COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2016: ‘A HIGH CALIBRE’

By Liz Hall This year’s winners and highly commended individuals in the Coaching at Work Awards 2016 were announced at a glittering awards ceremony and drinks reception on 6 July in the heart of London.   The winners were: Sally Bonneywell (GSK) – Internal Coaching Champion; Erik de Haan (Ashridge) and Liz Dimmock (Women Ahead) – Joint winners, External Coaching Champion; Sam Humphrey and Karen Dean (Møller PSF Group) – Best Article; Robin Shohet – Contributions to Coaching Supervision; David Megginson (Sheffield Hallam) – Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Coaching and Mentoring, and Gill Smith (AC UK) – Lifetime […]

GLOBAL COACHING REVENUE UP 19% FROM 2011

The coaching industry is expanding at a record pace across the world, according to the latest global study from the International Coach Federation (ICF). Coaching is taking off in new parts of the world too, indicates the ICF’s third survey, conducted by PwC, with responses from 137 countries. There are approximately 53,300 coach practitioners worldwide, suggests the study. And for active coaches, average annual revenue from coaching alone stands at US$51,000, while the estimated global total revenue from coaching in 2015 stood at US$2.356 billion. The latter represents a 19% increase from the 2011 estimate. The study also highlights growth […]

INTERNAL COACHING HELPS RETAIN TALENT AT NEWS UK

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London Internal coaching has opened up communication across functions and helped talent be retained more easily at News UK – a “typical VUCA environment”, said James Hutton, former head of talent and development. In wake of the phone-hacking scandal and closure of News of the World in 2011, News UK needed ways to recover and to keep its talent, said Hutton. He said the culture of the newsroom was hierarchical, traditional and deadline-driven – very different from that of the “jeans and trainer-wearing” tech experts along the corridor. And […]

SCIRT COLLABORATION FRAMES A MODEL OF RESILIENCE

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London Executive coach Kathryn Jackson was used to an indoor toilet, roads she could drive along and premises to run her career coaching business from. On 22 February 2011, in seconds, all that changed. Her city, Christchurch, New Zealand, was hit by a massive earthquake right in the middle of the working day. She lost her home, her business premises and spent the next two years using a temporary toilet a 10-minute walk away. She was one of the lucky ones. She was alive and well. For her, and […]

EINZIG: IT TAKES COURAGE TO SIT WITH ‘NOT KNOWING’

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London   “We don’t know where we’re going, but we’re going very fast” Hetty Einzig opened the Coaching at Work conference with a keynote that many delegates felt was timely in the aftermath of the UK’s EU referendum. She asserted that coaches are not simply observers or technicians, but actors who need to know their own values and purpose to create partnerships of equals with their clients. At the same time, she recognised how daunting this can be and reflected on how fear and anxiety operate in such uncertain […]

GSK PROGRAMME BOOSTS TALENTED FEMALE LEADERS

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London With the number of women above director level within GSK growing at only 1% a year, it would take 21 years for women to reach parity with men. However, a specialised internal coaching programme is successfully speeding up the process. The Accelerating Difference programme is the brainchild of Sally Bonneywell, GSK vice president, coaching. Since the introduction of the programme, Bonneywell says there have been shifts in attitudes from male leaders who are increasingly open to recruiting a higher percentage of women. Some 59% of the women have […]

DOWNEY: LET’S NURTURE THE GENIUS IN EACH OF US

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London After decades of coaching in the corporate world Myles Downey asked himself: “What have I done? I’ve helped more people to be compliant in their lives rather than expressed.” The Enabling Genius Project he led was driven by the realisation that the people he and others were working with needed to get to the “upper limits of their potential”. Traditional coaching worked up to a point, he said, but it needed more. Believing there is genius in everyone, Downey, founder of the School of Coaching, suggested that coaches […]

SOUTHAMPTON UNI ROLLS OUT LEADERSHIP CIRCLES

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London How do you teach ‘esteemed professors’ to be leaders, to be collaborative and work with professional service colleagues? You don’t. You create an environment for them to teach themselves.”   So said coach and coach supervisor Eve Turner at her session on the Leadership Circles initiative rolled out at Southampton University. Participants report that meetings across the university have changed; new ideas have emerged; respect has increased, allowing equality of contribution; Circle members have been promoted to top-tier leadership, and there is more collaboration and a greater understanding of […]

WHEN DID YOU LAST FEEL GRASS?

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London In an inspirational keynote address on Complexity, Contradiction, Connection and Collaboration, Anthony Kasozi used the power of story-telling to encourage his audience to think more deeply about their way of “being” as coaches for the 21st Century: to share more of their own identity, to create intimacy, hold on to contradiction, to lean in and to partner clients for the longer term. Kasozi shared some of his own identity through the meanings of the names his parents gave him; the rituals they passed on to him and the […]

WE NEED COMPASSION, SAYS HALL

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London   “In order to blossom, we need the mud,” said Liz Hall, reminding delegates that crisis can enable people to grow, learn and transform. It requires us to be brave and foster the resources we need for this. Being critical and judgemental undermines our abilities to do just that. However, in VUCA conditions, the tendency to be critical and judgemental, towards ourselves and others, often increases. Hall led participants in several mindful self-compassion exercises which seek to acknowledge and calm this inclination, and can be used by us […]