FREELANCERS SHOW MBTI PERCEIVING PREFERENCE – BPS DOP ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 9-11 JANUARY 2019, CHESTER, UK

People who like the ‘big picture’ and prefer to live their lives in a spontaneous way are more likely to thrive as a freelancer, according to research presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology’s (BPS DOP) annual conference in January. Researcher John Hackston collected data from an online survey of 1,308 freelancers working largely in professional or other white collar roles. Participants completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment, rated themselves and their jobs on characteristics related to freelance work and commented on the best and worst things about their jobs. The results showed that people […]

FIND THE ‘SWEET SPOT’ BETWEEN TECH AND WELLBEING – BPS DOP ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 9-11 JANUARY 2019, CHESTER, UK

People who are ‘always on’ technologically tend to be more engaged at work, but also report more stress and a poorer work-life balance, according to research presented at the British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology’s (BPS DOP) annual conference in January. Organisations with cultures that encourage staff to resist the pressure to be always connected can help them be happier and more productive, according to business psychologists, Nikhita Blackburn and Helen Rayner. Their study examined factors that influence how people use technology. Some 1,116 workers completed the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) personality assessment and answered questions on the advantages […]

GARDAI TO COACH SENIOR OFFICERS

Ireland’s national police service, the Gardaí, is to invest around €110,000 in executive coaching for 70 senior rank members to build organisational leadership capabilities within An Garda Síochána (Gardaí), according to published tender documents reported on in the Irish Independent. Coaching would be provided by the successful executive coaching enterprise to newly promoted chief superintendents, superintendents, senior managers, principal officers and assistant principal officers over a three-year period, according to the newspaper report. Learning outcomes are expected to be the development of “a greater understanding of their individual strengths and weaknesses and the impact that their behavioural style has on […]

DWP EXTENDS MENTORING BEYOND BAME JOBSEEKERS

A successful pilot mentoring initiative for the black and minority ethnic (BAME) community is to be rolled out nationwide and extended to non-BAME youth claimants who might also benefit. The UK’s Department for Work and Pensions’ ‘mentoring circles’ will be rolled out from next month (April) across the Jobcentre Plus network. Last year around 500 BAME jobseekers attended sessions hosted by experienced staff from large companies including KPMG, Fujitsu, HSBC and Network Rail to get help with CV writing, goal setting, job applications and interview practice. Many participants landed jobs, or went into training or further education as a result. The […]

MILLENNIALS VALUE LEARNING IN CAREERS, STUDY FINDS

Millennials are seeking multi-disciplined, diverse careers centring on learning and self-improvement. Motivations for accepting jobs differ between generations – 88% of over-55s cite salary as their top priority compared to 67% of millennials, according to a poll of more than 2,000 UK workers by recruitment technology platform, Tempo. Tempo’s research found that two-thirds of under-35s (64%) want to move sectors, compared to just 39% of those aged 35-55. Millennials are more likely to have lots of jobs – the findings highlight once again that the jobs for life era is well and truly over. Some 28% of millennials have clocked […]

RELATIONAL TEAM COACHING – DARING TO DANCE ON THE EDGE: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

‘Something’s just happened’, said Georgina Woudstra to open her session at Coaching at Work’s annual conference on 5 July . She went on to share her own experience of taking a relational approach to team coaching, as well as her journey in developing this approach. By Sarah Dale “Presence and awareness are at the heart of this work”, she said. This belief prompted her to use this in real time with the group in inviting them to reflect on the changes in the room as the session started. Her approach involves her working with executive teams by going to their […]

MEASURING MOTIVATION TO BUILD A THRIVING CULTURE AT GROSVENOR: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Carole Gaskell, founder of Full Potential Group (FPG), and Robert Nunn, head of learning and development at Grosvenor, shared insights on how FPG has boosted motivation at Grosvenor, a 300 year old company with a firmly established culture, from both supplier and client perspectives. By Nicole Berg   The session argued that motivation is key to a thriving culture, highlighting how motivations are our inner drivers that determine how we feel and act. Instinctively we may know that optimal performance requires engagement, and thus motivation, and the Hay Group (2015) backs up this assertion. Its research indicates that highly engaged […]

CONTRACTING FOR INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Jenny Bird opened the session by sending co-presenter Sarah Gornall’s apologies for her absence, and reflecting on how the conversation between them about this had had its own elements of successful contracting. By Sarah Dale She went on to lead group discussions on what an organisation might want to deliver and change through coaching, as well as consideration of what an individual might want to change through coaching. The issues in successful contracting were brought out through these questions. As Bird reflected on her own experience too, she said that “success is likely to be judged on how well we, […]

THE WORKSHOP: A MUSICAL

Ever thought that there’s plenty of rich material from your coaching for a play, a novel, or even a musical? Two seasoned coaches have made this a reality By Liz Hall The Workshop: a musical, based on group coaching, is ready to go into production. It has been created by highly experienced coaches Chérie Carter-Scott and Lynn U Stewart. Thailand-based ICF MCC Carter-Scott, CEO of personal development and professional training firm MMS Institute and her Netherlands-based ICF PCC sister, Lynn U Stewart, have been running a two-day Inner Negotiation personal development workshops around the world for 43 years, helping people […]

The AICTP’s first conference highlighted richness and variety of integrative practice

By Mark Farrall, AICTP chair Around 100 practitioners identifying professionally as therapists, coaches and/or somewhere in between gathered at the inaugural conference of the Association of Integrative Coach Therapist Practitioners (AICTP) on 21 January. What stood out for me was just what richness and variety integrative practice means in the field of coaching. Examples provided by attendees ranged from a kind of collaborative working where a psychiatrist addressing direct clinical issues around substance misuse would then refer the client on to the coach to address related work and professional issues, to a coach who only works in settings one to […]