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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 […]

Palmer joins SCP as hon president

Describes the appointment of Stephen Palmer as honorary president at the Society for Coaching Psychology. The Society for Coaching Psychology (SCP) has appointed Stephen Palmer as honorary president. The SCP was set up in 2008 to offer coaching psychologists routes to international accreditation and certification. Palmer said: “I will endeavour to support the rapidly developing […]

ICF opens out discussion about proposals to revamp credentialing program

by Liz Hall The International Coach Federation (ICF) is consulting coaches about its proposals to replace its three-tiered credentialing program with a single, ISO standard certification. The announcement of its proposals prompted a grassroots campaign against the plans via social media, with more than 600 coaches, including five past presidents, signing an online petition. The […]

Coaches weather recession

By Helen Slingsby Coaching is proving highly resilient to the current recession, with more than a third of coaches saying their business has grown during the downturn. Despite arguably the worst economic crisis since the 1930s, a further 36 per cent of coaches say business has remained the same, according to a joint survey by […]

News-in-brief: II

Eric Parsloe: EMCC leading light is busier than ever Eric Parsloe, who has just retired, may speak his mind, but one thing is for sure. The co-founder of the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and founder of the Oxford School of Coaching and Mentoring is passionate about coaching and mentoring. Ill-health recently forced him […]