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.

Palmer joins SCP as hon president

Describes the appointment of Stephen Palmer as honorary president at the Society for Coaching Psychology. The Society for Coaching Psychology (SCP) has appointed Stephen Palmer as honorary president. The SCP was set up in 2008 to offer coaching psychologists routes to international accreditation and certification. Palmer said: “I will endeavour to support the rapidly developing profession of coaching psychology around the world through my work as an ambassador of the society”. Palmer is founder director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at City University and the director of the Centre for Coaching. He is also publisher of Coaching at Work, co-editor […]

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 ICF responded by apologising for not communicating its credentialing work clearly and opening up its plans for debate. It is gathering input from coaches via tele-calls, email (isocomments@coachfederation.org) and the ICF’s blog (Coachfederation.org/blog). It will also host a forum at its conference in December.

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 the Association for Coaching (AC), the European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) and the International Coach Federation (ICF), which teamed up to assess the impact of the recession on its joint membership and on practice. The key reasons for the growth include coaching being seen […]

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 to take a back seat and his son Ed now runs the OCM, although he remains as its non- executive chairman. Parsloe, however, told Coaching at Work that he is enjoying his retirement, acting as a volunteer coach-mentor to colleagues. He is also taking an […]

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 a client about inappropriate behaviour – such as harassment – by someone in the organisation but the coach having to maintain confidentiality. “The results provide a vivid picture of the dilemmas internal coaches are facing today. They also highlight the range of arrangements organisations are […]

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 a real concern,” said McGurk, presenting the findings of the CIPD’s Taking the temperature of coaching survey, carried out among 600 respondents this summer. Only 3 per cent of the 600 respondents evaluate return on investment (ROI), 8 per cent return on expectation while a […]

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 differently, with outcomes directly applied so training is experiential, said the report. “Training is currently context-based where coaching is seen as a skill to be looked for but in reality it is more complex than that.” Key priorities in the report include: Professional bodies working […]

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 hide from those who work with you. “Learning is intensely personal so anything like coaching will be so much more powerful than shoving someone in a classroom and throwing information at them.” The programme was positioned as a premium product and was “the biggest deal […]

Three-quarters of coaches have alternative incomes, says survey

The average coach earned £30,000 for their services in the past 12 months – but coaching was not the only source of income for 77 per cent of them. These were just some of the results from Meyler Campbell’s 2009 Business of Coaching survey. It also revealed that 70 per cent of coaches have fewer than 10 clients at any one time. Sixty per cent of coaching assignments were paid for by organisations, with 22 per cent being funded by individuals for themselves – a similar result to the 2008 survey. Less than 50 per cent of coaches were asked […]

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 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT). It will soon be opened up to those with disabilities too. Mairi McHaffie, director of Coaching Squared, said: “The benefits for employers include investing in positive action, easy access to a number of cross-sector organisations, employee engagement and helping […]