FILLERY-TRAVIS: ‘RESEARCH IS LIFE BLOOD OF PRACTICE’

“What sort of questions should the coaching profession be asking at this time? What do we need our data to do for us?” With these questions, Annette Fillery-Travis, who has a formal scientific background, challenged EMCC UK conference delegates in York. She encouraged discussion around her key message that research is the life blood of practice, urging delegates to engage in practitioner research. She outlined how questions we ask and answers we find start to shape and define an area of knowledge, with ideas, questions and research findings being brought in from other disciplines. She reflected on the basic question […]

IBARRA: USE ‘OUTSIGHT’ TO BURST LEADERSHIP BUBBLE

Introspection is not the key to facing change – leaders need to act to change themselves, stressed Professor Herminia Ibarra. Professor Ibarra was speaking at coach training organisation Meyler Campbell’s annual lecture, which aims to shake up coaches’ thinking. She certainly did with her proposal that we’ve overstressed the internal in helping people adapt to change – especially when entering leadership. “Instead of concentrating on insight – internal knowledge, past experience and how we think – we should look more intensely at new experiences, behaviour and knowledge outside the leadership bubble: what I call outsight,” said Ibarra, Cora chaired professor […]

EMCC EVENT HONOURS TOP COACHES AND MENTORS

David Megginson, Eve Turner, Maria Luisa de Miguel Corrales and European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) Greece, all scooped awards at the EMCC International’s annual conference in Istanbul in November. Professor Megginson, who is stepping down from holding any EMCC roles after 23 years, received the President’s Special Award, for his contributions. EMCC International president Lise Lewis, said, “Beneath his air of quiet and thoughtfulness is an extraordinarily insightful mind that has led him to challenge so much of accepted wisdom.” She said he’d heavily influenced the EMCC’s values of inclusiveness, evidence base and social impact. Megginson said, “I’d like […]

TACKLING UNCONSCIOUS BIAS: EMCC CONFERENCE IN ISTANBUL

We need to accept that holding unconscious biases is normal whilst constantly challenging ourselves and working to recognise our own biases, said Jenny Plaister-Ten and Carol Whitaker. In their session at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s international conference in Istanbul on 19-21 November, Plaister-Ten and Whitaker said that unconscious biases can be useful when we’re dealing with ambiguity, when we need to make a rapid decision, or when we’re dealing with information overload. They suggested that to promote more unbiased decision-making, we do the following: constantly challenge ourselves, accepting our biases as normal and working to recognise them; apply […]