COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2019: THE RESULTS ARE IN

A host of coaching and mentoring practitioners received accolades for their contributions in the 2019 Coaching at Work Awards, in what was one of the toughest years for judging given the high quality of those nominated. The winners were: Jonathan Passmore, Eve Turner and Marta Filipiak(Best Article/s) Charmaine Kwame (Internal Coaching/Mentoring Champion) Jeremy Gomm (External Coaching/Mentoring Champion) Peter Welch (Contributions to Coaching Supervision) Fiona Adamson (Lifetime Achievement) David Gray (Posthumous Lifetime Achievement). Gray’s son, Dan Gray, accepted the award and gave a moving speech. Gina Lodge, CEO at coach training and consultancy business, the Academy of Executive Coaching (AoEC), announced […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 3 JULY, LONDON: MENTAL HEALTH: IS A MEDICAL MODEL THE ANSWER?

By Kate McGuire Can we coach the person, not the disorder? That was the question posed by Ewan Hilton, chief executive of Gofal, the leading mental health and wellbeing charity in Wales. In a session with Linda Aspey, his coach, Hilton said the predominant paradigm defines mental health on a medical model but it might be more appropriate to view mental health as a spectrum, with medical sickness at one end and a trauma-based way of understanding distress at the other. Hilton quoted a former chair of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), Dr Allen Frances, who […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE, 3 JULY, LONDON: PINSENT MASONS ANCHORS COACHING TO BUSINESS

By Nicole Berg Anchoring coaching to a business context, taking care to position it appropriately, understanding and making use of key influencers, and choosing the right coaches – these were among the key success factors in creating a coaching culture at Pinsent Masons. Partner development coach Sophie Turner shared how her idea back in 2006 of bringing a coaching approach to the international law firm began to gain traction when it was coupled with the introduction of a “purpose-led approach to business”. At a steering committee on the purpose-led approach that included a senior partner, Turner proposed coaching to win […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 3 JULY, LONDON: USE TRUTH FRAMEWORK TO UNPICK CONVERSATIONS

By Kate McGuire Speaking and listening are personal and organisational imperatives, and the consequences of conversational habits can be profound, far-reaching and potentially highly damaging. This was the view offered by Professor Megan Reitz of Hult Ashridge Business School, opening this year’s Coaching At Work conference, where she outlined the findings of her latest research, ‘Speaking Truth to Power’. Reitz’s research shows that 8% of people know something that would harm their organisation if it came out, yet have not spoken up. Some 38% don’t offer ideas they believe could improve their organisation’s performance. Reitz believes it is important to […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 3 JULY, LONDON: NHS TRUST SCHEME EMPOWERS PHARMACY TRAINEES

By Adina Tarry Royal Surrey County Hospital (RSCH) NHS Trust has introduced a coaching initiative to lift morale, support staff wellbeing and improve performance. The initiative consists of an initial one-to-one coaching programme for pharmacy trainees, then a four-week inter-professional pilot programme. Prior to the introduction of the initiative, pharmacy trainees had no access to regular coaching or mentoring, were disengaged, lacked resilience and weren’t empowered to support their own learning and development, delegates heard. Trainees’ overall mood, engagement and effectiveness had not been as high as hoped for, said internal coaches, Nicola Arnold, associate director for learning & organisational […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 3 JULY, LONDON: HOLD THE SPACE WHEN COACHING ENTREPRENEURS

Coaching at work annual conference 3 July, London By Kate McGuire Ever considered offering 15-minute coaching sessions? That was the reality faced by Lena Gustafsson in conversation with a potential entrepreneurial client who believed he didn’t have time for longer sessions. In the moment, she decided to “meet him where he is” and offer “laser coaching”, which would be fast but not deep. Over time, the client began to recognise that some of Gustafsson’s more challenging questions couldn’t be examined or solved in 15-minute bursts. He began asking for more time. This was just one of the challenges outlined by […]

COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2019: THE RESULTS

There was plenty of cause for celebration on 3 July at the Coaching at Work Awards ceremony in London. It was another tough year for judging, with many deserving people on the shortlists to choose from. The ceremony took place after the Coaching at Work annual conference at the Holiday Inn, Bloomsbury. One of the highlights was the acceptance speech of David Gray’s Posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award by his son, Dan Gray. The awards reception was sponsored by the Academy of Executive Coaching.   The process Coaching at Work team pulls together a shortlist of nominees in consultation with leaders […]

COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE, 3 JULY, 2019 – HALOS AND HORNS AND TIME TO THINK

HALOS AND HORNS Eve Turner together with Natasha Maw and Gregor Findley, presented Turner’s tool Halos and Horns, about our assignment of values and biases in our interaction with others, and the exploration of this unconscious process, when reflected on. Guided by a method of questions and answers, the tool is designed to reveal trends and patterns of thinking that we, as practicing coaches, may not be aware of, in relation to our clients and also our own preferences and prejudices. Attendees were invited to take part in individual and group work, by completing a personal table of answers first, […]

COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE, 3 JULY, 2019 – THE EARTHQUAKE, THE CHASM AND THE PUZZLE

By Nicole Berg I overheard a conversation today between a cyclist and a motorist – the latter was a worker for a social housing provider. The cyclist’s path took him up to the window of the company van, and he motioned to get the driver’s attention. The cyclist asked the driver if he could please turn off the vehicle’s engine, as he lived there. We all live here – on this earth, and that is the best reason I can think of to start changing the way we do things. This exchange made me feel delighted and hopeful, until I […]

WHICH ARE THE PRIORITIES AND CHALLENGES FOR COACH SUPERVISION?

The 8th International Conference in Coaching Supervision, 11 May, Oxford Having a clear definition of coaching supervision, sharing best practice, embedding supervision into coach training, and researching the impact of supervision on both coaches and wider stakeholders- these are the key challenges and priorities for the field of coaching supervision. This was the consensus around priorities for challenges and next steps among some 40 coach supervisor delegates at a session held at the 8th International Conference on Coaching Supervision held at Oxford Brookes University on 11 May. The delegates were invited by Peter Hawkins, Carol Whitaker and Kristina Crabbe to […]