EMCC: COACHING ETHICS ARE STILL FAR FROM PERFECT

The coaching profession still has a long way to go when it comes to ethics, highlights a large-scale Europe-wide study. The State of Play in European Coaching & Mentoring was commissioned by the EMCC and sponsored by Henley Centre for Coaching. Some 2,791 participants were included, from 45 European countries. The research was undertaken by a team including Dr Jonathan Passmore, director of Henley Centre for Coaching. He said: “Interesting themes [from the research] include the number of coaches coaching clients with what they judged to be mental health issues, and the wide variety of what coaches considered to be […]

CIPD: CIVIL SERVICE STRENGTHS FOCUS IS ‘A BIG SHIFT’

Focusing on strengths rather than weaknesses is more likely to boost performance, according to research from the CIPD. The findings of the research with the UK Civil Service won’t come as a surprise to advocates of a strengths-based approach, but as Jonny Gifford, senior research adviser for organisational behaviour at the CIPD, said, “The strengths-based approach marks a big shift in mindset for many, if not most of us.” The CIPD research centred on workplace interventions in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs (HMRC), the National Offender Management Service (NOMS, now called Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service) and the Valuation […]

SHOULD WE EMBRACE OR RESIST OUR DIGITAL FUTURE?

The replacement of many coaches, commoditisation of coaching and loss of the ‘human touch’ are some potential downsides of adoption of new technology, including Artificial Intelligence (AI), according to a group of prominent industry thinkers and contributors surveyed by Coaching at Work. By Liz Hall   The predictions come as more research highlights the widespread impact AI will have in the workplace generally. Up to 800 million global workers will lose their jobs by 2030 and be replaced by robotic automation, according to a study by consultancy McKinsey Global Institute of 46 countries and 800 occupations. Tasks carried out by mortgage […]

LET’S ADD REAL VALUE TO UNIVERSITY EXPERIENCES

Last November saw Manchester Metropolitan University host the 4th EMCC in Education conference and the first to be dedicated to higher education. By Jafar Akhavan-Moossavi The conference, Creating an inspirational experience for university students and staff, on 1 November opened with three vignettes highlighting the positive impact of coaching and mentoring on students at different universities. Each exemplified the value of this support, both to the students, for whom increased confidence, self-esteem and determination were evident, and to the universities, benefiting from enhanced student performance and satisfaction. This message was entertainingly reinforced by Professor Mark Schofield, dean of learning & […]

TOP COACH TO LAUNCH UK SCHOOL SPORT STANDARDS

National standards in UK children’s sports coaching are now in sight, thanks to the success of a pilot training programme for primary school sports coaches. By Molly Hall The child-centred TOP Coach programme was developed by charity Youth Sport Trust and UK Coaching in response to the need to increase physical activity in young children and to the demand from head teachers for nationally standardised training with a clearly recognisable accreditation mark. Currently schools only tend to require technical and sports-specific qualifications. The programme was piloted with coaches from British Gymnastics and Premier Education, with a training facilitator leading participants […]

NEWS RESEARCH: A VISION OF THINGS TO COME

As we move into 2018, we asked prominent industry leaders and thinkers to share what they think lies ahead. Part 1: trends and challenges in the coaching space for individual practitioners and organisations By Liz Hall Continued uncertainty, supply of coaches exceeding demand, an even greater need for flexibility and creativity, more demand for team coaching along with more debate about what it actually is, more prominence of wellbeing and health coaching, neuroscience, mindfulness and positive psychology: this is a flavour of what’s ahead for individual coaching practitioners. “Positive psychology has become one of the leading disciplines informing coaching and […]

BOOK REVIEW: COACHING FOR PERFORMANCE

Coaching for Performance: The Principles and Practice of Coaching and Leadership (25th anniversary edition) Sir John Whitmore Nicholas Brealey Publishing 978 14736 5812 7 5 out of 5 stars The 25th anniversary edition of the late John Whitmore’s Coaching for Performance confirms its position as the indispensable bible for coaches. Globally we’re witnessing the coaching profession unfold, expand, become more standardised and professional. This book is an excellent accompaniment to this evolution, offering fresh knowledge and resources from Performance Consultants’ worldwide coaching experience. It shows organisational leaders the benefits of adopting and leading a coaching culture and provides coaches with […]

VIEWPOINT: THE LIMITS OF COMPETENCE

Following on from other contributions on the topic of competence, Bob Garvey argues for a return to the values of humanism   Discourses are employed in order to shape social contexts. Coaching, located within a business context, is influenced by that context and the main discourse of business management is the ‘rational pragmatic’ (Garvey & Williamson, 2002). This means certain ways of thinking and behaving are valued and others are not. For example, the management discourse values a reductionist perspective and is concerned with simplification of the complex and celebration of the practical. Arguably, many professional bodies are populated by […]

REFLECTIONS: JUST BEING

While measurables are vital in the coaching contract, most coaching clients simply want to find the measure of themselves. But aren’t both connected? By Lindsay Wittenberg Coaching objectives. Measurables. Performance. Effectiveness. These concepts – so core to coaching, and so important as a means for coaching clients and organisations to measure the return on their respective investments in coaching programmes – are in fact irrelevant to what some of my coaching clients really want to use their coaching time for, certainly at the beginning of their coaching programmes. Making remarks such as: “I want to be who I really am”, […]

LETTERS

Like Kahlo, be the best you In late October 2017, I spent 10 days in New Mexico, the US and visited Ghost Ranch and Abiquiu where Georgia O’Keeffe painted (see Rachel Ellison’s review, vol 12, issue 1), a photographic exhibition of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and the gallery of Native American painter Daniel B Ramirez’s work (http://bit.ly/2ANfwdy). Each, in their own way, epitomises challenge and personal courage, choice and strength. Frida Kahlo was the first Mexican female artist whose work sold for more than $1m (a painting bought by Madonna). Having been injured by a tram when young, she had […]