RESEARCH MATTERS: TEAM COACHING – TRIALS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Dr Judie Gannon and Sue Fontannaz from the International Centre for Coaching & Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University reflect on the academic and practitioner debates around team coaching While team coaching continues to receive more attention in the practitioner media, the empirical evidence for this area of coaching remains relatively thin. Team coaching is seen to mirror many of the challenges faced, decades earlier, by individual coaching. Opportunities to research team coaching are rare, ways of investigating (through appropriate research methodologies) team coaching are challenging and the diversity of existing studies means clear comparisons between them, to comment effectively […]

RESEARCH MATTERS – THE GROW MODEL: WHY WE SHOULD DISCARD BLUEPRINTS

The GROW model, as developed by Alexander and popularised by Whitmore, is deceptively simple, and this has led to a number of criticisms. But are they justified? Elaine Cox and Glenn Wallis come to the model’s defence Alexander and Renshaw (2005) described the process of developing the GROW model through their analysis of audio and video tapes of what occurred in Alexander’s coaching sessions in the 1980s and 90s. Previously, Alexander had not thought about the structure of his sessions, but knew from clients’ feedback that the process worked. To complement the analysis of taped sessions, neurolinguistic programming practitioners witnessed […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: SELF-DECEPTION – WHO ARE WE KIDDING?

Tatiana Bachkirova, professor of coaching psychology and director of the International Centre for Coaching and Mentoring Studies at Oxford Brookes University, discusses her research on self-deception in coaches I have been fascinated with the phenomenon of self-deception for a long time since noticing that I am quite capable of deceiving myself. It is also impossible to imagine that self-deception would not influence, at least in some way, the coaching process. Observant coaches may notice our clients sometimes deceive themselves, for example, about their status and prospects in the organisation, not noticing ‘the bad news’ to stay in the comfort zone. […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: LEADERSHIP TRANSITION COACHING IN THE NHS

Newly appointed senior NHS leaders must provide top-quality patient care within ever tightening budgetary constraints. Support is crucial if they are to succeed. Anne Gill and Dr Adrian Myers consider the contribution coaching can make The challenges confronting chief executives and senior leaders in the NHS are daunting even for the best and most experienced of leaders. Such challenges include providing high quality patient care within strict financial constraints, responding to increasing demands on their services and delivering transformational change while operating under intense scrutiny from the public, the media and the regulators (Rose, 2015; Timmins, 2016; Janjua, 2014). For […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: THE FORGOTTEN CUSTODIANS

The benefits of mentoring and coaching have never been so widely accepted, but do we recognise and value the skills and knowledge of those who develop and operate our mentoring schemes and coaching programmes, and what do we know about mentoring scheme and coaching programme coordinators’ development needs? Dr Judie Gannon, examines the research and identifies where we need to focus our attention Growing recognition of coaching and mentoring has been evident across learning and development surveys and research in recent decades (Washington & Cox, 2016; CIPD, 2015). In terms of mentoring, the evidence points towards increases in formal mentoring […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: COACHING WOMEN AT WORK

Claudia Filsinger, lecturer at Oxford Brookes Business School, Trudy Delamare and Christine Vitzthum, student researchers as part of the MA in Coaching and Mentoring Practice at Oxford Brookes Business School, summarise recent research findings on coaching women at work   Organisations increasingly introduce gender diversity targets and coaching for female staff. This article reviews relevant research by seniority and subsequently the lens of life transitions. Gender diversity policy was initially focused on increasing female non-executive board members. Recently this has broadened to executive board members and their direct reports (Hampton-Alexander Review, 2016). Initial interventions in organisations concentrated on preparing female […]

RESEARCH MATTERS – MAKING ETHICAL DECISIONS: AN EVALUATION AND A PROPOSITION

Dr Ioanna Iordanou of Oxford Brookes University Business School and author of Values and Ethics in Coaching, discusses the challenges of Codes of Ethics and proposes a systemic approach to an ethical coaching practice Over the past two decades, coaching has seen global exponential growth. Yet, unlike other relevant ‘helping’ professions, such as medicine, nursing, social work and psychology, coaching continues to remain largely unregulated. As a result, ethical standards of professional practice are primarily self-imposed and no coach is obliged to comply with any specific code of ethics if he or she does not wish to do so (Iordanou […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: RESEARCHING THE COACHING SPACE

As coaches we take an empty space and call it coaching, but what is that empty space and how does it work? Dr Elaine Cox of the International Centre for Coaching & Mentoring Studies, Oxford Brookes University, shares her findings By Dr Elaine Cox   Theatre creator Peter Brooks argues that he could “take an empty space and call it a bare stage. A man walks across his empty space whilst someone else is watching him, and this is all I need for an act of theatre to be engaged” (Brooks, 1995, p5). As coaches, we take an empty space […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: COACHING IN THE UNDERGRADUATE BUSINESS SCHOOL CURRICULUM

Dr Ioanna Iordanou, senior lecturer HRM (Coaching and Mentoring), Oxford Brookes University, discusses the potential benefits of incorporating the study and practice of coaching in undergraduate business education The increasing cost – both financial and emotional – of a university degree has shifted higher education students’ priorities towards networking and personal branding. As a result, in recent years, intellectual growth has played second fiddle to employability and securing a good job after graduation (Glenn, 2011). This attitude is particularly prominent in the sphere of business education, where the curriculum has been progressively prioritising employability and rationality skills over creativity and […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: HRM – THREE WAYS TO MAKE A STRATEGIC DIFFERENCE

How can coaching support business strategy? Examining the role human resource management (HRM) plays in organisations will help put coaching in context, says Adrian Myers, senior lecturer at Oxford Brookes University   There are three ways in which human resource management (HRM) can support business strategy according to Torrington et al (2014): the “universalist”, “best fit” and “resource-based” approaches. In the case of the universalist approach, the assumption is made that a range of HR practices (eg, employee involvement programmes, team-based work and training and development) are always likely to lead to high performance, irrespective of the competitive context or […]