COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017: AQUILINA – TUNE INTO YOUR BODY TO SHOW UP WELL

In many companies, despite well-intentioned efforts, the success of change programmes doesn’t last, often because of a lack of attention to the wisdom of the body and the shape of the organisation, suggested Dr Eunice Aquilina. By Sarah Dale   Dr Aquilina opened the conference by inviting delegates to explore what they noticed in slides of people at work, set to Rag ‘n’ Bone Man’s song, Human, involving the audience as she delivered her message that we need to focus equally on being and doing. In her keynote: ‘Living practices for navigating emergent change’, the author of Embodying Authenticity, said, “The […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2017: MCCAIN CULTURE CHANGE INVESTS IN STAFF BEHAVIOUR

Integrating coaching strategy with business strategy, sponsorship at board level and ensuring ongoing long-term partnerships, have been key success factors in McCain’s pilot coaching-based culture programme. By Nicole Berg The programme, with Starr Consulting, has seen output from factories increase, sales and profit at the Scarborough plant (one of McCain’s largest) rise so significantly that it’s twice won a company award since 2010, and plants dismantle the ‘command & control’ structure, taking out five layers of management and reinstating one. At the global frozen food company, which has 47 manufacturing facilities on six continents, the programme has delivered other benefits […]

COACHING AT WORK AWARDS 2017: THE RESULTS

Our 7th annual Coaching at Work Awards took place in London on 5 July. Coaches and mentors from our growing industry came together to celebrate a year of achieve. Liz Hall reports This year’s Coaching at Work Awards saw Maria Symeon, Steve Ridgley, Claire Breeze, Alison Hodge, Peter Duffell and Carmelina Lawton-Smith win awards for their contributions to the coaching profession. Those highly commended were Ellen Peters, Annette Fillery-Travis, David Clutterbuck and Doug MacKie and Anne Welsh. The awards were announced by editor Liz Hall at a ceremony at the end of the annual Coaching at Work conference in London on […]

EMBRACE THE BEAUTY AND THE BEAST OF DIVERSITY – JACKEE HOLDER: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

In her keynote, Jackee Holder, leadership coach, coach trainer, coach supervisor and creative writing facilitator offered a personal lens on diversity and challenged delegates to question their own assumptions around clients’ and their own stories. By Ros Soulsby   Delegates were invited to name diversity rather than pretend it’s not there, and to challenge how we generalise about each other as coaches and clients. Holder shared her experience as first-generation UK Caribbean, living in London’s Brixton area. She highlighted how perspectives differ with the example that the Brixton ‘riots’ of the 1980s were to her, and her community, a political […]

CROSS-CULTURAL COACHING – RECONCILE THE PAST WITH THE FUTURE: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Jenny Plaister-Ten, director of 10 Consulting, explored the richness and diversity of inter-cultural communication and presented an updated version of her model, the Cross-Cultural Kaleidoscope. By Ros Soulsby   Drawing on seven years of research and being part of an inter-cultural family, Plaister-Ten has distilled her findings into a model and tool for inter-cultural coaching. The intention with the cross-cultural kaleidoscope is to help clients go beyond their stories around culture, reconciling their influences and experiences with the present to get to their true sense of identity, she told delegates at the Coaching at Work annual conference on 5 July […]

EMPLOYEES STRUGGLE TO BE AUTHENTIC AT WORK: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Meetings are a microcosm for how people show up more widely, and it’s easier to come out as homosexual at work than to challenge others in meetings, said Neil Tomalin. By Ros Soulsby   Presenting early findings from his research on authenticity, at the Coaching at Work annual conference on 5 July, Tomalin said, “The microcosm for being genuine and authentic is how you perform at a meeting. It’s the real-time gladiatorial arena.” He said, “Meetings paralyse business and are the absolute test for how organisations reflect their diversity principles. It’s easier to come out as a gay man than […]

OCM 17TH ANNUAL CPD AND SUPERVISION CONFERENCE: 15 JUNE 2017, HOLIDAY INN, OXFORD

Quigong and embodied mindfulness, an open space debate on making your coaching more challenging – these were among the sessions offered at the OCM’s 17th annual conference in Oxford. By Charlotte Bruce-Foulds   The unifying theme of the conference was “Making an Impact – delivering GREAT Coaching & Mentoring consistently and effectively.” Around 85 delegates as diverse in background as the content of the sessions, gathered at the event which is noted for its friendly atmosphere and structure, both conducive to networking. The event is designed for coaches, mentors, supervisors and those with responsibility for implementing great coaching and mentoring in their […]

RELATIONAL TEAM COACHING – DARING TO DANCE ON THE EDGE: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

‘Something’s just happened’, said Georgina Woudstra to open her session at Coaching at Work’s annual conference on 5 July . She went on to share her own experience of taking a relational approach to team coaching, as well as her journey in developing this approach. By Sarah Dale “Presence and awareness are at the heart of this work”, she said. This belief prompted her to use this in real time with the group in inviting them to reflect on the changes in the room as the session started. Her approach involves her working with executive teams by going to their […]

MEASURING MOTIVATION TO BUILD A THRIVING CULTURE AT GROSVENOR: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Carole Gaskell, founder of Full Potential Group (FPG), and Robert Nunn, head of learning and development at Grosvenor, shared insights on how FPG has boosted motivation at Grosvenor, a 300 year old company with a firmly established culture, from both supplier and client perspectives. By Nicole Berg   The session argued that motivation is key to a thriving culture, highlighting how motivations are our inner drivers that determine how we feel and act. Instinctively we may know that optimal performance requires engagement, and thus motivation, and the Hay Group (2015) backs up this assertion. Its research indicates that highly engaged […]

CONTRACTING FOR INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANISATIONAL CHANGE: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Jenny Bird opened the session by sending co-presenter Sarah Gornall’s apologies for her absence, and reflecting on how the conversation between them about this had had its own elements of successful contracting. By Sarah Dale She went on to lead group discussions on what an organisation might want to deliver and change through coaching, as well as consideration of what an individual might want to change through coaching. The issues in successful contracting were brought out through these questions. As Bird reflected on her own experience too, she said that “success is likely to be judged on how well we, […]