EMPLOYERS ARE CONFIDENT APPRENTICE LEVY INVESTMENT WILL PAY OFF, SAYS SURVEY

With April marking a year since the Apprenticeship Levy was introduced, a survey of members from the People 1st Apprenticeship Network (made up of over 250 levy-paying employers in the hospitality, retail, travel, tourism and aviation sectors), set out to explore what progress they are making in implementing the changes and whether they are coming up against obstacles that are preventing a positive return from the levy. The survey, http://www.people1st.co.uk/apprenticeship-pulse-report/, found that nearly two-thirds of employers are either confident or very confident that they will see a return on investment from their levy contribution. However, fewer than four out of […]

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 […]

COMPASSION IS AT THE HEART OF A HELPFUL FEEDBACK CONVERSATION: COACHING AT WORK CONFERENCE 2017

Compassion is at the heart of a helpful feedback conversation: research presented at Coaching at Work’s annual conference on 5 July in London By Ros Soulsby   Despite designing an ‘immaculate’ competency system for an organisation Lise Lewis found that things remained as bad as before, including emotionally damaging behaviour when giving feedback, prompting her to research a different approach with compassion at its heart. In her session at Coaching at Work’s annual conference on 5 July, Dr Lewis, owner of Bluesky International and president of EMCC International, explored the activity of feedback, how we react to it and how […]

INTERNATIONAL COACHING WEEK 2017: MAY, YORK, UK

Community coaching has been given another boost in city of York’s celebrations for International Coaching Week 2017 in May. Geoff Ashton and Peter Lumley from Coaching York share their reflections For the fourth year running, social enterprise Coaching York (CY) responded with vigour and creativity to the challenge set by the International Coach Federation to celebrate International Coaching Week (ICW) in May. CY serves the people of York through high quality coaching and its wider ambition is to make York the coaching capital of the UK. The ICW activities saw these ambitions become much closer, giving community coaching a vital […]

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 […]

Coaching at Work e-newsletter: February 2015

Welcome An independent review is urging the UK’s National Health Service to change its culture to make it easier for staff to blow the whistle on low standards of care (See Online news) without being victimised. This is great news. And it got me thinking about the role we coaches play as potential whistleblowers, particularly where we’re involved in multiple assignments and it comes to our notice that there is bullying or potentially harmful actions. How seriously do we take our responsibility to speak out? And what about the role we sometimes encourage our clients to take, speaking out against […]

Coaching at Work e-newsletter: January 2015

Welcome A very Happy New Year to all from the Coaching at Work team! What are your New Year´s resolutions this year with regard to your coaching practice? And what do you think the hot trends and challenges will be for coaching in 2015? According to a mini survey we carried out amongst sponsors, academics and coaches (see News Online), hot trends include: more neuroscience a renaissance in mentoring, more attention to coaching research, and more team/group coaching. We’re likely to see more and more internal coaching too- it’s certainly thriving in the UK’s ´Big Four´ accountancy firms. Challenges for […]