Entries by Coaching at Work

HAVE A HEART

Lise Lewis shares her framework for weaving compassion into the feedback conversation We’ve probably all experienced at some time the sinking feeling when we hear the words, “Can I give you some feedback?” The giver of the feedback isn’t usually actually asking permission, it’s more of an entry statement into saying feedback is on its […]

CARE PACKAGE

Increasingly, coaches are seeking ways to take care of themselves, and mindfulness and self-compassion are ideally suited to support them to do so, argue Mark McMordie and Michael Chaskalson in their new book. Mark McMordie reports When Michael Chaskalson and I ask participants why they sign up for the Mindfulness for Coaches programme on which […]

PULLING TOGETHER

Team coaching helped one council team become more goal-focused, more cohesive and more reflective, with greater organisational confidence in its ability to lead with the future in mind. Georgina Woudstra reports I was brought in to coach the senior leadership board by a council CEO who’d been in post for one year. His view was […]

TRIED AND TESTED: THE ‘PERILLS’ OF COACHING

David Clutterbuck shares PERILL: a pragmatic model of team function and dysfunction for use in team coaching Over the past 10 years, I have introduced a stream of trainee team coaches across the world to two models in particular: Lencioni’s (2002) and Hawkins’ (2011). In their feedback and presentations on practice, it’s clear that clients and […]

HOW TO… MAKE A PROFESSIONAL WILL

Have you got a professional will? It makes sense to arrange one – while you still can. Gill Smith and Linda Aspey report What would happen to your clients, your livelihood and your business if you were suddenly unable to work because of serious illness, accident or unexpected death? Have you made arrangements about who’d tell […]

MENTORING – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

A further exploration into some of the darker aspects of mentoring as Lis Merrick considers how dependency and intimacy can evolve in mentoring relationships After covering power and transference in mentoring in the last issue, I felt it appropriate to consider some of the difficulties that can be created by close emotional engagement between mentor […]

RESEARCH MATTERS – SAFE SPACE: CREATING A SENSE OF SAFETY FOR THE CLIENT

Giedre Lesmaityte and Adrian Myers discuss ‘safe space’ in coaching sessions and how it’s created Have you ever experienced a coaching session, where, despite the impressive credentials and experience of the coach, you were reluctant to talk openly about your concerns? We explored this using ‘Conceptual Encounter’ (De Rivera, 1981) methodology with six coaching clients. […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there What do you make of ’tat? Despite growing numbers of young people getting tattoos, having a ‘tat’ limits candidates’ career prospects, finds research. Almost a fifth of UK adults are currently […]

#METOO FOCUSES BUSINESSES ON FEMALE LEADERSHIP

Growing numbers of forward-thinking businesses are turning to coaches and mentors to develop their female employees, as the business community is rocked by yet more damning revelations of widespread sexual discrimination and harassment at work. Liz Hall Leadership coaches Hetty Einzig and Eunice Aquilina are among those reporting a rise in the number of organisations […]

COLLABORATE OUTSIDE COACHING TO BOOST CREATIVITY

How can we be more creative and innovative in the coaching and mentoring industry? By collaborating and building communities within the profession and seeking inspiration from outside it, according to a group of thought leaders and seasoned practitioners quizzed by Coaching at Work. Lis Merrick, EMCC UK president, said, “By increasing the amount of collaboration […]