BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND: SUPERVISION SPECIAL REPORT

How do coach supervisors respond to ethical dilemmas and tricky issues? In this two-part series, Jonathan Passmore, Eve Turner and Marta Filipiak report on their research The answer my friend is blowin’ in the wind”: songwriter Bob Dylan’s famous lines suggested it’s not hard to do the right thing. Too often people ignore the obvious, because it’s tricky or because making an ethical decision creates unpleasant consequences for them. In this article we explore coach supervisors’ responses to such dilemmas and issues. The article picks up on themes from our previous articles (Turner & Passmore, 2017; Passmore & Turner, 2018) and […]

AN ARTIFICIAL REALITY

Coaching is becoming democratised and our tech is enabling it. Could digital coaches eventually replace human ones? Carol Braddick discusses an alternative future Since the coaching boom of the early 00s, our ‘coaching heroes’ working in HR, talent and L&D have picked their organisation’s spot on the governance spectrum: laissez faire or tight central management? They’ve dealt with pressure to show impact and ROI, and have navigated the maze of coaching certifications and rates. All their work, though, was done for the select few, such as future global leaders. Thousands of employees didn’t ‘get’ a coach. Instead, they got training, […]

COACHING AT WORK AWARD WINNERS 2017

PRESS RELEASE – 11 July 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE A host of movers and shakers received accolades for their contributions to the coaching profession, at this year’s Coaching at Work Awards.   The awards were announced by editor Liz Hall at a ceremony at the end of the annual Coaching at Work conference in London on 5 July, which was then followed by a reception sponsored by Erickson Coaching International to celebrate the awards.   Award winners were given a plaque if they got ‘first `prize’ and a certificate if they came second (Highly commended). A full conference report, with photographs of the […]

AICTP conference: Nash Popovic on the why, how and what of integration

The trend in therapy is towards integrative approaches, and in coaching the question is not if we should integrate practice but what and how, suggested Nash Popovic in his keynote at the Association for Integrative Coach Therapist Professionals’ inaugural conference on 21 January Popovic leads the MSc Applied Positive Psychology and Coaching Psychology at University of East London, and is co-author of Personal Consultancy. His keynote covered some broad spectrum thinking about what integration can mean – are we integrating approaches, models and concepts? He argued that practice may be described along four main dimensions: Being with the client – […]

LEADERSHIP CIRCLES AT SOUTHAMPTON: UNIVERSITY CHALLENGED

A UK university’s novel group coaching initiative is supporting culture change, talent management, and collaborative working, and boosting leaders’ self-awareness too. Eve Turner reports By Eve Turner “We can make our minds so like still water that beings gather about us that they may see, it may be, their own images, and so live for a moment with a clearer, perhaps even with a fiercer life because of our quiet”  WB Yeats (1893)   Ten frazzled leaders turn up to a Circle, as usual dashing between meetings. The energy is low, stress levels seem high and there’s two hours ahead […]

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 […]

CLOSING THE ARABIAN GULF

Coaching in the Middle East is growing in both scale and quality and its key base is in the United Arab Emirates. Paul Cochrane reports from Beirut   The professional coaching sector is booming in the Middle East. Over the past decade the region has become increasingly interconnected in the global business system, and has adopted international standards. This has driven the need for professional coaching and training. But with coaching modelled on US and European norms, there is a need for greater localisation, while more accreditation is necessary to develop further confidence in the fledgling sector. Professional coaching started […]

RESEARCH MATTERS: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ‘BECOME’ A COACH?

The coaching industry continues to establish an identity, so how do those training to be a coach understand their own process of becoming? Coaching practitioner Liam Moore and Juliette Koning of Oxford Brookes University, examine the research As the coaching industry has grown, so has the number of people training to be a coach. However, little is understood about the process of becoming a coach. We feel there is value in exploring this, as the self-reflection inherent in the process could support coaches and coaches-to-be in their continuing professional development (CPD). The following is based on research conducted into what […]

CAN YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? – MULTI-STAKEHOLDER CONTRACTING

Eve Turner and Peter Hawkins consider the impact, benefits and challenges of using multi-stakeholder contracting in a business setting, and offer some top tips to gain maximum value from it By Eve Turner and Peter Hawkins   A common theme had been brought to Eve in supervision: a supervisee had realised that the manager (the coaching sponsor) and their client hadn’t shared the same view on what the coaching was to achieve; there had been a lack of transparency despite a three-way conversation. So the final evaluation had become a challenge and the coach felt caught in the middle. Stories […]

GROUP EFFORT

Internal coaches are in a unique position to bring their experience to bear in groups, supporting dynamic and truthful conversations that lead to organisational change, says Sara Hope As internal coaching becomes more embedded in many organisations, sponsors are increasingly looking for ways of capitalising on the value of employing a cadre of internal coaches. Working with a group is different to a one-to-one coaching relationship, and some may argue it uses a different skillset. It requires an appreciation of one’s self and one’s impact within the system. It takes an exquisite ability to be prepared to question and challenge […]