SHERPA 2016: COACHING CREDIBILITY AT ‘RECORD HIGH’

Demand for coaching remains high, the perceived value and credibility of coaching stand at record high, and coaching is once again being ‘democratised’, according to Sherpa’s 2016 Executive Coaching Survey. Change management is the top reason why coaching is sought, according to the survey. Other reasons why buyers seek coaching include: creating growth (30 per cent), building trust (14 per cent) and boosting productivity (14 per cent). Some 54 per cent predict a slight increase in demand for coaching and 17 per cent a substantial increase, according to the 11th annual survey. More than 500 coaches, coaching clients, HR and […]

MENTORS TO GUIDE MORE SPORTSWOMEN ON BOARDS

More than 100 leaders from 30 organisations gathered in HSBC’s London headquarters on 17 March to launch the first sport and business mentoring scheme from the 30% Club and Women Ahead. The 30% Club, an organisation that seeks to improve the rate at which women progress through the pipeline to the C-Suite, joined forces with Women Ahead, a social enterprise to develop women in sports and business to launch the groundbreaking mentoring scheme to develop the pipeline and parity of women on sporting boards. Participating organisations include: PwC, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, KPMG, Ricoh, Deloitte, John Lewis Partnership and […]

BOOTS PILOTS MATERNITY TRANSITION WORKSHOPS

Boots is one of a number of organisations piloting an innovative group coaching approach developed by The Talent Keeper Specialists to support maternity transitions. By Liz Hall The Talent Keeper Specialists founder, Jessica Chivers, launched a series of free, open programme group coaching workshops in 2014 to respond to the large number of women “feeling woefully unprepared for their return to work”. “That we’ve had women come from as far as Edinburgh to our base in St Albans speaks volumes. Women have come to the workshop as a Keep In Touch day and the feedback has been fantastic,” said Chivers, […]

MISMATCH LEADERS AND WORK CULTURES FOR SUCCESS

Forget aligning leaders and company culture – leaders should instead be supplying what’s missing, suggests a study. The researchers investigated which combinations of leadership and business culture would bring the biggest financial benefits nine months on. They asked members of 120 management teams in technology firms to rate their CEOs on task leadership and relational leadership, and their organisation’s culture on the same dimensions. The study suggests that businesses with a strong relational culture performed better when led by a leader with a low relational focus – and vice versa. Mismatch seems to work better with task focus, too. A […]

THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: TRY THIS OPINION ON FOR SIZE

As coaches, we each have our own views on the issues we face. But what choices would we make if we were offered different outlooks to play with? By Alister Scott and Neil Scotton Our perspective shapes how we think, and what we then experience and do. For example, a few years ago I met a churchgoer whose view was that their week started on Sunday. “It’s wonderful to begin the week in such a relaxed way, with time to be thoughtful, connecting with the deeper things, having a conversation with God,” they said. Sunday wasn’t about rest and recovery, […]

PARAGON’S ‘FUN’ APPROACH WINS SUNDAY TIMES AWARD

Free breakfasts, curry nights, bacon butties on Fridays and some top-notch executive coaching have helped Paragon Interiors Group win the Sunday Times Best Small Company Award. Commercial design, build and fit-out company Paragon’s ambition is “to have the most fun in the world whilst at work, meeting financial, spiritual, cultural and ethical goals.” Engaging and motivating its 100-strong workforce, Paragon believes, is key to achieving this ambition. And coaching, as delivered by leadership coaching provider Mentora, particularly around leadership impact, has been at the heart of this. Former professional footballer Alan Hardy, CEO and founder of Paragon, said: “Coaching has […]

SOME 15 PER CENT OF COACHES WITHHOLD DEEPEST CONCERNS FROM THEIR SUPERVISORS

Most coaches view supervision as a place of safety. However, a global investigation by Erik de Haan, of Ashridge Centre for Coaching, reveals ongoing issues around shame and trust Have you taken the most concerning, worrying and/or shameful episode that occurred in your practice over the last few years to supervision? If not, it seems you’re in the minority. Some 85 per cent of 518 professional coaches from 32 countries surveyed by Ashridge Centre for Coaching’s Professor Erik de Haan, reported they had done so, and that this was helpful. As de Haan points out, this still leaves 5 per […]

TALKING TALENT APPOINTS DIVERSITY EXPERT ALVES

By Liz Hall Talking Talent’s newly appointed managing director, Freddie Alves, plans to build the coaching consultancy’s strategic approach in the diversity and inclusion arena. Talking Talent provides consultancy and coaching for women and working parents in the UK and is developing the female talent pipeline across the globe. Alves, former global head of diversity and inclusion at Rio Tinto, will support clients globally to develop more inclusive approaches to leadership, talent development and customer service, linking these to clients’ business purposes. He will also take to market a commercially focused approach to organisational diversity and inclusion under the umbrella, […]

RIDLER REPORT: FINANCIALLY BASED EVALUATION OF COACHING STILL EXCEPTION – NOT RULE

The latest Ridler Report finds most organisations evaluate coaching against individual clients’ objectives. Just a few organisations measure the financial return on their investment in coaching. Clive Mann explores why, in the last in a series of articles featuring themes from the 6th Ridler Report The most commonly used measure to evaluate coaching is “subjective evaluation against individual coaching assignment objectives”, according to the 6th Ridler Report. Some 74 per cent of organisations said they often or always used this measure. This method of evaluation, now known as ‘Return on Expectations’, involves the client setting objectives, in consultation with their […]

OPINION: GENDER – KEEPING THE GREY AT BAY

In our last article, we examined socially constructed obstacles to expanding into our collective and individual masculine and feminine ranges. Here, we explore what it means for our clients – and ourselves – to fully expand into the furthest extent of our respective ranges, granting ourselves permission ‘to boldly go’ where we may never have gone before – or at least to places less comfortable to us – in service of the fullest life outside our comfort zones. By Nicole Berg A few days ago, I had lunch with a friend who works for a well-known consulting firm. This sector is […]