In this new column series, the multi-stakeholder Future of Coaching Collaboration Group, showcases its initiatives. Issue 1: introducing the Coaching Knowledge Portal   June 2017, a small group of people, including from GSK, KPMG, PwC, the professional coaching bodies and Coaching at Work, pondered, ‘how can we ensure that coaching is utilised, relevant and useful in tomorrow’s world?’ We were curious about the future of coaching from many perspectives, including it being our livelihood, a fascinating industry, whether it will be just another fad, and what research is being done globally. We quickly realised we didn’t know where to find […]


Greta Thunberg has shown that anyone can be a catalyst for change. As coaches we are close to a turning point, so let’s start sharing what we care about By Neil Scotton   This column is eight years old. Massive thanks and respect to Liz and Stephen for hanging in there and supporting Alister and I in its exploration of the role of coaches and coaching in addressing the big issues of our times. It’s been a joy for this to be a channel for many coaches to be heard. In eight years the world has moved on. It no […]


When a particularly successful career comes to an end, clients can struggle to find new meaning for themselves. Coaching can help redefine that meaning   When a senior leader or very high achiever is obliged, or has chosen, to move on from the peak of their career, the loss can be as challenging and unsettling as a bereavement. This arises when an individual is moving towards retirement after a career of exceptional success, fulfilment and sometimes public recognition for their accomplishments. It can occur when someone knows they’re coming to the end of their working life because of their age […]


The Art and Science of Working Together: Practising Group Analysis in Teams and Organizations Christine Thornton Routledge 978 03671 8258 8 4.5/5   This book offers new perspectives, applications and insights into working with the complexity of organisational systems. Thornton makes the case for the value of using Group Analysis within the interventions that coaches make with teams, groups and organisations. She and her fellow contributors present their thinking, experiences and case studies through a Group Analysis lens. In essence, the core principles of Group Analysis are expounded as attention to the individual, the nuances of interpersonal communication, the importance […]


A university marketing admissions team have conflicting issues and goals. A coaching intervention has been offered. Can they make it work? The issue You’ve been invited to coach a team of six responsible for all marketing and admissions into a well-established university summer school programme. Team members have been in their roles from between 10 years to having just joined, and they have plenty of experience between them. From interviewing each of the team members in advance of a two-hour group session, you learn that: their targets are too challenging some don’t respect Jean, their boss, who is part of […]


‘Courageous, experimental and passionate’ – Nicki Hickson, EY’s former director of coaching, is taking on an exciting global role, while successfully balancing career and parenthood. Liz Hall reports   After 16 years at professional services firm EY, where she was most recently director of coaching and lead for highest performing teams – UK & Ireland, Nicki Hickson has joined FTSE 100 business RELX as head of management development. Hickson was highly commended in this year’s Coaching at Work awards, in the Internal Coaching/Mentoring Champion category. Comments from judges and those nominating her highlighted how she’s business-savvy, inspirational, determined and an […]


In this two-part series, Eva Kovacs and Louise Sheppard share findings from their recent research into organisation coach-client matching and what helps and hinders coaches in the meetings. Part 2: chemistry sessions   There has been little research about chemistry sessions or literature on the topic. Wycherley and Cox (2008) commented that “little is known about the role of chemistry. It is rarely defined and is a vague concept for practitioners and researchers”. Chemistry sessions are a mystery for many coaches. As one coach remarked, “I’ve been surprised with some I’ve won, and equally surprised with some I’ve lost.” The […]


Randomised controlled trials (RCTs) – a rarity in coaching – can help build a compelling argument for executive coaching. Erik de Haan, Sally Bonneywell and Sue Gammons report on what’s thought to be the largest ever RCT of a corporate coaching programme   Executive coaching has increased substantially in organisations in the past 20 years and is now firmly established as a development intervention for leaders in large organisations (Ridler, 2016). While increasingly rigorous standards and qualifications have been developed and a wide variety of research into coaching has been undertaken, as shown in recent meta-analyses (Theeboom et al, 2014; […]


The future is here but what should we do with it, asks Martin Harder. A re-imagined leadership for the digital age is one which draws on a coaching style   A new era demands a new style of leadership. Today’s workplace is very different to that of 20, or even 10, years ago. Technological advances have brought companies much closer to their clients. With this, comes the need for re-skilling around how we live and work in the age of artificial intelligence (AI) and the coming augmented reality. Adaptation to this disruption translates into how we think about work, leadership […]


How do you coach your clients to function ethically in the face of our disintegrating climate and ecology? Regenerative coaching is essential for a disrupted world, but how do we bring it into the room? Dr Alison Whybrow explains   Imagine the scenario, one where you’re partnering your coaching client, really aligning to their journey as they step forward to enhance the productivity of their organisation. You’re focused on the path in front, just a couple of steps in front, next quarter, perhaps two quarters, maybe with one eye on the medium term, two to five years. You’ve worked in […]