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.

Top dilemmas revealed

Feeling pressurised to reveal client information is one of the top 10 ethical dilemmas for internal coaches, finds research by the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC). Other dilemmas include coaches knowing something about the client’s future that the client doesn’t – and not being able to tell them – and coaches being told by […]

Don’t be lazy: evaluate ROI

By Liz Hall Many organisations are failing to evaluate coaching properly. A fifth of organisations take a “lazy” route, relying on “stories and testimonies to prove value”, said John McGurk, CIPD learning and talent development adviser. “It’s lazy. I think coaching is an enormously productive and powerful intervention but if you can’t defend it, that’s […]

News-in-brief: I

Training must be more ‘experiential’ reveals new report Many coaching and mentoring training programmes in England fail to synthesise training and practice. This was one of the conclusions of a draft report for LifeLong Learning UK (LLUK) from Trends Business Research (TBR), commissioned by the UK Commission for Employment and Skills. Training should be delivered […]

Nike powered by peer coaching

The ‘power of the peer’, senior level buy-in and a self-managed approach helped make Nike’s new management development programme a runaway success. Vikki Matthews, Nike’s European talent planning director, said: “Unless you tap into the power of the peer, you’re sunk. You can hide from … people who work for you but you can seldom […]

Self-help plan gives boost to minority leaders

Some 22 organisations have signed up to a co-coaching initiative for groups under-represented at senior management levels.Participating organisations include BT, HM Revenue & Customs, Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC). Middle managers and team leaders are eligible to join Coaching Squared’s self-managed scheme in the categories: women; black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME), and […]

NHS assessment highlights poor practice

A red flag has been raised on unchecked poor coaching practice, prompting Coaching at Work to join forces with professional bodies to look at this area. The dilemma of what to do when faced with poor practice came up at a recent assessment of coaches by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement (NHSIII) and […]

Stuck on you

Explains how an understanding of attachment theory can be a benefit to leaders Attachment theory can help leaders “develop greater attachment security, bring more coherence to their narratives and find their path to more authentic and mature leadership as a result,” according to David Drake of the Center for Narrative Coaching. Writing in the International […]

The best of the blog

The winners of a coaching bloggers’ contest have been announced Liz Hall Coach training body the School of Mastery (SCM) has announced the winners of its coaching blog contest. Cath Duncan has come in at first place in the Best Coaching Blogs 2009 Contest, followed by Jeanette Maw in second place and Jude Eastman in […]

Professional bodies assess downturn’s impact

EMCC UK, ICF and AC to survey community on impact of recession on coaching and mentoring Liz Hall Three UK-based professional coaching bodies are joining forces to assess how the recession has impacted coaching and mentoring. The initiative has grown out of the Coaching Roundtable- a band of professional bodies in the UK which meets […]