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.

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 […]

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 […]