Entries by Liz Hall


By Liz Hall A social enterprise has launched in the UK offering coaching and workshops to women who have experienced domestic violence and/or operate in masculine-dominated corporate environments. Charis Coaching has as its vision “a sweeping, global cultural shift to gender equality in the workplace, the home and the community”. Some 30 per cent of women in the UK have experienced domestic violence since age 16, according to data released in February 2014 from the Office for National Statistics. Less than 40 per cent of domestic violence crime is reported to the police, according to the report Domestic Violence, Sexual […]


Since launching its scheme three years ago, more than 75 employees have received coaching, and clients who have been absent due to anxiety and depression have returned to work much sooner than expected, said the council. The UK council launched the scheme to revolutionise its working culture and better equip staff to step up to take on the increased responsibility which accompanies tightening budgets at local authorities. It was prompted by the success of the initiative to expand the service, training up another 15 coaches. Strategic manager Mary Moran said: “We re-launched our expanded and refocused coaching service in the […]


Coaches and organisations seeking to enhance team performance would do well to focus on the team member most likely to go the extra mile, and to encourage other members to step up their interaction with this individual. Single individuals can have a disproportionate impact on group performance, suggest researchers from the University of Iowa in the US. Their research demonstrates how ‘extra-milers’ put in remarkable efforts to make sure the team holds together. The study looked at patterns of performance in a Chinese petrochemical company of 87 seven-strong teams. It suggests that teams performed better when they exhibited certain key […]


A multi-stakeholder group has launched with the aim of collaborating to shape the future of the coaching profession The group, Collaborating for the Future of the Coaching Profession (CFC), emerged from the Coaching at Work-led Accreditation Forum, but will be wider in scope and communities represented. Instead of just professional bodies and sponsors, it will also include academia, for example, and will expand its focus to include establishing why/how coaching makes a difference to better understand what’s being accredited; developing guidance on best practice; continued alignment across accrediting bodies on standards and quality control, and ethics, including a common code […]

Should we coach men and women differently?

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP NHS London Leadership Academy (LLA) Coaching & Mentoring Summit, London, 4 February 2015 By Liz Hall Coaching the potential differences between women and men can help women navigate the “glass labyrinth”, said Lis Merrick. In her controversial keynote at the NHS LLA Coaching & Mentoring Summit in February, Merrick encouraged delegates to explore whether they coached men and women differently. Delegates included NHS internal and external coaches. Their responses included: (from a female) “Our opinion doesn’t matter; it’s all about the client in front of us”; (from a male) “The impact of having a family and career is a […]

ICF delegates challenge bias against creativity

More than 400 delegates from more than 40 countries flocked to Malmö, Sweden’s third largest city, on 18-20 September for the International Coach Federation (ICF) Global conference. The theme was: Courage to create change: courage for a sustainable future, and the conference was hosted jointly by five ICF chapters: Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Poland. Speakers included Alf Rehn, chairman of management and organization at Åbo Akademi, University in Finland, who spoke on: Developing innovative thinking (this time without the bullshit). Professor Rehn said that while innovation and creativity are viewed as core personal competencies, they are being used increasingly […]

We say kia ora…

Coaching that ignores the cultural heritage of non-Westernised clients is ineffective at best. Coaching psychologists in New Zealand understand this and are now required to adapt theories to suit Māori clients. Lisa Stewart reports

Tītmatanga o te matauranga
ko te wahangū,
te wāhanga tuarua ko te whakarongo.

The first stage of learning is silence,
the second stage is listening.

Māori Whakataukī (proverb)

Most coaches and coaching psychologists would agree it is important to adapt our theories and methods to suit our clients, and to respect and value their cultural world views and ways of being. But how often do we do this? In New Zealand, such adaptation is required for coaching psychologists. The New Zealand Psychologists Board1 acknowledges that “the practice of psychology in Aotearoa New Zealand reflects paradigms and world views of both partners to te Tiriti o Waitangi/the Treaty of Waitangi”.

Registered psychologists (including coaching psychologists) must demonstrate “awareness and knowledge of their own cultural identity, values and practices”, and those of their clients – especially of Māori (the indigenous people of Aotearoa New Zealand) as their Treaty partner. One of the reasons for this approach is to reduce the persistently poorer socio-economic, justice, health and employment outcomes for Māoris.

Welcome to the April 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the April 2012 issue of the newsletter How can we deal with complexity? This is one of the questions driving business leaders nuts, particularly when it comes to sustainability, according to some of the coaches I speak to. One says it’s causing ‘stratospheric stress’ levels in leaders. As coaches, we need to first think about how we personally deal with complexity and ambiguity, and how can we help our clients in turn. Speaking of sustainability, in this issue, we conclude the series by Neil Scotton and Alister Scott on the roles of coaches and mentors in addressing the […]