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OPINION: THE FCC – LAYING THE FOUNDATIONS

In this new column series, the multi-stakeholder Future of Coaching Collaboration Group, showcases its initiatives. Issue 1: introducing the Coaching Knowledge Portal   June 2017, a small group of people, including from GSK, KPMG, PwC, the professional coaching bodies and Coaching at Work, pondered, ‘how can we ensure that coaching is utilised, relevant and useful in tomorrow’s world?’ We were curious about the future of coaching from many perspectives, including it being our livelihood, a fascinating industry, whether it will be just another fad, and what research is being done globally. We quickly realised we didn’t know where to find […]

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REVIEW – COACHING STORIES: FLOWING AND FALLING OF BEING A COACH

Karen Dean and Sam Humphrey Routledge 978 11383 7010 4 5 out of 5 stars If like me, you don’t feel you need yet another coaching book, then may I politely ask that you nevertheless consider this little one? It has completely new stuff you won’t find anywhere else. I had just finished on the working group for the 2018-19 review of our Mastered programme brochure – months of reviewing new books, articles, TED talks etc, so when yet another book arrived, I gave it the evil eye. But then I opened it. I’m very sorry to tell you that […]

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MY SIMPLE LIFE: A PROFILE OF EDNA MURDOCH

Edna Murdoch, one of the founders of Coaching Supervision Academy, and an early mover and shaker in the field of coach supervision, tells Liz Hall why who you are is how you work   Edna Murdoch is one of the world’s most renowned coach supervisors and co-founder of the coach supervisor training organisation, Coaching Supervision Academy (CSA). Core to the CSA’s philosophy is the idea that, ‘who you are is how you coach and supervise’. So who is Murdoch? She’s eloquent, wise and very present, practising what she preaches to students about attending to what’s unfolding in the moment. It […]

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FEAR, POWER AND LEARNING

In this three-part series, Louise Sheppard shares her research on the supervisee perspective in coaching supervision, which has implications for all involved. Part 2: providing supervisee-led supervision   Following on from the first in our series last issue on how supervisees can get the most from coaching supervision, here we argue that supervisors need to provide supervisee-led supervision.   Causal mechanisms In my doctoral research, I identified three causal mechanisms that affect human nature and might explain supervisees’ experiences: fear, power relations and our natural tendency to learn. It is important that supervisors and supervisees are aware of these significant […]

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IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

Give us a smile Women smile more often and men frown more often, but this could be due to cultural expectations, suggests research. The study, A large-scale analysis of sex differences in facial expressions, published in PLOS One, builds on prior evidence suggesting women smile more often than men, but considers a greater variety of facial expressions, revealing complex gender patterns. The US researchers used new automated facial coding technology to analyse the expressions of 2,106 people from France, Germany, China, the US and the UK as they watched video adverts. In addition to smiling more than the men, the […]

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IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there   That’s just sick! Want to gauge how intelligent a potential client or coach is? Tell them a sick joke or share with them a cartoon based on black humour and see if they like it. Apparently appreciating jokes requires people to be mentally agile and, according to a study, those who most like cartoons based on black humour score higher on verbal and non-verbal IQ. Researchers, led by Ulrike Willinger from the Medical University of […]

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PALMER APPOINTED TO PSYCHOLOGY ROLE AT AALBORG

Professor Stephen Palmer is to contribute to research and teaching in coaching psychology and psychotherapy at Aalborg University in Denmark. These contributions will be through his appointment as adjunct professor of coaching psychology to the Department of Communication and Psychology at the University’s Coaching Psychology Research Unit, and the Master level psychology programme. Director of the Clinic Counselling and Consultation Coaching programme, Dr Ole Michael Spaten said, “The boundaries between psychotherapy and coaching psychology are an area of great interest for many psychologists and psychology students. We are very happy that this area of teaching and research in the Department […]

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