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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


Are coaches today’s ‘snake oil’ merchants? Coaching continues to operate on limited evidence, but it’s time this changed, argue Andrew J T George and Jonathan Passmore   The middle of the 19th century many people made their fortunes on patent medicines, often called ‘snake oil’, that were marketed as a panacea for all ills. These had various formulations. One contained mineral oil, callow, turpentine, pepper and camphor, while some contained cocaine, amphetamine or opium, no doubt increasing repeat sales! They all had in common extravagant claims but no scientific evidence that they worked (Young, 1961; Anderson, 2000). So why did […]


In the last of a series on coaching and mentoring initiatives at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Manal Sadik and Hannah Datema report on the positive impact of reverse mentoring on staff equality   Guy’s and St Thomas’ we’re firmly committed to creating the right conditions, both culturally and structurally, where every member of the workforce is valued and treated with respect, has equal and equitable opportunity in recruitment, training and development and career progression, and can bring their whole self to work. However, data from the NHS Staff Survey and the NHS Workforce Race Equality Standard was […]


Charly Cox has found her purpose, her ‘my why’, and focusing on climate change and coaching is the perfect vehicle to get her message across   After much deliberation and trepidation, and push-back from others, systems coach and former photojournalist Charly Cox re-launched herself as a climate change coach. It’s proved to be timely and welcome. Cox had spent two years trying to write her new website “because it felt very edgy to come out as a climate change coach when I’m not an environmental scientist”. Even the day before launching the website at the end of 2013, she considered […]


It’s coaching but not as we know it. Participants at the Future of Coaching Collaboration (FCC) Group’s roundtable on disruptive technology share further thoughts and highlight next steps   The coaching market just got a lot more crowded. In addition to the usual flood of new coaches, coach supervisors and coach trainers, we’re seeing more options to deliver coaching without a human coach and a host of players stepping in to manage and supply these options. And the pressure is on in organisations to weigh up which options will best suit. Consider the following scenario. A leader selected for a […]


Mark McMordie reports on the transformative power of feeling safe, and how mindfulness can help, boosting innovation, creativity, connection and collaboration   When a marketing director of a global sportswear brand invited me to facilitate a mindfulness offsite for her team to refuel creativity and innovation after a particularly intense 18 months, she shared as inspiration an article about highly successful record producer Rick Rubin (Blatt, 2014). The article explains how Rubin consistently brings out the full potential of the diverse artists he works with. It suggests that his success lies in his lifelong practice of meditation and the non-judgemental […]


“I don’t want to be coached by my mother.” How might generational differences have an impact on coach supervision? Peter Duffell and Natalia de Estevan-Ubeda report   Generational differences are becoming increasingly relevant across society. Our research examines which differences are prevalent, and how they may show up in coach supervision.   Research To help us frame our initial enquiry, we reviewed the literature on generational characterisations and differences in the workplace. We looked at three areas: What characterises the different generations, including cultural values, organisational behaviours, communication and workstyle preferences, and each generation’s relationship with technology (Birkman, 2016) How […]