PRESS RELEASE: COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2020 – For immediate release – 27 November 2020




A host of coaching practitioners and researchers received accolades for their contributions in the Coaching at Work Editor’s 2020 Awards on 26 November.

The award winners were announced at the end of Coaching at Work’s annual conference, held virtually for the first time. Coinciding with Thanksgiving in the US, gratitude was among the emotions expressed at the awards celebration, which opened and finished with jazz theme Kariba Breeze, by Travolta Gezi from Zimbabwe. Coaching at Work editor Liz Hall presented the awards.

The winners were Richard Boyatzis, David B Peterson, Erik de Haan and Joanna Molyn, Emma Donaldson-Feilder, Catherine Wade, Neil Scotton, and the Climate Coaching Alliance and its co-founders, Eve Turner, Josie Mclean and Alison Whybrow.



Richard Boyatzis
Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Leadership Coaching

David B Peterson
Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Leadership Coaching

Erik de Haan & Joanna Molyn
Joint Award for Best (co-authored) Article ‘Active Ingredients’ (Vol 15, Issue 1)

Emma Donaldson-Feilder
Highly Commended for her Relational mindfulness series (Vol 15, Issue 2, 3 and 4)

Catherine Wade
Highly Commended for her article, Spot the difference (vol 15, Issue 6)

Neil Scotton
Contributions to Climate Coaching

The Climate Coaching Alliance & its co-founders, Eve Turner, Josie McLean and Alison Whybrow
Contributions to Climate Coaching


Richard Boyatzis’ many pioneering contributions to leadership coaching have included decades of research into emotional intelligence and what makes for effective coaching, including, unusually for coaching research,dozens of longitudinal studies as well as hormonal and neuroimaging studies…. He’s been researching helping and coaching since 1967 …His highly influential co-authored books include Primal Leadership, Resonant Leadership, and most recently, Helping People Change. His work highlights how in leadership coaching, the combined effect of vision based coaching and resonant relationships with the client results in dramatically more effective coaching experiences. His work also highlights the importance of renewal experiences, of techniques to reverse the effects of stress and revive themselves, neurologically, hormonally and emotionally. These renewal experiences help a person become more cognitive, perceptually and emotionally open, innovate and learn, and motivate others to learn, develop and innovate- which is the ultimate purpose of coaching. A very well deserved award!”

David Peterson is what we might call a mover and shaker, a thought leader and influencer, influencing the emergence of executive coaching in the early days, and continuing to shape the field today. He has a very impressive string of achievements to his name including his ten years at Google where he led its executive coaching and leadership team. Before that, he was senior vice president at PDI Ninth House (now Korn Ferry) and most recently he cofounded 7 Paths Forward, helping seasoned executive coaches raise their game. And as Vikki Brock says in the book on the history of coaching, “he’s on the cutting edge of the profession, doing and saying surprising and thought-provoking things.”

Erik de Haan is a leading voice in the coaching profession, challenging us with his thought leadership and rigorous research to radically challenge our understanding of the impact of the coaching relationship and the role of the client on coaching effectiveness. This article, with Joanna Molyn, draws conclusions from two large-scale randomized controlled trials on the active ingredients in coaching effectiveness. It’s well-written, thought-provoking, challenging and pioneering.”

“I can personally attest to the fact that Emma Donaldson-Feilder really walks the talk when it comes to mindfulness and compassion, including intentionally bringing the practice of mindfulness into the arena of relationships. Pragmatic, clear, and thought-provoking, her series brings to life the concepts, key principles and applications of the pioneering work of relational mindfulness in coaching and leadership.”

“Faced with a scarcity of research on unconscious bias in coaching, Catherine Wade’s research and article on unconscious bias is timely, provocative and practical, challenging us to think about how we can adapt our coaching practice.”

“(This award acknowledges) just how much Neil Scotton has been doing for years, both behind and front of scene in climate coaching (and beyond). (During his eight years of writing the Coaching at Work column, Three Minutes to Midnight, sometimes with colleague Alister Scott), his was often a lone voice amidst the baffled cries from most coaches of, ‘but what about sticking solely to the coachee’s agenda?’ He’s been patient with us as we caught up, and has always sought to collaborate, to give space to many voices from different quarters, but not to let us off the hook, at the same time….He’s been a leading driving force for collaboration of coaches working for social change…Recently he’s developed a simple yet powerful tool for systemic change, Neils Wheel. And he’s a wonderful human being.”

“This award can be seen as a birthday present to the Climate Coaching Alliance (CCA), which celebrates its birthday this month (November 2020), with 600 members globally…Typically when I singled out its three cofounders, Eve Turner, Josie McLean and Alison Whybrow, they said they didn’t feel right accepting the award themselves so it’s for all at the CCA. But here are some words which describe this dynamite trio of three wise women: compassion, passion, integrity, generosity, collaboration, community, determination, community, wisdom and vision.