Entries by Coaching at Work

CLIMATE COACHING ACTION DAY: 5 MARCH 2020

As part of Coaching at Work’s pledge (see last issue, vol 14, issue 5) to step up our coverage and activity around the climate crisis, we’re declaring 5 March 2020 to be the first annual Climate Coaching Action Day. Our hope is that each year, on that date, many members of the coaching profession, coach training bodies and professional bodies will mark the day – possibly the week – with climate action related activities. We know many of you feel you want to do something, and this day provides an opportunity to share ideas and resources and to take whatever […]

NHS ACADEMY PILOTS REVERSE MENTORING SCHEME

The NHS Leadership Academy is about to launch a national reverse mentoring programme. The NHS Leadership Academy Reciprocal Mentoring Programme kicks off this month (November) at Gloucestershire Care Services NHS Trust, the first of three planned pilots. Each organisation will choose their specific focus. In one, for example, the focus is BAME and gender. The 18-month programme is designed to enable NHS leaders to work in transformational ways in creating inclusive and diverse organisations that value the power of difference. Mentors from underrepresented groups and mentees within senior executive board positions, will partner in a “powerful alliance as system change […]

HALF OF UK WORKERS QUIT BECAUSE OF LINE MANAGER

A culture of ‘them and us’, dividing line managers and their reports, persists in the workplace, according to a survey by UK jobs board, Totaljobs. The survey of 2,098 UK workers found 49% have quit a job due to having a poor relationship with their manager, 18% admit they feel unable to trust their boss and 28% of workers have singled out their manager as a work enemy. Some 26% have sought support for their mental health, citing the sour relationship with a manager as a main motivation, while 24% admit to having had nightmares about their boss. Only a […]

WOMEN LACK CONFIDENCE TO FIGHT FOR EQUAL PAY

A lack of confidence still hinders women’s progress and access to equal pay at work, finds research. Three-quarters of female professionals (75%) have never negotiated a pay rise, and 54% of women are unsatisfied with pay, feeling it’s not a fair reflection of what they do, finds a report from professional recruitment firm, Robert Walters. Men on average receive a bigger increase following negotiation, says the report. Just one-fifth of women know what they need to do to get a promotion, while 41% state lack of opportunities as the biggest barrier for women. The top three challenges to progression at […]

BTP BUILDS CROSS-ORGANISATION COACHING STRATEGY

British Transport Police (BTP) is developing a coaching strategy, ensuring coaching is the preferred method of development, it’s accessible to all and is championed organisation-wide. The launch of its Coaching Strategic Plan towards the end of this year will be the latest in a raft of initiatives designed to build a coaching culture, “one where people feel valued and nurtured and are encouraged to evolve and grow”, according to Rachael Etebar, BTP director of people and culture. The strategy is a response to a number of challenges and makes certain key assumptions. One is that a new leadership coaching approach […]

UK STUDY FINDS REGIONAL PATTERNS IN HOW WORKERS BOOST THEIR HAPPINESS

To mark World Mental Health Day on 10 October and International Happiness at Work Week (23-29 September), Liz Hall rounds up some recent research into what makes people happy and well at work   What makes our clients – and us – happy at work? Meaning and purpose, challenging projects, being respected, work-life balance (with flexible working and holidays), canine friends in the workplace, going out in nature and, yes, pay – but not only pay. Forty two per cent of UK employees are unhappy at work, according to Engaging Works’ The State of Workplace Happiness Survey 2019. The survey, […]

ICF LAUNCHES ORGANISATIONAL MEMBERSHIP DRIVE

Professional coaching body, the International Coach Federation (ICF), has launched a multi-pronged membership initiative for organisations. The initiative, which goes live this month (November), recognises that the coaching agenda is increasingly shaped, influences and directed by organisations. Led by ICF vice president, Sharon Toye, and strategic director for organisational members, Liz Rochester, and supported by a working party of other volunteers, and a full-time paid programme manager, the scheme is a result of conversations with more than 40 organisations. The scheme has four components: face to face and webinar events for internal coaching leads, webinar events for those delivering coaching […]

AC’S CPD SCHEME OFFERS ASSURANCE ‘KITEMARK’

Professional coaching body, the Association for Coaching (AC), has launched a scheme to help practitioners demonstrate to service buyers their commitment to ongoing Continuous Professional Development (CPD). Unlike some other accreditation and certification schemes, the AC’s Continuous Professional Development Hours Scheme validates AC CPD hours from a range of learning and development organisations, not solely those that are AC members, and not solely those only offering coach training. Practitioners will be able to offer evidence of professional development hours completed from a range of sources, including courses, workshops, learning modules, certifications, webinars and events. The scheme seeks to “provide an […]

OBITUARY: SARAH YOUNGER

Sports psychologist and executive coach Eve Turner remembers a ‘unique’ friendship with Sarah Younger – world sporting record holder, elite sports psychologist and an exceptional leadership coach   To say Sarah was inspiring and passionate is an understatement. A superlative sports psychologist and executive coach, she was so much more – and it was this that made her unique. I’ve never had a friend before who held three world records, and as I have a fear of heights, to learn they were for paragliding was, well, awe-inspiring. This was alongside her medals from World and European championships. Sarah had also […]

SUPERVISION: A GLOBAL VIEW

This new column series, curated and authored by members of the Association of Coaching Supervisors (AOCS) puts coaching supervision under the spotlight. This issue: Peter Welch and Jo Birch take the pulse of coaching supervision today.   Let’s begin by stepping down from the balcony, where the global perspective on coaching supervision has been recently explored (Global Supervisors’ Network, 2017; Hawkins &Turner, 2017; McAnally et al, 2019) and take the pulse on the ‘dancefloor’. For this article, we asked those in our network two simple questions: What are you noticing about coaching supervision in your region? What needs to happen […]