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 falls foul of ‘vanilla contracting’

Research showed that organisations needed a new leadership model rather than trying to rely on coaches using the old one to deliver the kind of leaders they required Steve Crabb Coaching suppliers are failing to be challenging enough when they agree contracts with client firms, according to research unveiled at the conference. Lee Sears, strategic […]

Do get your hopes up

A Danish psychologist states that the use of hope theory is key to coaching Applying hope theory to coaching can offer more than a “quantum of solace” as individuals and society battle with the challenges arising in the current troubled times. Danish coaching psychologist Jens Boris Larsen identified hope as a personal quality that is […]

Making meaning in troubling times

Themes of making meaning during this period of economic uncertainty were expressed by several speakers Jennifer Liston-Smith and Alanna O’Broin Different ways of “meaning making” in an uncertain economic environment was a strong theme from the end-of-conference speakers’ panel, as were paths to transformational adult learning. Jens Boris Larsen, a Danish coaching psychologist and chair […]

External coaches may prove ‘inadequate’ in downturn

Warns that companies should review their roster of external coaches to ensure they are still getting valuable quality support from them Veronica Hannon Organisations could be using dangerous coaches, warned David Clutterbuck of Clutterbuck Associates. Speaking at the European HR Directors Business Summit in January, the professor urged 500 HR directors to review their roster […]

BT empowers bosses in global roll-out

Group mentoring by senior leaders is a key part of BT’s new leadership development programme Liz Hall Group mentoring by senior leaders and peer coaching are central to BT’s new global development programme for front-line leaders. The six-month Inspirational Leadership Programme (ILP) launched last June in BT Operate is being rolled out to BT Retail, […]

Get creative and get your business through the crisis

Creativity is key to surviving the economic crisis, said Edward de Bono at a European HR Directors conference. Another speaker noted that most people leave jobs due to a lack of appreciation Veronica Hannon Making time to think creatively will get organisations through the economic crisis, said creative thinker Edward de Bono. De Bono, famous […]

Engineering change

Describes Electrocomponents’ new accredited coaching certificate for managers. Liz Hall Global engineering company Electrocomponents aims to improve performance by encouraging leaders to think more for themselves through its new accredited coaching skills certificate. The business has teamed up with Starr Consulting to roll out the programme which will be accredited by the OCM Group and, […]

Conflict coaching is key to new dispute resolution regulations

Urges organisations to ensure managers have the necessary coaching skills in dispute resolution to prevent disputes escalating to tribunals Liz Hall With a month to go before the repeal of statutory dispute resolution regulations, experts are urging employers to equip managers with coaching skills so they can nip conflict in the bud and avoid hefty […]

Break on through to the other side

Describes research by the Institute of Employment Studies on coaching women to progress in their careers Liz Hall Coaching can help women progress in their careers by helping them address the many barriers which still exist. The barriers which hinder women’s attempts to break through the glass ceiling are similar in Germany, the UK, Greece, […]

Avon calls on solution-focused coaching to restore confidence

Describes a coaching initiative at Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnerships NHS Trust which is boosting managers’ performance and confidence. Liz Hall Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnerships NHS Trust is boosting managers’ confidence and performance with solution-focused coaching (SFC). In November 2006, the trust restructured its services, moving away from a structure based on […]