A round up of the latest news and events to happen in the coaching and mentoring community. You can search the Coaching at Work archives by using the search box on the left.

COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE, 3 JULY, 2019 – HALOS AND HORNS AND TIME TO THINK

HALOS AND HORNS Eve Turner together with Natasha Maw and Gregor Findley, presented Turner’s tool Halos and Horns, about our assignment of values and biases in our interaction with others, and the exploration of this unconscious process, when reflected on. Guided by a method of questions and answers, the tool is designed to reveal trends and patterns of thinking that we, as practicing coaches, may not be aware of, in relation to our clients and also our own preferences and prejudices. Attendees were invited to take part in individual and group work, by completing a personal table of answers first, […]

COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE, 3 JULY, 2019 – THE EARTHQUAKE, THE CHASM AND THE PUZZLE

By Nicole Berg I overheard a conversation today between a cyclist and a motorist – the latter was a worker for a social housing provider. The cyclist’s path took him up to the window of the company van, and he motioned to get the driver’s attention. The cyclist asked the driver if he could please turn off the vehicle’s engine, as he lived there. We all live here – on this earth, and that is the best reason I can think of to start changing the way we do things. This exchange made me feel delighted and hopeful, until I […]

COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE, 3 JULY, 2019 – COACHING STORIES: FLOWING AND FALLING OF BEING A COACH

By Adina Tarry Sam Humphrey and Karen Dean drew on their book about the world of a coach and being a coach, rather than about coaching or coaching clients, to prompt reflection in participants. The session, Coaching stories: Flowing and falling of being a coach, presented by began with Dean introducing herself and the background to the book, with a reference to her earlier career. She worked for eight years with some 700 people delivering more than 3000 hours of coaching, including to cruise ship teams. This constant and significant volume of practice provided the opportunity to reflect on her […]

PRESS RELEASE: COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2019 – For immediate release – 5 July 2019

A host of coaching and mentoring practitioners received accolades for their contributions in the Coaching at Work 2019 Awards, in what was one of the toughest years for judging given the high quality of those nominated. The winners were: Jonathan Passmore, Eve Turner & Marta Filipiak (Best Article/s); Charmaine Kwame (Internal Coaching/Mentoring   Champion); Jeremy Gomm (External Coaching/Mentoring Champion); Peter Welch (Contributions to Coaching Supervision); Fiona Adamson (Lifetime Achievement), and David Gray (Posthumous Lifetime Achievement). Gina Lodge, CEO at coach training and consultancy business the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC) announced the winners and those highly commended at the awards ceremony […]

COACHBOT TO BE DEVELOPED FOR THE UK MILITARY

Military personnel may soon receive personalised daily support from a coaching app around health, wellbeing and resilience, personal planning and development. A project led by Daden with resilience, stress management and mental health at work training provider, Altruist Enterprises, and the Institute for Employment Studies (IES) aims to develop a coachbot with the intention of trialling it at RAF Fylingdales in North Yorkshire, whose primary and secondary missions are missile warning and space surveillance, respectively. The app builds on previous work by Daden, a specialist in developing conversational artificial intelligence (chatbots), and the University of Worcester for the Ministry of […]

FCC TO MAP LANDSCAPE OF ORGANISATIONAL COACHING

The multi-stakeholder coaching thinktank, the Future of Coaching Collaboration (FCC), has launched an additional workstream to identify and describe the dimensions that define different types of coaching taking place in organisations. The purpose of this work is to create a landscape of coaching in organisational contexts to enable a common language about how coaching is framed in organisations, enable organisations to navigate the territory and make the optimum strategic choices (based on resources, context and ambitions of the organisation) and to educate buyers and providers of coaching. According to FCC directors, Maria Symeon, formerly of PwC, and Louise Buckle of […]

GUIDED MEDITATION LEADS TO DEEP CONNECTIONS

ICF annual conference 7 May More than 80 coaches took time out for guided mindfulness practice to connect more deeply with themselves and other participants in Mark McMordie’s session on The Power of Feeling Safe: Leaders in a VUCA World at the UK ICF conference. With the recent publication of Amy Edmondson’s The Fearless Organisation and increasing awareness of the importance of trust and psychological safety in successful teams, thanks to Google’s two-year Project Aristotle, psychological safety is on the agenda of most progressive organisations. McMordie’s own book, Mindfulness for Coaches, co-authored with Michael Chaskalson, is the first in the […]

HENLEY AND AC PUBLISH SUPERVISION ‘CALL TO ARMS’

The Henley Centre for Coaching and the Association for Coaching (AC) have joined forces in a “call to arms” for wider coach supervision take-up and development, with the publication of their Manifesto for Supervision. Written by three prominent practitioners, Peter Hawkins, Eve Turner and Jonathan Passmore, the Manifesto promotes the importance of supervision in coaching, examines its history and what makes it important, summarises main models and research, considers ethics in supervision and calls for collaboration between industry stakeholders to take supervision to its next stage of development. The Manifesto forms part of wider work by Henley in supervision research […]

SGCP DELEGATES EMBRACE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSIVITY

Some 100 delegates gathered at the annual conference of British Psychological Society’s special interest subgroup, the Special Group of Coaching Psychologists (SGCP) on 6-7 June in London. In her opening address of the conference, Embracing Diversity and Inclusivity: Challenges and Aspirations in Coaching Psychology, SGCP chair Laura Rees-Davies positioned the vision and the objectives of the Group for the future. It was followed by three keynotes and some 20 presentations and workshops on the impact of AI on coaching, to mental health and wellbeing, supervision, innovation in delivery of cognitive behavioural therapy, aspects of identity, supporting entrepreneurship and models and […]