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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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. […]

Notes to Self

Jackee Holder has kept a journal of her day-to-day life for the past 25 years. It’s her safe space, her place to vent. It also enhances her ability to really show up as an executive coach. Clients and supervisors can feel the benefits, too.

Over 25 years, I have filled close to 100 notebooks with thoughts, reflections, experiences, inspirations, ideas and aspirations. My journal has been a safe and confidential space, devoid of judgment, in which to vent, to rage, siphon off fears and daily dramas and all the things that get in the way of us showing up.

Journal writing is like playing the violin, as writer Kim Stafford describes in her book, The Pen and the Bell: “a violin played every day will keep the vibrations of the music in its body, even while lying still and silent. If it is not played every day, the vibrations dissipate and the wood grows lifeless.”

In my work as an executive coach and coach trainer, journal writing is an integral part of my continuing personal and professional development.
It’s a practice that I believe can benefit coaches, coach supervisors and clients.

Journal writing activates reflection – the ability to step back and pose an enquiry or questions about why things are done in a particular way, and then come to a better understanding of self in the process.

Research from the University of Minnesota showed that workers who write down the day’s events in the office experience a lowering of stress levels and blood pressure. They also experience improvements around physical symptoms and mental health, and the ability to switch off from work, for example (Metro, 2013).

Into focus

Self-management is arguably even more important for internal coaches, says Sara Hope, in the third in our series of columns on internal coaching/mentoring What sponsors desire most is value for money from their internal coaching. My research in the internal coaching space, plus my own experience, suggests that how internal coaches manage their boundaries and […]