SEXISM SURVEY: WOMEN ‘STILL MAKING TEA’ AT WORK

Some 87 per cent of women believed they and their contemporaries have been passed over for promotion because of their gender, while 24 per cent claimed it was more difficult for them to gain recognition in their career, according to a survey of 2,000 women by Stylist Live (http://bit.ly/1WWrymh) Meanwhile, a fifth of women surveyed admitted they think their male colleagues are more likely to get away with “slacking off”, and almost a third felt many assumed their work was a lot easier than that of a male colleague. Accusations of incompetency were among the top 10 most common sexist […]

26 PER CENT OF RISING STARS RISK CAREER DERAILMENT

More than a quarter of high-potential leaders have a high risk of derailing, particularly those who are not self-aware and who greatly over-state their abilities.   These leaders are six times more likely to be rated as a derailment risk than those with accurate self-awareness, suggests research. Some 26 per cent of executives identified by their bosses as being high-potential leaders are also seen as having a high risk of career derailment, according to a study from global leadership and talent consultancy, Korn Ferry. The study, based on Korn Ferry Institute analysis of nearly 40,000 360-degree surveys and more than […]

MENTAL ILLNESS AT WORK TOPS 40% FOR SIXTH YEAR

Mental ill-health among workers has risen for the sixth year running. More than 40 per cent of 578 employers surveyed in the UK by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) report rising mental health issues. The main causes include heavy workloads, management style and difficult work relations, according to the CIPD’s Absence Management survey. CIPD head of public policy, Ben Willmott, said: “After over half a decade at these levels, we can’t afford to let this issue continue to grow any longer. As a nation we’re getting better at opening up the conversation around mental health, but there […]

MERRICK TO ‘DEEPEN ALLIANCES’ IN EMCC UK TENURE

By Liz Hall    The European Mentoring & Coaching Council UK’s (EMCC UK) new president, Lis Merrick, has set her sights on tackling confusion in the marketplace by building further on existing alliances between professional bodies. “I want to drive the EMCC UK’s energy towards deepening and broadening the alliances and partnerships between the different coaching and mentoring bodies to avoid some of the present confusion in the marketplace,” she told Coaching at Work. Merrick also wants to restore the balance between coaching and mentoring within EMCC UK activities so that mentoring is not sidelined. “I feel passionately about raising […]

‘30% CLUB’ MENTORS WOMEN INTO CORPORATE ROLES

By Liz Hall   More than 500 leaders from 44 organisations gathered in London on 15 September at the launch of this year’s cross-company mentoring scheme from the 30% Club. The 30% Club seeks to improve the rate at which women progress through the pipeline to the C-Suite (consisting of senior managers with the title of ‘chief’) across corporate organisations (mostly FTSE 100). The mentoring scheme, now in its third year, forms part of the 30% Club’s Balancing the Pyramid initiative. It is intended to enable talented mid-career women to benefit from cross-company mentoring, and to help increase the number […]

RIDLER REPORT: HOW DO BLUE CHIPS CHOOSE TO DELIVER THEIR COACHING?

What draws organisations to use internal or external coaching, and how committed are they to these? asks Clive Mann, in the first of a series of articles highlighting themes emerging from the 6th Ridler Report, illustrating innovation and best practice with case studies Some 73 per cent of the large organisations surveyed for the latest Ridler Report expect to increase their spending on coaching over the next two years. The 6th Ridler Report, published last month (October), highlights key trends in the use of coaching in large organisations, offering organisational sponsors of coaching data to benchmark their coaching strategy with […]

THE OCM LAUNCHES THE ERIC PARSLOE SCHOLARSHIP

The annual Eric Parsloe Scholarship in Professional Coach-mentoring has been launched as a tribute to Eric, who has stepped down as OCM chairman due to failing health. The scholarship is aimed at individuals who wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to access professional development in coach-mentoring and for whom this opportunity will provide a real lift during a challenging time. Parsloe always recognised the opportunities he received through his own scholarship at Ruskin College, Oxford. Managing director at OCM, and Eric’s son, Ed Parsloe said: “From a personal perspective, I’ve been thinking about his legacy a lot recently and wanted to […]

SECN TRAINS FACILITATORS TO AID SUPERVISION ACCESS

The South East Coaching & Mentoring Network (SECN) is celebrating the completion of training to become internal group supervision facilitators for 14 of its internal coaches. The SECN consists of Kent County Council in partnership with Kent Fire and Rescue Service and a number of smaller organisations, including HM Prisons Rochester and Maidstone and district councils, form the SECN. With 200 internal coaches, organising coaching supervision has been a challenge. Providing more group supervision was an obvious solution. The Network chose Michelle Lucas of Greenfields to help it upskill more of its experienced coaches. “We really want to help our […]

LET’S TALK ABOUT EQUALITY IN COACHING: SURVEY ANALYSIS

In this year’s Coaching at Work: Shaping the Future survey, we asked what you think the key issues and topics are that we should be looking at around gender equality/diversity in relation to coaching and mentoring. Here are some of your responses What would you like to see under the spotlight? Here are some of your views   CHANGE THE CONVERSATION Paul Brown, faculty professor, organizational neuroscience, Monarch Business School, Switzerland Why is everyone stuck on outdated concepts?   External coach There are no gender or diversity barriers from my experience   THOUGHT LEADERS Nicole Berg, Charis Coaching – The […]

VIEWPOINT: HELP YOUR CLIENTS GET REAL

Our clients gain power when they find optimism to temper their pessimism. But take care to ground the former and use the latter to be pragmatic By Stephen Burt One of the most powerful things that we coaches can do with our clients is to help them engage with what is real in their lives. Outside the coaching conversation, they often have to pretend, keep part of themselves hidden or respond to others’ agendas for them. In engaging with the real, we help them create a platform for sustainable change or action that can withstand set-backs and disappointments. To do […]