins knows a thing or two about coaching. And leadership. As professor of leadership at Henley Business School, emeritus chairman of the Bath Consultancy Group, training in coaching supervision and with 11 books and his own page on Amazon, he has ‘arrived’. And he is passionate about his grandchildren’s future. “We need to see ourselves as part of a wider […]


Barbara Asimakopoulou Greece is recovering from its economic collapse. Could coaching help it ‘rebound’? I can vividly remember that September in 2008, when suddenly, having just got back from holiday, something had changed in Greece forever. The past was gone; things would never be the same again. At the time, some predicted the worst was still to come. Six years later, I’m wondering about what has come to pass and what remains to be seen. Regarding the economic crisis, I can’t tell what the next phase will be like. Many here still adopt the ostrich position, believing things will go […]


Lindsay Wittenberg Clients who cannot see the bigger picture of their challenge, can look their problem in the eye by externalising the issue From time to time I find myself working with a client who seems too scared to look at their reality, or isn’t interested in that exploration, or is nonplussed by their challenge.   Having embarked on training in Systemic Coaching and Constellations, I’m working increasingly with not only what characterises the client’s own behaviour, thinking, feeling and relationships, but also, more broadly, with the systemic factors relating to their effectiveness at work. rom time to time I find […]


Ram Ramanthan Should we be aiming for the Buddhist concept of ‘no mind’? To coaches used to the concept of mindfulness, the above title may sound blasphemous. To the rational mind, mindlessness denotes an unintelligent state, perhaps that of an idiot. Mindfulness, on the other hand, represents an esoteric state of the present, of the fully aware savant, thought by many to be derived from effective Buddhist meditative practices. Placing a raisin in the mouth and savouring it as an experience, which is often taught as a mindful experience, exercises the senses of tasting, smelling and feeling, helping one to […]