SPECIAL REPORT: COACHING IN A CRISIS – PART 2: THAT SINKING FEELING

Part 2 in our series of articles marking UK Mental Health Awareness Week (8-14 May): Supporting an organisation and its employees through crisis requires speedy ethical considered responses from HR, including coaching ‘in action’ says The Sun’s former HR director Carrie Birmingham   We live in a world of uncertainty and issues can quickly escalate into crisis in any business sector, as we’ve seen in recent examples, including the FirstGroup tram crash; recall of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, and mounting allegations of child abuse within football clubs. When crisis strikes, there’s often no place to hide. Mismanagement and poor internal communication […]

ONCE MORE WITH FEELING

It’s time to give greater voice to emotions in coach supervision, argue Peter Duffell and Carmelina Lawton Smith Emotions arise frequently in coach supervision, and it’s important to investigate these as they offer valuable information, and to look for patterns across multiple events, suggests our latest research into emotions in the coaching space. In our last article for this magazine (vol 9, issue 3, 2014), we highlighted the importance of emotion in the coaching space, concluding that the emotions a client brings into the room are a valuable resource requiring further exploration (Duffell & Lawton Smith, 2014) and suggesting ways […]

WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT?

How the ancient mindfulness practice of loving-kindness meditation can turbo-charge your coaching. Paul Heardman reports We all know those quintessential lightbulb moments, when how we see the world suddenly shifts and things are never quite the same again. One of the great joys of coaching is being present when our clients experience such moments. I had my own flash of insight on a small Spanish island a few years ago and it transformed my approach to coaching. It was May 2013 and I found myself in Menorca for a week-long mindfulness course, my first foray into the world of meditation. […]

AN ELEGANT DANCE WITH CHANGE

How can group coaching cultivate creative confidence? Eli Fumoto reports, sharing a model she has developed Creativity has become “a kind of moral imperative” (Osborne, 2003). But while it’s often on the ‘to-do’ lists of business people, how many of us believe we can be creative? I worked for a multinational pharmaceutical company as R&D project manager to develop innovative drugs. My key learning from that experience is that group synergy is the source of creativity, without which innovation cannot happen. This learning led me to conduct action research to develop a group coaching model to cultivate creative confidence as […]

TRIED AND TESTED: PART 1 – CAN YOU PICTURE THIS?

In this two-part series, we look at working with art in coaching. Part 1: One way to get clients unstuck is to break out of the straitjacket of words by using diagrams and pictures. Sarah Gornall and Jenny Bird report We’ve all had times when we get embroiled in coaching in the client’s morass of thoughts, resulting in us both being stuck together. Clients give us huge amounts of information about their worlds and their processing as we work with them. The information they offer may come predominantly through their words and word patterns (their idiolect) and this is certainly […]

HOW TO… MAXIMISE AN APPRENTICESHIP LEVY INVESTMENT

All employers with an annual pay bill of more than £3 million must pay a levy of 0.5% on it, to be recouped by employing apprentices. How can employers and coaches/mentors ensure this investment is maximised? By Annette Allmark Research indicates that 80% of companies that invest in apprentices report an increase in staff retention. There’s also compelling evidence that progressing the brightest and best talent through apprenticeships can significantly boost the bottom line. So how can the new-style apprenticeships be used to maximise levy investment and effectively develop talent and increase productivity and retention? And where might coaching and […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: THE FORGOTTEN CUSTODIANS

The benefits of mentoring and coaching have never been so widely accepted, but do we recognise and value the skills and knowledge of those who develop and operate our mentoring schemes and coaching programmes, and what do we know about mentoring scheme and coaching programme coordinators’ development needs? Dr Judie Gannon, examines the research and identifies where we need to focus our attention Growing recognition of coaching and mentoring has been evident across learning and development surveys and research in recent decades (Washington & Cox, 2016; CIPD, 2015). In terms of mentoring, the evidence points towards increases in formal mentoring […]

MENTORING: GO GIRLS, GO!

Lis Merrick explores the most recent innovative practice in mentoring female talent Women’s presence on the board has been proven to add competitive advantage to a business (Grant Thornton International; Davies Review, both 2015). Yet, despite about the same number of women and men in the workforce, there’s still an imbalance in favour of men in more senior leadership roles. Over the past two decades, many employers have shown enthusiastic commitment to gender diversity, and women have made enormous strides to compete with men at work. Mentoring and sponsor programmes have been successful in helping erode this gender imbalance and […]

BOOK REVIEWS

The Cross-Cultural Coaching Kaleidoscope: A Systems Approach to Coaching Amongst Different Cultural Influences Jenny Plaister-Ten Karnac Books (Professional Coaching Series) 978 17804 9096 0 4 out of 5 Coaching is a global phenomenon, but its model of practice was often based on the Western perspective, which may not be appropriate in various cultures. Previous writers who addressed this challenge tended to focus on different attitudes, factors or dimensions of cultures that may impact on coaching. This book is different. It re-models cross-cultural coaching using Kaleidoscope as a metaphor to emphasise its dynamism. It gains credibility on two counts. First, the […]

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 Fair cop If a client has a career dream of becoming a chief constable yet no background in the police force, they could still stand a chance. The UK Home Office has drawn up proposals to enable civilians to compete with senior police for chief constable jobs, in a bid to attract a more diverse group of candidates. The College of Policing has said that any suitable candidates would, of course, be required to undergo appropriate […]