Survey: let’s find common ground

As we ring in the New Year, our Coaching at Work 2012 survey shines the spotlight on the latest developments in our profession, and your predictions Perhaps unsurprisingly, given the recent announcement of the formation of the Global Coaching & Mentoring Alliance (news, page 7, and pages 11-13), our attention has been drawn inwards. Collaboration and reaching agreement between the professional bodies has been highlighted as the top priority for 2013, according to this year’s Coaching at Work Annual Survey 2012*. And the formation of the Alliance has been flagged up as the top achievement for the profession last year. […]

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The stress professor

World-renowned counselling and coaching psychologist, founder of the Centre for Stress Management, Centre for Coaching and the Coaching Psychology Unit, Professor Stephen Palmer’s boundless energy has helped add many strings to his bow – just don’t put him in a box, he tells Liz Hall

As we talk, Stephen Palmer watches tanker ships on the horizon, waves crashing against the walls on the beach below his house in Cornwall. Other times he might see dolphins. But “always there’s the sound of the sea, which I love”.

Palmer is well-known globally for contributions to coaching psychology, stress management and Cognitive Behavioural Coaching (CBC). He’s known for his involvement in many projects and professional bodies, and for his high energy levels. The artistic, reflective and nature-loving side is less well-known.

Palmer does have fingers in many pies. Even in Cornwall, where he comes to reflect and to write, he is very productive. He has written and edited more than 40 books and more than 225 articles. He also produces seascape-inspired semi-abstract paintings and often explores the coastline.

Mind and body
Biology is one of many recurring and long-standing interests in Palmer’s life and work. Psychology is another. He’s been interested in human behaviour since childhood.

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Troubleshooter: Man of the world

Jon is a senior sales director with a solid history of success leading teams. However, they have always been British, and he must now lead a multicultural team. How can he negotiate the cultural divides? Jon is an experienced senior manager, currently EMEA sales director in a global engineering company. He has recently moved divisions and now leads a multinational and remote team. Trying to create a sense of teamwork and sharing of best practice is proving quite a challenge. Jon is British and has led mainly British teams – with a significant level of success. Taking on this new […]

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Kim Morgan and Lis Merrick are this year’s Coaching at Work People of the Year

1 March 2012 It seems to be getting tougher and tougher each year to decide on the winners of the Coaching at Work awards- there are so many deserving candidates out there. But for this year, we’ve made our choices: Kim Morgan wins our Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year 2011 award while Lis Merrick wins our Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year 2011 award. They have made their mark in different ways but have in common a passion for the profession, generosity in sharing wisdom, and a commitment to raising standards. The judges were Liz […]

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LIFE OR DEATH SALLY MOORE Can coaching provide a safe space for people to ask for help about their mental health issues – before it’s too late? I don’t follow football so, before his death, I didn’t know who Gary Speed was. The extent of the press coverage, including tributes and recognition of his achievements, means I now know much more about the Wales football manager and player. What an overwhelming tragedy for his family and those who knew him. Reactions to his suicide in November have understandably been characterised by shock and dismay. Beyond the tributes, emerging themes include […]

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Profile – Peninah Thomson

KNOW YOUR PLACE When it comes to board-level female talent, there are “far too many lights under bushels”, says Peninah Thomson, and she is determined to find them. Liz Hall speaks to co-founder of the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme Over the past nine years, as co-founder of the FTSE 100 Cross-Company Mentoring Programme, Peninah Thomson has done much to encourage women “to step forward, take their place at the table and contribute strategically”. Some 94 senior women seeking board-level appointments have been mentored by FTSE 100 chairmen since the programme’s inception, 78 of them achieving “significant career success” (see […]

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Coaching at Work e-newsletter – October 2011

Welcome to the October 2011 issue of the newsletter Should coaches challenge clients when they think they’re doing something unethical? This is a burning issue given the financial crisis, environmental pressures and the continuing lack of confidence in the current business model. And according to the Institute of Leadership & Management (ILM) and Management Today’s Index of Leadership Trust, released earlier this month (October), leaders are widely perceived to be prioritising profits over principles. Less than two-fifths of CEOs place ethics at the heart of business decisions, says the report. Should we stop playing god and remember we are engaged […]

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Coaching psychologists need to be entrepreneurial

By Liv Hök in Sweden Coaching psychologists need to collaborate more, put themselves forward more and become more entrepreneurial- these were among the key messages from a conference held in Stockholm this month. The conference was the latest in a series held all over the world as part of the 1st international Congress of Coaching Psychology. Lars Ahlin from the Swedish Psychological Association (SPA), P.O. Eriksson from Coachande Psykologer (Coaching Psychologists) and Stephen Palmer, honorary professor of psychology at the UK’s City University, kicked off the conference by saying it was important that psychology take an offensive stance, reports Liv […]

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Palmer: Health ‘next big thing’

Conference roundup – Association for Coaching UK Resilience Conference, London, 14 July Health coaching will be the next big thing in coaching in the UK, predicts Professor Stephen Palmer, director of the Coaching Psychology Unit at City University in London. One possibility for growing health coaching is through online or telephone delivery, suggests Palmer, such as that offered through West Kent Primary Care Trust (PCT). The PCT piloted CareCall through Bupa for eight months. Overall, CareCall had a positive impact on reducing emergency admissions as well as a beneficial impact on health. Speaking at the Association for Coaching UK’s conference […]

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Learning sector ‘revisits’ NOS for coaching

The move by one of the UK’s standard setting bodies to revisit National Occupational Standards (NOS) for Coaching and Mentoring is receiving a mixed response from interested parties. The Learning and Skills Improvement Service (LSIS), the standard setting organisation for the lifelong learning sector, is reviewing the standards developed by the Employment National Training Organisation in 2006. It aims to ensure they reflect coaching and mentoring in lifelong learning, and meet the needs of those who deliver them. When the standards were first developed they attracted widespread criticism for their content and a lack of consultation in their development. Many […]

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Disability special report

In this three-part report, we look at how coaching can be used to support disabled people. Two coaches and their clients – one a deaf UK-based coach and the other a Greece-based coach with no disabilities – share their experiences and reflections. And David Clutterbuck offers guidance on using mentoring with disabled people PART ONE : MISSED ABILITY? Disabled people are just like other people. Why offer them particular support as a group? The short answer is because it could help unearth talents that employers are unaware of, says deaf coach, Jane Cordell When I started coaching in 2008, it was […]

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