THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: THE PLAY’S THE THING

Coaching helps our clients understand their work and lives, and the many roles they will play. Just make sure they focus on the bigger picture, not just their lines By Neil Scotton and Alister Scott In his book, Myself and Other More Important Matters, Charles Handy recounts being approached by a man. “I hear that Charles Handy is here,” he said. “Indeed he is”, replied Charles, “and I am he.” The man looked at him dubiously and asked, “Are you sure?” It was, says Charles, a good question, “because over time there had been many versions of Charles Handy, not […]

OPINION: RELATIONSHIP SOS – THE MOTHER OF ALL CHALLENGES

Nicole Berg explores the complex and multifaceted nature of relationships to maximise fulfilment and quality of life for coaching and mentoring clients. This issue: Raising awareness of disruptive roles in a challenging relationship The quality of our lives will never be greater than the quality of our relationships. This is true for us, and it is true for our clients. I adore my mum. Recently my partner and I spent nearly two months living with her as we travelled back home to Canada to obtain new visas for the UK. For some people this would have been a bit much […]

THE REAL BUSINESS OF COACHING: WHAT MAKES YOU SUCCESSFUL?

Ginny Baillie asked 15 coaches why their businesses did so well – and what they did to achieve it. Even little changes, it seems, can make a big difference When I go and see my coach friends, the one thing I used to want to do was see how they filed their client stuff, find out how they work their process and really know more about their way of working. What do successful coaches get up to, what are their essential practices, does Netflix make an appearance anywhere or is it all meditation and yoga? What is the number one […]

TROUBLESHOOTER: EVERY MOVE YOU MAKE

Two members of a leadership team are concerned about the stuckness of their organisation. So why is their CEO continually shutting down their concerns? The Issue Stephen and Jane are well-respected members of the leadership team of a public sector organisation in the UK. They’re in agreement that their organisation, while generally regarded as operating well, has stopped ‘moving forward’. In particular, they feel the management group at both senior and middle levels needs further investment in their leadership skills, and support in becoming more adaptive, for example. The chief executive (Karen) is someone they both respect deeply. However, their […]

PROFILE OF JUDIT ABRI VON BARTHELD: A PASSION TRANSLATED

Judit Ábri von Bartheld is Hungary’s only resident ICF MCC credentialled coach. It’s early days for coaching here, but Ábri von Bartheld’s drive and enthusiasm could help change that. Liz Hall reports When the pop band Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury delighted their audience in Budapest 31 years ago with a powerful rendition of a Hungarian folk song, few knew that someone had used a coaching style to help him achieve it. This someone was Judit Ábri von Bartheld. “I helped Freddie with the translation of this famous folk song, which he then wrote on the palm of his […]

ABB: A GLOBAL JOURNEY

ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)’s coaching style OD ‘mentoring’ programme is bringing about a shift in culture and organisational growth. Dr Eunice Aquilina reports It may be helpful to draw distinctions between coaching and mentoring. In reality, I wonder if the name really matters, particularly if an intervention is succeeding. Certainly that’s the case with the programme I’ve partnered with ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)’s L&D team to design and deliver for the past eight years. Although it has the look and feel of a coaching programme, it’s actually an OD intervention aimed at cultivating a leadership culture. It’s called the Global […]

SPECIAL REPORT: PART 4 – COACHING IN A CRISIS – BREAKING THE SILENCE

In the final part of our series exploring coaching and mental illness, Liz Pick and Neil Atkinson offer pointers for adapting your practice to include people with mental health conditions   Mental health directly impacts work performance so surely it makes sense for coaches to talk about it with every client, whether they’re happy and healthy or living with mental or physical illness? Yet when it comes to mental illness, the coaching world seems to be reinforcing stigma through its silence. This silence is not surprising given the absence of mental health from most coach training, but in our experience, […]

AN ARTIFICIAL REALITY

Coaching is becoming democratised and our tech is enabling it. Could digital coaches eventually replace human ones? Carol Braddick discusses an alternative future Since the coaching boom of the early 00s, our ‘coaching heroes’ working in HR, talent and L&D have picked their organisation’s spot on the governance spectrum: laissez faire or tight central management? They’ve dealt with pressure to show impact and ROI, and have navigated the maze of coaching certifications and rates. All their work, though, was done for the select few, such as future global leaders. Thousands of employees didn’t ‘get’ a coach. Instead, they got training, […]

CANADA: YOU’RE WELCOME

Canada currently has the highest population growth among the G7 nations, driven largely by newcomer immigrants. They’re now key to its future and mentoring is helping them adapt, and hopefully stay, reports Roxanne Reeves in Canada This year Canada is celebrating 150 years as a nation – one that believes, more than ever, that great ideas can come from anywhere. In small-town Canada, seasoned entrepreneurial mentors of newcomer immigrants are absorbing the ideas and insights of its new residents. Despite the significantly urban nature of immigrant settlement in the second half of the 20th century, smaller communities and cities are […]

TOOLBOX: ROADTEST CORPORATE GAMEPLAY

This issue we roadtest Jenson8’s virtual reality multi-player workshop What is it? Coaching and development company Jenson8’s new workshop for corporates draws on a multi-player virtual reality (VR) platform to immerse participants in scenarios designed for the strongest impact. In its virtual worlds, participants safely experience through gameplay difficult situations to learn how their behaviour, environment, stress and reaction to stress triggers different outcomes. The workshop brings together game theory and immersive learning techniques to create an impressively successful education and training tool.   How it works Jenson8 VR workshops seek to provide a greater understanding of oneself and others […]