THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: DO WE SHARE THE SAME PAIN?

So many of us are feeling ‘the heat’, from this endless summer, climate change and political uncertainty. Is it time for all of us to start doing the right thing? I’ve just been for a walk. Early. Because later it will be too hot. As I write, here in the UK we’re going through a heatwave. Our green and pleasant land is decidedly brown and yellow. It could be worse. Sweden is burning. They have asked for international support to help them tackle forest fires. In Greece, 74 people have died in such fires so far. Climate change is now […]

REFLECTIONS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

When Gen X coaches met Gen Z students to express assumptions, they found more similarities than differences. Surely our humanity needs to come first? by Lindsay Wittenberg There were some significant differences in the session I ran at the Coaching at Work conference on 4 July. Perhaps most obvious was that the session featured 11 female guests. Nine were students aged 16 or 17 from Rosebery School in Surrey, UK, two attended in their capacity as these students’ teachers, all had had some training in coaching. Both teachers stood out from the norm. One, Victoria Niroomand-Rad, has created and implemented Student […]

TALKING TEAMS: THE VITAL ROLE OF LEADERSHIP

Successful team coaching relies on a number of proven factors but if the team’s leaders lack focus, your work may collapse. Georgina Woudstra explains When I first started coaching teams I was very specific about the ingredients needed for it to be effective: clear purpose, collective goals, agreed norms, good understanding of each other and effective meetings. I was convinced I had a recipe for success. Building on these beliefs, I facilitated away days using exercises such as ‘Personal Histories’* and psychometrics such as Myers-Briggs Type Indicator® among others, before guiding the team through the creation of a team charter […]

RELATIONSHIP SOS: THE CHALLENGING LONE WOLF OPINION

Resistance, even by a single employee, can hinder major workplace change. Strong relations must be forged if that change is to be accepted. The TRUST equation helps benchmark trustworthiness – and get your plan back on track by Nicole Berg A client of mine, Maria, has recently transitioned into a role that is new to her, and also new full stop, in the global headquarters of a large multinational company. She’s immersed in all-encompassing change, as she’s also moved across seas and cultures to take on this new challenge. As one who’s energised rather than daunted by challenge, she’s already […]

TROUBLESHOOTER: WHERE ARE MY LOYALTIES?

An internal coach discloses in supervision, client reports of bullying. She must take a stand but also she wants to leave. How can supervision help? The issue Beth is a highly qualified, experienced internal coach in a global organisation. She has been working with you, her supervisor, for six months, and is normally very upbeat when she comes to sessions. Today she’s come to her supervision with a frown on her face and her energy feels very different. She tells you that she’s been hearing in her coaching, and through her employee engagement role, stories about some disturbing behaviours. She’s […]

GENTLY DOES IT: A PROFILE OF ANNE HATHAWAY

Anne Hathaway has faced so many personal challenges she feels she has a PhD from the university of life. Yet she has always bounced back, as a leading pioneer of Nancy Kline’s Time to Think, working with the Thinking Environment to bring about transformation in her coaching “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Anne Hathaway, winner of the Coaching at Work External Coaching/Mentoring Champion 2018 Award, includes this quote from Gandhi in her email signature. It describes her approach beautifully. In person, Hathaway, an executive coach/coach supervisor, OD & L&D consultant and a member of Time to […]

COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2018: THE RESULTS

Our annual Coaching at Work Awards took place in London on 4 July following our conference. The Awards acknowledged and celebrated both well-established and more recent contributions to the profession. Liz Hall reports This year’s Coaching at Work Awards recognised long-standing contributors to the coaching profession, including Edna Murdoch and Eve Turner, but also acknowledged efforts and achievements by those newer to the industry such as schoolteacher Victoria Niroomand-Rad. This year’s award winners are: Tim Dench (Internal Coaching/Mentoring Champion 2018 Award), Anne Hathaway (External Coaching/Mentoring Champion 2018 Award), Eve Turner (Contributions to Coaching Supervision 2018 Award), Edna Murdoch (Lifetime Achievement […]

DIVERSITY: THE NEW NORMAL

Why does the coaching profession struggle to encompass diversity, why should we care, and what can we do? In this two-part report we examine how we can embrace diversity in our coaching practices. Part 1: Setting the scene. Pointers for why we should act and how, including case studies, by Rajvinder Kaur Uppal Diversity is a reality. Globalisation, changing migration patterns, improved technology and increased communications have changed how business is done, who with, and who we deliver goods and services to – as well as who we live among. Census data from 2010 indicates that 36%1 of the US […]

TECH: THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY

In part 2 of her two-part series examining coaching and technology, Adina Tarry highlights the importance of taking an ethical perspective as technology becomes more widespread and sophisticated. This issue: Coaching and technology: revolution or co-evolution? Just as I anticipated in a LinkedIn article posted at the start of the year, 2018 has so far been a year when all things related to digital technology have exploded into mainstream consciousness, into the media and into conferences, talks and dedicated events. The impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics is now one of the top issues for debates about work and increasingly […]

MARTIAL MOVES

David Brown, personal coach and Aikido instructor, shares how he brings about embodied transformation in coaching, including drawing from Aikido, archetypes and meditation I’m a personal coach and I’m also an Aikido instructor. For more than 20 years, I’ve worked with clients to help them embody confidence, express themselves authentically and embrace transformation so they can be the change they want to see in the world. The body is designed to move. When we move well and frequently, movement has a powerful, positive effect on our physical, mental and emotional well-being. The body becomes more relaxed, agile, flexible, supple, powerful […]