Welcome to the April 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the April 2013 issue of the newsletter Our conference programme is now finalised and bookings are coming in thick and fast. Our last two conferences sold out weeks beforehand so make sure you don’t miss out! In addition to the impressive line-up already in place, we now have Eunice Aquilina joining us too. Aquilina (whose article on trust appears in the May/June issue, see Highlights) was popular with delegates last year and is back running a workshop on how we can be present and grounded with clients when our own defences of fight, flight, freeze or appease are […]

Welcome to the March 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the March 2013 issue of the newsletter The Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) has agreed that its core purpose is to ‘professionalise’ coaching and mentoring and has laid out core objectives, values and guiding principles for member parties. It’s good to see that one of these guiding principles is to ‘remember it is an alliance of professional bodies, not a body itself.’ If the GCMA is going to make meaningful contributions, it´s going to be important too for it to stick to its other principles, particularly that of considering what’s in the interest of the profession, and […]

Welcome to the February 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the February 2013 issue of the newsletter SPECIAL OFFER: COACHING AT WORK ONLINE SUBSCRIPTION FOR £1 A WEEK!
 (SCROLL DOWN FOR DETAILS) Mindfulness was once deemed by many to be the preserve of monks and hippies but thankfully, times have changed, given the vast array of benefits to be reaped by both individuals and organisations. Transport for London, Google, the National Health Service and the US Army are among those employers who have caught onto just how much mindfulness can offer. The main reasons coaches practice mindfulness are to help them live more in the moment, become more […]

Welcome to the January 2013 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the January 2013 issue of the newsletter And so another year begins, with snow in the UK, a helicopter crashing in London and not much in the way of economic recovery in much of the world. The UK economy contracted by 0.3% in the last three months of 2012, according to the National Institute of Economic and Social Research (NIESR). And here in Spain, where I’m currently based, the second EU bailout of 1.865 million euros is set to arrive by the end of the month. Some six million are out of work, many of my friends received […]

Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the December 2012 issue of the newsletter As we come to the end of 2012, the creation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (GCMA) is emerging as Coaching at Work readers´ top choice for achievement of the year, according to our annual survey. We´re still gathering responses to the survey, which includes questions on your predictions for next year. Please take part here. Coaches have broadly welcomed the move to form the alliance by three of leading professional bodies, although there are some concerns in some quarters. We explore this latest development in a news analysis in […]

Welcome to the November 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the November 2012 issue of the newsletter I’ve just returned from the annual European Mentoring & Coaching Council’s conference in Bilbao in Spain, home to one of the Guggenheim museums. I was struck by how architect Frank Gehry has succeeded in creating a structure which is innovative and surprising yet which blends in beautifully with its environment- from the shallow moat which gives the impression it is part of the river, to the many curves and sheets of metal which reflect light and the structure’s surroundings. Within its walls are numerous galleries including one exhibiting Egon Schiele- further […]

Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the October 2012 issue of the newsletter I’m filing this newsletter from Kansas University’s Global Summit on Coaching, in Lawrence. The town was established in 1854 by anti-slavery advocates and saw much bloodshed when it became a target for the nearby Missouri-based pro-slavery faction. Campaigning for change runs deep in its veins. And today too, Lawrence is a site for innovation. The Kansas Coaching Project, headed up by Jim Knight, has pioneered ‘instructional coaching’ (IC) in the field of education. Described as “on-site professional developers who teach educators how to use proven instructional methods,” Knight admits instructional coaches […]

Welcome to the September 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the September 2012 issue of the newsletter I remember talking to a head of coaching at a major retailer in the UK a while back (before the economic crisis) who didn’t believe in spending lots of money on evaluating coaching. He said he could see that it worked and that that was good enough for him. Whether it was good enough for the company’s finance director, I don’t know, and certainly it’s hard to imagine this coaching champion continuing to get away with not evaluating coaching in the current climate. We are certainly very preoccupied with return on […]

Welcome to the August 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the August 2012 issue of the newsletter Mental toughness is a significant factor in performance and wellbeing. Apparently most of us have it, but we don’t know how to use it, say Peter Clough and Doug Strycharczyk, who have written a book on this theme. In this issue of the newsletter, we feature the first of a two-part series on how to coach for mental toughness- see Highlights. The second part, in the September issue, will focus on attentional control. We’ve set a date for our next coaching conference: 2 July, in London. Our last two conferences sold […]

Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the July 2012 issue of the newsletter “Coaches have to navigate between working in and challenging the status quo. The coach represents in some way a shaman who helps people to question and go beyond what we take for granted.” This was one of the messages from Aboodi Shabi in his keynote at our Coaching and Mentoring at Work conference on 11 July (conference report in the September issue). “We need to be bold and ask the questions others dare not ask, that’s when we really serve our clients….. if we don’t ask these questions, we are doomed […]