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.

RBS targets talent to raise spirits

After news of Royal Bank of Scotland’s (RBS) mismanagement emerged in October 2008, employees had eggs thrown at them and were refused drinks in Edinburgh pubs. The bank’s Group Internal Audit (GIA) division launched a talent coaching programme to re-engage staff after “engagement scores fell off the cliff”, said Stuart Wilson, RBS deputy head of audit for corporate retail and wealth businesses. “Taxi drivers in Edinburgh used to chat when they took you to headquarters. RBS was paying 50 per cent of the tax revenue of Scotland. But from October 2008, if you said you were going to RBS, you […]

Council leaders gear up to coach colleagues

As the nation adjusts to the new government, peer coaching is set to take local politics by storm. The UK’s Local Government Leadership Centre (LGLC) has pledged to train council leaders to coach newly appointed colleagues, following the success of a two-year pilot with the Tavistock Institute of Human Relations. “From our perspective, the pilot’s been a great success and we’re making a clear commitment to roll it out. People value it tremendously and it makes them better at what they do,” said Joe Simpson, LGLC director of politics and partnerships. “Politicians deal with the space of uncertainty, they deal […]

Get tough on management bullies

Executive coaches have a role to play in challenging bullying behaviour that is rife in senior management, suggests research. Seventy nine per cent of respondents to a survey by International Conflict Management Forum (ICMF) recognise bullying as a common senior management style. Eighty per cent had witnessed bullying at all management levels – half of them on a regular basis. The survey, which was carried out in February and March among coaches, HR professionals, managers and other professionals, reveals that not only are bullies and narcissists very successful at climbing to the top of the corporate tree, but many consider […]

First NE council coaches earn their stripes

Local authorities in the northeast of England are soon to have access to a pool of 100 public sector leaders offering executive coaching. The first cohort of a coach training programme designed especially for public sector leaders in the northeast has just completed their learning, with participants forming a pool of coaches for peers in the region. Designed and delivered by Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University, the advanced diploma in Leadership and Performance Coaching programme will see 100 senior leaders across 15 local councils and fire services qualify as coaches. The programme is funded by the North East Improvement and […]

What you’re saying online

We’re building a solid international presence online on various social media platforms – here’s another taster of what’s being said Should coaching be regulated in the UK? Since our last issue, there’s been a shift away from voters wanting government-regulated coaching to voting for regulation by professional body/ies. YES, by the government: 12% (56% last issue) YES, by professional body/ies: 48% (22% last issue) NO, it should be self-regulated: 40% (22% last issue) What do you think? Cast your vote at http://poll.fm/1khus Regulation of any profession starts with good intentions. It is often said that it helps create a quality […]

BACP bridges coaching gap

The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) has launched a coaching division. It aims to offer support and relevant benefits for BACP members who work as coaches, as well as counsellors and psychotherapists. It has been created because it was recognised that, although a number of BACP members work with coaching, there are no specific supportive structures in place for them within the BACP. The BACP hopes the division will offer a vehicle for members to affiliate, network and develop their own practices, as well as allow external collaboration with other coaching bodies. The chair of the division is […]

Editor wins Association for Coaching award

Coaching at Work editor Liz Hall has received an honorary award from the Association for Coaching (AC) for her work in the coaching profession. Hall received the AC’s award for Impacting (Leadership/External Focus) Service to the Wider Community for 2010-11 at the association’s annual conference on 11-12 March in London. The award “recognises the work of an individual or as part of a group or collective that have/are clearly delivering and demonstrating ethically the benefits coaching-based relationships deliver into the wider community”. “The individual ideally is identified as pioneering the development and use of coaching-based philosophies that significantly benefit members […]

Coaching on the rise

Liz Hall Some 82% of organisations use coaching but only a third evaluate it. Coaching take-up is higher than ever and is consistent across sectors, according to the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development´s (CIPD) 2010 Learning & Development (L&D) Survey. The shift towards more in-house coaching provision continues, with 56% of organisations offering coaching by line managers whilst 51% of organisations believe such coaching provision to be the most effective L&D intervention (up from 47% last year). Of those who use coaching, only 36% have a system to evaluate it. These include collecting post-course evaluations (58%), individuals´ testimonies (56%), […]

Schools mind their business

Mindfulness training rolls out in secondary schools by Liz Hall Mindfulness training could soon form part of curricula in secondary schools across the UK. Next month (May), schools in Oxfordshire are set to trial a mindfulness course for both pupils and teachers, building on the success of pilots in Tonbridge, Charterhouse and Hampton schools. Last month´s National Conference on Mindfulness in Schools attracted a range of eminent mindfulness experts, including Professor Felicia Huppert, director of The Wellbeing Institute, Cambridge University, and advisor to the Department of Health on its new public mental health and well-being strategy. Huppert presented results of […]


by Liz Hall The Institute of Human Excellence’s third Australasian Executive Coaching Summit in Sydney on 23-24 March attracted coaches and speakers from Australasia and the UK. Representing coaching interests in Europe were Sir John Whitmore, Liz Macann, head of executive coaching at the BBC and Carol Wilson of Performance Coach Training and head of professional standards at the Association for Coaching. Wilson and Macann discussed two of the hottest topics in UK coaching circles: accreditation and supervision, sharing with coaches from Down Under the issues, arguments and progress on these fronts in the UK. Macann asked whether supervision is […]