EMCC AND AC LAUNCH SINGLE GLOBAL CODE OF ETHICS; ICF OFFERS OWN GUIDE ON HOW TO BE AS A COACH

Ethics is currently particularly high on the industry agenda, with the launch by two of the professional bodies of a single global code of ethics, among other initiatives. On 5 February, the Association for Coaching (AC) and the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) launched the Global Code of Ethics for coaches and mentors, replacing the existing codes of both bodies. The two bodies hope that the Global Code will promote excellence in the development of coaching and mentoring and raise standards of practice, informing the work of non-members who carry out coaching and mentoring-related activities, as well as their […]

HONG KONG CHINESE SEE COACHES AS EQUAL PARTNERS

Despite some coaches’ concerns to the contrary, the Chinese cultural heritage of the Hong Kong Chinese is compatible with Western coaching interventions, suggests a study from Hong Kong University. Coaching was introduced into Hong Kong Chinese society within the past two decades. While Hong Kong Chinese have a strong Chinese cultural heritage, with widespread Confucian views on respecting seniors and following advice from wiser people, they don’t see the coach as a senior, and view the role of the coach as a facilitator of learning. Coaching is accepted as a useful approach for the client to “partner” with the coach […]

PALMER APPOINTED TO PSYCHOLOGY ROLE AT AALBORG

Professor Stephen Palmer is to contribute to research and teaching in coaching psychology and psychotherapy at Aalborg University in Denmark. These contributions will be through his appointment as adjunct professor of coaching psychology to the Department of Communication and Psychology at the University’s Coaching Psychology Research Unit, and the Master level psychology programme. Director of the Clinic Counselling and Consultation Coaching programme, Dr Ole Michael Spaten said, “The boundaries between psychotherapy and coaching psychology are an area of great interest for many psychologists and psychology students. We are very happy that this area of teaching and research in the Department […]

US ‘LIFE COACH’ COUPLE ALLEGEDLY RAN PONZI SCAM

By Liz Hall A married couple representing themselves as ‘life coaches’ in the US allegedly used a string of shell companies to run a Ponzi scam that raked in $8 million to $20 million and which allowed them to live a highly lavish lifestyle at others’ expense, investors claim in a class action, according to California-based Courthouse News Service. Named plaintiffs Cheri Lucas and April Fisher sued Coaching by Coral – which traded as The Secret to Life Coaching – and three of its affiliates or shells; their CEOs Coral Rose Grant and her husband Gary McGonagle Grant II (also […]

CAMPAIGN CALLS ON BUSINESS TO HELP MENTOR TEENS

The UK Government has announced a campaign to encourage business people to mentor young teenagers who are at risk of dropping out of education. The campaign will be led through Capgemini UK and the Careers and Enterprise Company. The number of young people not in education, employment or training has fallen since 2010, but there are still many not getting support to remain in education or fulfil their potential. Around 25,000 pupils about to begin GCSEs risk underachieving or dropping out. Prime Minister David Cameron said, “Many people can look back at their younger selves and point to someone, perhaps […]

PUTTING THE ‘M’ BACK INTO THE EMCC

European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) International has restructured its executive board, among other initiatives that include a renewed focus on mentoring. EMCC International president Lise Lewis talks to Liz Hall about the new strategic direction   European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) International is re-strengthening its focus on mentoring, maintaining its firm emphasis on standards and developing a closer relationship with corporates to support them with their internal programmes, among others, EMCC International president Lise Lewis told Coaching at Work. “We’re very much focused on the professionalisation agenda. We’re keen to maintain our foundation of being a standard-setting body […]

INVEST IN SELF-CARE TO CREATE A FLOURISHING WORLD

SGCP 5th European coaching psychology conference, London, 10-11 December 2015 Are you flourishing? This was Dr Suzy Green’s provocative closing question to delegates at the conference. In her keynote on day two, Dr Green, clinical psychologist and founder of The Positivity Institute in Australia, explored the marriage between Positive Psychology and coaching psychology, suggesting they are perfect partners, creating a flourishing world. She reminded delegates that an “investment in self-care is wise and selfless”, and encouraged them in these tough times to look for even small examples of where flourishing is happening. The theme of the two-day conference was Breaking […]

INTUITION: ‘TRUST YOUR GUT, BUT LISTEN TO REASON’

SGCP 5TH EUROPEAN COACHING PSYCHOLOGY CONFERENCE, LONDON, 10-11 DECEMBER 2015   Jackee Holder To work with intuition in coaching, it’s important that there be trust in the coach-client relationship, and that the coach feel safe with not-knowing, and avoid offering interpretations, instead sharing a hunch with the client, according to Claire Sheldon. Sheldon, lead coach and development consultant at Tall House Consulting, presented her research in her session entitled: ‘Trust your Gut, Listen to Reason: How Experienced Coaches Work with Intuition in their Practice’, at the British Psychological Society’s Special Group in Coaching Psychology’s annual conference in December. Sheldon said […]

BOOK REVIEW

Coaching in Times of Crisis & Transformation by Liz Hall Kogan Page 978 07494 6830 9 5 stars out of 5 In my experience, crisis is often what initially brings individuals and organisations to coaching, or indeed to any kind of helping conversation. And yet, both coach and client can be tempted to shy away from recognising it as such, which means we can miss the opportunity for positive transformation in its wake. This book brings together contributions from a wide range of practitioners and researchers under the thoughtful editorship of Liz Hall. This is very much Liz’s book, with […]

RIDLER REPORT: GROUP COACHING ON THE AGENDA FOR 47 PER CENT OF ORGANISATIONS

Group coaching is gaining in popularity. In the third in a series of articles highlighting themes emerging from the 6th Ridler Report, Clive Mann explores the reasons why A growing number of organisations plan to introduce group coaching, according to findings from the 6th Ridler Report. Some 47 per cent are considering introducing group coaching in the next three years, while 32 per cent already offer it. Group coaching involves a group of individuals, not members of the same team at work, being coached together at the same time. It differs from team coaching, where the individuals being coached together […]