Reviews

BOOKS Coaching for Health: Why It Works and How To Do It Jenny Rogers and Arti Maini Open University Press/McGraw-Hill 978 03352 6230 4 4 out of 5 In Coaching for Health, the authors offer the exciting prospect of improving healthcare practitioner outcomes using coaching approaches. Healthcare practitioners ought to be able to do a better job if they have good interpersonal skills, show they care about their patients (assuming they do) and can devote time to integrating coaching skills in their practice. Not that this makes them coaches – an important distinction. The book also offers a powerful critique […]

THE REAL BUSINESS OF COACHING: IN THE WRONG GOLDFISH BOWL?

Are your business ambitions limited by what you see around you? Ask yourself what needs shaking up for you and heed the calls to action, says Ginny Baillie By Ginnie Baillie If you play tennis with someone who is a bit worse than you, it drags your game down. To raise your game, it’s best to play with people who stretch you, who show you what’s possible. When you look around your inner circle of your coaching community, do they and their businesses reflect what you want in your business? Or are you trading the same war stories about client […]

MENTORING: WORKING IN A VUCA CONTEXT

In our latest column on mentoring, we consider lessons learned from mentoring programmes operating in a VUCA environment By Lis Merrick We live in a VUCA world: volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. From Brexit to terrorist attacks, to the impact of constantly changing technology and financial markets, we all experience a VUCA world first hand. What can we learn from mentoring programmes operating in this context? An increasing amount of technology and social media is being used to deliver mentoring. Most larger organisations use intranet, some with interactive tools such as Yammer, Twitter and LinkedIn. However, few organisations have time […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: RESEARCHING THE COACHING SPACE

As coaches we take an empty space and call it coaching, but what is that empty space and how does it work? Dr Elaine Cox of the International Centre for Coaching & Mentoring Studies, Oxford Brookes University, shares her findings By Dr Elaine Cox   Theatre creator Peter Brooks argues that he could “take an empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across his empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all I need for an act of theatre to be engaged” (Brooks, 1995, p5). As coaches, we take an empty space […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there By Liz Hall   Same as it ever was? This month (8 November) sees US citizens finally take to the polls. If we don’t like the outcome, we can take comfort in what we so often cite in coaching – and know from neuroscience – nothing is written in stone; behaviour can change. As artist, songwriter, and social commentator David Byrne wrote earlier this year: “We’re malleable. We, as a species, can change the myths and […]