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.

AoEC joins space crew on mission to test sociomapping

The Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), several UK central and local government organisations and a space crew simulating a mission to Mars are among those exploring team dynamics using Team Sociomapping. At the Division of Occupational Psychology conference on 13 January in Brighton, Tomas Srb from QED Group will present the results of the pilot of the high-profile Mars 500 research project. “This project, which explores relationships in the team as well as the influence and impact of support provided to the team by mission control, will have direct implications for coaching practice,” said Pauline Willis, director of Lauriate, Team […]

AC polls coaches on regulation

Most coaches favour internal rather than external regulation of the profession, suggests a straw poll at an Association for Coaching (AC) debate on 16 November. The ‘Regulation Debate’ was held because the government recently moved to regulate counselling and psychotherapy, and some believe the spotlight will now fall on coaching. Coaches heard from panellists including Alison Whybrow, former chair of the British Psychological Society’s (BPS) Special Group in Coaching Psychology; David Lane, research director of the International Centre for the Study of Coaching at Middlesex University; and Mike O’Farrell, CEO of the British Acupuncture Council and part of the Joint […]

Ridicule, violent opposition, self-evidence – the path to coaching acceptance

Coaching is an art, a craft and a complex act of intellectual, emotional and conversational plate-spinning, Kim Morgan told conference delegates. “Think how many plates you spin as a coach, including hearing the unsaid as well as the said, creating a coaching alliance and managing boundaries, listening with rigour and with silence, watching with curiosity, and staying outside their reality,” said Morgan, founder of training provider Barefoot Coaching. She said coaches should think of themselves as becoming masters of an exquisite new craft. She quoted Arthur Schopenhauer as saying that truth passes through three phases: first being ridiculed, second being […]

Positive psychology is prime tool for change

Around two-thirds of clients are in distress, according to a study on positive psychology in coaching. This approach helps clients refuel their energy to get on with their lives, stimulates action to progress, and is a constructive tool for change, said Lucy Ryan, presenting the results of her action research study at the annual European Mentoring and Coaching Council conference in Amsterdam in November, writes Liz Hall. Ryan said using language such as ‘happiness’, ‘gratitude visits’ and ‘random acts of kindness’ makes positive psychology hard to sell into business. “It needs a language of its own. You need to treat […]

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 per cent, against 9.2 per cent seeing a downturn. Are coaches too optimistic? No, it seems not. They cite the key issues likely to affect their income in the next 12 months as: need to market and network (17.3 per cent); quantifying ROI (3.4 per […]

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 to see both coaches and coachees develop”; “she is both a thinker and a real ‘doer’ rather than an academic or theorist, and isn’t tied to the belief that only coaching which is practiced along ‘pure’ lines can add value in organizations. Her pragmatic approach, […]

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 should look to other disciplines such as training, adult education, mentoring, HR, management, well-being, and psychology, agreed the group of 20 coaching researchers from 12 countries. Other items worthy of further development included outcome measures for team coaching and process measures for effective supervision, according […]

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 coaching the soul.  Developmental coaching acknowledges a limited role of the conscious self and is explicit in its intent to coach the whole individual even where the coaching goals are specific, said Bachkirova. Developmental coaches might typically help their clients learn to trust their “elephant” […]

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 fine for a coaching conversation to go beyond work issues because personal issues can directly affect work performance (45%), it’s important to be holistic (29%) and people’s pasts shape their present (26%). Some 43% discussed family situation/relationship issues and 36% work-life balance. Other issues included […]

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 and Development has become a benchmark for the developing practice of coaching supervision. Hawkins works globally with organisations advising on coaching strategy and is writing a book on this subject to be published in autumn 2010. He is also writing a book on systemic team […]