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KPMG coach model puts flexibility first

KPMG’s internal coaches are coaching staff into winning business and client engagements. The team of 12 full-time coaches are also looking at how they market their services internally and demonstrate a client-centred approach across the firm. The move is part of a wider, more flexible, business-aligned coaching model. “We’re making sure we are aligned to […]

Forton’s free student initiative gets graduates ‘job fit’

Leadership coaching firm the Forton Group has launched a programme to help university graduates find work. Liz Hall Leadership coaching firm the Forton Group has launched a programme to help university graduates find work. Job fit coincides with the release of a CBI report which found that 35 per cent of students would have taken […]

Coaching can make GOL ‘strategic player’

Coaching can help embed Government Office for London‘s culture change programme Liz Hall The Government Office for London (GOL) internal coaching should be built into the organisation’s learning and development (L&D) and people strategies, says a new study. Coaching has the potential to embed GOL’s new culture change programme 4Ps (Pride, Passion, Professionalism and Pace), […]

Coaching is a business issue, says report

CIPD reports that managers should be supported and encouraged to develop coaching styles. Coaching should be treated as a business, not an HR or L&D, issue Liz Hall Coaching at the sharp end, the CIPD’s study on line management and coaching, was released at the annual HRD conference on 21-23 April. It highlights the major […]

Time to be responsible

Third annual conference of the Association for Professional Executive Coaching & Supervision (APECS) The coach’s time, a time of responsibility and opportunity, has come: this is the theme of the third annual conference of the Association for Professional Executive Coaching & Supervision (APECS). The conference, which will be held at Henley Business School, will look […]

Baby boomer clients want active third age

Describes research into what baby boomers want when they “retire”. Liz Hall Coaches working with workers approaching retirement age should not be surprised if their clients want to carry on working, go travelling or launch a new business, suggests a report. The percentage of people over 65 is expected to double by 2050. Standard Life´s […]

Coaching falls foul of ‘vanilla contracting’

Research showed that organisations needed a new leadership model rather than trying to rely on coaches using the old one to deliver the kind of leaders they required Steve Crabb Coaching suppliers are failing to be challenging enough when they agree contracts with client firms, according to research unveiled at the conference. Lee Sears, strategic […]

Do get your hopes up

A Danish psychologist states that the use of hope theory is key to coaching Applying hope theory to coaching can offer more than a “quantum of solace” as individuals and society battle with the challenges arising in the current troubled times. Danish coaching psychologist Jens Boris Larsen identified hope as a personal quality that is […]

Making meaning in troubling times

Themes of making meaning during this period of economic uncertainty were expressed by several speakers Jennifer Liston-Smith and Alanna O’Broin Different ways of “meaning making” in an uncertain economic environment was a strong theme from the end-of-conference speakers’ panel, as were paths to transformational adult learning. Jens Boris Larsen, a Danish coaching psychologist and chair […]

External coaches may prove ‘inadequate’ in downturn

Warns that companies should review their roster of external coaches to ensure they are still getting valuable quality support from them Veronica Hannon Organisations could be using dangerous coaches, warned David Clutterbuck of Clutterbuck Associates. Speaking at the European HR Directors Business Summit in January, the professor urged 500 HR directors to review their roster […]