Entries by Coaching at Work

ROAD TEST: THINK WELL, THINK TOGETHER

How can we work with the Thinking Environment® in groups and teams? asks Linda Aspey What is it? As technology shapes our lives in new ways every day, the need for people to work relationally, in alignment and with intelligence is increasingly important. We need to think well – together. You don’t need a high […]

REVIEW – COACHING IN ISLAMIC CULTURE: THE PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICE OF ERSHAD

Christian Van Nieuwerburgh and Raja’a Allaho Routledge ISBN: 978 17822 0199 1 5 out of 5 stars   The coaching profession has long called for culturally appropriate approaches, with few solutions available. This book is an attempt to build a model consistent with specific cultural values, beliefs, traditions or religions. Ershad means guidance. According to […]

TRIED AND TESTED – ERSHAD: A CULTURAL CONTEXT

Jenny Plaister-Ten road tests the Islamic Ershad coaching framework   The coach: Jenny Plaister-Ten The client: Samira Ben Omar, head of systems change, NW London Collaboration of CCGs, NHS   Originally from Morocco, Ben Omar moved to the UK when she was 15 years old. Our coaching sessions often included a conversation about her not liking to […]

RESEARCH MATTERS – UNDERSTANDING INTUITION PART 2: IN THE MOMENT

In Part 1, Peter Jackson explored affective and somatic aspects of intuition and potential origins of ‘felt’ knowledge. He asked whether practitioners used intuition based on some specific area of knowledge, and how coaches actually used intuition in their practice. Part 2: Carmel O’Connell explores these questions in more detail in her field work   […]

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   Give up your cake – and have it anyway There’s now a way to get something for yourself that someone else wants, yet still come across as generous, suggests research. […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, LONDON, 4 JULY 2018 – COACHING AT WORK 2018 AWARDS: THE RESULTS ARE IN

The winners of this year’s Coaching at Work Awards are Tim Dench, Anne Hathaway, Eve Turner, Edna Murdoch and Louise Sheppard. The award results were announced by editor Liz Hall at a ceremony at the end of the annual Coaching at Work conference in London on 4 July. It was followed by a reception sponsored […]

ACAS STREAMLINES COACHING WITH LEAN APPROACH

by Nicole Berg Workplace relations training organisation, Acas, has boosted the number of managers holding quick coaching-style conversations, supporting its large-scale cultural transformation, thanks to partnering with Thrive Partners. Thrive Partners aims to democratise coaching and mentoring by making it happen easily and quickly – a Lean approach. It supported Acas to adopt a Lean […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 4 JULY 2018, LONDON, UK – COACHES MUST BECOME ‘AGENTS OF UNCERTAINTY’

Prof. Enesto Spinelli challenged the conference delegates to become agents of uncertainty in their coaching, embracing the fact that we are all inter-connected and thus nothing is certain. In his opening keynote Spinelli said, “Uncertainty doesn’t have to be negative, it can be energising as well as anxiety-producing. “Existentialism takes the view that uncertainty is […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 4 JULY 2018, LONDON, UK – ADOPT THE STANCE OF ‘IDIOCY’, URGES SPINELLI

by Nicole Berg Adopting a stance of curiosity – of idiocy even, where everything is questioned – promotes creativity and meaning-making for the client, according to leadership coach and well-known expert on existentialism, Prof. Ernesto Spinelli, who led a workshop on working with uncertainty. Spinelli cited German philosopher Hans-Georg Gadamer, who described two types of dialogue. […]