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.

SHERPA: LIFE COACHES SEE SHARP FALL IN EARNINGS

Hourly rates for executive and business coaches have risen since 2015, as have their annual earnings, but hourly rates for life or personal coaches have remained unchanged for three years, and their annual earnings are sharply down over the last two years (see box), according to the 13th annual Sherpa Executive Coaching Survey of around […]

MUSIC TO LEARN BY? SWITCH OFF AND IMPROVE RESULTS

If you’re planning to make your coaching session groovier with some background music, think again, suggests an article in The Guardian arguing that listening to music hinders learning. The article cites research from Cardiff Metropolitan University showing students who revised in quiet environments performed more than 60% better in an exam than peers who revised […]

FEMALE AND MALE BOSSES SHARE PERSONALITY TRAITS

By Liz Hall Female and male leaders share the same ‘classically masculine’ personality traits, suggests a paper published in Journal of Vocational Behavior. A research team led by Bart Wille at the University of Antwerp accessed comprehensive personality tests taken by nearly 600 top-level executives (including 143 female bosses) and more than 52,000 non-executives (including […]

MOST STAFF FEEL EMPLOYERS DON’T LIVE UP TO IMAGE

Only 19% of employees globally believe how they experience their employer matches up to its portrayed brand image, suggests research from PR consultancy Weber Shandwick. Those employers who are more aligned in terms of their image and the reality of working there are more likely to offer training and resources, and treat all employees fairly […]

AI LEARNING HOW TO DISCRIMINATE

By Liz Hall As artificial intelligence (AI) becomes more widely adopted, discrimination against some groups and individuals is set to become more common, warns a report from the World Economic Forum (WEF). Machine learning systems are already being used to make life-changing decisions such as which job applicants are hired and which prisoners are released […]

PERSONALITY REBOOT

A 10-week coaching programme designed to bring about changes in personality significantly increased participants’ extraversion and conscientiousness, and significantly decreased neuroticism, finds a study published in The International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring, 16(1), 2018. These changes were maintained three months after the intervention. http://bit.ly/2FRnmpg

MEYLER CAMPBELL

Meyler Campbell’s Unleashed leadership development programme has been awarded “Recognized Leader as Coach” status by the Association for Coaching. Meanwhile, Saverio Grazioli-Venier has joined the organisation’s faculty. An executive coach whose clients include FTSE 100 companies, athletes and actors, he is a founding fellow of the Institute of Coaching at Harvard’s McLean Hospital.

STOP CHECKING ME OUT

A third (33%) of SME employers check employees’ social media even though 9 out of 10 of employees feel it’s intrusive. Some 81% of employers believe their staff’s online content can have a direct effect on the business’s brand, according to the report by Digimax, Social media at work: Digimax reveal the difference between employer […]

STUDY: ‘AFFECTIVE TRUST’ BOOSTS MENTOR LEARNING

By Liz Hall Mentee learning is enhanced by their personal bond with their mentor – the ‘affective trust’ in the relationship – and how much they perceive their organisation to be supporting them, suggests a paper by Stephen Bear from Fairleigh Dickinson University. In the paper, published in the International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching […]

ASSESS SITUATIONS FOR THEIR EMOTIONAL IMPACT

Assessing and choosing situations according to their likely emotional impact is a better strategy to help emotionally sensitive people than in-the-moment emotion regulation strategies, suggests a paper published in Cognition and Emotion. “Situation selection provides an alternative strategy for individuals that does not rely on in-the-moment cognitive resources, and allows reactive and/or less competent individuals […]