Celebrating 10 years of Coaching at Work

Coaching at Work celebrates its tenth anniversary in 2015

This year (2015), it’s Coaching at Work’s tenth anniversary- for us it’s a time for celebration, for innovation and renewal, and also for reflection.
One of a raft of initiatives we’ve launched to celebrate is this new-look website. We hope you like it as much as we do!

Looking back at the first-ever issues of the magazine, I’m struck by how far we’ve come at Coaching at Work, and also in the wider profession. The excitement and passion around coaching back in 2005 when we launched becomes palpable once again as I read through those early pages. Ten years on, there is a sense of that passion remaining alive out there (and for me personally), coupled with a deeper commitment to coaching that comes from having seen it live up to its promises.

Reading the magazine’s first issue (Coaching at Work, Issue 1, Volume 1 in September 2005), I notice these lines in my first editorial, in relation to our cover story on boardroom gender equality: “Look around any boardroom today and you will be faced mainly with a bunch of white men in their fifties. This has to change…” A decade on, although much progress has been made, gender diversity and equality continue to be burning issues. Hence Coaching at Work’s Campaign for Gender Equality, which we launched at our annual conference on 1 July 2015 in London as another of our initiatives to celebrate our tenth anniversary. As part of the campaign we will be supporting social enterprise Charis Coaching and charity Grow Movement, both of which are doing wonderful work in empowering women.

In that first issue, John Blakey, who has supported us for many years as a member of the Coaching at Work Editorial Advisory Board, talked about his achievements at LogicaCMG as its then director of coaching. He said, “I look forward to a time when my role will no longer be needed.” Sir John Whitmore too has talked about his vision for when coaching will just become part of the furniture. We’re not there yet but coaching has really earned its stripes and continues to be a key intervention, along with mentoring, within businesses and many other settings. We’re proud to be a part of this profession.

More than just a magazine

Looking back over the last decade, here are some of the initiatives we’re proud of, some within the magazine, and some in addition to, in keeping to our pledge to offer subscribers more than just a magazine:

  • Launching a high-quality digital version of the magazine
  • Leading the Accreditation Forum which has gathered professional body representatives and coaching sponsors in a neutral creative space, helping to bring about collaborative initiatives including the Accreditation Comparison Tables (see Accreditation Hub on this website)
  • Sell-out annual conferences in London each summer
  • Launching our series of master-classes on topics including resilience, team coaching, mindfulness and systemic coaching- these have so far taken place in London and Manchester in the north of England
  • Launching the Coaching at Work Awards for movers and shakers in the coaching and mentoring profession, plus high quality articles in the following categories: practical; thought leadership, and case study
  • Increasing our global reach- expanding our subscriptions to include more non-UK-based subscribers
  • Growing our global LinkedIn group to more than 40,000 members
  • Our Coaching for Health campaign to promote health and wellbeing coaching
  • Our global Coach listing
  • Our joint research including our Poor Practice survey with the Association for Coaching, the European Mentoring & Coaching Council, and the International Coach Federation

Wide achievements and shifts

A decade ago, coaching was suddenly all the rage, and our early magazine pages are full of examples of organisations launching coaching initiatives, bringing in external coaches to help them do so. These days, of course, there is a growth in the number of organisations building internal coaching cohorts, turning primarily to external providers either as consultants, or to deliver executive coaching to the top layer of the organisation. There has been a growth in the amount of supervision being offered, including via internal coach supervisors. Ten years ago, people talked more about psychological underpinnings such as Existentialism, Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Behavioural Coaching, Solution-focused Coaching, which we reflected in the magazine in our series of special reports examining different underpinnings. A decade on, whilst these underpinnings are still going strong, there are other influences including mindfulness, and team coaching, which we’ve reflected in our editorial coverage, and our choice of topics for conference sessions and master-classes.

Behind the scenes

Coaching at Work was launched in 2005 by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development in the UK, which published the magazine for its first four years. In 2009, Liz Hall, who had been the Editor since the magazine’s launch, led a management buy-out, and was joined by Stephen Palmer and Kate Thomas as Publisher and Advertising/Marketing Director respectively. Ray Belletty, the magazine’s Art Director, and Annie Cree, the Chief Sub-Editor, both of whom had been on the editorial team since its early days, both chose to continue contributing their high-calibre expertise. Also part of the editorial team are wonderfully creative resident Photographer Ed Miller and Cartoonist Kipper Williams. And Margaret Bradley has been offering her invaluable administrative support for many years.

The Coaching at Work Editorial Advisory Board still has some of its original members including Margaret Chapman, Alison Carter, David Megginson and David Clutterbuck, and also now has other members from non-UK countries including New Zeeland, Denmark, and the US. New members include Aboodi Shabi and Dr Tatiana Bachkirova.

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