Give shame a voice in your conversations

International coach federation global conference, 3-6 October 2012, london Coaching in which shame isn’t talked about, probably isn’t going deep enough, said Brené Brown, a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. “Shame is the most primitive feeling [we can have]. Forty years of data shows that people showing no capacity for connection experience, no shame, [are] psychopaths” said Brown in her keynote address. “Shame can’t survive being spoken…For shame to survive it needs secrecy, silence and judgment. [So] we talk about holding a space for shame.” She said that the top four triggers for […]

Uncoachable? That’s so uncool!

International coach federation global conference, 3-6 October 2012, london Coaching is seen as ‘cool’ by JOEY Restaurant Group’s employees – and as the average age of its staff is only 25 years old, cool is all. Redefining coaching as cool, and gaining senior buy-in, were key in getting a coaching culture off the ground, said Marjorie Busse, lead coach/trainer at Essential Impact, which worked with JOEY to take its leadership development to the next level. The 25 most senior leaders in the Canada-based organisation are accredited coaches. “It’s almost uncool to be uncoachable,” said Andrew Martin, vice president of HR. […]

Avatar coaches to meet clients in virtual reality

The world of virtual reality (VR) complete with 3D avatars, landscapes and props, is set to meet the world of coaching in a trailblazing project due to launch next spring. The VR platform is the brainchild of organisational change consultant and coach David Tinker, who also has a background in sociodrama. It is expected to have applications in arenas including coaching, social work, the voluntary sector and management/team development. Its ability to work in a visual format will be key. “We’re very visual, yet so much of coaching is auditory… Here we’re working with metaphor, our imagination and our language […]

Coaching and mentoring on the up in Asia

By Liz Hall Coaching and mentoring are gaining prominence as ways to raise skills in Asia, according to a report by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management. Coaching and mentoring are the most-cited methods of raising skills (57% of respondents). Raising skills is a priority for 88% of 1,088 respondent organisations from across Hong Kong, China, South Korea, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. Meanwhile, coaching by line managers is considered to be the most effective learning and development approach (32%), followed by in-house development programmes (29%). The need for business and […]

News: C@W conference roundup. Embodied presence workshop:

‘The body has a wisdom of its own’ “What’s below our neck can give us information too”! Eunice Aquilina’s words from her workshop on ‘cultivating trust through an embodied presence’, are still ringing in my ears. She told us that “the body has a wisdom of its own” and that we need to ensure we “listen with our whole self”. I like to think I can develop a deep trust with my clients, but this workshop offered an opportunity to examine this from a different perspective. Aquilina, a certified somatic coach from the Strozzi Institute, uses practices including centring, to […]

News: Neuroscience research paper roundup

The four key requirements for bringing about neuronal change in the brain are focused attention; repetition and practice; a good relationship between coach and client, and coaching processes that both parties believe in, according to research presented at the Henley Coaching conference. Kitty Chisholm was one of three graduates from Henley’s MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change presenting their research on neuroscience. Her paper discussed the concept of neuroplasticity (how changing ideas, attitudes and behaviour involves ‘re-wiring’ neurons). She suggested that a science-based rationale enables some clients to come to it with more belief in its efficacy. Ann James examined […]

News: Why do your clients trust you?

HENLEY ANNUAL COACHING CONFERENCE, HENLEY BUSINESS SCHOOL, 22 JUNE, 2012 Why do your clients trust you? By Kate McGuire The importance of trust in coaching relationships was a hot topic at the Henley Coaching conference on 22 June. Malcolm Higgs, professor of organisation behaviour at Southampton University’s School of Management, and an external examiner for Henley, described two areas: an individual’s assessment of another’s trustworthiness, and their propensity to trust. Higgs argued that propensity to trust consists of three elements: the belief that others are likely to act in a trustworthy way; the extent to which others can be relied […]

Wake-up call for ‘Neets’

by Liz Hall Intensive and personalised mentoring will be among the radical Youth Contract plans announced by the UK’s Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. The government will pay training providers to make “alarm calls” to wake up unemployed teenagers in a bid to get them into work. Clegg’s initiative aims to tackle the record number of England’s 16 and 17-year-olds ‘Neets’ (people who are ‘Not in Education, Employment or Training’.) Support will be tailored to suit individual needs and will include projects and interventions such as skills training on maths and literacy, and help with personal finance, health and wellbeing. […]

NEWS analysis: ‘Gay cure’ psychotherapist loses malpractice appeal against BACP

Coach who tried to help a client overcome his ‘same sex attraction’ by using reparative therapy is struck off after undercover sting by homosexual reporter Just before Coaching at Work went to press, Lesley Pilkington, a counsellor who agreed to ‘cure’ a gay ‘client’ of his homosexuality, lost her appeal to be reinstated by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which upheld its ruling of last year that she was guilty of malpractice. Pilkington was misled in 2009 by Patrick Strudwick, an undercover journalist and gay rights campaigner, who sought help overcoming his homosexuality. Unknowingly recorded by Strudwick, […]

Psychologist Proulx to be Paralympic torchbearer

Psychology lecturer Michael Proulx is to be the torchbearer in the Paralympic Torch Relay ahead of the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games. Dr Proulx, who begins his new role as senior lecturer in psychology at Bath University in September, was chosen because of his research into blindness and interaction with the visually impaired. He will join 580 others as the torch is transported from Stoke Mandeville, birthplace of the Paralympic Games, to London next month (28-29 August). Volume 7, issue 4