Coaching bodies to agree fitness to practise levels

Coaching buyers remain confused by the language around coaching – including ‘accredited’ and ‘master coach’ – and are in danger of using incompetent coaches. One employer told Coaching at Work it had been approached by a ‘master coach’ who, it transpired, had been awarded the title after a five-day intensive programme. Despite the ‘coach’ struggling to articulate what coaching (actually) is and the initial in-house coaching contact asking them not to approach leaders directly, the ‘coach’ subsequently gained entry into the organisation by offering free work directly to senior leaders and is now looking to earn thousands a day. “There […]

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Morgan and Merrick are our 2011 people of the year

Kim Morgan has won our Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year 2011 award. “Winning this award is a wonderful achievement and I feel honoured to be recognised,” she said. “I look forward to supporting the coaching profession yet further.” Meanwhile, Lis Merrick was “absolutely thrilled” to be awarded our Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year 2011 award (see pages 12-13). She said: “My dream is to raise the profile and quality of formal mentoring in this country, and winning this award will support me in achieving this dream.” But there were many on our shortlists worthy of recognition. […]

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Welcome to the February 2012 issue of the newsletter

Welcome to the February 2012 issue of the newsletter Coaching at Work has launched a campaign to help increase the amount of high quality health and wellbeing coaching. As part of our Coaching for Health campaign, we’re running lots of editorial including our trends report in the March issue, and on health coaching approaches in the May issue. Why we’ve launched the campaign: • The cost of healthcare is spiralling yet we seem to be getting sicker • People have to take responsibility for their own health – they will rarely make behavioural changes just because a medical professional has […]

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Gladeana McMahon and David Clutterbuck are this year’s Coaching at Work People of the Year

This year’s Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year is Gladeana McMahon, re-elected chair of the Association for Coaching (AC) UK, while David Clutterbuck, co-founder of the European Mentoring & Coaching Council has been crowned as Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year- a new award.

Nomination comments for McMahon include “her unstinting generosity to other coaches; work for AC, and developing Cognitive Behavioural Coaching”, and “not just for what she does that is overt – for example the first ever AC UK leadership conference, and a number of superb events, but for what she quietly does to support coaches and coaching…..she is always offering materials, ideas, and support to many, many coaches, without expecting any recognition or acknowledgement.”

McMahon said: “I am delighted and honoured to receive this award. There are so many people who have contributed so much to the coaching world that to feel my peers believed I deserved this award makes it all the more precious. My clients, colleagues, trainers, partner and most importantly the support of my efficient executive assistant of 11 years, Tracie Davis, have all shaped who I am, and deserve to share in this award.”

Respondent’s comments about Professor Clutterbuck, practice leader at Clutterbuck Associates include: “he is the leading light on researching, creating and managing mentoring programmes in organisations”, and “he has maintained focus.”
Professor Clutterbuck said: “It’s been a great privilege to be there at the birth of a new discipline and to be a kind of parent as it grows up. Supported mentoring has become so much more than just another way of learning. It is at the same time a social movement, and a practical way for organisations and their people to have genuine dialogue about how they achieve their ambitions. I’m looking forward to structured mentoring’s fourth decade and to watching it continue to evolve.”

Other nominations for the Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year award this year included Mike Hurley, past president of EMCC UK; Louise Buckle of KPMG for “galvanising coaching sponsors into action”; Anne Scoular of Meyler Campbell “for her relentless optimism and chutzpah”; Anthony Grant (Sydney University’s Coaching Psychology Unit) “for forcing us to face up to the shortcomings of evaluation and the tendency to over-claim on impact”, Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey for “their continued work on Immunity to Change”, Brian Fitzgerald, learning and development director at Atkins “for his work in establishing a business-led coaching culture at the most senior levels in a hard-headed business.”

Lis Merrick, senior lecturer at Sheffield Business School was among those nominated for the Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year- “because she is a passionate advocate, enthusiastic and has impacted on many organisations with mentoring initiatives – not least in the North West and across Europe”, along with Paul Stokes, principal lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University.


The Coaching at Work awards and Annual Survey: Every year, Coaching at Work carries out a survey of its readers asking them what they think the main achievements of the year have been, what the priorities are for the coming year, and who they would like to nominate for the Coaching at Work Coaching Person of the Year. This year (2010), we also asked for nominations for the new Coaching at Work Mentoring Person of the Year. Nominations are counted up and then closely examined by the Coaching at Work team which then makes a decision based on number of nominations, comments made by those making the nominations and team members’ own sense of what those shortlisted have contributed to the field. This year (2010), both winners each had the highest number of nominations in each category, plus the Coaching at Work team considered the comments made to be well-deserved.

The Coaching at Work Annual Readers’ Survey was carried out among readers and members of the Coaching at Work LinkedIn group. The results will be shared online and in the January/February issue, plus a separate press release will be released.

Coaching at Work is a bi-monthly magazine published by Coaching at Work Limited. It was established in 2005 and goes to independent and internal coaches, coaching buyers, coaching academics, coaching psychologists and others interested in the coaching and mentoring profession in the UK and overseas. It also publishes a monthly e-newsletter and a global coach list plus many other online resources.

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New CMI Youth Academy to grow future leaders through education

The Chartered Management Institute (CMI) launches its employer-led Youth Academy this autumn in a bid to inspire young people by recognising and supporting them for their management and leadership skills early on. Narinder Uppal, recently appointed the CMI’s new head of awarding body, said: “The Youth Academy is a big thing because employers are saying that when pupils come out of school and college, they haven’t got the skills they need. This qualification will help.” Delivery will be through a number of education partners in schools. Uppal is the first Asian woman to hold the position. She is determined to make […]

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Keeping council

Most in local government are braced for difficult times ahead. But not North East Lincolnshire Council and it’s all down to the performance coaching programme it put in place three years ago for its managers. Liz Hall finds out why Britain’s public sector, and the rest of the nation, has been left reeling in the wake of the far-reaching Comprehensive Spending Review last month (October). Yet one council believes the coaching and mentoring strategy it launched three years ago will help it support managers and engage employees through these tough times. In 2007, in a drive to improve services for […]

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Tinder-Box shortlisted

Tinder-Box business coaching has been been shortlisted for Small Business of The Year 2010 by the Nectar Business Small Business Awards, which aims to recognise the UK’s best entrepreneurial talents. The panel of judges includes James Caan, from the BBC’s Dragon’s Den, and national business journalist, Guy Clapperton. Coaching at Work, Volume 5, Issue 5

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Coaching at Work e-newsletter — August 2010

Welcome to the August issue of the newsletter A group of us watched Gillo Pontecorvo’s brilliant black and white movie The Battle of Algiers (1966, re-released in 2007) recently. The film uses a gritty newsreel effect to recreate France’s suppression of the 1950s Algerian uprising. The film is as gripping now as when it was first released, although it is noticeable that Islam is not mentioned once and there is a sense of the world being simpler then somehow. These days, we have much more exposure to so many different cultural layers and influences and are required to be more […]

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Coaching at Work e-newsletter — July 2010

Welcome to the July issue of the newsletter We’re moving closer and closer to getting clarity around accreditation— I know how confusing many of you find it, particularly when you’re trying to decide which route to accreditation to opt for, or if you’re a buyer trying to decide what matters most. Who knows what the future holds for the UK’s professional coaching bodies? I remember all the hoohah in the lead–up to the UK’s Institute of People Management and the Institute of Training and Development getting into bed together and now the CIPD just trots off the tongue without a […]

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Balfour Beatty rolls out executive ‘wellness’ programme to all staff

Balfour Beatty Plant & Fleet Services’ multi-pronged wellness programme for managers in May proved a success, prompting plans to roll it out to all 450 staff. Ei World delivered the programme, Resilience Edge, which includes personal coaching sessions and focuses on peak performance, emotional intelligence, wellness and use of the HeartMath resilience tool. Geetu Bharwaney, founder of Ei World, said: “What is interesting about the programme is the unique focus placed on wellness for executives. It’s combined with real-time feedback on key health indicators and an emotional intelligence assessment. They also learn tools for resilience in the HeartMath system. In […]

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