THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: WHAT’S THE POINT OF COACHING?

The VW emissions scandal in Germany has had far-reaching consequences. Could coaching have made a difference to the vehicle manufacturer’s culture? By Alister Scott and Neil Scotton   At the recent launch of the book, Coaching in Times of Crisis and Transformation, we opened our section on Legacy Thinking by posing a question: What is the difference between ‘What do you want?’ (the standard opening in various forms for coaching conversations and visioning exercises), and ‘How do you want to be remembered?’? Dr Ho Law’s hand went up straight away: “It brings others into it,” he said. Exactly. We reflected […]

TROUBLESHOOTER: WHERE DO WE GO NEXT?

A leader in the tech industry is moving into a major role. Executive coaching is aiding her transition. So why is she failing to complete the agreed actions? The Issue Verity has had a successful career in the technology sector for 20 years. Eight months ago she was promoted to head of division. This is her first position with a strategic focus and significant leadership responsibilities. To help her make the transition, her employer offered six sessions of executive coaching, with the possibility of continuing if the sessions delivered positive results. Verity relished the opportunity and has done some great […]

MY SOUL PURPOSE – A PROFILE OF JACKEE HOLDER

Jackee Holder is an executive coach, supervisor, trainer, author, interfaith minister and committed tree hugger. She is also one of the few black women coaching executives in the UK. Liz Hall finds out more By Liz Hall   Jackee Holder cuts a striking figure on the coaching scene – she’s tall, fascinating and yes, she’s black. One of the first black coaches in the UK, Holder remains a minority in mainstream coaching. However, she’s striking, too, because of her presence. There’s a spaciousness, thoughtfulness, curiosity and open-ness, a sense of vitality in the face of my questioning that as interviewer […]

GENDER PARITY: THE NEXT STAGE

FTSE 100 companies have embraced, even exceeded, Lord Davies’ target of 25 per cent female representation at board level. But that’s only half the work done, say Peninah Thomson OBE and Clare Laurent. Now we need to focus on better diversity throughout executive committee structures By Peninah Thomson OBE and Clare Laurent   The final report of the Davies Review has confirmed that FTSE 100 companies have exceeded the target set by Lord Davies in 2011 of 25 per cent female representation on FTSE 100 boards. At that time, only 135 of 1,076 (12.5 per cent) FTSE 100 directorships were […]

CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? – MULTI-STAKEHOLDER CONTRACTING

Eve Turner and Peter Hawkins consider the impact, benefits and challenges of using multi-stakeholder contracting in a business setting, and offer some top tips to gain maximum value from it By Eve Turner and Peter Hawkins   A common theme had been brought to Eve in supervision: a supervisee had realised that the manager (the coaching sponsor) and their client hadn’t shared the same view on what the coaching was to achieve; there had been a lack of transparency despite a three-way conversation. So the final evaluation had become a challenge and the coach felt caught in the middle. Stories […]

IS COACHING AN ALTERNATIVE TYRANNY? PART 1: MINDSETS, CONTEXT AND PURPOSE

At a coaching event held a number of years ago, the term ‘coaching culture’ was used in every conversation about coaching by, it seemed, everyone. If we were to have rung a bell every time the term was used, it would have sounded like the Lutine Bell was rolling down the staircase of the Shard. By Sam Humphrey and Karen Dean   As eclectic coaches, we believe that there is no one right way to coach. Indeed, coaching is not always the best solution for any given situation. As Daniel Goleman’s work on organisational climate shows, great leaders have a […]

ART THERAPY

Mindful colouring-in for adults is hugely popular. But for some, it may actually lead to rage, frustration or other ‘difficult’ emotions rather than the calm that was hoped for, suggests Rachel Ellison. What are the insights for coach and client of engaging in this or similar processes? By Rachel Ellison “Everyone should do something creative – something with their hands. It’s a kind of psychotherapy. It keeps you mentally healthy.” So believes the award-winning, architecturally inspired silversmith Vicki Ambery-Smith. Her rings, boxes, bridges and broaches can be found in museums, private collections, colleges or on clients’ lapels. Her creative process […]

FAMILY DYNAMIX

Case Study: Child Dynamix  Coaching is helping Child Dynamix deliver on its core strategic objectives, improving relationships, accountability and, importantly, funding. Jan Brause, from the family charity’s partner and coaching provider, Community Performance Partnership, charts its journey By Jan Brause   Charity Child Dynamix works with children, young people and their families to help them thrive. To do that, it too needs to flourish, despite a challenging economic environment. Over the past three years, coaching has been supporting the charity. Formed in 2005 by managing director, Jane Stafford, on the back of a 10-year regeneration scheme in the UK’s Humber […]

TOOLBOX: TRIED & TESTED – EMOTIONS BASED CHANGE FACILITATION

More than a feeling Kate Pearlman-Shaw explains how Emotions Based Change Facilitation (EBCF) can be used in both individual and team coaching By Kate Pearlman-Shaw   I’ve always believed that emotions are the basis of human behaviour. Throughout my lengthy career, first in the NHS and for the last 10 years working with corporate organisations, I’ve used a number of methodologies to both focus on and help change behaviour. What I’ve usually been doing is observing how people feel as a precursor to how they behave. This work has had various different titles over the years, beginning with psychological therapies […]

HOW TO… DEVELOP MORE PRODUCTIVE, ENGAGED EMPLOYEES

How can coaching help us lead better? Traditional ‘heroes’ solve problems; save the day. Yet leaders as hosts can take responsibility for and serve their team, using coaching to help bring out the best in their people, explains Mark McKergow of Host Leadership By Mark McKergow   One of the questions which comes up most frequently when I speak about coaching in organisations is: “How can I use coaching in leadership?” This is a very good question; at first glance these things are very different. Coaching is about helping others build their performance through raising attention and good questions, while […]