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Coaching at Work’s Liz Hall receives accolade from coaching community

Coaching at Work’s editor Liz Hall has received an honorary award from the Association for Coaching (AC) for her work in impacting 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 (make a difference) to members of society. The Award is unique in that it purposefully serves to highlight work of a novel or pioneering nature within the wider community.”

Hall, who is a trained coach and an award-winning journalist, said: “I am honoured and thrilled about this recognition for both myself and our readers and colleagues past and present. We believe passionately in coaching and in Coaching at Work playing a role in raising standards, stimulating debate, connecting the diverse sectors of the community, and acting as an independent voice for the profession, furthering and developing coaching – which I believe we can now safely call a profession.”

Hall continued: “This award is truly about the passion, hard work and vision of a whole bunch of us- the editorial team, past and present, including former People Management editor Steve Crabb, who sits on the Coaching at Work editorial advisory board; former colleagues at Coaching at Work’s former owner, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development whose brainchild Coaching at Work was; business partners Professor Stephen Palmer and Kate Thomas; and last but foremost- all the wonderful coaches I have encountered, whose stimulating ideas, commitment, inspiration, friendliness, warmth and integrity have informed this journey all the way.”

AC Global CEO Katherine Tulpa said: “Liz has made a great contribution to the coaching profession – role modelling inclusivity, collaboration, and high standards. In addition to the quality of what she contributes at Coaching at Work – which so many people benefit from – she has actively brought together key shapers in the industry to stimulate thinking and advance coaching, both in the UK and beyond… It is with great honour that the AC gives Liz this well deserved award, which I know is warmly embraced by others!”

Coaching at Work publisher Professor Stephen Palmer said: “Liz Hall deserves this award for her outstanding contribution to the coaching profession. Her hard work, drive and devotion to the field of coaching have benefitted coaches, their clients and the professional bodies around the world. She is an inspirational editor and coach.”

Equip managers to manage change

A report from Henley Business School highlights need to develop middle managers’ leadership skills and ability to manage change.

by Liz Hall

Developing middle managers’ leadership skills along with their ability to manage change are among the top learning & development priorities for organisations in 2010, according to Henley Business School’s Corporate Learning Priorities Survey 2010.

This year will see a significant focus on leadership development – particularly at middle management level, according to respondents. Some 67% of respondents highlight the importance of developing middle managers and the same percentage chose ‘managing change’ as a specific development priority for managers.

Meanwhile, 61% said developing a coaching culture was one of their top five priorities- although only 9% made it number one.

“Softer skills; in leadership styles and in coaching for instance, that bring out the very best in people and facilitate team working have also been a priority,” said Linda Irwin, executive director, corporate development for Henley Business School.

She said both the research, and conversations she has with organisations, show many are planning for the long-term, adopting “a pragmatic, level-headed, measured approach when faced with the tumultuous economic climate we have endured.”

There will also be a focus on high-potentials as they grow and develop to lead their businesses into an uncertain future. The importance of succession planning and attracting new talent are key priorities for 2010, both rising in importance from 2009.

More than half- 53% – stated sustainability is a learning and development (L&D) priority, but 68% ranked it only three to five in their top five priorities. Some 119 people responded to the survey- more than 60% of whom were HR directors, vice-presidents or heads of HR or learning & development in some of the UK’s largest employers.

The three foci of developmental coaching

Tatiana Bachkirova presents on developmental coaching at the British Psychological Society’s Second European Coaching Psychology Conference. By Jennifer Liston-Smith Oxford Brookes University’s Tatiana Bachkirova embraced the wish to clarify and the need to allow complexity in developmental coaching. Presenting at the British Psychological Society’s Second European Coaching Psychology Conference in December, Bachkirova shared a framework to allow developmental coaches to work with sweeping ideas but maintain “a grain of mystery. According to Bachkirova, development is “a combination of changes in the organism manifested in a sustained increased capacity to engage with and influence environment and to look after internal needs […]

Arts-based interventions are a ‘competitive advantage’ in the workplace

Coaches working with business to bring about organisational change and development could do well to introduce arts and culture into their interventions, suggests research by Arts & Business, a charity which sparks partnerships between commerce and culture. The research was carried out by Giovanni Schiuma, an Italian expert on performance management, intellectual capital management and organisational learning. Schiuma maps nine objectives of arts-based initiatives, such as inspiration, environment, investment and transformation. Joanne South, research manager at Arts & Business, who worked with Schiuma, said: “Culture offers processes, insights, energy, skills and expertise that many businesses need to manage and thrive […]

24/7 phone service targets time-poor clients

People development business Inspiring Potential has launched 24/7 phone coaching for busy executives. The service, Inspiring Potential Now!, is staffed all year round by International Coach Federation accredited coaches from all over the world, who have director-level corporate experience. Personal coaching sessions can be booked and paid for online by credit card. Businesses can book a series of sessions up front, issuing credits to employees who can then book sessions at their convenience. The broad spectrum of services includes executive coaching, career development coaching, leadership and management development coaching. According to Inspiring Potential, the coaching is ideal for people who […]

US practitioners suffer as incomes ‘take a dive’

Coaches in the US and Canada have seen their earnings take a dive of up to 14 per cent, suggests research. Income was down 8 per cent for coaches with less than three years’ experience, returning to the levels of two years ago, according to the Sherpa Coaching Survey 2010 Earnings Report. Ten per cent of executive coaches in business for one or two years saw a significant drop in clients, as did 20 per cent of those in business for three to five years. Earnings were flat for coaches in business for five years or more, after a 10 […]

Hull’s inmates use coaching to escape prison

The Hull Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) has launched a trailblazing coaching and mentoring project to tackle the problem of short-term prisoners re-offending. The Minerva Project is the first of its kind in the UK prison service. Funded through One Hull and Working Neighbourhoods Funding and supported by Hull City Council, HMP Hull, Humberside Probation Trust, Humberside Police and the third sector, its aim is to enhance the resettlement process for ex-offenders returning to the City of Hull after a sentence of less than 12 months. Adult males over 21 serving less than 12 months leave the prison with […]

Solaglas is clear ICF winner

ICF Prism Awards 2009 Glass replacement and installation expert Solaglas has won an award for a coaching initiative for frontline managers that reaped a 490 per cent return on investment (ROI). The award-winning initiative also saved the business £797,000 in performance improvement, subcontracting, materials and recruitment costs and in absenteeism. It was the second time a UK organisation has been honoured with the International Coach Federation (ICF) Prism Award – last year the BBC received it. Past winners include SYSCO Food Services of Canada, MCI, University of Texas at Dallas, Verizon Business, NASA and Deloitte. Solaglas was presented with the […]

‘Intensive’ support takes heat off BME recruits

British Psychological Society’s Division of Occupational Psychology annual conference, Brighton, 13-16 January 2010 Selection coaching accelerates diversity, according to a pilot at London Fire Brigade, writes Kisane Prutton, from the BPS’ DOP annual conference. Chartered occupational psychologist Philip Wilson described how the Brigade has used coaching to help people from black and minority ethnic (BME) backgrounds overcome the problems they face when applying for jobs. Potential new BME recruits were offered intensive practice and awareness training and coaching to support preparation for each stage of the fire-fighter selection process. Meanwhile, Kevin Daniels and his colleagues from Loughborough University shared research […]

ICF delegates told: leaders must create a community in the world

Annual International ICF conference, Orlando, Florida, 3-5December 2009 More than 1,200 coaches from around the globe gathered at the ICF’s international conference. The theme was creating communities. “The conference created opportunities for global conversations about the sustainability and future impact of the worldwide coaching community,” said ICF president Giovanna D’Alessio. The three keynote speakers provided different entry points to the theme. Peter Block said the leader’s role is that of creating community in the world and that small groups are able to bring about transformation when invited to join conversations through “personal, ambiguous and anxiety-provoking” questions that invite reflections on […]