BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: SUPERVISION SPECIAL REPORT

How do coach supervisors respond to ethical dilemmas and tricky issues? In this two-part series, Jonathan Passmore, Eve Turner and Marta Filipiak report on their research The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind”: songwriter Bob Dylan’s famous lines suggested it’s not hard to do the right thing. Too often people ignore the obvious, because it’s tricky or because making an ethical decision creates unpleasant consequences for them. In this article we explore coach supervisors’ responses to such dilemmas and issues. The article picks up on themes from our previous articles (Turner & Passmore, 2017; Passmore & Turner, 2018) and […]

LOCKED-IN LEARNING: SUPERVISION SPECIAL REPORT

Struggling to meet the requirements for coach accreditation or feel you’ve lost your edge? Clare Norman reports on a ‘lock-in’ weekend retreat she’s developed to boost CPD   Does the following describe where you’re at? It’s been some time since you attended your original coach training. You fear you’ve lost your razor sharpness, but you can’t see your own blind spots1. You know being unconsciously competent2 isn’t good enough for your own sense of satisfaction nor is it in your clients’ best interests. You are looking for CPD to sharpen your coaching edge, harness your creativity and bring more innovation […]

WELL PRESERVED

It’s coming up to ‘bletting’ season – a process of softening fruits such as medlars. It’s a process Jane Steward is very familiar with, having moved from banking to executive coaching to jam making. But she still makes Time to Think. Rachel Ellison MBE reports   In some traditions, it’s said you shouldn’t cook if you or those around you are angry, and that one should put love into the food as it’s being prepared. Some even set aside a moment to say a little prayer in the kitchen before they begin a recipe. My sense is that Jane Steward, […]

GENTLY DOES IT: A PROFILE OF ANNE HATHAWAY

Anne Hathaway has faced so many personal challenges she feels she has a PhD from the university of life. Yet she has always bounced back, as a leading pioneer of Nancy Kline’s Time to Think, working with the Thinking Environment to bring about transformation in her coaching “In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Anne Hathaway, winner of the Coaching at Work External Coaching/Mentoring Champion 2018 Award, includes this quote from Gandhi in her email signature. It describes her approach beautifully. In person, Hathaway, an executive coach/coach supervisor, OD & L&D consultant and a member of Time to […]

COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2018: THE RESULTS

Our annual Coaching at Work Awards took place in London on 4 July following our conference. The Awards acknowledged and celebrated both well-established and more recent contributions to the profession. Liz Hall reports This year’s Coaching at Work Awards recognised long-standing contributors to the coaching profession, including Edna Murdoch and Eve Turner, but also acknowledged efforts and achievements by those newer to the industry such as schoolteacher Victoria Niroomand-Rad. This year’s award winners are: Tim Dench (Internal Coaching/Mentoring Champion 2018 Award), Anne Hathaway (External Coaching/Mentoring Champion 2018 Award), Eve Turner (Contributions to Coaching Supervision 2018 Award), Edna Murdoch (Lifetime Achievement […]

DIVERSITY: THE NEW NORMAL

Why does the coaching profession struggle to encompass diversity, why should we care, and what can we do? In this two-part report we examine how we can embrace diversity in our coaching practices. Part 1: Setting the scene. Pointers for why we should act and how, including case studies, by Rajvinder Kaur Uppal Diversity is a reality. Globalisation, changing migration patterns, improved technology and increased communications have changed how business is done, who with, and who we deliver goods and services to – as well as who we live among. Census data from 2010 indicates that 36%1 of the US […]

TECH: THREAT OR OPPORTUNITY

In part 2 of her two-part series examining coaching and technology, Adina Tarry highlights the importance of taking an ethical perspective as technology becomes more widespread and sophisticated. This issue: Coaching and technology: revolution or co-evolution? Just as I anticipated in a LinkedIn article posted at the start of the year, 2018 has so far been a year when all things related to digital technology have exploded into mainstream consciousness, into the media and into conferences, talks and dedicated events. The impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics is now one of the top issues for debates about work and increasingly […]

MARTIAL MOVES

David Brown, personal coach and Aikido instructor, shares how he brings about embodied transformation in coaching, including drawing from Aikido, archetypes and meditation I’m a personal coach and I’m also an Aikido instructor. For more than 20 years, I’ve worked with clients to help them embody confidence, express themselves authentically and embrace transformation so they can be the change they want to see in the world. The body is designed to move. When we move well and frequently, movement has a powerful, positive effect on our physical, mental and emotional well-being. The body becomes more relaxed, agile, flexible, supple, powerful […]

A FORCE FOR GOOD. A PROFILE OF KATHERINE CHOWDRY

Katherine Chowdry has always championed coaching in her roles at British Transport Police. Through restructure, a sideways move, budget restrictions and her conversion to Islam, her passion did not waver, and now her efforts are bearing fruit. Liz Hall reports When British Transport Police (BTP)’s HR department was restructured and relocated from London in 2010 and internal coaching champion Katherine Chowdry’s role made redundant, it seemed the organisation’s coaching initiative was in its death throes. A coaching strategy had been launched in BTP in 2009, which saw external coach consultants Linbert Spencer OBE and Lois Leeming team up with BTP’s […]

ARE YOU GDPR READY?

Make sure your data policy is in place soon, because doing nothing isn’t an option. Jonathan Passmore and Kevin Rogers offer tips on complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), in force since May Coaches setting up a business often focus more on coaching process, skills or coach accreditation than they do on business considerations, but the latter are just as important, and include managing the data we acquire. In this article, we’ll explore the output of a small-scale study of 129 coaches and consider the implications for practice of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).   GDPR New […]