ASSESS SITUATIONS FOR THEIR EMOTIONAL IMPACT

Assessing and choosing situations according to their likely emotional impact is a better strategy to help emotionally sensitive people than in-the-moment emotion regulation strategies, suggests a paper published in Cognition and Emotion. “Situation selection provides an alternative strategy for individuals that does not rely on in-the-moment cognitive resources, and allows reactive and/or less competent individuals to tune their environment in order to promote certain emotional outcomes,” say the researchers from Sheffield University. Study participants who received the situation selection instruction experienced more positive mood over a weekend, compared with the controls, especially the more emotionally sensitive participants, according to the […]

LETTER FROM GREECE: BOATS, OLIVES AND VINES

Greece’s recent economic woes have overshadowed what is important and what is clutter. Coaching can help our people find meaning and empowerment Angelos Derlopas It’s rare to be asked how things are going in Greece nowadays. After the ‘drama tsunami’ that hit us around 2012, life has become quieter here. Now that we don’t make world headlines any more, numbers are better, though our people are not. But what we have found during this journey is treasure. We, the people of renowned authors Nikos Kazantzakis and Odysseas Elytis, resilient as we are, have found ways to rediscover what is important […]

REFLECTIONS: DROP THE ATTITUDE

How can coaching help end male leaders’ discrimination against female colleagues? A systemic stance may reveal deep and lasting change Lindsay Wittenberg Sadly, I’m finding it as common as ever to hear female clients talk of not being acknowledged or included by male colleagues in discussions and decision-making, being bypassed by people making a beeline for a male colleague when the most appropriate address is the female herself, and not being heard in conversations and meetings. Some are subject to derogatory or belittling comments or discrimination – and worse, as the #MeToo movement is highlighting. Such attitudes by men, especially […]

TALKING TEAMS: IS YOUR TEAM COACH-READY?

Georgina Woudstra seeks to stimulate thinking around the growing landscape of team coaching. This issue: two frameworks to gauge team readiness Imagine this scenario: you get a call from Sue, the HR director of a firm whose managing director has asked her to find a coach for his team. The team has 14 members, comprising heads of various business units plus functional leaders of HR, finance, IT and marketing. Sue says it needs to gel more. A day has been set aside for team coaching and they have asked you to ‘put something together’. This is a fairly typical invitation for […]

THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT – PLANET NOT PROFIT: A NEW ERA?

Coaches are turning their sights from the economy to personal connection, from out there to in here. And organisations and leaders are feeling it too  Neil Scotton  “Looking back, you can usually find the moment of the birth of a new era, whereas, when it happened, it was one day hooked on to the tail of another.” 1 So wrote John Steinbeck back in 1954. Are we witnessing a new era in coaching? This column first appeared in January 2012, seeking to explore the role of coaching in addressing the big social, economic and environmental issues. In that edition the lead news […]

RELATIONSHIP SOS: THE CHALLENGING EMPLOYEE

Raising awareness of disruptive behaviours in relationships – Part 4. How can a coach help a client address behaviours and take responsibility for their part in creating an unhealthy relationship dynamic? This issue: stonewalling Nicole Berg If you’re like me, you might enjoy attending meetings that involve your client. I like it because I’m able to catch a glimpse into who they are and what they do in a more enduring context that is far different to our coaching sessions. For this reason, I looked forward to meeting with a client and her line manager at the start of her […]

THE REAL BUSINESS OF COACHING: ALL ABOUT THE MONEY

Can you imagine feeling easy and confident stating your fees? Without money confidence fees are a nightmare. Get it right though, and you earn your worth Ginny Baillie Have you ever had that thing where you are talking to a potential new client on the phone and you start analysing their ability to pay your fees? Or is that just me? I have slid all over the place in what I am going to charge while on the chemistry call. It’s exhausting and not in service of the potential client. I end up either sounding unconfident of my value, undercharging […]

TROUBLESHOOTER: WHEN IS IT MY TURN?

An ambitious account manager is ready to progress, but his CEO says he needs more development. He feels sidelined. How could coaching get him ‘unstuck’? The issue Paul is an account manager in a digital transformation agency. His team are responsible for delivering million-pound projects to the biggest, most well known businesses in operation today. He’s ambitious, with a growing family and lives in London. But Paul is very frustrated with his work life and his lack of progression. He really wants to make things work at the organisation, but he is prepared to leave if it doesn’t happen in […]

YOUR INNER NEGOTIATOR: A PROFILE OF CHERIE CARTER-SCOTT

‘Mother of coaching’ Dr Chérie Carter-Scott, is a globally successful US coach, CEO of MMS Institute and a bestselling author endorsed by Oprah Winfrey. Yet it all began with a ‘premature life crisis’ when she was young, she tells Liz Hall Just as shamans are said to come to their calling through a personal crisis, so it was with Dr Chérie Carter-Scott. Often  described as the ‘mother of coaching,’ with 44 years of coach and coach training experience behind her, Carter-Scott traces her entry into the profession back to a ‘premature life crisis’ in her 20s. Fast forward to 2018. Carter-Scott […]

POINTING THE WAY

In the last of this three-part series, Louise Sheppard shares her research on the supervisee perspective in coaching supervision, which has implications for all involved. Part 3: how to work with new stages of supervisee maturity Previous articles have addressed how coaching supervisees can get the most from coaching supervision and how supervisors can provide supervisee-led supervision. This article presents new stages of supervisee maturity and guidelines about how they are best used.   A new definition for supervisees There are only a few definitions of coaching supervisees in the coaching and supervision literature at present, and the current definitions do […]