GSK PROGRAMME BOOSTS TALENTED FEMALE LEADERS

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London With the number of women above director level within GSK growing at only 1% a year, it would take 21 years for women to reach parity with men. However, a specialised internal coaching programme is successfully speeding up the process. The Accelerating Difference programme is the brainchild of Sally Bonneywell, GSK vice president, coaching. Since the introduction of the programme, Bonneywell says there have been shifts in attitudes from male leaders who are increasingly open to recruiting a higher percentage of women. Some 59% of the women have […]

DOWNEY: LET’S NURTURE THE GENIUS IN EACH OF US

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London After decades of coaching in the corporate world Myles Downey asked himself: “What have I done? I’ve helped more people to be compliant in their lives rather than expressed.” The Enabling Genius Project he led was driven by the realisation that the people he and others were working with needed to get to the “upper limits of their potential”. Traditional coaching worked up to a point, he said, but it needed more. Believing there is genius in everyone, Downey, founder of the School of Coaching, suggested that coaches […]

SOUTHAMPTON UNI ROLLS OUT LEADERSHIP CIRCLES

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London How do you teach ‘esteemed professors’ to be leaders, to be collaborative and work with professional service colleagues? You don’t. You create an environment for them to teach themselves.”   So said coach and coach supervisor Eve Turner at her session on the Leadership Circles initiative rolled out at Southampton University. Participants report that meetings across the university have changed; new ideas have emerged; respect has increased, allowing equality of contribution; Circle members have been promoted to top-tier leadership, and there is more collaboration and a greater understanding of […]

WHEN DID YOU LAST FEEL GRASS?

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London In an inspirational keynote address on Complexity, Contradiction, Connection and Collaboration, Anthony Kasozi used the power of story-telling to encourage his audience to think more deeply about their way of “being” as coaches for the 21st Century: to share more of their own identity, to create intimacy, hold on to contradiction, to lean in and to partner clients for the longer term. Kasozi shared some of his own identity through the meanings of the names his parents gave him; the rituals they passed on to him and the […]

WE NEED COMPASSION, SAYS HALL

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London   “In order to blossom, we need the mud,” said Liz Hall, reminding delegates that crisis can enable people to grow, learn and transform. It requires us to be brave and foster the resources we need for this. Being critical and judgemental undermines our abilities to do just that. However, in VUCA conditions, the tendency to be critical and judgemental, towards ourselves and others, often increases. Hall led participants in several mindful self-compassion exercises which seek to acknowledge and calm this inclination, and can be used by us […]

THE ‘F WORD’

Coaching At Work Annual Conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London In her keynote address on The Power of Positive Psychology, Dr Suzy Green said that in a VUCA world, the ‘F word’ is key – we need to be “flourishing”. To be flourishing we need to be at the high end of the mental health spectrum, with high engagement (or goal striving). Most of us are in moderate mental health – and then we face a VUCA (Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, Ambiguity) world. How can we respond? Green reminded us that positive emotions create an upward spiral, citing Broaden […]

LET’S DO IMPROV

Coaching at Work annual conference 2016, 6 July, Holiday Inn Bloomsbury, London What has improvisation got to do with coaching? So asked coach, facilitator and founder of the More Fool Us comedy improvisation team, Paul Z Jackson, in an engaging workshop on eight ways to improvise as a coach, based on his ‘Lifepass’ model. In a VUCA world coaches and clients alike don’t know what’s coming. No two coaching sessions are identical either as no two conversations are identical. For a coach to acknowledge this can be powerful. Not knowing enables the coach (and client) to engage with full curiosity. […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL AWARDS 2016

This year’s Coaching at Work Awards 2016 winners & highly commended individuals were announced at a glittering awards ceremony and drinks reception on 6 July in the heart of the city of London.   The Winners were: Sally Bonneywell (GSK) – Internal Coaching Champion; Erik de Haan (Ashridge) and Liz Dimmock (Women Ahead) – joint winners- External Coaching Champion; Sam Humphrey and Karen Dean (Møller PSF Group) – Best Article; Robin Shohet – Contributions to Coaching Supervision; David Megginson (Sheffield Hallam) – Lifetime Achievement Award for Contributions to Coaching and Mentoring; and Gill Smith (AC UK) – Lifetime Achievement Award […]

COACHING AT WORK ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2016 MAINTAINING MOMENTUM: COACHING AND MENTORING IN A VUCA WORLD

AT THE SELL-OUT CONFERENCE ON 6 JULY IN LONDON, THE VERY APT AND CURRENT THEME OF VUCA (VOLATILE, UNCERTAIN, COMPLEX & AMBIGUOUS) WAS EXPLORED IN RELATION TO COACHING AND MENTORING PRACTICE. KEYNOTE SPEAKERS WERE HETTY EINZIG, ANTHONY KASOZI AND A SURPRISE KEYNOTE TO ROUND OFF THE DAY FROM SUZY GREEN. THE COACHING AT WORK AWARD WINNERS & HIGHLY COMMENDED INDIVIDUALS WERE ANNOUNCED AT A GLITTERING AWARDS CEREMONY AND DRINKS RECEPTION.   Coaching at Work’s annual Coaching and Mentoring at Work conference is one of the hottest tickets in town, selling out every year. The success of this year’s conference on […]