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NEF: TALENT LAUNCHER

Coaching is key to the success of the work of the New Entrepreneurs Foundation, a not-for-profit which ‘incubates’ entrepreneurs. Linda Aspey reports The UK economy has been edging towards a healthy state – employment is at its highest since 1971 and wages are on the increase. This is due largely to the hard work of the 5+ million small businesses in the UK, which in 2017 generated 60% of private sector employment and contributed £1.9 trillion to the economy1. What these small businesses have in common is that they began with people who are, or wish to be, entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs have a […]

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PULLING TOGETHER

Team coaching helped one council team become more goal-focused, more cohesive and more reflective, with greater organisational confidence in its ability to lead with the future in mind. Georgina Woudstra reports I was brought in to coach the senior leadership board by a council CEO who’d been in post for one year. His view was that the team was currently reasonably effective but not fit for the future. The council was facing significant changes, including a rapidly increasing population in the borough with a high percentage of residents with greater than average social needs. At the same time, budgets were […]

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BOOTS: UNLOCKING POTENTIAL

Boots Contract Manufacturing’s leader-as-coach programme is delivering a host of benefits, including higher engagement, enhanced retention of talent and significant cost savings Investing in growing leaders as development coaches has helped global manufacturer Boots Contract Manufacturing (BCM) retain 92% of its talent, enhancing their roles and saving the organisation an estimated £88,000 in recruitment costs. “We also have a pool of engaged, talented individuals who now work collectively on our transformation agenda,” says Janine Goodwin, senior learning and development manager at BCM. Benoit Portier, managing director of BCM, admits to being pleasantly surprised by the success of the programme: “Having […]

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ABB: A GLOBAL JOURNEY

ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)’s coaching style OD ‘mentoring’ programme is bringing about a shift in culture and organisational growth. Dr Eunice Aquilina reports It may be helpful to draw distinctions between coaching and mentoring. In reality, I wonder if the name really matters, particularly if an intervention is succeeding. Certainly that’s the case with the programme I’ve partnered with ASEA Brown Boveri (ABB)’s L&D team to design and deliver for the past eight years. Although it has the look and feel of a coaching programme, it’s actually an OD intervention aimed at cultivating a leadership culture. It’s called the Global […]

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FIRST PERSON: NATIONAL GRID CASE STUDY

Coaching is boosting performance and employee engagement at National Grid. Craig Rollason reports My first awareness of coaching was some 20 years ago, when my employer at that time introduced “coaching for excellence”, a two-day course based on the GROW model run by internally trained coaches. I really liked the concept – introducing a different type of conversation to normal struck a chord with me. At that time, coaching didn’t gain traction and despite the investment, it didn’t hold. On reflection, neither the organisation nor I was ready for it. As part of the course, I received a handy small […]

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FAMILY DYNAMIX

Case Study: Child Dynamix  Coaching is helping Child Dynamix deliver on its core strategic objectives, improving relationships, accountability and, importantly, funding. Jan Brause, from the family charity’s partner and coaching provider, Community Performance Partnership, charts its journey By Jan Brause   Charity Child Dynamix works with children, young people and their families to help them thrive. To do that, it too needs to flourish, despite a challenging economic environment. Over the past three years, coaching has been supporting the charity. Formed in 2005 by managing director, Jane Stafford, on the back of a 10-year regeneration scheme in the UK’s Humber […]

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Random House – a case study

How to set up and make the most of your internal coaching pool Jason Miller, partner, Tinder-Box Are you considering setting up an internal coaching pool? If so, you need to give serious consideration to the following three challenges: First, how do you maintain quality and continually upskill your coaches? Second, how do you use your internal coaching pool more strategically to deliver more ambitious and effective programmes? Third, how do you make sure that your coaches remain motivated, active and engaged in the coaching? At Tinder-Box, we have just embarked on a leadership development programme involving one of our […]

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