Entries by Coaching at Work

CLIMATE CRISIS NEWS: CALL FOR MULTI-PRONGED COACHING RESPONSE TO THE GLOBAL CLIMATE CRISIS

The scientific evidence for climate change is overwhelming and Alison Whybrow, Zoe Cohen and Linda Aspey have responded, calling on the coaching community to help avert disaster   Seasoned coaches Alison Whybrow, Zoe Cohen and Linda Aspey have declared a coaching climate emergency and are calling for a range of actions in response. Cohen’s posting on LinkedIn of an open letter penned by the trio, sharing their reasoning and proposed actions had attracted 63 comments at the time of going to press. Many signalled their support and shared helpful resources. There was discussion too about whether it’s now acceptable in […]

THREE MINUTES TO MIDNIGHT: WHAT WILL BE YOUR LEGACY?

Are you ready to make a difference in the world? Ask yourself, what’s your piece of the puzzle, and how can you get it placed in the wider jigsaw   It feels as if we’re at the tipping point. A rapidly rising number of coaches are openly talking about differences they want in society, workplaces, leadership, for the planet, and our children and their future. And they’re galvanising action. Lise Lewis and I experienced this at the Coaching at Work conference, where we ran a session, ‘The Earthquake, the Chasm and your piece of the Puzzle’. I’ve written here previously […]

REFLECTIONS: TRUST AND SAFETY IN COACHING

When clients feel deep trust in the coaching relationship, they may access inner worlds, stretching the boundaries of what was previously possible   Experience of the magic that can emerge when I have high trust in my coach, a story of betrayed trust, and Mark McMordie’s feature, ‘Be safe, be free’ in the July/August issue of Coaching at Work, have drawn my attention to the role of safety in the coaching relationship. When a client trusts their coach they can feel safe enough to engage with their own inner world and to deepen or broaden the coaching encounter accordingly. This […]

TALKING TEAMS: COMPETENCIES FOR TEAMS

Competencies have been my guide through my development as a coach. But with team coaching I had to upgrade my compass, says Georgina Woudstra   Professional coaches will be familiar with the concept of coaching competencies. They underpin most coach training programmes and provide a framework for the assessment of coaches undergoing professional accreditation. During my development as a coach, the ICF Core Competencies served as a compass, offering me guidance and direction towards coach mastery. I reviewed recordings of my coach sessions against this framework, observing my strengths and the skills I needed to practise. I worked with mentor […]

REVIEWS

Peer Supervision in Coaching and Mentoring: A Versatile Guide for Reflective Practice Tammy Turner, Michelle Lucas and Carol Whitaker Routledge 978 11380 6130 9 5 out of 5 I read a lot of books on coaching and many are soon forgotten. But this has become a reference guide for me in supervising newly trained coaches. The authors pool together their collective experiences of peer supervision, in a conversational style. I found myself making notes of pages and exercises to use for supervision and coach training. Always a good sign. I also rate this book because it speaks to the core values […]

TROUBLESHOOTER: THE SUM OF OUR PARTS

A manager in an offshore bank is finding the jurisdictions under her control isolated and antagonistic. Can she improve this with a limited coaching budget?   The Issue Dani is a mid-level manager in an offshore bank responsible for regulatory compliance of anti-money laundering activities. She oversees the reporting of suspicious financial activity across six legal and financial jurisdictions in western Europe. Dani’s team is made up of reporting officers with sole responsibility for their respective jurisdictions. Two members support cross-jurisdiction issues. The team totals nine people, including Dani. But there are deep and long-standing issues. There is distrust and […]

A BRAND NEW BEAT: A PROFILE OF PETER WELCH

Peter Welch, award-winning co-founder of the Association of Coach Supervisors, has a passion for self-directed learning. It’s shaping his latest multi-agency venture – creating ethical guidelines for coaching supervisors. Liz Hall reports   One wet Tuesday in Sussex more than a decade ago, self-directed learning advocate Peter Welch was in a coach networking session listening to an Irish woman talking about coaching supervision. Suddenly the penny dropped – coaching supervision was the missing link. Looking back at that lightbulb moment, Welch says, “People talk glibly about aha moments. Well, I did have one. Boom! I suddenly saw the link! There’s […]

COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2019: THE RESULTS

There was plenty of cause for celebration on 3 July at the Coaching at Work Awards ceremony in London. It was another tough year for judging, with many deserving people on the shortlists to choose from. The ceremony took place after the Coaching at Work annual conference at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury. One of the highlights was the acceptance speech of David Gray’s Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award by his son, Dan Gray. The awards reception was sponsored by the Academy of Executive Coaching.   The process Coaching at Work team pulls together a shortlist of nominees in consultation with leaders […]

CHEMICAL BALANCE

How do organisations match individuals and coaches efficiently and effectively and what have coaches learnt about how to approach chemistry sessions? In this two-part series, Eva Kovacs and Louise Sheppard share their recent research into best practice. Part 1: coach-client matching   In this first part, we describe how coach matching has evolved at GSK and what we have learnt from our research with other organisations and coaching providers on their processes and learning. We started our research by conducting a review of the coaching literature on coach matching. A good coach-client matching process is a vital part of the […]

A BRIGHT IDEA

How do we best support entrepreneurs and how does the entrepreneurship wider culture vary? Kathryn Pope, Gaetane Lenain, Ave Peetri, Lena Gustafsson and Barbara Asimakopoulou report   As coaching someone with an entrepreneurial personality different from coaching anyone else? What are the challenges and potential pitfalls? What skills and resources do we need? These are some of the questions we’ve often been asked by other coaches. What’s the benefit of coaching? What will it help me do that I can’t do now? What results will I get? How quickly will I see these? Is it worth my time? These are […]