THE ‘F WORD’

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London In her keynote address on The Power of Positive Psychology, Dr Suzy Green said that in a VUCA world, the ‘F word’ is key – we need to be “flourishing”. To be flourishing we need to be at the high end of the mental health spectrum, with high engagement (or goal striving). Most of us are in moderate mental health – and then we face a VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) world. How can we respond? Green reminded us that positive emotions create an upward spiral, citing Broaden […]

LET’S DO IMPROV

Coaching at Work annual conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London What has improvisation got to do with coaching? So asked coach, facilitator and founder of the More Fool Us comedy improvisation team, Paul Z Jackson, in an engaging workshop on eight ways to improvise as a coach, based on his ‘Lifepass’ model. In a VUCA world coaches and clients alike don’t know what’s coming. No two coaching sessions are identical either as no two conversations are identical. For a coach to acknowledge this can be powerful. Not knowing enables the coach (and client) to engage with full curiosity. […]

CIPD BREXIT SURVEY: 44% OF WORKERS ‘PESSIMISTIC’

The CIPD is urging employers to do more to support workers anxious about the UK’s decision to leave the EU, and not to cut back on training and development at this time, after a survey underlined high levels of pessimism about the future. Public sector workers, voluntary sector workers and young workers are feeling particularly pessimistic about the future as a result of the UK’s vote to leave the EU, according to the survey by the CIPD of more than 1,000 working adults. The survey asked workers questions including how they felt about the future post-Brexit. Some 44% overall said […]

I-COACH ACADEMY FOUNDER MIKE VAN OUDTSHOORN

Mike van Oudtshoorn, the founder and inspiration behind i-coach academy, passed away on 15 July 2016 while on a short holiday in Barcelona, Spain. Caroline Horner, managing director of i-coach academy, said, “A generous teacher, coach and mentor, Mike touched the lives of many with his intellect, wit and passion for learning and life. Offering the unique gift of acceptance he motivated us to embrace what is truly important to each of us and realise our potential to be more than we imagined. The journey wasn’t always easy, but his tough love and belief led the way. “A free-spirit, Mike […]

BSC LAUNCHES ILM QUALIFICATION FOR AGES 14-24

British School of Coaching (BSC) has launched what is thought to be the first professional qualification for young people (ages 14 to 24) following a successful pilot test in Lancashire, UK, this year. The ILM Level 2 Award for Young Leaders, which takes three months to complete and includes two-day workshops, aims to develop key lifelong self-development skills and behaviours for building confidence. Delegates participate in lively and highly interactive workshops and are supported by professional coaches from BSC. According to BSC, participation creates a valuable launchpad for young people entering work, further education or higher education to differentiate themselves […]

ISCP ANNOUNCES INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH CENTRE

The International Society for Coaching Psychology (ISCP) has launched an international research centre. The ISCP International Centre for Coaching Psychology Research is also launching virtual ISCP research hubs in different countries. They will use Skype to interview/talk to researchers about their research or recent articles. University departments/centres/units and relevant professional bodies are being invited to nominate a representative to the international advisory board. Professor Stephen Palmer, who originally had the idea for the centre, is the co-ordinating director, overseeing the development of the website and resources. The initiative will mean that instead of those who supervise MSc and doctorate students […]

PUBLIC SECTOR STAFF FAVOUR TECH OVER FAMILY TIME

Almost half of UK-based public sector employees say they spend less time with their families than they did five years ago, reveals research. On average, public sector employees clock more overtime hours (three hours and 48 minutes) each week than those in the private sector (three hours and 12 minutes), according to the research conducted by civil service and public sector membership club Boundless, formerly CSMA Club. However, despite two in five public sector workers saying they have less time because of working longer hours, three in five admitted they waste more time using digital devices and watching TV in […]

A MOTHER’S TOUCH INCREASES EMPATHY IN CHILDREN

Clients whose parents were more tactile with them are likely to have more ‘social brains’, suggests research among children. Those children whose mothers are more tactile tend to have increased development in brain regions involved in social functions, such as empathy, suggests a neuroscientific study published in Cerebral Cortex. The research follows in the footsteps of research in the 1950s by psychologist Harry Harlow among monkeys, and also psychoanalyst John Bowlby’s research among children, both highlighting the importance of a mother’s loving touch. It adds further weight to the school of thought that coaches do well to explore clients’ upbringing […]

BREXIT VIEWPOINT: SEPARATION ANXIETY

What ideas and themes has Brexit brought about in the behaviour of groups and individuals? Is there anything we can create out of this chaos? By Rachel Ellison Shock. On both sides. Then the drama of the unknown. Britain voted out. On 23 June 2016, 52% of the electorate voted to leave the European Union (EU); 48% voted to remain. Within hours, the British Prime Minister resigned. So did the Brexit leaders. There was dismay, as the disruptors and leaders of the Out Campaign, Boris Johnson (Conservative Party) and Nigel Farage (UK Independence Party) abandoned their followers, no longer convinced, […]

BREXIT OPINION: THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT – THE NEW POLITICAL FRONTLINE

The result of the EU referendum has led to a divided nation. These may be dark times, but they are also the time for coaching to shine at its brightest By Alister Scott and Neil Scotton   There are moments when everything changes. It used to be that here in the UK we’d never talk of politics. Then the Brexit results came in. So far, weeks after the result, at least one to three hours of each of our working days has been taken up by Brexit. The charity that has worked hard for influence at Europe to see that […]