Ex-BACP coaching leaders form new body

A band of former executives of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Coaching division have struck out on their own to form a new professional body for coach-therapists. Already, the LinkedIn group of the Association of Integrative Coach-Therapist Professionals (AICTP) has more than 200 members, including from the US, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and mainland Europe. The AICTP is not seeking to be a standard-setting body “at this stage” but “to get people talking about what they’re doing and what it means for clients”, said Debra Jinks, founding chair of the AICTP. She said: “We aim to offer […]

Ridler & Co joins forces with EMCC UK

By Liz Hall Executive coaching form Ridler & Co is collaborating with the European Mentoring & Coaching Council (EMCC) UK on the fifth Ridler Report due out in spring 2013. Companies such as 3i, AMEC, Barclays Capital, BSkyB, Compass, E.ON, John Lewis, Linklaters, National Grid and PricewaterhouseCoopers have participated in previous Ridler Reports. Since its first publication in 2007 the Ridler Report has achieved a reputation for excellence in researching strategic trends in the use of executive coaching in large organisations. Clive Mann, managing director at Ridler & Co, who will continue as editor, said: “We are delighted to be […]

EMCC launches revised individual accreditation award

By Liz Hall The European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) launches its revised European Individual Accreditation (EIA) award in June. The quality award seeks to assure clients and sponsors of coaching and mentoring that they will receive an excellent quality of coach/mentoring from accredited coaches. The award has four levels, allowing the applicant to apply to be assessed at the level most appropriate to their skills and experience. It is based on the EMCC Competence Framework, a research-based compilation of the most effective coaching/mentoring attributes. Assessment is undertaken by well-trained and supervised assessors. Evidence is required demonstrating a sophisticated level […]

Balfour Beatty champions wellbeing programme

Balfour Beatty’s next wellbeing programme will target 300 of its most senior employees. Meanwhile, internal coaches are supporting 260 employees who took part in a pilot Know Your Numbers wellbeing programme run by Ei World in August to November 2011, in Balfour Beatty Plant and Fleet Services, one of the infrastructure services business’ divisions. The programme was a success, and a second will roll out to between 5,000 and 17,000 employees across Balfour Beatty Support Services, starting with Corporate Services. Steve Farmer, managing director, Balfour Beatty Plant and Fleet Services, said: “From feedback we have seen so far, Balfour Beatty […]

Let’s make health coaching the next big thing

Coaching at Work has launched a Coaching for Health campaign to encourage widespread high-quality health coaching. Why are we doing this? The cost of healthcare is spiralling yet we seem to be getting sicker. People have to take responsibility for their own health – they will rarely make behavioural changes just because a medical professional has told them to do so, but health coaching can bring about dramatic changes. We want to help foster debate on key health coaching issues through these pages and associated social media – for example, should health coaches be qualified health professionals?  And what is the […]

Morgan and Merrick are our 2011 people of the year

Kim Morgan has won our Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year 2011 award. “Winning this award is a wonderful achievement and I feel honoured to be recognised,” she said. “I look forward to supporting the coaching profession yet further.” Meanwhile, Lis Merrick was “absolutely thrilled” to be awarded our Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year 2011 award (see pages 12-13). She said: “My dream is to raise the profile and quality of formal mentoring in this country, and winning this award will support me in achieving this dream.” But there were many on our shortlists worthy of recognition. […]

Should coaches sniff cognitive enhancers before sessions?

Cognitive-enhancing pills and a spray of bonding hormone oxytocin could be just what the modern coach needs, a neuroscientist has suggested. “Oxytocin helps with facial recognition and trust. Imagine the coach and client having a little sniff before they start the session,” said cognitive scientist and neuroscientist Geoff Bird in his keynote at Coaching at Work’s Beyond Frontiers conference. Dr Bird cited reports on increasing use of “cognitive enhancers” such as methylphenidates Ritalin and Modafinil – one in five students and many “clued-up academics” already take Modafinil, he said. “Ritalin increases IQ points – think about the statistics linking IQ […]

External coaches must get to know their organisation, or be overlooked

CONFERENCE ROUNDUP: EUROPEAN MENTORING & COACHING COUNCIL (EMCC) ANNUAL CONFERENCE, PARIS, 17-19 NOVEMBER External coaches will set themselves apart in coaching sponsors’ eyes if they stop treating them the same and understand their context, needs and interests, according to a working group of sponsors including KPMG, Fujitsu and Diageo. “It goes back to really understanding the organisation the coach is working with…if they can’t specify what they want to see, be prepared to walk away,” said Simon Dennis, who heads up coaching at IT business Fujitsu. “It’s a call for people to ask more about the client organisation and agenda,” […]

Goal-setting findings should silence critics

COACHING AT WORK COACHING AND MENTORING AT WORK: BEYOND FRONTIERS CONFERENCE, BRITISH PSYCHOLOGICAL SOCIETY OFFICES, LONDON, 23 NOVEMBER By Jane Campion Findings from neuroscience showing the importance of goal-setting should flatten opponents of the GROW model once and for all, suggested cognitive neuroscientist Geoff Bird. Goal-setting provides a means for clients to achieve fast results and to boost subsequent learning, Dr Bird, a lecturer at the Department of Psychological Sciences at Birkbeck College, University of London, told delegates in his keynote address at Coaching at Work’s sell-out event: “The ability to set goals is exclusively human and it is never […]

Economic worries dominate readers’ survey

By Liz Hall Responding to current challenges, such as the economy and demonstrating ROI/value for money (VFM), are top of the agenda for 2012, according to this year’s Coaching at Work annual readers’ survey. Some 49.2 per cent of respondents cited responding to challenges including the economy as the most or second-most important priority, including coaching clients to cope with uncertainty, and making sure coaching is fit for purpose (13.2 per cent). Meanwhile, 27.7 per cent of you say evaluation/demonstrating ROI/ VFM is the number one/two priority. It’s the third year running this has been high on the agenda; last […]