ICF: COACHING IS A ‘POWERFUL’ MANAGEMENT TOOL

Coaching is the most helpful activity in achieving the goals of change management initiatives, according to research. Addressing leadership style, strengths and blind spots; overcoming resistance; building resilience and change readiness, and finding processes and tools, are the most frequently cited reasons for using coaching activities for change management, according to a survey by the Human Capital Institute and the International Coach Federation on coaching cultures in organisations. Activities include professional one-on-one coaching, team coaching and work group coaching. “Coaching is a powerful tool to develop the potential of employees, modify behaviours and drive business success. Because of this, it […]

EMPLOYERS MUST WORK HARDER TO EMBED DIVERSITY

Industry commentators warn that the UK Government’s measures to boost Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) employees’ career progression are set to fail unless employers choose to play ball, changing how they develop such staff, for example. The government’s moves include obliging employers to disclose their race pay gap statistics, the Race at Work Charter giving businesses a clear set of actions to work towards to create greater opportunities for BAMEs, and consultation open until January 2019, asking employers what type of ethnicity pay information employers should report to allow meaningful action. David Clutterbuck, co-founder of the EMCC and a […]

CIPD FINDS 49% OF UK WORKERS WRONGLY SKILLED

There’s a widespread skills mismatch between employees and jobs in the UK, while Britain’s workers are trailing behind counterparts elsewhere when it comes to being creative. Almost half (49%) of UK workers are in jobs they are either under- or over-skilled for, according to the CIPD’s report Over-skilled and Underused: Investigating the Untapped Potential of UK Skills, which surveyed 3,700 UK employees. A quarter (24%) of respondents said they hadn’t received training/development in the last year, with older employees, low wage workers, those on part-time contracts and the self-employed most likely to say this. Lizzie Crowley, skills adviser at the […]

YOUGOV: 64% OF JOB CHOICES MOTIVATED BY MONEY

Salary then working hours are the top two factors people consider when thinking about a new job or career, suggests a survey of 2,000 adults, commissioned by the Oxford Open Learning Trust. The research carried out by YouGov finds that money is the biggest motivator behind career choice (64%), followed by working hours (55%), and that more than a quarter of British workers (28%) are considering switching careers in the next decade, while 13% were possibly looking to move within the next four years. Some 58% said they’d consider training or retraining for a new career, rising to 66% among […]

COACHING COULD BE ‘GAME CHANGER’ FOR MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN THE WORKPLACE

In the wake of a flurry of studies to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October, health and wellbeing coaches are urging employers to embrace coaching more fully when it comes to supporting staff with mental health issues   Mental health issues at work are on the rise and workers value support from employers to help them, yet many employers are still failing to step up adequately, according to a number of studies published to mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October. On the same day, the UK hosted the first Global Ministerial Mental Health Summit in London, […]

FEMALE LEADERS MATCH MALE TRAITS YET BIAS REMAINS

Emotional intelligence and personality traits of female and male leaders are the same but perceived differently, which can hold back the very women businesses are seeking as leaders, suggests research by people assessment specialists, Thomas International. Despite widespread stereotypes, female leaders are no more empathetic than male leaders, and male leaders are no more assertive and composed than female leaders, finds the study. The research assessed personality traits and emotional intelligence of 137 director-level, female leaders in organisations of 100+ employees. It benchmarked them against a demographically, hierarchically and industry matched male senior leadership sample. Against every measure, including approach […]

UK FIRMS FAILING TO TACKLE SEXUAL HARASSMENT

As more research highlights how widespread sexual harassment still is at work and how little many employers are doing to tackle this, the spotlight is on coaches to explore how they might help. Despite nearly 4 in 10 (37%) women having been sexually harassed at work in the past 12 months and the rise of the #MeToo movement helping increase awareness of the problem, many employers are failing to take adequate steps, according to a survey. Coaches can support clients to come forward about sexual harassment, and can help unearth common organisational cultural themes and patterns of behaviour that contribute […]

TALKING TEAMS: PRODUCTIVE PATTERNS

To achieve team psychological safety, organisations must influence not only how people work, but how they work together, argues Georgina Woudstra   Teams are the building blocks of organisations. They have the potential to be more innovative, to find the best solutions, to discover mistakes faster and to make better decisions than any one member operating on their own. But just because you put a bunch of people together and call them a team it doesn’t guarantee you’ll release this potential.Teams can also be rife with interpersonal issues, friction and interference, which can see that potential go to waste. Recently, […]

REFLECTIONS: WHO AM I? SHIFTING THE FOCUS

At a certain point in senior leaders’ careers they pause in chasing outcomes, and start considering who they are, widening and enhancing their perspective By Lindsay Wittenberg   Who am I if I don’t have the answers?” A deceptively simple question – and one which integrates the multitude of issues that so many of my clients tussle with, without necessarily expressing their quest for clarity and direction quite as succinctly as this client, a high-achieving executive in his 40s. Most obviously, and in the context of career, it’s about identity: in my experience, at a certain point in leaders’ increasingly […]

THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT – WILL YOU BE THERE?

By Neil Scotton It seems that the last column (Vol 13, issue 5, p14) really landed with many. One response, an email from Belinda Smith, stood out. “Your article really rang true….After 20 years of coaching, I sometimes wonder if/whether I’ve made a difference.” We spoke. She shared her experiences of two paradigms: ‘Doom and gloom’ and ‘Hope for the future’. And how in private conversations people are talking about the circumstances we’re living in, yet in professional conversations it’s as though these things have been left at the door. “How do we reconcile these two things?” she asks. “And […]