Research matters: have you got the moves?

Many coaches use rituals in preparation for their work, but could the cathartic nature of rituals help clients move through pain, too, asks Dr Angélique du Toit, senior lecturer, Sheffield Business School It is evident from conversations I have had with many coaches that everyone has their own particular ritual they engage in before a […]

Research matters: Martini moments

What does ‘any time, any place, anywhere’ look like in a coaching conversation, asks Stephanie Sturges, senior lecturer, Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit (CMRU), Sheffield Business School.

A number of years ago, my colleague and I were exploring with a group of coaches how coaching might be transferred into the workplace, where and when it might be appropriate to coach and how to assist in the development of a coaching culture.

We explored the notion of coaching ‘any time, any place, anywhere’, or as one coaching student termed it, a ‘Martini Moments’ approach to creating coaching culture.

Research matters: A satisfied customer?

How can we measure the impact of managerial coaching on the end user – the customer? Is it even possible, asks Paul Stokes, Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit (CMRU), Sheffield Business School. At a recent coaching & mentoring research day at Sheffield Hallam University, there was an interesting discussion about evaluating coaching and mentoring work. […]

Research matters: Get into your comfort zone

Does where we hold our coaching interactions have an impact on their quality and outcomes? Rob Kemp, coach and associate lecturer, University of Derby, investigates the myriad spaces we engage in.

Reflecting on my own experiences of coaching locations, I became curious: how active were my choices, and clients’ choices, of where to hold the coaching conversation – and what impact might those choices have on what the interaction feels like and does?

Being unsatisfied with my own thoughts, and my own knowledge in this area, I embarked on a search for inspiration and guidance from other coaches, practitioners and academics. Finding nothing specifically coaching/mentoring focused, I widened the net to look at therapy and other sorts of conversations.

Research: radical coaching vs groupthink?

Collusion to preserve corporate ideology contributed to the credit crisis. Could critical coaching prevent such thinking, asks Dr Angélique du Toit, of the Coaching and Mentoring Unit at Sheffield Hallam University The notion of ‘groupthink’ is not new – we were first introduced to the concept by Janis (1972;1982). One of the major symptoms of […]

Research matters

How can clients contribute more? Coaches must let conversations find their path and help clients develop the skills to reflect on them, says David Clutterbuck, visiting professor, Coaching and Mentoring Research Unit, Sheffield Business School Inexperienced coaches often tend to feel they have to keep the conversation going, which puts them in the driving seat. […]

Right here, right now

How can we be fully present for our clients when so many coaching models focus on the past – or the future, asks Vivien Whitaker, visiting research fellow, Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit, Sheffield Business School Being truly present is crucial for effective coaching. Yet many coaching models tend to take us into the past, […]

RESEARCH ROUNDUP

Easy decision? Think again People often assume difficult decisions are more important than easy ones, according to research published in the Journal of Consumer Research. The paper looked at why people tend to take so long choosing everyday items, such as sandwiches. The researchers from the universities of Florida and Pennsylvania, said that we confuse […]

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I see where you’re coming from Should you trust your intuition? Watch out, say Lis Merrick, senior lecturer at Sheffield Business School and Paul Stokes, deputy director of the Coaching & Mentoring Research Unit at Sheffield Hallam University At the last European Mentoring and Coaching Council (EMCC) conference in Paris, we ran a session on […]