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.

AoEC joins space crew on mission to test sociomapping

The Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), several UK central and local government organisations and a space crew simulating a mission to Mars are among those exploring team dynamics using Team Sociomapping. At the Division of Occupational Psychology conference on 13 January in Brighton, Tomas Srb from QED Group will present the results of the pilot […]

AC polls coaches on regulation

Most coaches favour internal rather than external regulation of the profession, suggests a straw poll at an Association for Coaching (AC) debate on 16 November. The ‘Regulation Debate’ was held because the government recently moved to regulate counselling and psychotherapy, and some believe the spotlight will now fall on coaching. Coaches heard from panellists including […]

Ridicule, violent opposition, self-evidence – the path to coaching acceptance

Coaching is an art, a craft and a complex act of intellectual, emotional and conversational plate-spinning, Kim Morgan told conference delegates. “Think how many plates you spin as a coach, including hearing the unsaid as well as the said, creating a coaching alliance and managing boundaries, listening with rigour and with silence, watching with curiosity, […]

Positive psychology is prime tool for change

Around two-thirds of clients are in distress, according to a study on positive psychology in coaching. This approach helps clients refuel their energy to get on with their lives, stimulates action to progress, and is a constructive tool for change, said Lucy Ryan, presenting the results of her action research study at the annual European […]

Are we overly optimistic?

By Anne Scoular  Is coaching recession-proof? The OECD’s grim projections last November warned of worse ahead, but coaching has proved resilient and coaches are pretty positive about 2010, our survey of more than 500 shows. Some 56 per cent expect growth in their practice, with 18.4 per cent anticipating an uplift of more than 20 […]

Coaching at Work Person of the Year awards

Jackie Keddy has won this year’s Coaching at Work Coaching/Mentoring Person of the Year 2009 Award, while Katherine Tulpa has come in as runner-up. Keddy’s nominees’ comments included: “she has developed real and compassionate tools which make it simple for line mangers to get coaching and use it.”; “she brings passion and a genuine desire […]

Measure for measure

Research forum decides on what to research. Alison Carter Coaching research should include more multiple method studies and learn from the literature across many disciplines. This was one of the conclusions from the second International Coaching Research Forum, held in London on 10-11 November, with the theme Measure for Measure, a Shakespearian reference. Coaching researchers […]

Riding the elephant

Liz Hall Tatiana Bachkirova from Oxford Brookes University presented a non-linear new developmental framework for coaching the client’s “self-system” at the European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s annual conference in Amsterdam in November. Bachkirova’s framework involves coaching according to four groups of themes- coaching towards a healthy ego; coaching the ego; coaching beyond the ego, and […]

Internal coaches stick to clients’ agendas

Liz Hall Some 91% of internal coaches are happy to discuss non-work issues with their clients. The majority of internal coaches (70%) consider themselves primarily responsible to the coaching client, with 16% saying the organisation and it varying for 12%, according to research for the EMCC led by Katharine St John-Brooks. Internal coaches believe it’s […]

Hawkins joins Oxford Brookes as visiting professor

Peter Hawkins has joined Oxford Brookes as a Visiting Professor in the Department of Management and Organisational Studies, focusing on Coaching and Mentoring.  Hawkins is non-executive chairman of Bath Consultancy Group and honorary president of the Association of Professional Executive Coaching and Supervision. His co-authored book with Nick Smith, Coaching, Mentoring and Organisational Consultancy: Supervision […]