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TROUBLESHOOTER: HERE’S MY OPINION

The chair of an organisation feels her CEO is not responding to coaching. The coach, against protocol, gives advice to both, which is followed. Wrong move? The issue Mary is an executive coach working with a CEO who is under pressure from the supervisory board of her company. Mary has had a triangular meeting at the start of the work with the CEO and the chair. Another one has been planned after five sessions. Two days before this second meeting Mary receives a phone call from the chair, who is almost apologetic: “The CEO is still not addressing the issues […]

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Body Talk

A recent survey found that nearly three-quarters of you are members of a professional coaching organisation. But for those of you who aren’t, confusion still reigns. Liz Hall brings clarity with an in-depth look at what’s on offer.

Professional bodies aren’t everyone’s cup of tea but as coaching buyers begin to ask more questions about accreditation, standards and ethics, more coaches are signing up. And they are discovering the real benefits to be had.

A recent cartoon by our resident humorist Kipper struck a nerve with many of you, highlighting the confusion that still reigns over who does what. How do you decide what body to join? Which are relevant to you? What do they offer?

Some 74 per cent of respondents to Meyler Campbell’s survey of coaches (see news, page 12) are members of a professional coaching body, up on last year’s 65 per cent. There was no clear leader last year either, but in 2009 the Association for Coaching (AC) pulled ahead by a long shot (59 per cent), followed by the International Coach Federation (ICF; 29 per cent), as shown in Table 1.

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News: Government portal helps SMEs find mentors

A UK government initiative has reached its target – by adding 15,000 more small business mentors to its books. Mentorsme.co.uk, a national mentoring portal owned and operated by the British Bankers’ Association, already had 12,000 mentors from the small business community. Over the past 16 months, it has trained a further 15,000 volunteers, to help SMEs start, grow and create jobs. The mentors have been recruited and trained as part of the £1.9m government-funded Get Mentoring project, delivered by the Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI). Business minister, Michael Fallon said:
“Small businesses are vital to our economy and we are […]

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News: ‘Sloppy work’ is biggest timewaster

Half of UK employees feel their employer doesn’t help them develop good team working skills, suggests a survey of 2,000 people by training consultancy Cedar. Employees understand their own work contributes to team targets, but one-fifth have never attended a meeting in which team performance was discussed. Four in ten have a manager “who does not assist in resolving conflicts”. This, along with difficult interpersonal relationships within teams, is taking its toll on the team’s overall performance. A third of respondents dread coming into work because of a bad team environment, while a further third believe a tense atmosphere is […]

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Profile: Professor Paul Brown

The limbic leader

Neuroscience expert Professor Paul Brown speaks his mind, and it’s our minds he’s passionate about. He tells Liz Hall why the neurobiology of behaviour is the future of coaching

With Paul Brown’s penchant for challenging the status quo, it seems fitting that we meet in London’s Reform Club, birthplace of many of the ideas, ideals and political activity expressed in the UK’s Great Reform Act of 1832.

Members of the former gentlemen’s club have included Winston Churchill, E M Forster, Henry James and H G Wells. Admission is not based on background, but character, talent and achievement – and Professor Brown has all three in abundance.

If anyone can convince me it’s coaching, rather than any other profession, that should carry the baton of neuroscience in the occupational arena, it’s Brown. Not only is he eloquent, charming and irreverent, he has an enormous wealth of expertise and knowledge at his fingertips.

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Rising Tsars

Coaching in Russia is at a much younger stage of development than in the UK. It lacks focus and regulation, and is poorly understood. Yet, coaching is beginning to find its place in the Russian business psyche, reports Lena Smirnova Business coaching classes may not require students to swallow pills, don ear muffs and wriggle into straightjackets, but for some Russian business people it’s a novel practice akin to a psychological experiment. And it’s one they’re often reluctant to take part in. In the 15 years or so that business coaching has been available in Russia, established psychotherapists and psychologists […]

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Take cover

Is your practice covered by insurance? Chances are, you may never have felt the need. But as the industry becomes more established, legal cases may well arise. Varya Shaw examines the types of cover already available. What would you do if your client was unhappy with your advice and refused to pay? Or if a slip of the finger led you to post sensitive information about a client on the internet, and you were sued for breach of confidentiality? Or if you faced a disciplinary hearing from your professional body? These are some of the scenarios covered by professional liability […]

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How to… set up and develop a successful coaching practice

By Gladeana McMahon and Antoinette Oglethorpe This second article in the series identifies the decisions you need to make about whether your coaching practice will be full- or part-time, as well as the all-important financial considerations Part two: Planning your coaching business 1 Your practice: full- or part-time? One of the first and most important decisions you need to make in the planning phase is whether to set up a full- or part-time coaching practice. Many individuals begin their professional coaching career by seeing a few clients in the evenings or at weekends while continuing full-time employment. Doing this will […]

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Online roundup

What you’re saying online We have nearly 13,000 Coaching at Work LinkedIn members worldwide. Discussions are going on around a vast array of topics, including: bullying, neuroscience, chaos, the new Alliance, (see pages 7 and 11-13), and lots of sharing of advice, for example, on venues and creating a coaching culture…and even job opportunities. One thread, posted by editor Liz Hall after hearing Brené Brown speak about shame and vulnerability at the International Coach Federation (see news, p10, vol 6, issue 7), hit a nerve – and led to some interesting responses… Should we address shame in our coaching sessions? […]

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TroubleShooter: give me a break!

A successful sales manager has been given a major management role. Unexpectedly, he finds himself overwhelmed by demands and unable to make an impact in his role. Can coaching give him space? Adam has recently been promoted to head up the drinks products division of a packaging giant. His background in sales means he knows how to drive results and engage people. He has worked hard to get to the top and this is his first major general management position. Everything seems set up for a smooth transition into the new role. However, as soon as he walks into his […]

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