COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LONDON, 4 JULY 2018 – COACHING AT WORK 2018 AWARDS: THE RESULTS ARE IN

The winners of this year’s Coaching at Work Awards are Tim Dench, Anne Hathaway, Eve Turner, Edna Murdoch and Louise Sheppard. The award results were announced by editor Liz Hall at a ceremony at the end of the annual Coaching at Work conference in London on 4 July. It was followed by a reception sponsored by online training provider The Wisdom Tree Academy to celebrate the awards. Craig G Howe from The Wisdom Tree Academy congratulated winners and those highly commended, giving a plaque to the winners and a certificate to those highly commended. “It’s been really tough for the […]

ACAS STREAMLINES COACHING WITH LEAN APPROACH

by Nicole Berg Workplace relations training organisation, Acas, has boosted the number of managers holding quick coaching-style conversations, supporting its large-scale cultural transformation, thanks to partnering with Thrive Partners. Thrive Partners aims to democratise coaching and mentoring by making it happen easily and quickly – a Lean approach. It supported Acas to adopt a Lean approach on its transformation journey, said Susan Martins, OD and people development lead at Acas. Acas wanted to “modernise performance management” in a context of a changing workplace demographic, a pre-existing coaching culture and a felt sense of not enough time – a challenge to […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 4 JULY 2018, LONDON, UK – COACHES MUST BECOME ‘AGENTS OF UNCERTAINTY’

Prof. Enesto Spinelli challenged the conference delegates to become agents of uncertainty in their coaching, embracing the fact that we are all inter-connected and thus nothing is certain. In his opening keynote Spinelli said, “Uncertainty doesn’t have to be negative, it can be energising as well as anxiety-producing. “Existentialism takes the view that uncertainty is a constant given, and talks about the idea of relatedness – the assumption that every being is linked. That might feel gooey but there is a dark side. “If we really accept that, there are various consequences. We have to give up [the idea that […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 4 JULY 2018, LONDON, UK – ADOPT THE STANCE OF ‘IDIOCY’, URGES SPINELLI

by Nicole Berg Adopting a stance of curiosity – of idiocy even, where everything is questioned – promotes creativity and meaning-making for the client, according to leadership coach and well-known expert on existentialism, Prof. Ernesto Spinelli, who led a workshop on working with uncertainty. Spinelli cited German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, who described two types of dialogue. Type 1 is characterised by focus and direction of dialogue, with explicit agreement to focus on a topic. If one person deviates, either has the right to turn the conversation back to the topic. Naturally, the conversation will come to an end. Type 2 involves […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LONDON, UK, 4 JULY 2018 – COACHES MUST FIND THEIR PLACE IN THE TECH FUTURE

Disruptive technology can offer many benefits, including improvements in cost efficiency, diagnostics, agility, accuracy, learning effectiveness and the ability to offer on-demand support – and to more people. by Nicole Berg If we embrace technology as a profession, as individual practitioners and as employers, it can present many opportunities, suggested a panel at the Coaching at Work conference featuring four members of the multi-stakeholder group the Future of Coaching Collaboration (FCC). They were: Maria Symeon, formerly of PwC and now director, Executive Coaching Edge; Carol Braddick, director of Graham Braddick Partnership; Alexandru Popa-Antohi, leadership development manager, Vodafone Group, and Louise […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LONDON, UK, 4 JULY 2018 – AID SECTOR PILOTS INTER-AGENCY ONLINE MENTORING

by Jackee Holder WaterAid, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, Save the Children, CAFOD, Plan International, UNHCR, Unicef, War Child and World Vision are taking part in a cross-organisational online mentoring programme to support leadership and management development in the humanitarian sector, the first of its kind. The programme was the brainchild of the humanitarian capacity building team at Save the Children UK, which recognised the importance of mentoring at all levels for personal and professional development. Save the Children used the pilot programmes – the first was launched in 2016 and another this year – as a platform to develop […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LONDON, UK, 4 JULY 2018 – SUPERVISEES NEED WAYS TO ENHANCE SUPERVISION

by Molly Hall Supervision is one of the most important aspects of a coach’s development, but not seeing ourselves as an equal partner to our supervisor, lack of agency, anxiety, fear of judgement and shame, and habits we employ can get in the way of us benefitting from good supervision, said Louise Sheppard and Graham Lee. There is much more that supervisees can do to empower themselves to get more out of their supervision, they told delegates at the conference. Drawing from doctoral research by Sheppard as well as her own supervision work, and from Lee’s supervision work, they suggested […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LONDON, 4 JULY 2018 – LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION: WHY IT RESONATES

by Nicole Berg What if we coached with a location, not in spite of it? asked Rachel Ellison MBE She presented a case study at the Coaching at Work annual conference, of coaching one client across six different public spaces, explaining that this style of coaching requires working with uncertainty and response. She gave the example of a loud horn starting to blare within earshot of a location – what comes up for the client from this? She shared reflections of her client, herself as coach, and psychoanalysts reviewing her case study from each location, and through the coaching programme […]

BOOK REVIEW: THE WORK AND LIFE OF DAVID GROVE

The Work and Life of David Grove Carol Wilson Troubador Publishing 978 17858 9288 2 5 out of 5 stars Everything you might ever want to know about Clean Language and Emergent Knowledge is right here in Carol Wilson’s definitive book, not only about their theory and practice, but also their creator, David Grove, who died recently. Grove was an unusual man and Wilson, through her immersion in his work and personal knowledge of him, has captured beautifully his way of working and being. This book is all-encompassing in its coverage of his body of work, and draws on case […]

OPINION: THE REAL BUSINESS OF COACHING – THE KEY TO YOUR SUCCESS

How do you make sure your ideas ‘travel’ inside global organisations when the links are often so fragile? Follow the lines of influence, says Ginny Baillie Let’s say you want to spread your ideas in a company. You’ve done great work and it’s time to build on that and let it ‘travel’ into the organisation. I suggest there are several lines of influence to navigate. Here’s what those lines might look like: The person you know very well who ‘buys’ you (let’s call him Bob) The people you have delivered to/partnered with (let’s call them collectively, Jane) The people around […]