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Toolbox: Coaching at Work road-tests DISC Personality Profiling

Is that really you?

1 The tool
What is it?
Is it possible to predict how a person will act in a particular situation? Would it be useful to know what motivates them and what their fears are? What about anticipating how they will react under stress? Can we know whether someone is suitable for a certain job?

DISC Personality Profiling answers ‘yes’ to all these questions. The assessment tool is based on the DISC personality theory developed by William Marston. A psychologist with a PhD from Harvard, as well as being the creator of the first lie detector, Marston (1893-1947) wrote Emotions of Normal People (1928), and DISC, Integrative Psychology (1931).

How does it work?

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Coach supervision

Coach supervision adds ‘gravitas and professionalism’, says OCM’s Long Internal supervisors have a vital role to play in building coaching culture and in role-modelling the characteristics of a learning organisation. This was one of the key messages from Katherine Long’s session on “good-enough” supervision in an organisational context. Long shared learning from her research, and from the OCM’s pilot ‘Coach as Supervisor’ programme, which has been submitted for accreditation with the EMCC. The pilot group consisted of 11 lead coaches from five organisations. Long, director of qualifications at the OCM, said internal coach supervision was a “sensible mechanism for managing […]

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TOOLBOX

Coaching at Work road-tests Points of You Fresh out of the box 1 The tool What is it? The Coaching Game, developed by Points of You, is a creative tool that can be used within coaching sessions to help clients see things from different perspectives. Launched in 2007 and sold worldwide, designers Efrat Shani and Yaron Golan describe it as a “workshop in a box”, one which helps clients think outside the box. It contains 65 high quality photographs, each depicting different topics. The set of cards is accompanied by a book, offering a selection of perspectives, insights, thoughts, questions […]

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The coaching chronicles

The pilgrim fathers Hello, I am Roach the Coach and I am your guide through the Coaching Chronicles. There are 4,500 species of us cockroaches so we are well placed, across the globe, and across time, to tell you about coaching… King James I of England decreed that anyone who challenged the value of non-directive coaching and refused to use this approach, would be locked up or banished. This was a bit of a ‘deal’ for the Puritans. They weren’t known for mixing styles, approaches or theories, but for remaining true to the ‘founding father’ – mentoring. The Puritans valued […]

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The remotest idea

Viewpoint Dr Suzanne Edinger How can virtual teams forge relationships without ever meeting? Perhaps coaching can bridge the gap. In my current research, I am investigating the role of different types of relationships among remote members of a virtual team – who don’t meet face to face – and also with their leaders, and how these particular relationships might lead to better team performance. If there’s no chance of members meeting in a single physical location, then trust and connection between those team members becomes particularly important. Of course, building trust among members is a key issue in any team. […]

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Learning providers must stop ‘patronising’ SMEs

We have been “barking up the wrong tree for years” with our business education models, according to Bob Garvey. At his inaugural lecture on 31 October for his chair in Business Education at York St John Business School, Professor Garvey was set to challenge current frameworks for learning delivered by most providers in the market. His lecture, ‘Learning Business’, shared an alternative model of business education based on conversational learning. He said, “There can be little doubt that those that learn the fastest in business are often the most successful. But SME business leaders are often patronised by public and […]

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Whyte: we are all pilgrims into the unknown

By Liz Hall and Ros Soulsby Poet David Whyte led delegates on an intimate journey drawing on his experiences and poetry, and the metaphor of a pilgrim for our travels through life and as a way to hold courageous conversations with ourselves and our world. He described a pilgrim as someone passing through quite quickly, who depends on hospitality and help from friends and strangers, who is subject to changing weather, and who finds the destination changes the nearer they get to it. Having a sense of the horizon is important as we travel through life, but what lies there […]

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ICF details plans to retain and improve on accreditation offer

After much deliberation and resistance from members to previous plans to streamline its accreditation process, the International Coach Federation (ICF) board has decided to continue to offer three levels of accreditation: ACC, PCC and MCC. The announcement was made at the ICF Global conference, the first to be held outside the US, which attracted more than 900 delegates. ICF Global president, Janet Harvey, at the conference, issued a call to action to all coaches. “I wonder if our humility stands at cross-purposes with our intention to see humanity flourishing. Now’s not a time to shrink back in humility. If we […]

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The art of coaching

How can looking at a painting help leaders maximise their potential? Explains how art can get a client – and their coach – out of ‘stuck’ and into new ways of seeing

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