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Survey: 54% predict coach income boost The results are in for our Coaching at Work Readers’ Survey 2013, evoking strong feelings on subjects, such as chartered institute status – yet plenty of positivity, too. As we enter 2014, there do indeed seem to be green shoots of economic recovery appearing. This year, income in coaching will increase, predict 54 per cent of respondents to the annual Coaching at Work Readers’ Survey, compared to 15 per cent last year (when 62% predicted it would stay the same). The top priorities for 2014 are: becoming more aligned with business (36%), followed by […]

News: reflecting on Nelson Mandela by Rachel Ellison

On 5 December, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule, died aged 95. As the world mourned, we asked how Mandela inspired you and what you think we can learn from him. Below are reflections from leadership coach Rachel Ellison. (See also leadership coach Jackee Holder’s reflections www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-holder and Brian Bacon’s www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-bacon and the January/February issue of Coaching at Work magazine for other contributors’ comments) Mandela – reflections on a leadership example and legacy By leadership coach Rachel Ellison Nelson Mandela’s friend Archbishop Desmond Tutu says of him: “Nelson Mandela was like […]

News: reflections on Nelson Mandela by Jackee Holder

On 5 December, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule, died aged 95. As the world mourned, we asked how Mandela inspired you and what you think we can learn from him. Below are reflections from leadership coach Jackee Holder. (See also leadership coach Rachel Ellison’s reflections www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-ellison and Brian Bacon’s www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-bacon and the January/February issue of Coaching at Work magazine for other contributors’ comments) Lessons learned from Mandela By leadership coach Jackee Holder Born in 1918, Madiba Mandela both lived through and survived the tortuous conditions of imprisonment and solitary confinement […]

News: reflections on Nelson Mandela by Brian Bacon

On 5 December, Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first black president who led the peaceful transition from white-only rule, died aged 95. As the world mourned, we asked how Mandela inspired you and what you think we can learn from him. Below are reflections from leadership expert Brian Bacon. (See also leadership coach Rachel Ellison’s reflections www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-ellison and leadership coach Jackee Holder’s reflections www.coaching-at-work.com/news-mandela-holder and the January/February issue of Coaching at Work magazine for other contributors’ comments) Leadership lessons from Nelson Mandela by Brian Bacon, chairman and founder of Oxford Leadership Academy Two big leadership lessons can be drawn from observation […]

David Megginson, EMCC Ambassador, shares his experience of the 21st EMCC conference in Athens

David Megginson, EMCC Ambassador, shares his experience of the 21st EMCC conference in Athens 21-23 November 2013, Athens It was good to be at a conference at the beating heart of European civilisation, and close to the home of the protagonist of mentoring’s foundation story. The EMCC Greece team welcomed and guided us socially and also led some interesting sessions. We also had the glorious relics of Athenian architecture at the edge of our vision under golden floodlights or bathed in unseasonably warm sunshine. What follows is my story of the route i took through the maze of opportunities on […]

Researchers debunk sided brain bias

  Are you right-brained – creative, thoughtful and subjective? Or left-brained – logical, detail-orientated and analytical? However you answer this, you are wrong, apparently. Neuroscientists from the University of Utah in the US have debunked the myth that some people use the right side of their brain more and others the left. The two-year study analysed brain scans of 1,011 people between the ages of seven and 29. “It’s absolutely true that some brain functions occur in one or the other side of the brain. Language tends to be on the left, attention more on the right. But people don’t […]

Change study reveals depth of influence of coaching

One of the first studies to look at coaching effectiveness in times of organisational change shows it enhances solution-focused thinking, the ability to deal with change, leadership self-efficacy and resilience, and the attainment of goals relevant to the organisation’s mission. The study, by Anthony Grant, associate professor and director at the Coaching Psychology Unit at the University of Sydney’s School of Psychology, also found that coaching during organisational change increased workplace satisfaction, and decreased depression, anxiety and stress. Grant said, “Although coaching is often used by organisations in times of organisational change, there has been very little research looking at […]

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Hawkins: don’t ignore the future – it may bite you The thirteenth fairy only becomes the wicked fairy because of not being invited to the party, and so it is with organisations that ignore stakeholders, such as the future, at their peril,” said Peter Hawkins, referring to the wicked fairy in the Grimms’ Fairy Tale, Sleeping Beauty. Speaking at the Association for Coaching’s annual conference on creating a coaching culture, Bath Consultancy Group founder, Hawkins, said every organisation has a thirteenth fairy “who will prick them in the thumb or bite them in the bum” if they are ignored. He […]

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Studies highlight poor management behaviour A string of studies has revealed unethical behaviour, poor strategic skills and shaky people management ability among managers and leaders, prompting calls for employers to “step up”, and highlighting the contribution that coaches can make to fostering more appropriate behaviour. One million UK managers are working in a way they feel “unethical” to “get ahead,” according to a study by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). A separate study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) reveals efforts to encourage positive behaviours among managers are being ‘undermined’ by the lack of a consistent message […]

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South Africa: training omits Afrocentric values A South African black woman was traumatised by being propelled into coaching an older white male in front of other coach trainees, a request that stirred up ghosts of Apartheid and became confused with traditional cultural hierarchies. The incident is offered as a example of how executive coaching and coach training in South Africa is failing to reflect Afrocentric cultural values, in a study by two researchers from the Centre for Learning, Teaching and Development, University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. South Africa still struggles with tensions of racial assumptions, employment equity and parity […]