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.

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 i-coach academy for the NHS coach register. “We came across some evidence of poor practice – and where is the boundary of keeping that confidentiality to the process? It was a dilemma,” said Susan Mortlock, head of board development for the NHSIII, speaking at the […]

Stuck on you

Explains how an understanding of attachment theory can be a benefit to leaders Attachment theory can help leaders “develop greater attachment security, bring more coherence to their narratives and find their path to more authentic and mature leadership as a result,” according to David Drake of the Center for Narrative Coaching. Writing in the International Coaching Psychology Review, 4( 1), he noted that 55 per cent of children are “securely attached”. “Given that these children are the workers and leaders of tomorrow, it is imperative that we take notice of what this figure means for our organisations.”

The best of the blog

The winners of a coaching bloggers’ contest have been announced Liz Hall Coach training body the School of Mastery (SCM) has announced the winners of its coaching blog contest. Cath Duncan has come in at first place in the Best Coaching Blogs 2009 Contest, followed by Jeanette Maw in second place and Jude Eastman in third place (see list of the top ten below). The SCM teaches the International Association of Coaching (IAC)’s Coaching Masteries programme. It sponsored the blogging contest to help its students make the most of what the Internet has to offer in marketing terms. The SCM […]

Professional bodies assess downturn’s impact

EMCC UK, ICF and AC to survey community on impact of recession on coaching and mentoring Liz Hall Three UK-based professional coaching bodies are joining forces to assess how the recession has impacted coaching and mentoring. The initiative has grown out of the Coaching Roundtable- a band of professional bodies in the UK which meets regularly to collaborate and discuss issues of common relevance. “In the face of the current economic conditions, EMCC UK is joining with ICF and the Association for Coaching to survey as wide a cross section as possible of the coaching and mentoring community to establish […]

Pinna and LSN to help businesses in North West

PINNA and LSN are to roll out a leadership development programme for small businesses in the North West. Liz Hall The partnership consisting of Preston-based coaching firm Pinna and not-for-profit education-sector training consultancy LSN is one of 13 training providers/partnerships delivering the £9.5 million programme LEAD (Leading Enterprise and Development), aimed at helping 2000 businesses across the Northwest over the next three years. PINNA will be delivering coaching and action learning as well as business master classes to companies two days a month over a 10 month period. The programme has been designed by the North West Regional Development Agency […]

Internal coaching at Logica hits new highs

Logica CMG is raising the bar for its internal coaching, introducing a set of global standards and requirements for its 50 coaches. The international IT and business services organisation has revamped its internal coaching strategy to better align coaching with the business to ensure it delivers business improvements, to equip leaders with a coaching style and to improve coaches’ professionalism. Under its new framework, coaches are required to be more business aligned, accredited to an agreed level before practising, and to receive regular supervision. 121partners will still be Logica’s strategic coaching partner. Mark Waight, group director of coaching, said: “This […]

Employee engagement is a priority for firms in global downturn

Coaching is emerging as a favoured cost-effective way to motivate and engage staff in the current climate. Liz Hall The downturn is prompting firms to increase their focus on engaging staff, suggests research by Hay Group and WorldatWork. Sixty per cent plan to focus more on career and development opportunities in the future, according to the Reward next practices survey, which surveyed 763 organisations in 66 countries to determine their planned reward practices. John McGurk, CIPD adviser, learning, training and development, said: “Coaching is the ultimate engagement intervention for testing times.” On 9 June, the CIPD held a joint conference […]

Lessons from beyond the glass ceiling

New research shows what coaches are focusing upon with their senior female clients and what lessons they have learnt through coaching them. As a number of reports have highlighted recently, women are still under-represented at senior levels in many organisations1. Many books about leadership and diversity recommend mentoring and coaching as useful interventions to help women break through into the higher echelons of the management structure. Until now, however, little research has been conducted specifically into what coaches are focusing upon with their senior female clients and what lessons they have learnt through coaching them. Louise Sheppard’s research in the […]

Henley launches MSc in coaching and behavioural change

Henley Business School is introducing an MSc in coaching and behavioural change this autumn. Liz Hall The programme will emphasise the organisational context for coaching and incorporate an MBA-style management challenge. It is aimed at independent executive coaches, line managers using coaching and managers seeking to build a business-focused coaching culture in their organisations. On completion, participants will understand the dynamics of individual, team and organisational coaching relationships; be able to act as coach supervisors; and be able to call on problem-solving skills, which facilitate coaching of senior managers. The aim is also for participants to grasp the psychological processes […]

Equality bill brings maternity coaching to the forefront

Maternity coaching looks set to become more widespread as employers gear up to level the playing field for women, in anticipation of the equality bill coming into force in autumn 2010. Liz Hall The bill will replace a number of other laws, including the Sex Discrimination Act 1975 and the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, and it will put a new “equality duty” on public bodies. Jennifer Liston-Smith, co-founder and coaching and research director of consultancy Managing Maternity, predicted a rise in maternity coaching. “If the equality bill becomes law, it will affect both the private and public sector, but public-sector […]